I don’t actively go out and do crunches, sit-ups, running or weightlifting. It’s never been my style. Kudos to those that are adamantly hitting the gym everyday. You have a drive and a passion to perfect your body. I can fully respect that.
For me, exercise is the yard work I do, it’s the gardening, home renovations, walking around my favorite stores, or conventions or Disneyland. I love walking. Most of the jobs I’ve had all my life have had me walking from place to place until recently. Now I sit at a desk and stare at a computer. What I found? I missed walking. Getting fresh air, seeing nature, and clearing my head. So, I take my dog for a walk more now than I ever did in the past. Not everyday, but when I feel the need- we head out for some time together. He likes it. I like it. I don’t need anything or anyone telling me I need more exercise. My mind and body are in sync and I go out as needed.
This past Christmas, I gave my wife a Fitbit because I knew she’d wanted one. To my surprise, she is still focused on it and how active she is. It has made her more aware of how many steps she takes in a day. The Fitbit has her setting goals of how many flights of stairs she needs to get done before midnight. When she is sitting at the table or on the couch, she no longer asks me or the children to get her something that she needs, she walks over and gets it herself. It may have been just as easy for one of us to bring it over, but now every step counts. My wife’s goals aren’t intended to beat the other Fitbitters she is friends with. They may have daily challenges between each other, but it’s not a contest. The way I see it, they are promoting a healthy lifestyle, with each other as a cheerleader coaching them every step of the way.
My wife thinks I should get a Fitbit to push me a bit more. As much as I love technology and gadgets, this one doesn’t appeal to me. Aside from my wife, the friends that I know who have a Fitbit, tend to not use it as much as they did when they first got it. Essentially like a treadmill being used as a clothes rack after the initial first wave of good intentions. Just gathering dust until the next resolution or need to look good because summer is approaching.
This is why I don’t go out and spend money at the gym. Or buy expensive exercise equipment. I know my limits. I know my human nature. I know I wouldn’t be happy being forced to exercise. I am healthy according to my last visit to the doctor a few months ago.
I enjoy walking on my terms. I just need to get some better shoes.