When You Hear The Word Exercise, What Comes To Mind?

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?

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24 Responses to When You Hear The Word Exercise, What Comes To Mind?

  1. Great post Holly,

    For me hearing the word exercise brings happiness to mind. I can say that because it has always been a great experience for me to exercise…except maybe the time when I when for a jog before a Hollowing party when I was 23 years old and i didn’t warm up at all…It was a cold night in Toronto and I jumped in the shower to and got dressed as Ginie for the party… Half way through the party while dancing, my knee started to hurt and I ended up on crutches for 4 weeks…LOL…But really, that’s the only time something like that happened…Have a great week!

    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      So glad to hear that it brings happiness to your mind!! Yes, it is so good to hear that exercise is a great experience for you!! Thanks for stooping by Nathalie!

  2. Angela says:

    When I hear the word exercise all I think is fun. It did not use to be that way for me. It all changed when I found exercise I like and now it is such a big part of my life.
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  3. Tom Burt says:

    Hi Holly,
    At this time in my life the word exercise means spending hours per day and re-setting my mind into a gear that I know I can’t keep up for very long…..There has been a couple times in my life though where I was exercising regularly and enjoying it and feeling good…..wish I could get back to feeling that way again…..sigh…….

    Tom Burt
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Well hopefully I have put a little bug in your ear and it will whittle away at getting some ideas through to you to get back into that routine you used to have!! So important for a healthier life, Tom. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. clare says:

    Hi Holly,
    I love to think about the word exercise and just wish I could find the time to incorporate a lot more into my life! I would love to be able to go to a bootcamp for six weeks and be drilled all day long like they do on “Biggest Loser”. I don’t have the weight to lose, but what fun it would be to be able to do this exercise program and regain my fitness from my youth – whoohoo!!!

    there you go, words flowed when I thought about exercise. Now I need to go and do some! I have a rebounder in front of my TV and I cycle whenever the weather and my schedule permits.

    Thanks for creating fun, happy thoughts! I can feel the endorphins smiling!

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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Yeah for those endorphins!! Bounce on the rebounder, and cycle when you can, keep doing what you can… We always find time to do what is most important to us. Thanks so much for sharing, Clare

  5. Nile

    Right now in my life, I think about karate and doing some light floor exercises. I am just starting to buckle down a little more to lose 50 more pounds. I lost 30 this year so far.

    Exercise was never something bad in my mind… it was getting over the excuses and making the time to do it. I use to do 3 sports a day during high school, and then 2 in college, and I had trained daily. I know if I could do that then, then even 10 years later, I should have no excuse when it comes to exercising.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Way to go Nile! 30 lost, I hope you are celebrating your success! It is amazing how we allow ourselves to get away from working out and exercise as we get into the world of job and life after education. Keep working at it you sound like you are making some great progress!

  6. Your post has got me thinking. I can relate to the one where you feel sad because you know that you don’t take the time to fit exercise into your day. I know I feel like moving when I have dance music on. I actually find myself dancing around my house. I need to keep more music going. My problem is, I’m always listening to business training. I guess I need a bit of balance. ;)
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      You have the solution, and you know it now get to it young lady!! Put on that music a little more often and you know you will love it! Thanks for sharing, Melody!

  7. Yorinda

    Hi Holly,

    the word exercise can have a negative association for many people and I like your idea of replacing it with something more positve, since not a lot of people have the time or inclination to work on reframing their thinking.

    Since I have included the Tibetean Fountain of Youth Exercises into my daily routine and also have seriously looked at why I want to take care of my body that way I have found the word exercise something I welcome.
    It might be easier for me since my weight is and always has been great.

    I just like the idea of staying fit as my chronological years are increasing.

    Thanks for the food for thought.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Great to hear that you want to keep that body fit as the chronological years are increasing… Very important!! Good to hear you have found something you can do! I agree with you about the reframing of the thinking, Yorinda!

  8. Perry Davis says:

    Hello Holly

    When I hear the word exercise it remind me of the enlivening feeling that I experience after a period of exercise. I have told my Doctor many times how much energy I seen to have after a brisk thirty minute walks. Even with these benefits I seem to use the big excuse time.


    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      So true!! We know how good we feel after and yet to get started the next round, that excuse thing can certainly wreck havoc with our mind!! Keep moving… and hopefully more often than less often… Enjoy it… and perhaps finding a new trigger in your mind as to how good it feels… ( I still have to talk myself into it sometimes!) Thanks so much for sharing, Perry!!

  9. Beverly Knox says:

    Exercise is something positive especially for me. Even though it is difficult, it leaves you with a since of accomplishment. All the memories I have are something that I would love to relieve just to test myself and enjoy the moment once more.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Great to hear you have positive memories about exercise, Beverly! Not all of us are that fortunate!

  10. Hello Holly, I love to exercise and have done for a long time. In primary school though, I was overweight and it wasn’t much fun on Sports day (or the days leading up to it), because I usually came last. However, I lost my “puppy fat” and fell in love with netball, swimming and riding my push bike all over the town.

    Now, when I’m inside and the sun is shining, I can’t wait to get outside for a walk. Or, if the sun isn’t shining, I run up and down the stairs a few times, that feels great. An, I have an exercise machine, on which I do a workout for half an hour nearly every day. I want to start going swimming again on a regular basis too, but that’s one exercise that takes a few hours of the day – because of having to wash the hair and all that stuff afterwards!

    This was a fun post of yours Holly, thank you! Regards from Julieanne
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Thank you for sharing Julieanne!! Good to hear you have found some activities that you like.. Keep it up! Keep enjoying that mobility!

  11. Ronak says:

    Exercise helps me to work the whole day. It increases my fitness both physically and mentally.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      I find the same thing, Ronak! If I exercise I feel better and do get more done in a day!

  12. I kind of say ‘eek’ when someone says exercise days, but I exercised five days a week for almost 20 years – step aerobics, tae bo, in-home walking, and The Firm. I got up every day and stuck in a video and ‘just did it’ before I was really even awake. Eight years ago, I started tripping on my step, had a lot of flu-like symptoms, and had a periodic buzzing in my body that felt like a mild version of sticking my finger in a light socket. I thought I was getting MS and had to work to get the courage to make a doctor’s appointment. I finally went, and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My doctor told me that exercise was beneficial, but I haven’t found anything that I can do without kicking off a flare. I’m thinking about getting a wheeled walker with a seat, as I find it can walk better if I have something to hold on to, like a shopping cart or a lawn mower. I’m with ya in spirit, even if the body’s not willing!

    All the best,
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Sorry to heat that you haven’t been able to ding something that works. I have a friend that found exercise when she was diagnosed with the same and struggles when she doesn’t exercise.. She finds it so beneficial! Get that wheeled walker and keep moving as best you can, Leslie! Best of luck! I am cheering for you!

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