One of my favorite things to do is what some people would consider one of their worst nightmares.......anyone figure it out yet? If you read the title to my blog and have
a few brain cells, I'm guessing you know what I'm talking about. That's right, I'm talking about cleaning toilets. Err, wait, that's one of my other favorite things to do.....I actually meant to say EXERCISING. I know, for some of you it may be a curse word but I promise you, it's not. It doesn't have to be a dreadful experience unless you want it to be or expect it to be. You just have to change your outlook on it and come up with some realistic goals for yourself. What works for one, doesn't mean it will work for you. Sally Saddlebags, down the street, might love doing paddle-board-Yoga on the Bearing Sea with little to no clothes on. That's great for Sally and I wish her all the luck in the world and perhaps while she's out there doing Yoga, she can try to trap some crabs too.
You need to find what works for you. Exercise doesn't have to be difficult. If you haven't exercised much in your life or have fallen off the bandwagon, just start with something small. I love setting goals. Set yourself a goal and I'm not talking about an unachievable goal like climbing Mt. Everest. I know people do it but it's not common and not many survive the climb so let's start with a goal of walking 5 miles a week. That's quite attainable and once you hit that goal, you set another goal for yourself. If "What about Bob" has taught us anything, we know it's all about the baby steps. BUT, I can hear the peanut gallery yelling at me right now, " I live in the Tundra! The winters are too cold and snowy and I might be eaten by a polar bear!" Okay, if you live in polar bear country, you should be packing heat on your walks. That can be taken two ways: actually pack some of the those heating pads inside your clothes and also carry a weapon with you. Oh stop it, it's to defend yourself. You won't shoot the bear unless he's trying to maul you to death.
We all make excuses. Every single one of us is guilty of it. Excuses are great because then we don't have to hold ourselves accountable but in the end, we know it's wrong. Yes, the weather may suck monkey balls but strap on those boots and winter gear and head outside. I have a Belgian Malinois (I'll do a post about this breed at another time) and he requires lots of exercise. He doesn't care if the sun just blew up on Earth and it's raining fireballs.....he still needs to be exercised so I go out wearing the proper attire and exercise him. I don't always feel like it but he needs it and we need to view our bodies the same way. We may not always feel like it but our bodies need the exercise so we need to do it.
I'm not saying you need to become the next male or female MMA fighter but if you did, that would be awesome and I hope you give me some credit as your inspiration when you're being interviewed. All I am saying is to start small and work up from there. What do you enjoy doing? Walking? Hiking? Biking? Roller blading? Lifting? Boxing? Maybe you don't even know what you like because you've never taken the time to try any of these things. I suggest trying some things out and seeing what you enjoy doing. When you figure it out, set up a schedule. Make sure you are carving out 30 minutes a day or at the very least, every other day, to do this one thing. It doesn't even need to be 30 minutes all at once. You might have 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. That's great. Start there.
Once you start becoming more active, you'll notice a difference. I'm not saying, you'll go from 'couch potato to Bay Watch life guard' or 'have so much energy you'll be bouncing off the walls' from doing 30 minutes of exercise everyday, but there will be a difference. Your body will thank you for it. Exercising has so many benefits that aren't even about looks. It's about the mind and body. You'd be amazed at how exercise can benefit your brain just as much as the rest of your body. On that note, get up and head outside and go for a brisk walk.....even if it's fireballing outside with man-eating polar bears chasing you. Consider it a challenge that you're willing to take on but don't blame me if the polar bear catches you.