Exercise can be a drag no matter how exciting it looks in commercials. Just think of the endless laps around the gym on a rainy day to remember just how tedious it can be in the worst situations. But exercise is something I do on a fairly regular basis, even though I donít always want to sweat at the exact moment I get warmed up.
Exercise Makes Me Feel Good
Exercising makes my body and my mind feel good. Getting active and jogging around the block or running up and down the stairs a few times gets my heart beating and helps me get fired up for whatever Iím doing next. I especially like to exercise when Iíve been sitting still all day doing pretty much nothing but listening to the teachers go on and on. Iíll hop on my bike once I get home and blow off some steam.
Exercise Clears My Head
When I exercise it helps me to clear my head. Plug in the ear buds and start hiking. Or take the ear buds out and just listen to the pounding of your heart during a quick run after you finish your homework. My head gets full of things every day and itís nice to turn off the brain for a time and just enjoy movement and scenery. Watching television on a treadmill doesnít have the same effect, by the way Ė you have to have either music or silence to clear your head.
Exercise Gives Me Energy
My body seems to know when I havenít had enough exercise and it slows down. That feeling of dragging myself about from one place to another is frustrating. Breaking that sluggish feeling can be hard since itís hard to make myself do anything except lying around sometimes, but a good round of Wii Fit seems to do the job pretty nicely.
Exercise is Social
As much as I love to clear my head sometimes while exercising, I also love to visit with my friends other times. Since Iím a mover anyway, why pace on the phone talking when we can walk around the block talking instead? Some afternoons we just walk home to one friendís house and keep on walking with all of our friends having fun and getting a bit of exercise at the same time. Weíve been known to take a side trip or two down streets where we know boys might be outside playing a round of basketball.
Exercise Will Keep Me Young
Iíve read a few times that exercise is a surefire way to keep yourself looking fit and trim as long as possible. Your muscles also need regular exercise if you are going to stay strong and be healthy for the long-term. Even though Iím not seeing immediate benefits from all of my exercise now, I like to think that every weight I lift and every crunch I do now is helping to put me in the right groove for the future.