Do you exercise?
I have some feelings about using the word exercise. It immediately brings me visions and memories of being in a gym, a place I have no desire to return to after years of either being a trainer or forcing myself to go. I don't miss working out with an audience watching or catching glimpses of myself on the wall-to-wall mirror. These are things I am 100% uninterested in doing these days.
So I don’t. But there were a handful of years where I still very much believed that if I wasn’t working out at a gym or running on the regular I was a lazy human incapable of keeping herself healthy. In fact, that particular story line kept me feeling shitty not only about exercise and my body, but about food, about my clothes, my opinions and my life choices. Nothing was ever good enough. I wasn’t good enough. It bled into everything I was doing. I hear some version of this story from women and clients on the regular.
There is no set in stone way I exercise. The most consistent movement for me is walking - I absolutely love to walk. Other than that I just try to find things to do that I enjoy and to be honest I hardly spend any mental energy figuring out how I’ll fit exercise into my day.
Here are a few things that keep me moving.
Get your jump on with Rebounding. I hear there are rebounding (jumping on a small trampoline) exercise classes and there is this hilarious video a friend of mine shared with me. But I like the convenience of doing it at home while doing other things: listening to podcasts, watching Netflix, listening to an audiobook or good old fashioned music. Got a conference call or webinar that doesn’t require you do a ton of talking or note taking…rebound. It’s fun you guys.
Switch up coffee dates/meetings/happy hour/lunches with walk-and-talks. This is possibly the smartest thing my friends and I have done. We meet at a park or someone’s house and head out walking and talking. Before we know it we’ve walked 4 or 5 miles and we’ve come up with as many good ideas and ways to change the world.
Be an adventurer. Everything you do or try doesn’t have to lead to a lifelong habit, obsession or membership. You can try rock climbing one weekend without running out to buy the shoes, harness and chalk bag. You can find a cool hike in your city or somewhere nearby and plan the day around that. Find some water and rent a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard.
The idea here is to help us get off the bandwagon of feeling bad about not doing enough or doing it a certain way and to just do something. And by all means make it enjoyable.