Exercise exorcises

I don’t exercise to fit into my clothes.  I exercise to fit inside myself. My body and brain don’t feel right when I don’t exercise.  I feel sluggish and stupid.  I feel out of sorts.

I exercise so my joints work without hurting.  I exercise so my muscles are strong enough to lift what I need to lift.  I exercise so I can sleep well. I exercise so I don’t get angry all the time, so I can think more clearly, so I can have some space in my head for the thoughts I want to think. Exercise shakes out all the rusty bits.  Exercise stops me from feeling rusty in body, mind, and soul.  Things just work better when I take care of myself.

Every now and then I’ll take a break.  Every now and then I “cheat” for a week and I’ll not walk at lunch, or I’ll sit more than I should at work.  Every now and then I just don’t want to go to the Y.  Usually I’ll spend the same week eating sea salt caramel gelato, sour cream and onion potato chips, and drinking Yoo-hoo chocolate drinks.

The only person I’m cheating on is myself.  I’ll feel fine for a bit, and then it catches up with me.  Then I feel terrible and I hate being inside my body, because I’ve put bad stuff in it and I haven’t done anything to get it out. Then I start up again right where I left off.  Exercise gets out all the bad stuff.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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