I can do pushups. Real pushups. Not many more than 10 at a time on a good day, but I can do them.
I can sense the jiggling ladies on the (formerly) FLABeLOS machine pausing from their books and glancing sideways at me while I do them.
Look, I’m far from fit (and will never be an underwear model). I’ve only belonged to my gym for a few weeks, and two of those weeks we were sickies and didn’t go. But I’ve figured out that one must exert some effort to become strong and healthy, so, I do. (Sometimes, to be fair.)
One of the most important realizations I’ve had in my life (after rum + sugary mixer = ???) is that being healthy isn’t an exercise plan, or a diet, but a lifestyle. Yeah, I ripped that from Shape magazine 10 years ago, but it works.
I’m kind of on a typical winter bender of cheese and bread and chocolate and so on, as I dream of the days the markets are stocked with decent produce again. So exercise right now is important to me for feeling well. I crank up some (probably embarrassing to make public) jams and push my legs and arms to work harder.
I have fewer problems with my back when I’ve been lifting weights. I have more energy for walking to town when I’ve been exercising. I’m a much more pleasant person to be around when I can burn off my anxiety on a Stairmaster. And it would be unfair for me to not say that I feel a lot better about myself when I feel like I have something like muscles in here.
As hard as it is to get to the gym sometimes, I always leave applauding myself for taking care of myself. For some reason I always remember that I’m 31 when I leave the gym. It’s as if I think I deserve some kind of recognition for understanding now that exercise is just something I have to do for the long term, like a retirement plan.
I’m grateful that I enjoy using the gym, and I know many people don’t. I do believe there is some kind of exercise that’s enjoyable to each person. Maybe it’s dance, or martial arts, or cycling, or hiking, or basketball… whatever it is, I challenge you to get in some exercise this week and see how you feel. Share what you enjoy in the comments below!