What is it that comes to mind for you when you hear the word Exercise?
Do you turn off your mind or do you smile and think of the great things that your body can do because you are in great physical shape? Do you sigh with sadness as you know that you don’t take the time to fit exercise into your day? Do you close your eyes and relax until the thought goes away? What is it that you think of when you hear that word ‘exercise’?
Can you see your favorite movement, your favorite exercise or your favorite view as you hike through the hills near your home, or on a favorite vacation?
Do you recall a favorite moment in a sport that you played as a child? Do you conjure up horrible memories of gym classes where you had two left feet, or got picked last because you had not yet found the movement that best fit for you and your glorious body?
Who said that we had to look like a muscle bound ‘sexy’ person? Why can’t I just look lean, strong and healthy? Who said I had to do it perfectly and often? Do I have to feel uncomfortable doing the workout? Do I have to sweat?
Exercise should bring pleasant thoughts to your mind… Why? Cause it is what your body craves! Yes, craves. Your body was made for moving just like the song says ‘these boot were made for walking’ so was your body made for moving.
Should we change the word exercise to something more pleasant for your memories or mind? We have changed many a word over the years so that we are more ‘politically correct’ maybe it is time to change the word ‘exercise’? Would that help?
Tell me, what is your experience? Do you have pleasant memories when you hear “Exercise”? Do you feel good when you hear “Exercise”? Does resistance pop into your mind? Do you have an automatic reaction to that word? What is your experience?
I am off to get some exercise as I know how great I will feel when I am doing it and how much better I feel after! Not to mentions how great I feel when I finally accomplish something that I haven’t been able to do before. Later!!
Please leave me your responses as I would love to hear what you are dealing with when it comes to motivating yourself to get moving!! Any ideas for new words that mean “Exercise”, I would love to hear them!
PS.. Time is a big excuse, I am going to guess that it runs deeper than that… Are you willing to share your story?