Putting On My Gym Shoes

August 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm 2 comments

I bet it’s a question many of you have asked yourself.

WHY do I persistently resist having to exercise??

Allow me to review the things I know regarding this subject:

  1. Exercise is good for my body.  It keeps me strong and healthy.  I believe that my body is my temple, and it deserves to be treated as such.
  2. Exercise is good for my self-esteem.  When I’m working out regularly, I feel sexier, my skin, hair, and nails look healthier, and my clothes fit better.
  3. Exercise is good for my mind.  It gives me more energy to get through a hectic day.  The increased flow of blood and oxygen to my brain sharpens my clarity, focus, creativity, and acuity.
  4. Exercise is good for my diet.  I love to eat!  Exercising regularly frees me from the tyranny of counting every calorie, and desperately having to resist EVERY tasty morsel that crosses my path.
  5. I ENJOY exercising!  95% of the time it feels really good to be doing it, and 100% of the time, I feel like a warrior when I’m finished.
  6. Exercise is good for my spirit.  There’s just nothing like pushing my physical boundaries to connect me to my spiritual source.
  7. I’ve SEEN the effects of regular exercise in my loss of 30 pounds last year!

So what gives?  Why are there so many days that I view putting on my gym shoes like a sentence to the iron maiden?  Can I argue that working out is not a valuable use of 30, 45, or even 60 minutes of my precious time?  Hang on a moment while I refer back to items 1-7.  … … … Hmm…. Nope.  While I could simply chalk it up to the crazy person who lives in my head (!), the real answer for me (and those of you for whom this is a familiar scenario) is two-fold. 

The first issue is that all of us have an inner three-year-old with a tyrannical demand for instant gratification, and the fact is that the benefits of exercise take time to reap.  Then, once you’ve attained them, they require constant maintenance!!  In our world of one-button, one-pill, one-surgery, one-hour satisfaction, this long road to Nirvana feels just plain unacceptable.

The second factor, which is infinitely more complicated, is an issue of deserving.  Clearly, on an unconscious level, I still do not believe I deserve all of those benefits which I know exercise will bring me.  Fortunately for me, I have at least reached the stage where my will is stronger than my whim, but I evidently have further to progress before I can view those gym shoes with the gratitude they warrant. 

So how do I combat the situation?  Before each workout, as I face “The Shoes,” I walk myself through points 1-7.  This pretty effectively negates and silences all objections, leaving me with no recourse but to do what I knew I should do in the first place!

Are there any points you’d like to add to the list?  How do you get YOUR workouts done?  Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

All my love,  Kristy

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. PaintandSoul  |  August 15, 2008 at 1:54 am

    I’d like to add:
    8) Exercise saves me money! It makes me feel more content with my life, more experience vs. item focused, and it keeps my clothes fitting and looking good on me so I don’t need new ones.

    I think the issue of deserving is a big one for me as well. I really like the idea of printing this list out – tweaked the tiniest bit to apply perfectly to me – and placing it ON my workout gear each night before I am supposed to rise and shine and work out in the morning. If I did that I would add a
    9) I DESERVE to be fit, healthy, happy, and hot! Exercise is one thing I do for me that can improve all areas of my life.

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  • 2. averagegoddess  |  August 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I LOVE 8 and 9, and putting the list somewhere visible is a GREAT idea. Leave it to you to one-up me! 🙂 Seriously though, keep ’em comin’. The fewer opportunities I have to make excuses, the better!!

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