Do you enjoy activity by your very nature or is it more of a forced activity? For my entire life I was certainly not an athlete by nature! I remember every year in school when we had to to the Presidential Fitness test I would cringe and dread that day with great anticipation. I wasn’t raised in a family where activity and sports were the norm. And as an adult and mom of three young children, I reached a point when I realized I was sitting on the picnic table or the porch encouraging my husband to chase the kids. I was a sideline Mom. This was not how I wanted it to be. When my youngest was six months old I knew if I wanted things to change, that I would have to make the change NOW.
Over the next several months as I began losing weight, surprisingly I actually enjoyed moving and being more active. I was taking more walks with my husband and children, we rode bikes and I actually had my youngest in a Burley biking trailer, plus dreams that I never knew existed began to emerge.
The most important facet to adding movement to your routine, besides determining if you are physically able to do so (see a doctor to confirm), is to pick an activity that you enjoy! I had a client one time tell me she just wanted to be able to walk around her town square with her husband without being winded. Can you imagine, something seemingly so simple could change this client’s life?
So here is your question for today:
If you were in the best physical shape possible, what activity would you enjoy doing that you (1) either can not do now or (2) you could do more comfortably?
Be ready for dreams that you never knew possible to emerge. It happened to me in early 2011. I was in the best shape of my adult life, and I arrived at a point where I simply said, “Why not?” What resulted has led me on a four year journey and will come to a pass in less than a month. You see my husband and I began trying in 2011 to get accepted by lottery in to the New York City Marathon. After three years of denials, we were given guaranteed entry in 2014 which means on October 31st, we will travel to NYC to run the marathon on November 2nd. I am scared, excited, thrilled, nervous…but more importantly, I am grateful that I am healthy and that I allowed myself to be open to the possibilities. And the best part, my husband will be running it with me! Now we don’t be running “together” as he is MUCH, MUCH faster than I am. But we are doing something that we CHOOSE to do together. He has been an amazing encourager and a tremendous support throughout the past several months of training. And he blessed me on my birthday last month with this beautiful commemorative necklace engraved with his special words of encouragement to me. This man is my rock and believes in me when I feel I can’t run another foot.
My encouragement to you is to pick an activity you enjoy and schedule it into your week 4-5 times per week for 30 minutes or more. Start small with maybe 15 minutes and work your way up. The best part you’ll feel great afterwards!