Do you have trouble exercising? Does the word “exercise” fill you with dread or boredom? Do you want to be more active but can’t figure out how to do that? I have a few secrets that help me view exercise as fun.
I confess that I hate to exercise. I have unhappy memories of gym class in elementary school. I remember running laps, counting the unending repetitions of sit-ups and failing to keep up with the other classmates. When I worked with a personal trainer, I remember her laughing as I struggled through another grueling set of weights or squats. I could never keep up with others in exercise classes at the local gym. There was a feeling of failure, shame and humiliation for me in each of these settings, which reinforced my desire to avoid exercise whenever possible.
Many people I know are choosing healthy, organic and locally grown foods this year. February is always a challenge, because the fresh foods have to be shipped from a distance. I also know that workers are often underpaid, which adds to the dilemma of which foods to purchase. This time of year, I shift my priorities slightly, so that I can eat fresh and organic produce and fruit. My grocery bills are quite a bit higher will all the produce I buy. I view it as an investment in my health.
Another investment in health is my time. It takes time to prepare healthy food. I invest in fresh food preparation, because it is healthier for me than fast food. I consider it part of my spiritual practice of wellness. I'm becoming good friends with my crock pot and the freezer. This saves time when I make extra food to put in the freezer. It also takes time to plan out my weekly menu and shopping list. It takes time to label the foods I prepare, but the labels help me use food in a timely manner.
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