While some people don’t need any reasons to exercise, because of their high metabolism, I’m not one of them.
If I didn’t put exercise on my weekly list, I’d probably sit all day writing at the computer, eating at the table, playing table games, watching movies, playing the piano, or knitting. If you take me to the beach, I’ll look for a log to sit on. If you take me to the zoo, I’ll look for a bench. Call me sedentary.
During my dieting years, I made discoveries about reasons to exercise. Bad reasons focus on body image and fads, and make exercise feel like drudgery. Good reasons focus on sensing what our bodies are telling us and turn exercise into play.
Five Bad Reasons to Exercise
1. To lose weight
2. To work on “problem” areas of your body shape
3. To get judgmental people off your back
4. To be part of what’s trending
5. To ease boredom
Good Reasons to Exercise
1. To take a break (from sitting or being cooped up)
2. To get recharged and refreshed
3. To limber up stiff joints
4. To increase the blood circulation to your brain
5. To stay flexible or increase your range of motion
6. To strengthen muscle groups
7. To prepare for a competition you enjoy, e.g. wheelbarrow racing
8. To sway, twirl, leap with the joy of life
I hate exercise
for the sake of exercise
but I love dancing
Posted on March 22, 2016