Exercise has been something I have enjoyed off and on in my life. When I was in high school I exercised most days which was mainly due to the activities I was involved in. As I look back I realize that I would look forward to the activities, which was creating a positive attitude with regard to exercise even though I did not realize it. After I married and started having children things changed, mainly working full-time and looking after the needs of a family left me little time to exercise. I don’t really think my attitude toward exercise changed so much but the priority disappeared.
The reason I am reflecting back to my younger years is because Sunday morning I woke up at my usual exercise time and I felt my attitude changing a little. Normally, I hop out of bed, get dressed and out onto the pavement I go for a nice walk with a little running to enjoy the morning and de-stress time. But this Sunday was different. Fall had arrived and the temperature was in the low 40’s. Every time I started to get out of bed I felt the cool air hit my body and I was like are you kidding me…what am I doing? The house was extremely quiet and I will say again cool. My bed on the other hand was quite warm and comfy. I was experiencing a change of attitude with the change in weather. It took me about 20 minutes to convince myself that I needed to get out of the warm, comfy bed and exercise.
After what seemed liked forever, I finally won the exercise attitude crisis. I made my way out of bed, got dressed and hit the pavement. Once I got into the walk I realized how great it was that I had decided to exercise. The morning air was crisp, the sky was clear, the sun was bright and the leaves are really starting to change colors. As I was walking I reflected on all the beautiful things I would have missed had I let my poor attitude win. Not only was I helping my mental and physical self but I was experiencing beauty in many forms. It was awesome. I’m so glad I didn’t cave!
I realized after this incident that choosing to win with regard to exercise has much to do with attitude. There will always be many things to give us an out…but what are we missing along the way if we give in to those things? I am glad I chose to win the exercise attitude crisis as it created a more positive attitude which I have carried with me since. Cheers to a positive attitude!