It’s week 3 in my heart series inspired by the heart complications of Michael Clarke Duncan and in my own family. In that post, I outlined 5 suggestions to give your body a good chance at a stronger heart. The first tip was to stop smoking and I talked at length last week on how you can do that. In case you missed it, you can check it out here.
This week, it’s exercise. You know, Workouts ~ that dirty word that kids lovingly refer to as “play”?
Let’s first start off by calling it play too, okay? I mean, when did it shift from play to workout anyway? I’ll tell you when. Back when we were pre-teens/teenagers and thought we were way too cool to play, so we called it something different. We called it working out and there it stayed.
Here’s the problem, the term ‘working out’ has the word ‘work’ in it. Right? Who in their right mind is going to do something called working out if it doesn’t excite them to do so? Ummm, not many people I’m afraid.
But call it play? Well, then you have a whole new ballgame. Don’t you think?
I do. So, okay, we’re gonna call it play. What does that mean? Well, it means different things to different people.
What do you love to do that’s active? If you really can’t think of anything, how about this?
What did you do as a child that was active that you’ve long forgotten about?
- Biking around the neighborhood?
- Jumping Rope?
- Climbing Trees?
- Rolling down hills?
- Monkey Bars?
- Jumping over the bushes from your front porch? …or maybe that was just me…
Whatever it was or still is, tap into it ~ rediscover the fun of it and just do it.
…but what about the monkey wrenches? Dang things…
Here are a couple of monkey wrenches that I can think of and how to get around them.
Solution #1: Get up 20 minutes earlier.
Solution #2: Use your lunch hour (if you work outside the home.)
Solution #3: Go play after dinner. 20 minutes.
Solution #1: Take them with you.
Solution #2: Play with them as they play.
Solution #3: Play when they’re otherwise occupied.
I don’t have a solution for motivation. Sorry.. Motivation has to come from within. There may be a catalyst that launches you to get motivated, but the source has to come from you. You have to make a decision that this is what you’re going to do and just do it. You have to make that commitment to yourself and that’s it. No amount of motivational speeches or coaches or pictures or tv shows are going to do a bit of good until you find the motivation from within.
So, tell me ~ What stops you from exercising? What keeps you exercising? Can you think of any other monkey wrenches you’re struggling with? Anyone have an exercise Pinterest board to share?