Happy Wednesday everyone! On Monday, we talked about whether we need to change how we view exercise. When we were kids, we didn’t think of exercise as a chore. Instead, we got outside and ran, jumped, rode our bikes, and swam just for the pure joy of it.
What were some of the activities you enjoyed when you were a child? We lived out in the country, so we played outside all the time. If you lived in the city, you may have been part of the streetlight generation – when the streetlights came on, you know it was time to go inside. We didn’t have streetlights, so we went in when it got too dark to see.
As we’ve grown older, we may have stopped looking at movement as a gift and started seeing it as a chore. It may have become that thing that we just “don’t have time for” or that we have to “suffer through” in order to get the results we want.
Remembering the joy we got from our ‘play’ activities may help us start to change our feelings around exercise for the better. When we can approach physical activity with joy instead of dread, we’re much more likely to be able to stick with it.
We may not do exactly the same types of activities we did when we were children, but the things we loved then can give us some clues about the types of movement that we enjoy. And if we take a little time to look at how we feel about different types of movement, we can find things that we enjoy.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
Rather than looking at exercise as a means to an end and engaging in things we hate to do because we think we ‘should’ let’s find things that we can actually enjoy doing. Remember, all movement helps improve our overall wellness.
What was your favorite way to play when you were a child? Do you enjoy exercise now? If so, what’s your favorite way to stay active? If not, how could you change your view of exercise? Please share!