You know how on t.v. people talk about therapy sessions being so hard but so wonderful? Well I have my own kind of therapy and I would describe it alot the same way. I seriously think that without exercise I would require medication to be happy. Did you know that there are chemical processes that happen in your body after exercise that basically make you happy? It's true!
I am so sore and so tired and still looking forward to the next three days of teaching classes. Isn't that crazy? I know that some of you are emphatically shaking your heads chin to sky and saying, "Yes! You are so crazy!" but I also know that you, at the very least, have a glimmer of what I am talking about. You can say you hate working out. You can say you hate lifting weights. You can say you hate running but you CAN'T say you hate exercise. That would mean you hated walking, hiking, riding a bike, dancing, swimming, surfing, playing any organized sports, throwing a Frisbee, chasing your toddler, roller blading, and playing DDR. I told you that you don't hate exercise! Only the part where society has made you believe that exercising requires a gym pass or some hard core workout videos.
One time I challenged a friend to floss for a week and then stop flossing for a week and then start again. I told her that after the three week experiment she would floss faithfully for the rest of her life. The same goes for exercise. Once you feel the benefits you can stop but your body will remind you that it likes it so much better when you get physical.
Last night at the gym I was in the bathroom washing my hands after class. There was a woman who had just endured the hour long beating that I had. I asked her if she liked the class and she said, "I loved it. I just love exercise. I can't wait to go back in there and take Pump right now." She was maybe in her late 50's early 60's and she was about to go back in the studio for another hour and lift weights. My jaw hit the floor. I thought, "Dude. That is totally going to be me someday."
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning I take BodyPump from my friend Linda. She is 61 years old and lifts twice as much weight as I do. She looks MAYBE 45 at the oldest and yet she really was born in 1948. She loves to exercise and she has been teaching classes for over 20 years. I am so inspired by her! Don't you want to look mid-forties when you are 61? Cha. Me too.
These are people at the gym. They may not inspire you because I know just the word, gym, turns some of you off but there has to be an outlet for you to move your body. I beg of you! Move your body! Every day or at the very least 4 times a week! Try it for a week, then stop for a week, then try and tell me you are glad you gave it up. :) Exercise in all it's many forms is therapeutic and wonderful. It will revive you, as long as you choose the right kind.
*Now for the clarification. I usually don't worry about my previous posts needing to be clarified but for some reason I want to defend myself. You know how Weight Watchers is a points system? How good foods have low points and bad well...you get the idea. That is more what I am doing then constantly starving myself. The difference between a good Weight Watchers client and I is that I have more "bad" days then good. But it's ok! I am allowed to eat whatever I want as long as I'm eating and feeling good. Have you ever eaten your last meal at 3 and then not eaten for the rest of the evening? It's really not that bad.Besides that, I don't do it everyday. I am not sitting on my couch at night with my hands underneath me to prevent me from eating. I swear! So stop thinking that I am so unhealthy and starving myself and hurting my body. I am not retarded. I just exaggerate. Come on peeps! You know me. I am likely to describe my toilet overflowing as the flood from Noah. I'm like George Castanza. Everything is a big, dramatic deal. :)