Getting into shape

January 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

I’ve been working on this for a few years now (20?) — trying to get in the habit of exercising regularly. It’s so hard! I like to sit at home. And I tend to put physical fitness down with the low priorities. But it’s not. If I’m not in good shape, it makes life difficult. Not now, necessarily, but in years to come. So I need to really get into the habit now so that I can be in good shape as I get older.

Today I made it to the gym. There is still a certain amount of laziness and resistance, but what has helped the past couple of weeks is to just go — even if I don’t have a lot of time. I decided even if I’m just there for half an hour, that is better than nothing. I believe it will help me ease into doing it on a regular basis. And once I’m there, I enjoy it, and afterwards of course I feel great! In fact, this morning I was almost wishing I had a little more time to spend there. Step by step.

Getting into shape doesn’t have to be done perfectly. I’m just jumping in and doing what I can. That’s the hardest part. Even the outdoors. I like to go out for walks in the woods, and even have a friend who would like to go with me, but I often lack the motivation. We discussed it recently and will try to get organized and go walking this year.

We’re the same age. After a while, youth stops making up for laziness and bad eating habits, and one begins to notice that the body is aging and that it doesn’t bounce back as quickly from a flu or a late night out. That is a truth I have tried to ignore, but it’s there blaring into my face. I want to stay healthy and active as long as I possibly can. Now is the time to get moving!

In the past, I’ve jogged regularly, did chi gong regularly, rode my bike. Then something happened to get me out of the routine (appendicitis, pregnancy, studies, moving to a new town, bike accident, holidays, bouts of depression), and it took forever to get back into it — if at all. For today, I focus on picking myself up, taking the steps to get me where I need to go — just showing up. The rest will fall into place.


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