(*Replace this with your choice of cardio vascular exercise)
Often when it comes time to swim my laps (twice a week) I’m tempted to talk myself out of it. The number of reasons I come up with for postponing it or using the time for something else is creative. But unsatisfying.
The mind is one of our greatest assets. So why not make it work in our favor? I did some self talk. It was imperative to overcome the uncomely thinking that nagged at my success.
Here are six near perfect reasons to get with it and stay with it. No doubt there are plenty more benefits besides these.
- I don’t feel that good, and I just came down with the sniffles.
Best reason to go. Clear out your sinus passages with a pronounced breathing routine.
- It’s an ugly hair day. (Or ugly whatever day.)
Perfect. A shower day anyway. And: exercise transforms your outlook. No more Ugly.
- It’s [or not] my Swim Day/I skipped once last week.
Another perfect. Routine is empowering. Get back to it and don’t relent. Pick up where you are and go from there.
- It’s hard to get out the door.
Of course it is. Hey! Exercise is an idyllic way to practice discipline in your life. Think ahead to the joy of coming back IN the door when you finish. And its rewards. Don’t talk yourself out of something fantastic. Boot yourself out the door.
- It’s hard to spare the time.
A common whine. Don’t let the challenge of time management detour you. The more tempted you
are to skip, the more reason not to. Your To Do list is a page long. Don’t yield to it. Put the
important first. A bonus benefit of exercise is that when you take care of yourself, other things you
need to do go much better.
- I don’t want to. I feel lazy and I’d like to take a nap.
The Bible says to buffet the body and bring it under submission to the mind. The body wants
what it wants when it wants it. It’s bossy and likes a free ride. But to strengthen it, it must be harnessed, saddled and ridden. Put your mind in charge. Once those endorphins are released, you won’t feel lethargic or sleepy.