We all know that physical exercise does the body good, but did you also know that the longer you sit on the couch, in front of the computer, or even standing in front of a cash register (that’s right, standing is almost as bad for you) the worse it is for you?
It is no secret that living a sedentary life is good for no one, both physically and mentally. Not only does your body wear down, but so does your mind. According to recent studies your neurological health is also affected by the amount of physical exercise you get on a daily basis, or lack thereof.
Yet, even knowing all of that, who wants to work out, really? I for one despise the actual act of going to the gym, the track, my living room, wherever I might be going to do this dreadful thing called working out. But here’s the secret: it doesn’t have to be this way!
Working Out vs. Exercise
Working out and exercising are two very different things. Having done both, I can tell you that exercise is fun, while working out, for me, is the last thing I ever want to do. The difference is exercise is something you do for fun, like playing a sport, while working out is simply doing so for one simple reason: to “get into shape.”
If that’s what you want to do, more power to you. I for one find the thought nauseating. For those of us who want to stay in shape, but can’t stomach running on a treadmill or even through the countryside, there’s a better way.
Its called exercise, and I have found the perfect one for me. Dancing has always been something I’ve wanted to do, but thought that I had to take lessons to have any fun with it. Well, one day I simply started dancing in my living room, and have done it many times since, even in clubs and during parties, something I never used to do.
If you’ve never tried it, dancing is a heck of a workout, especially if you really get into it and move your body. By the time I’m done I’m drenched in sweat and loving it, whereas I used to feel better physically after a workout, but drained mentally, like I had just wasted my time doing something I only thought I needed to be healthy.
In a book called The Science of Being Well, written by Wallace D Wattles, he states that it is better to be exercising doing something you love instead of out of the mindset that you won’t be healthy unless you do. This mindset creates tension in the mind, while the former creates a healthier self-image.
When you exercise to have fun instead of doing so merely so you won’t be fat…well, then life gets really interesting. You start to see yourself as a healthy person instead of someone who “needs to workout” so you can actually enjoy the sight of yourself in the mirror as you step out of the shower.
Selecting Your Exercise
So, how do you go about selecting an exercise for you? Answer this simple question: what is something that has always looked fun to you, that you just haven’t been able to muster up the courage to try? Maybe it’s learning a martial art, or dancing, like I do. Perhaps what you’re looking for is parkour, but you don’t think you’re capable.
If what you want to do is held back by what you think you’re capable of you will never be happy with anything in your life. There are certainly things out there that require at least some existing physical fitness to accomplish, so choose something lighter to begin with, like going for walks for example.
I go for a walk at least once every couple of weeks, and you know what? I actually find that I enjoy the alone time. Usually I’ll bring my iPod, but sometimes I’ll just walk out of the house and not come back for a couple of hours, not knowing where I was going when I stepped out the front door.
There are no limits to what you can do for exercise, so take a long, hard look at what you truly want out of life, and the next step toward your health and happiness will come to you. I can tell you where most of you likely need to start: by turning the television off, shutting down your computer, and simply going outside instead.
When I started dancing I simply got up off the couch, and my body began moving in ways that it had never done before. It was like I was in a trance. If you’ve read my last post, you’ve seen me mention being in flow. Well, when I dance, I am in flow almost the entire time, and it feels amazing!
Don’t waste another minute wishing you were in better shape, just get up, get out, and live your life! Your body and mind will thank you.
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