Just Ten Minutes9:00 AM
|(Unfortunately, you need more than 10 minutes to get this flexible.)|
Exercise (or the lack thereof) brings out all of the shame. Guilt because you didn't exercise (again). More guilt because you haven't exercised, like, ever. Even more guilt because when you did chase yourself off the computer, you only did Pilates instead of the 30 minutes of daily cardio and whatever-the-recommended-time of weight lifting and the 5 minute cool down.
I'm just going to say it for all of us: I don't have time for all the recommended daily exercise, and if I did have time, I wouldn't want to spend an hour completing the recommended daily exercise. It's not happening.
You know what I am doing and surprisingly am enjoying doing? Forgetting all the rules and just moving.
I'm forgetting the timers, the schedules, the routines, and the pictures of toned women in Nike shoes. I'm ignoring the fact that my boyfriend runs track and plays Frisbee, but I don't. I'm ignoring the fact that my aunt is a boss at fitness anything, but I'm not. I'm ignoring the fact that my midriff is soft and my biceps weak.
I'm just moving in small steps and short bursts on a sporadic schedule.
Sometimes I skip a day because I'm engrossed in a project.
I run around the block. I can't tell you how long I run, and I'm not keeping track. I just lace up my too-long laces and trot past guys weed-eating their lawns.
I try to stand more than sit -- standing while chatting, standing while eating, standing while singing. (Usually I stand on one leg because standing's boring.)
I do little bits of exercise with YouTube's help -- a 10 minute cardio or a hip hop dance that nobody's ever allowed to watch because I'm white and can't even. Sometimes I just sit on the floor and stretch out my unused muscles.
Then I get up and go about my sedentary lifestyle. It's amazing what 10 minutes of exercise can do to relieve all your exercise guilt.
Do you like exercising...or do you feel guilty just talking about it?