Tuesday, March 8, 2011

To Exercise or To Exercise, That is the Question

Spring is in the air. I know some of you are still knee deep in unending snow banks, but trust me, spring is in the air.  I know this not because the trees are budding in North Carolina and the daffodils are blooming, although they are,  but because my body tells me at this time of year, every year, that it’s time to move. Not sell my house and move, but get off my dusty winter duff and move.  It is time to shake off the mental and physical hibernation I have been in and get back to serious exercise.

Before I actually do follow my inner dictate I have to go through the ritual of getting ready. I have to think about exercising and all that entails before I actually do it. Martha Beck says this is a part of any process of change and it’s okay. So I feel vindicated. Thinking about a change we are trying to make is actually a way for our psyche to prepare for it. So,  I am thinking about whether I am going to walk, or jog, join a health club or cough up the money for the Proform Elliptical I saw online.  My frugal side tells me I should just slip on a pair of Asics sneakers and save a whole lot of money.

Every time I decide to get serious about exercise these are the types of questions that suddenly take on an extreme level of importance.  So, yesterday I spent a chunk of time surfing the web for exercise gear, wrapped up in my Snuggi on the couch with my laptop in place, eating all of the unhealthy food left in the house so I wouldn’t be tempted once I got serious again.

There are so many great products out there, and great prices, that it is truly hard to decide. For now I’m focusing on which pair of sneakers to buy.  My choices are between Nike lunar glide sneakers and an Asics pair similar to those I had last year and loved.

Today is decision making day. There’s no more junk food in the house. The rain has stopped and the sun is out.  I’ve given myself until three o’clock and then I’m going to commit, not only to a pair of shoes but to my health. It’s time.  Spring is here.

1 comment:

Jill said...

Even though we still have at least two more months of cold weather here in Colorado, I am in agreement, it's time to shake off winter and take on the spring. Thanks for the motivation.

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