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Friday, April 04, 2014

Prose is a form of writing done in a natural speaking tone.

Today I was thinking about how far I have come in my exercise journey since I started utilizing the Sparkpeople.com site.

When I started I did nothing. I walked when I had to for normal life. I thought the act of exercising was a futile use of time because it would not produce many results in losing weight. I often ask myself why when the evidence it works is all around me.

I can see the affects of burning energy in young children, Toddlers expend tons of energy just by being curious and snooping, climbing and falling into life. When children go to school, they burn those calories hurrying from one class to another, sports and recess; when they get home they would rather go out and play instead of doing homework!

Imagine that? Did you see your self at 7, 8 or 10 doing the same things I just described? When did I lose the enthusiasm to go out and play when I got home just because I became an adult and went to work? When did you lose your childhood play?

When I was a waitress and walked 7-8 miles a day I can understand why I didn't want to go "play" and be active. My jobs for the last 30 years have consisted of walking construction projects, sitting at my desk or sitting in meetings, riding in cars. Technology has caused me to become lazy and find all my play with my fingers which can actually type the correct keys 5 out of ten hits!

I see the affects of moving and being active in earlier ages of my life when I was overly strict with my diets and exercise to the point of being so sick of doing those things, I never wanted to do them again. But I had a thinner body to prove activity worked.

So why Did I feel exercise was futile? Because it wasn't FUN any more, it was work. IF I had to work so hard at it every day, it was not fun and what I got out of it was NOT worth the effort I put into it.

I want to find that enthusiasm to PLAY every night I had when I was a kid.

So what am I doing different now? I have learned that I need to do an exercise or actitivy I feel benefits me and I can do long term. I found out I needed to change some of my attitudes about what exercise is.

And so I did. I found a personal trainer who kept pushing me and gave me muscles and I never had those. One of the thrills of my life was when my younger athletic sister commented on how muscular my calves were about 6 months ago!

my personal ST training is hard, it eats into money I would spend on entertainment but It is worth every penny for me. I have muscles now, I can open jars, I can walk farther than I used to be able to, I have fun while I am doing this and keep my trainer in mind when not home and find ways to add ST in to my every day life.

I look at exercise as a necessity of life that I did when I was young without thinking about it and now I want to be a role model for the younger generations in my family to show them what FUN activity will do for you physically.

I have found ways to be actively playing at working out when 10 years ago it was just too much work for little reward.

Do you play at exercise? I hope so, we all need to!


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    I loved your blog !! This is so true and really made me think !! I am happy for you and often have thought of getting a personal trainer . It may just may be my next step !! something has got to change for me !

    2231 days ago
    This is an amazing blog! It should be Featured! I pressed the "I liked this blog" button - hope that helps!
    2235 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423281
    I want to find that enthusiasm too!
    2241 days ago
    Excellent blog my friend. You really do have a knack of expression. Thanks for sharing.
    2242 days ago
    I loved the structure and tone of this! You really drew me in, through your reflections and self-questioning. It caused me to think, about how we lose that sense of play and joy that we had when we were younger, and how that affects us physically in our adult years. I am still finding my way with exercise and making it fun. I do something (or try to) every day, but it isn't always *fun*. I loved when I lived in Atlanta and could go running whenever I wanted to-that was joy! I just have to find a way to have that here.

    Very well done!
    2243 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Wow! Wonderful blog (practice)! I love the way you discuss the topic of exercise. You are so right that it needs to be fun, but then when it's fun it doesn't feel like a work out. Thanks!
    2243 days ago
    Some of the fitness minute I get is from doing things that are in the realm of 'exercise' but I also do things I know that are fun but is also giving my body a workout. I hula hoop, jump rope, ride a bike, skip, dance like when I was a kid. I play physical games on the Wii like bowling, baseball, tennis, boxing and golf. This walk to healthiness doesn't have to be drudgery but it can also be fun.

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    2244 days ago

    thanks so much for writing today.

    you make a good point that attitude is crucial to success. I'm trying to recapture the FUN of doing instead of feeling like .... "I *have* to do this or that".
    2244 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14167040
    emoticon Thanks for the well written article.
    2244 days ago
    I think you really nailed something important--making exercise fun. I tried "exercising" at several points when I was younger, but always gave it up within a short period of time because I hated it--and yet this was at a point in my life where I voluntarily walked and biked every where, went rollerblading because it was fun, and went to dance practice every Friday night and danced for about 3 hours.

    When I got back into exercise and this time it stuck, it was because I had to if I didn't want to be trapped in a chair by pain. So I worked out. And I'm getting my life back. But I have also found that those exercises that work best for me aren't necessarily the best workouts, but the things I enjoy--things like playing tennis or fencing or going for walks.
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    I was particularly struck about your comment on losing our sense of play.
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    MMMMMmmmm good thinking.

    I am retired and make the excuse that I didn't have time for a REAL work out.
    I usually get 4 miles a day but that is not good enough for my body to remove weight.

    Thanks for the reminder. I want to play.

    Hugs Mary
    2244 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I like the way you use questions and your personal experience to involve the reader and illustrate your ideas. You hit the nail on the head for regular exercise - if we enjoy what we do we all want to keep doing it! We just don't play enough as we get older. Would you allow me to put this forward for the Library? I think others who come along later might like to read it. emoticon
    2244 days ago
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