This endeavor isn't all that noble, mind you. Phill has promised me a "prize" if I keep a consistent workout schedule for 3 months. (He offered the prize when I told him I needed something to work towards just to get me in the habit. It's a good prize.) I told him that I just needed to work out for about 6 weeks, and that if I could do that consistently, then I would be able to make it a habit and it would just become part of my schedule. Realistically, there will always be a day or a week when I'm not feeling up to it, no matter how long I've had the schedule going. But what I'm hoping is that my body will take over and my hands will of their own volition tie my shoelaces and I will find that my legs are walking me out the door. Or I'll find my hands turning on the DVD player and selecting the harder workout that I really don't want to do but really need to do.
So to make my commitment even stronger/daunting/set-in-stone, I'm announcing it here! Starting Saturday, August 23rd (because that's when I did start), I will exercise at least four days a week, for at least 25 minutes, and I will do this for 3 months. *gulp*
Here goes nothing.....
REASONS TO EXERCISE
It energizes you. (Then you get more done.)
It relieves stress.
It keeps your heart healthy and conditioned.
It makes your muscles and your immune system stronger.
Resistance exercises aid in maintaining (and building) bone density.
It’s fun. Sometimes.
You’ll feel SO good afterwards, and you’ll be proud of yourself.
It can help correct minor chemical imbalances that lead to depression.
It eases pre-menstrual symptoms and helps you stay on a more evenly-hormone’d track.
It helps regulate the appetite and encourages you to crave more nutritious foods. Sometimes.
Your kids will see you exercising and follow your good example, and you can claim some responsibility for the lasting health of your loved ones. And they’ll be proud of their strong mom.
And last, and mostly least:
It makes you look better.