I knew this would be my year to slow down and do some self-care. That’s why I chose “Healing” as my word for 2019. However, I didn’t realize I’d have to put exercise on the back burner as often as I have. Sometimes this was due to my own recuperation, but other times it was about helping others. I feel very blessed that I’ve been able to focus on my healing and that of my loved ones, but I definitely look forward to a new word and focus for 2020!
If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, believe me, I understand how you feel. It can be frustrating to start and stop frequently along the road to fitness. And why is it much easier to get out of shape than in shape? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that it’s important to keep starting over and not give up!
I have often had to remind myself:
- This is but a moment in time in the grand scheme of life.
- It’s okay to take a break and slow down.
- Things will change.
- This is a good opportunity to do those things I’ve been putting off, like completing a needlepoint (or you fill in the blank) project.
I recently read a great article published on IdeaFit.com: Moderate-Intensity Exercise Boosts Calorie Burning for an Entire Day. Studies show that even moderate-intensity exercise like a bike ride, a walk through the woods, or working in the garden can help you burn calories throughout the rest of the day.
Even though high intensity exercise is great, it’s not always possible. The good news is that you don’t have to feel guilty if circumstances are such that you need to go at half speed for a little while. Do what you can while you can and know that things will change.
Copyright © by Bobbi Mullins, November 3, 2019