I do not particularly like exercise. But there are things I do like, and exercise is the first step to being able to do those things. So, here’s my list to encourage me to get moving.
- People who are fit have better self-esteem. This seems to be kind of a chicken/egg thing. Is the self-esteem better because you feel good, or does high self-esteem make you take care of yourself?
- People who are fit have higher esteem from their peers. I think I remember reading this in a Women’s Health article once. Either way, there’s also what I think of as the “fast food effect.” I distinctly remember sitting down at a not-terribly-crowded fast-food dining room, looking around, and realizing that every single person visible to me – including myself – was visibly overweight. Since then, that particular number 2 combo basket from that particular restaurant just hasn’t been as good. It probably relates back to judging people by the company they keep. Folks who hang with fit people tend to be fit.
- Better physical relationships. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, and that’s certainly part of it. But there is more to physical relationships than sex. Think of the ways we use physical activity to form bonds with people. There’s going dancing with your girlfriends. There’s taking the kids on a hike. Walking the mall/zoo/museum circuit with your family.
- Less likelihood or lower severity of chronic disease. Arthritis. Osteoporosis. Heart disease. Diabetes. Even alzheimer’s.
- Faster/better healing from trauma. I mean big trauma, like increased blood flow helping major wounds heal faster, and little trauma, like suffering from cold symptoms for four days instead of six.
- Less stress. You know after a medium-impact workout, like jogging, when your neck hurts, but your range of motion is a lot better? All that tension is just….gone. Plus, you sleep better, so that’s good, too. And if you’re into kick boxing, beating up that bag is a really, really nice way to hammer out some frustrations.
- Better overall quality of life. This is everything from being able to keep up with the kids on the playground, to having my knees feel a whole lot better in the morning, to not having to take a whole afternoon to try on swimsuits. I think it would be really nice for my closed to be a whole lot more fun.
- Live longer. I intend to have fireworks at my 100th birthday party.
- People who are fit tend to pass that value on to their kids. I think the things on this list are valuable enough that I want my kids to experience them, too.
And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s this exchange between my kids:
S: I spy with my little eye, something that is…..funny!
C: Is it your butt?
C:Is it Mommy’s butt?
Right. Now, I’m off for a walk/jog. Bye-bye, funnybutt.