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A Commitment To Exercise Is A Commitment To Yourself

September 18th, 2012 No comments

It can be stated categorically that exercise is beneficial to overall health and fitness. It improves circulation, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, helps to control weight, assists in keeping your metabolism working at a higher level and just plain makes you feel better. I know I do. I didn't really start exercising regularly until I reached age 42 and I felt like it was a do it now or forever let it slide situation. I was twenty pounds overweight and did not feel good physically and was forever berating myself for not getting things under control.

The good news is that I have gotten my weight down and under control. I took the advice of a motivational speaker whose opinion I respect and made the decision to be a healthier person. Please note that I did not say to myself that I was going to lose a whole bunch of weight and try to look like a lingerie model. I was realistic with my goal and went into this knowing that I was not going to be able to turn back the hands of time. What I did want to do, however, was become a person who takes action on a decision and doesn't let herself down by not following through. I wanted to be a person who exercises regularly and eats healthfully most of the time. And I did that.

It's been four years now and I still go to the gym five times a week. Sometimes six. Sometimes four. But, on average, I'm there working out five times a week. It makes me feel good about myself that I am doing something that the vast majority of women my age don't do--I'm taking care of myself. And the best 'side effect' my commitment has had beside weight loss and physique improvement for myself is that my exercise habit has rubbed off on my husband. We now both go most days of the week and are much better off for it. It's something we do together a lot, but not always. He likes to do some types of classes that I do not and vice versa. But, we do feel a sense of pride that we're in our mid and late forties and look pretty darned good for our ages!

I've been asked many times how I do it...how do I keep going? Don't I get tired of going to workout virtually everyday? The honest answer is yes...and no. I keep going back because I've seen tremendous results and feel SO MUCH better physically and mentally. I've attended some great conferences and received life changing advice...one speaker said to make the decision only one time. If your decision is to be someone who exercises and takes care of herself, then decide to do so. Then, everyday when it's time to go to the gym and you don't feel like it or something has come up that's making you reconsider, DO NOT reconsider the decision each time. You've already done that--unless it's something truly critical, you go. You've already decided to make it a priority in your life, it's critical that you don't remake the argument with yourself each time.

So, the bottom line to what I'm saying is that you make your choice, outline a plan and stick to the plan. If the plan isn't working, redo the plan but do not re-argue the decision. When it comes to exercising regularly, the execution needs to be flexible, the decision does not.

This is a guest post by Krys.

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