It is well documented here and on my blog that I have a mostly love-hate relationship with exercise. I hate doing it, but love what it does for my body. Over the years I’ve met some fitness gurus who feel the same way about it. Somehow, hearing they weren’t super gung-ho sweaters made me feel better about coming out with my true feelings.
I have a t-shirt that says Every Damn Day and I wear it on those mornings or evenings where I’m heading out for a run and it is the last possible thing I want to do. The shirt reminds me that I promised I’d do something every damn day, like it or not.
Let me be truthful, some days, my “something” is running up and down stairs ten times or a handful of yoga poses in my room before I start the day. Yes, I try to work in real, longer lasting, cardio and strength as often as possible, but somedays just moving is all that I can fit in.
Lately, I’ve found an accidental walking mate on a track a few miles from my house. We walk for an hour-something I never thought I’d do! We walk at a clip that is nearly as fast as I run. Which, either means I’m walking really fast or running really slow. I’m choosing to believe the former.
My point is, we’re exercising, enough to make our legs hurt for days, and I’m loving it. We have great conversation and I feel awesome, although sore, for the rest of the day. I find myself looking forward to our morning walks, which I can honestly say has never happened before. I probably can’t do this every day. I can tell I’m going to need to throw in some yoga as I can feel I’m unable to touch my toes! Also, I need to keep a couple runs in a week. As much as I love our walks, I’m not willing to give up all I’ve gained as a runner.
But for a few days a week, my exercise and self-care have intertwined. Those days, will never include the Damn t-shirt.
What are you doing to make sure you move every day? Are you able to figure out something to love about it?