With a new week comes a new challenge. This week I’m committing to moving more. I have to get my tush in gear and force myself to get moving, which is crazy, because we’re having some of the most wonderful weather of the year here in my little corner of the world. So here’s the challenge in simple terms: Move It!
I’m perfectly content on the couch or in front of the computer. As long as my brain is engaged, I’m generally pretty happy. My body, on the other hand, gets the short end of the stick. The older I’ve gotten the more I have to force myself to exercise. I’ve never actually LIKED to exercise, but there were activities that I enjoyed enough to keep me moving.
One of my favorites was, and still is, swimming. Well, to tell the truth, I don’t really swim as much as I used to. Now I prefer to walk and jog in the water. I even find myself doing some of the old routines that I used to lead. Yes, I was a lifeguard and an Arthritis Foundation certified water aerobics instructor. The thought of me ever being any type of fitness instructor is laughable, but it’s true, I swear it.
Another activity I used to enjoy was volleyball. I even belonged to a co-ed team once upon a time. Oh, it was strictly for fun, and any exercise benefits I might have enjoyed were completely negated by the beer and wings afterward, but it was a blast. And yes, I stank at it.
I stank at aerobics too. I think it was called aerobic dance in those days, and it involved a striped leotard (pink and grey), a pair of Reeboks, and leg-warmers (of course). To this day I can’t hear Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” without thinking to myself, “Grapevine!”
These days a walk around the park is more my speed. It doesn’t matter, though, as long as I get out and do it. Who is joining me this week?