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Play vs. Exercise

I HATE running. I really want to like it, but I just can’t seem to get into it. Albeit (<– I’ve been wondering . . . is that really a word?) I did play soccer for 10 years, still was never good at running, nor did I enjoy it.  

How did I do that? I played fullback! Though I did play some midfield but I usually hung back some.

See . . . I wasn’t always a couch pa-tater! Just after my sophmore year in high school. I quit marching band (yes, I was a band geek) and soccer (everyone started taking it WAY too seriously!).

I’ve never been one to take sports or that sort of thing too terribly serious. So when I stop and look at my attempts to exercise recently, I’m struck by this one fact.

I’m being WAY TOO serious about this!

Life is supposed to be fun right? You’re supposed to enjoy living.

I mean the shortened version of the Westminster Catechism (Or is it the Westminster Confession . . . I don’t recall) is To Love God and Enjoy Him Forever

Frankly . . . I think people are taking this eggz-er-ma-size thing waay to seriously.

Eeeehhh . . . Let me take that back. I’ve been taking this eggz-er-ma-size thing way too seriously. I always say that mentally I’m about “dis minee.” And I’m usually holding up between 3 and 5 fingers.

Kids don’t exercise at that age. Not on purpose! They play! So that’s going to be my concentration for the next week. To play more! I don’t know what that looks like . . . I’m still figuring that out.

Actually I lied. Playing = Doing stuff you enjoy! What do I like doing? Hiking, biking, swimming (eh . . . I don’t know . . . maybe?), climbing (where in the world am I going to go climbing? Do I really like climbing? I’m afraid of heights!).

What got me started thinking on this was continuing to research and look more into the paleo lifestyle, not just the diet. I found this article. The Definitive Guide to Play from Mark’s Daily Apple

No, I haven’t drank the kool-aid yet. (They didn’t have kool-aid. What would be . . . ya know what? I don’t even want to think about it! ICK!)

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not abandoning the things I’ve been doing. I’m not quitting Curves (frankly I enjoy that) and Jillian will continue to torture me. Though I still haven’t gotten the nerve to attempt her Yoga Meltdown.

How do you like to play?



3 thoughts on “Play vs. Exercise

  1. What about dancing? Zumba is all about dancing. Having fun to workout.

    Posted by Traci | June 4, 2010, 3:07 pm
  2. I don't like the part during workout, but I LOVE the moment after working out. It feels so good! It's the reason why I like to workout, the feeling afterwards.But I have been enjoying not working out this week. I'm not supposed to really work out while on the HCG diet. I lost 7.4lbs in the past 3 days and the only activity I've done was walk to my car to drive to work. lol Oh I guess I did a little bit of swimming on Tuesday, too.I do miss working out, but my doctor says I can go for a walk, but I shouldn't do more than that. I guess I should enjoy the rest while I can! lol

    Posted by Sharper | June 4, 2010, 5:36 pm
  3. Playing is always a great way to get in a good workout. I love "playing" in the yard. Love working with my hands.

    Posted by beej | June 5, 2010, 1:18 am

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