I look for excuses not to exercise.
While my at-work workout was fine when I had an entire office to myself and all day to squat or stretch as I pleased, I realized my resolve weakens considerably when I’m crammed with another person into an office the size of a closet (with no windows).
So, to take up the slack, you’d think I’d double my efforts to get moving whenever I get the chance. After all, I sit for almost 8 hours straight – I’d need to keep moving for the remainder of my day just to counter my lack of physical activity.
Nope. I don’t do that.
Today, I went to the park and I sat in my car eating an apple. I stared out the window for ages, trying to decide if it was worth going for a walk. While last week I was pretty gung ho about walking until sunset, this week the weather was cloudy and uninviting. My rambling shire had turned into the dead marshes, and I wanted to exercise about as much as a hobbit wanted to leave his comfy hole in the ground. The only reason I’d get out of that car would be if a horde of orcs stole my engine and smashed through my window.
I have to say, it took a LOT of mental will power to put on a jacket and go for a walk. Once I got moving, the temperature wasn’t too bad – a balmy 57 degrees for wintery weather. Yet without the sun, my walk lacked its usual enthusiasm.
So, I need your help.
It’s Time to Get Moving
March is a great time for setting new goals. January’s New Year resolutions have usually faded, and February’s snowy gloom has warn itself out. March introduces spring, and though it’s occasionally windy and wet, you have the luck of the Irish on your side.
I’m issuing a challenge – to myself and to anyone reading this blog post – to march through March. Or, walk, jog, crawl, scoot, jump, wiggle, or waddle through March. Anything to get you up and moving more than you’d do on a regular basis. If you’re already a dedicated exerciser, then great! You set an amazing example for us all and can still participate.
I challenge you to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week all throughout March. It’s okay if you miss a day or two, the point is to make an effort. I’m going to leave a comment at the bottom of this post every time I go for a walk (or march indoors depending on the weather), and you can too!
Essentially, these comments will be my figurative orcs chasing me to move my feet and keep me going even when I’d rather be curled up with a book on the couch.
At the end of the month, we’ll see how we do!
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