Today's confession is this ::
I have a love/hate relationship with exercise.
I'm sure many out there do as well.
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Don't get me wrong.
I love to move . . . to dance, play, stretch, to feel strong.
But I hate getting ready to exercise,
to consciously carve out time to put other things aside and go exercise.
Honestly, I always view what I'm doing as more important.
But I want to exercise, get my heart pumping, my ass moving.
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In high school, I played volleyball and danced.
My evenings consisted of 3-5+ hours of physical movement.
Since then, I have yet to find something I enjoy, something I can do on my own.
I've tried intramural volleyball, walking, zumba, yoga, wii fit . . .
My gym memberships have come and gone.
I've tried running under the unrealistic goal of "I'm going to run a mile a day."
After that first day, I'd be so sore, I wouldn't go back the next.
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Recently, I decided to revisit running (er . . . jogging in my case).
I questioned a friend from high school and a couple cousins who run daily.
After some feedback on breathing, technique, pace, terrain . . . I just ran.
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I have now completed 10 consistent days of running.
Nine of those days saw me running 1/3 of a mile.
Jimmyredhed ran (er briskley walked) beside me for motivation when we traveled to Cuba.
(Lord knows, I needed it -- the motivation and the run).
Today was Day 10 and I upped my path to 1/2 mile.
It actually feels good.
I've started slow to focus on my breathing (in through nose, out through mouth)
and my pace -- hence, Jimmy walking along side me at first.
It's been hard to get up some days to do it, but I do it first thing before my daily shower.
If you think about it, running doesn't take long.
The fastest person can run a 4 minute mile?
Well slow-poke me could probably run a 12 minute mile just above walking.
So if I jog a 1/2 mile, it should take 6 minutes or less?
I can commit six minutes a day to this.
I don't really have future plans for running.
My calves are already tighter, my butt a little firmer.
My goal is to continue doing it every day.
I would like to complete a 5k at some point in my life.
Next, I want to try hooping!