Ways to Stay Healthy


exercise, stretching


An Anecdote

I don’t know about Bekah or you guys, but growing up in the public school system, I hated PE.  You had to dress up in a mandatory uniform that counted toward or against your grade, participate an militaristic calisthenics, be subjected to ridicule in the locker rooms, and get hit by too many balls in the face.

What I did like at all was when I lucked up on a day where everyone had to walk/run around the track outside the football training field. I could go at my own pace, I didn’t have to talk to the other girls if I didn’t want to, and I could get lost in my imagination as I put one foot in front of the other.

After I graduated, while I wasn’t a fan of routine exercise, in general, I also didn’t own a car, so I learned about my neighborhood through walking the area and listening to music.

Today, if someone tells me to go to a gym, or even mention the word, I feel like its another chore that I don’t want to bother with. If someone invites me to a round of basketball, I would laugh at the suggestion.

If someone wanted me to walk the dog, however, I would jump on it immediately. Because I could go where I please and ponder deep philosophical questions like, “Why are they bringing back American Idol?”.


Find Exercise You Enjoy

The point of the story is that when you think of exercise as a chore, you are going to make up excuses. You will equate that with stress, and avoid it instead of achieve your goal. Why would anyone want to do that to themselves?

If you do something active that you like, you are much more likely to find fulfillment while getting fit. You will even find yourself looking forward to it.

Will you ever catch me playing soccer for exercise? Probably not. But will you catch me slimmer at the end of the summertime? Probably, and it won’t be 100% intentional.

So, when you vow to exercise, take some time to find something you like. If you treat it like torture, you will just make yourself miserable.


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