Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Turns Out I Don't Like Exercise...

A few years ago, I decided I was going to try to be more active.     Especially since 30 was right around the corner, I felt like, I needed to implement some sort of routine that would help me to stay somewhat in shape and healthy.     So, I decided I would start running on a regular basis.   As much as I tried to pump myself up for this, I knew that I really did not like running.   Much less, running alone.   And so I went a few times, about once a week or so for about a month.   Nothing too major.   But, as I later explained to my sister and brother in law, I found something new out about myself.    And, as I said to them, "Turns out, I don't really like exercise."    We all started laughing, and it turned into a famous inside joke.

So, now, three years later, I still don't like exercising.   I've never been one of those girls that just loves getting out and going for a run.    And as much as I wish I was, I'm not.   I love dancing.   I love swimming.     I love going for walks.    But, I really don't like going and "working out".  

So, the only way I've found to get over this hump, has showed me more about me, than I would have ever guessed.  I go to an aerobics class every Wed. morning. before the kids are up and the hubby is out the door.   My friend and I usually go together, so she texts me the night before to see who's going to drive.   (That means I can't get out of it)   And my instructor is my pastor's wife who is hilarious and fun to be around, and always checks to see if I'm coming, or calls when I miss.     So, the things I need in life have all been made clear to me through this - relationship and accountability.   It's the answer to my exercise problem.     Also, it's a great all encompassing workout with weights, abs, and cardiac, all in an hour.   So it's great for me - not too long on any one thing, very efficient.

If you're someone who can do it alone, and longs for that time by yourself...Man! I wish I were like you!   But those of you who are more like me, and need others encouragement and support, I'm here to say, it can be done...even if it's just once a week.   Like my friend reminded me this morning, "You're really lifting weights all day long".   As my little boy is on my lap, I couldn't agree more.   I still don't wake up thinking how glad I am that it's Wed. and I can go to aerobics.  But I'm always glad afterwards for the good workout that I've had.

What are your secrets for exercise success?

7 comments:

alisa said...

Have you been reading my blog? I hate it too. :) I just run with the chorus.

Nan said...

I like it, but with the kids it is hard to fit it in. Having someone waiting for me helps...my new shoesthat I got today should do the trick too...my old ones gave me blisters EVERYTIME I wore them!

Kari said...

You are deeply deeply misinformed if you think I like exercise.

Caroline said...

I really enjoy exercise, but it's been more challenging to find time after having Wesley and I can't imagine what another baby will do to my "routine" (which right now is anything but). Wesley and I like to dance in the living room to praise music, and if we do it long enough (at least 20 mins) it should count for something. We also play "chase" in the backyard or go for a walk around the block. At least I'm moving if I can't take a walk by myself. I tried the running thing and even did a 5K last year. I'd love to do it again, but it was HARD! And I run better with someone than by myself.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

I do not like exercise - I have no tips for you... I'm thinkin a wii fit might be what I need... it IS hooked up to the TV.. one machine I do love :)

Little Lovables said...

my excersize comes from having 2 energetic toddlers and living in a 3rd floor apartment :)

Sara said...

i love how you related this to relationships and accountability. God teaches us in EVERYTHING!