Monday, March 29, 2010

Value of Exercise


My commitment to do this blog everyday has been such a blessing. The healthy goals and habits I developed before some drastic events occurred in my life helped prepare me physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. I also benefited from an opportunity to articulate my feelings and testimony during the crisis that helped me put it all in perspective.

Now it is time to get back to a focus on the physical health habit of exercise. I have to admit that I have become an exercise addict. Trust me, I am not overboard on how much I exercise but since I have discovered the natural high that it gives, it is something I want to do everyday, but Sunday.

What I discovered years ago that helped me develop this addiction was that when I started walking I would repeat to myself over and over again, "I am doing this everyday for the rest of my life." I still can't walk up Muttonhollow Road without thinking of how I programed my mind and body by repeating it as I walked. It is not something I started to do to just lose weight and then quit when the weight was gone. (Of course, the way I continued to keep eating meant the weight wasn't permanently gone anyway!) Exercising is something that I have committed to do everyday for the rest of my life. I love it and do believe as the studies have suggested that it is more effective than anti-depressant medication for mental well being.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Exercise is medicine. I figure if I exercise every day, I will always be able to do it...like you say...for the rest of my life. I love it too.

KT said...

Hey Tanya!
Sorry we missed you Sunday. We hope you got your fruit ok, if not, go check your front door.
Love ya,
Katie
I want to excercise everyday, I'm having a really hard time finding a time that works w/the 4 kids, and Brooks working late.