Fake it 'til You Make it
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Lets face it, exercising is really out of character for me. My ideal day is sitting in the garden knitting socks under a tree. I tend to be very good at sit down things - mathematics, knitting, and listening to old people tell me about the good old days.
Sure, I like to dance and to garden and to camp and to ride my bicycle... but the joy I get out of these things is not because they are physically active, the joy I get out of these things outweigh the fact that they are physically active.
But I am not going to let a little thing like intrinsic character and aptitude get in the way of me and my goals of being a strong, sinewy, smiling retired hippie when I grow up! So here I am exercising... I walk, I ride bikes, I am doing the Wii EA Active 30 day challenge for the second time (this time on "medium" effort!), I climb stairs, I dance to show tunes while cooking dinner (jazz hands make everything taste better!).
Do I like exercising? Heck No! But I just remember a great mom-like response to someone saying "I don't like vegetables" ... you don't have to like them, you just have to eat them. This is my relationship with exercising - I don't like it, I just do it! I do however like chatting with my husband while we walk. I love how beautiful the woods are when I'm biking. I like how my arms are starting to look. I love the feeling of pride I get when I realize that I am getting stronger and leaner and in better shape.
So exercise is out of character for me... I don't have to like it, I just have to do it!