Yesterday I sent out an email update for everyone on the Life-Cise mailing list. Now, yesterday was Earth Day, so I suggested that everyone get outside and move, even if only for a few minutes.
Although yesterday was quite full for me, I decided my advice to everyone else was actually pretty good – go outside, even for just a few minutes. I did, and was richly rewarded. I only had 15 minutes to walk in the woods, but they were 15 very good minutes.
I always stress the importance of choosing an activity you enjoy because you’re so much more likely to stick with it. If we think of exercise as nothing but a chore, and choose activities that make it feel like a chore, how much are we actually going to exercise?
I confess, I’ve never been much good at doing chores (just ask my mom). But I will be quite dedicated to a task if I enjoy it. As busy and stressed as I’ve been, squeezing in a bit of exercise yesterday was easy because it was something I enjoy – walking in the woods. It didn’t feel like a chore. I know exercise is good for me, but I didn’t do it for that reason. I know that exercise reduces my risk for recurrence of my cancer, but I didn’t do it for that reason. I did it because I enjoy it. And as I said, I was richly rewarded, in so many ways.
(And does anyone know this delicate little yellow flower? I know the pics not so good – cell phone – no focus control. It grows in a drying up stream bed, in the midst of trout lilies.)