It’s a common refrain in our lives (and even in this blog.) if you want to keep your body healthy then you have to move it. Movement is necessary for your joints, muscles, and mind. And it’s a great way to keep your weight in check (along with diet, we must never forget diet.)
You don’t have to join a cross-fit gym, just getting up and walking down the street is a start. (And then the next day, you walk down the street a little further.)
But here’s the thing, no one is going to stop doing what they’re doing (lying down on the couch watching TV while eating chips) unless there is enough incentive involved to stop that behavior.
Sometimes that incentive is pain. It’s more painful to continue your old behavior than it is to try something new. For alcoholics, this is called hitting “rock bottom” things couldn’t get worse– it doesn’t necessarily have to be rock bottom for you, but it has to hurt enough to get your attention.
Maybe one day you get up and realize your knees really hurt and you kind of look like your grandmother when you go down the stairs. Maybe it’s that you try on a pair of pants that fit a few months ago, but when you look in the mirror you realize that you can no longer be seen in public wearing them.
Sometimes the incentive to change comes in the form of encouragement. You join an exercise group. You call up a friend to go with you to a yoga class. You try to hit your step goals on your fit bit. For some people competition, whether it’s personal or with others can be a tremendous motivator for change.
No matter what it is, something has to happen to convince you that there are benefits in trying new behavior.
Do yourself a favor, if you find that you can’t get up to exercise (you can’t find the time, you don’t have the energy, there are a million other excuses) try to think about what is really going on.
Are you in enough pain to make a change? If not, how bad will it have to get before you do?
Do you need encouragement and motivation to make that change? Then reach out and grab it. There are plenty of friends, family, and people in the chronically ill community who would be willing to give you a big ‘ol “Attaboy” if you need it.
In fact, here’s your first one – Attaboy! I knew you could do it!
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.