Move it or lose it

Exercise is no fun.  The first 15 minutes I want to be anywhere but there.  Sometimes I have to distract myself the whole time.  Sometimes even five minutes there seems like an hour.

I’d love to have my week nights back too.  All that time at the gym takes up a lot of my free time.  I miss reading several books a week.  I miss making art as much as I did before I started exercising.  There are events I’d like to go to but I have to skip because they are when I need to work out.

Even though I’m not excited about exercise, I feel better after I do it.  Some of the benefits are mental.  Sometimes I like to joke that I work out for everyone else’s benefit because it makes me easier to be around.  Perhaps more importantly, it makes it easier for me to be around myself. I feel out of sorts in body and mind when I don’t exercise.

I’ve come to see exercise as the same as dialysis.  It gets the icky bits out and it isn’t optional. You have a choice how you spend your time. Work out now or be forced to go to physical therapy later.

I think the key is movement and the understanding that our bodies have to be maintained.  They degrade in slow motion. Just like houses and cars, we have to take care of them for them to take care of us.  It catches up with us when we don’t maintain our bodies.  Sometimes we get a second chance and can turn things around.  Or sometimes we develop a chronic disease that can’t be fixed.  There are always repercussions to our actions as well as our inaction. Get moving.  The life you save will be your own.

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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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