I Must Confess…I think about doing exercise, sometimes
Welcome to another round of I Must Confess. The homemade confessional where the brave of us take the plunge and get some home truths off our chests.
This week’s prompt wants you to honestly acknowledge – are you sporty or not? Do you embrace exercise or avoid it like the plague?
My story is a little complicated…
I used to be sporty. As a teenager and young adult I played competitive tennis, dabbled in golf, participated in indoor netball and cricket and lived for the freedom of a good walk as often as possible.
I loved being active. If I wasn’t doing something physical I felt incomplete. I felt so alive out in the great outdoors – a brisk walk did wonders for clearing my head and processing my thoughts.
Once I entered into my first (and only) serious relationship, my sporting commitments started to slow down. First my casual interest in golf and my indoor pursuits waned. They could not compete with the excitement of new love!
I continued walking when I could and played tennis twice a week but as the kids came along they too slowly came to an end.
And here I am now. Instead of doing exercise, being active and feeling complete, I just think about doing exercise.
For instance, I’m thinking about going for a walk tomorrow morning. Like I do most evenings. I suspect I will find a reason to sleep in instead. Like I do most mornings.
I know I would feel better for just getting up and getting out there. It used to be so essential to my soul to savour the freedom of exercise. I am sure it would help me now, as I learn to manage my stress and anxiety better.
So why do I just think about it rather than just doing it?
Relax, that was a purely rhetorical question. But I will be doing a little soul-searching myself over the next little while to try to determine why. Maybe a little walk would clear my head?
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