Attitude Makes All the Difference!
Written by Gayle
I can't tell you how many years I've started the new year with a fitness goal that was based on pounds. As most of you know, that's a tough one to reach and even tougher to keep.
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But in the last few years I have come to a much more balanced attitude about weight and fitness. It is coming from the place of my 2014 "Manifesto"-- Be Grateful
I used to look at exercise as something that I had to do so that I could lose weight. It was the be-all-and-end-all, the I-have-to-do-this. A goal. But when I realized that exercise was the way that I thanked my body for all of the good things that it can do, my attitude changed.
Here's my biggest example:
For years and years I have tried to be a runner. It seemed the ideal exercise for a person who had a very busy life and needed to exercise in a short amount of time. But nope. I just hated it.
I would make myself run, sometimes regularly for months at a time, before I realized that I just felt tortured every time I did it. The only thing I liked about it was being done. I loved classes at the gym and riding my bike and hiking and skiing, but running? No thanks.
Nearly three years ago, though, I went for a walk for a change of pace in my hilly neighborhood. When I realized that I wasn't getting my heart-rate up enough to be considered a cardio workout, I decided that I would use gravity. I started jogging when I was going downhill, but then just walked uphill. After a while, I started jogging on the flat, too. Still walking uphill. And guess what? I didn't feel tortured. Now I love going out for what I call a "gravity assisted" run. I never feel guilty about walking uphill, since I know my heart is still pounding (the hills where I live are pretty steep!)
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My good friend (who is a true runner), when I told her about my "running" program, said, "That's a good start!" Well, no. It is my workout. I had discovered that my obsession to always be improving and pushing myself that caused me to hate running. This is my workout--my way to thank and appreciate my body. It's not a goal accomplished or even a step in a larger plan. It is the physical embodiment of "Be Grateful."
And I have enjoyed a bonus from my running plan--stronger bones. Since I have started running, my bone density has actually increased (and these are bones that have lifted weights for many years). Another bonus is that when I am active, I want to eat in a more healthy way.
What are you planning to do to thank your body in 2014? In what ways will you move more?