Have you said or thought these words before? I know I have...I can’t tell you how many times. We all know that exercise is good for us, and, given my not-so-wonderful gene combinations, I will probably not be able to recover my coveted, healthiest body weight unless I do at least some moderate exercise.
I have that yo-yo pattern. I start, I stop. I start, I stop. Right now, I have a free membership to my local gym. Strangely enough, I am almost enjoying going and doing what I call my “bunny” workouts two or three times a week. While it’s not much, it is enough to get my heart-rate in the aerobic range. I am very proud of that!
My excuse in the last years for not exercising is that I have a years-old knee injury and it is at risk for re-injury if I push too hard. That’s the thing with “reasons” like this – there is some truth in them, even though they are still rationalizing and keeping us from realizing our potential.
Well, I have a solution for those of us who really don’t like to exercise. DO SOMETHING PHYSICAL THAT YOU ENJOY DOING! LOL!
For me, that is dancing – ballroom and Latin style. Yes, that can be quite the aerobic exercise. As a kid, I used to enjoy playing hopscotch, I jumped rope, including double Dutch, I rode my bike, and I loved to roller skate. I ran in relay races.
What happened to me? I’m not sure!
Every once in a while, it is good to do a “balance” check. Am I eating foods that are healthy for me? Am I taking time for recreation? Do I spend enough time with friends?
Answer yourself honestly and make a plan to get healthier.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.