What comes to mind when I say the word EXERCISE? Is it a sweaty person climbing the stairs, or forcing yourself to lift weights or run a mile? Is it a picture of torture or enjoyment? We usually picture people hunched over in pain or struggling to breathe. For many people they cringe, feel guilt, or ignore the discussion all together. It’s so much easier to just sit on the couch and watch Netflix, right?
Exercise is something most people know is good for them, but they see it as a “have to” or “should do.” It is something that is associated with pain, discomfort, or dread.
But what about those crazy people who actually enjoy exercise. Who never skip a day, who look forward to their morning run, a hike in the mountains, or getting up early to hit the gym. Are they just nuts or is there something they’ve discovered that the rest of us don’t know? Is it possible to actually get pleasure out of exercise and make it a habit?
Yes... I said it…. “pleasure” and “exercise” in the same sentence. Those who know the secret of long-term health find something they look forward to doing, something that improves their mood, sparks their creativity, increases their energy, or helps them sleep better. Doesn’t that sound great?
I have seen how finding your “Joyful” movement can help you create and maintain an active lifestyle for good, not just a one-time resolution.
Many of you know I struggled with my weight when I was younger and I felt like I had to work out hard to “look good” which made workouts feel like just that another job, and that’s not fun! It’s when I finally started biking that I found my true joyful movement. I love the wind in my hair, coasting downhill, noticing the sights, smells, and feeling of being in motion. It pushes me and improves my mood. I love it and can’t live without it. It truly is my life saver.