To Exercise: “T’is” the Question

A personal trainer once told me, “You can’t “out-exercise” a bad diet.” But, what if I think about exercising, then get dressed to do so, and then get distracted…every day? What if I go to bed the night before, promising myself the next day, that I’ll eat healthier and avoid those popular peanut butter “eggs”, but then go buy a big bag of them? These questions plague me daily. But I’m writing to tell you, if you struggle with the idea of exercising, dread the thought of it, and subsequently not do it, that frequent exercise will pay off in the long run. You’ll be happier, a little sore perhaps, but it really is worth it.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. So, if you have anything that physically holds you back from exercise, perhaps you should consult a physician before starting an exercise routine.

Anyway! So you might be wondering, why would I WANT to exercise in the first place? Exercise comes in so many forms – cardio, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), weight lifting – I could write an entire paragraph on what forms in which you can partake. I’m talking about the MOTIVATION to, as Nike says, “Just Do It”. It’s really that simple. All of us are faced with choices every day – small, medium, and large. (Sounds like t-shirt sizes, but it’s true!)

What could your motivation be? Ladies, maybe for you, your motivation can be to look/feel better in clothes or bathing suit. (Gasp! I said the BS word!) Gentlemen, the same might be true for you. Maybe it’s as simple as wanting to be more physically fit. Period. Maybe your doctor suggested you shed a few “lbs” to avoid certain illnesses. Whatever the reason, a small victory may be jogging in place! Not running around the block, (I’m definitely not at that point), but do something that gets your heart rate up at least 3-4 times a week.

When I was particularly down about the number on the scale, my physician said in a kind voice, “If you exercise 3-4 times a week, and get your heart rate up above 120, and eat a little less, you should see some improvement in your weight.” So, I did as he prescribed. I lost 17 lbs, and when I stepped on the scale one morning, and I saw I was getting closer to my goal weight, whew, the joy I felt!

Friends, exercise doesn’t have to be the silent devil in the corner. Shine some light on him! Make him VANISH with your newfound, awesome motivation to exercise.

Until we meet again.

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