Today is Day 6 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.
E is for Exercise
For most of my life, exercise and I have had an on-again, off-again relationship – mostly off.
As a child I was skinny and active and then puberty hit. I hid behind my height and then my weight.
I took swimming lessons in my teens and then at university I loved to play squash.
When I went up north, I tried cross country skiing, badminton and volleyball. Then after a break-up, I turned to dancing, by myself. I would dance for 30 – 40 min every evening and slowly the weight came off and I actually felt good about my body.
But over the next twenty years, the weight slowly returned, as I turned to food to help ease the turmoil of a marriage unraveling and the stress of work.
I divorced, met Bill and remarried at 50. We tried walking, but not regularly. I attended some classes but dropped out. I tried dancing again, but by then the arthritis in my knees gave me too much pain.
This morning, I lay in bed thinking about my past relationship with exercise – not a great one. I also woke up once again with a headache and pain in my right side.
Bill got a fitbit from an award at work and has been tracking his food and walking for the past 6 weeks. He got me one for Valentine’s Day and though I have tried to get 10,000 (usually 8,000) steps a day, I have resisted all the other features.
But, I am tired of feeling unfit – of the excess weight, the lethargy, the pain.
I really do need to embrace exercise, not just endure it. It is not the enemy.
So – I am making a commitment here and now – to exercise for 30 minutes daily for the rest of March. It is said that 21 days helps solidify a habit and it is one I need.
Wish me well!