So this morning I had a big ah-ha about this one. Growing up, I was inculcated with the mentality that exercise was a punishment inflicted upon me for the sin of eating. And so over the years even when I told myself that I was exercising to be "healthy", in the back of my mind this thought always lingered.
The great thing about middle age is that you start taking the long view. And I have changed the way I think about exercise to fit in more with how I think about getting my car tuned up. Because I want to keep this body in good condition for the long haul. I want to be able to play with my grand-kids one day.
I'm no athlete. I don't need to be able to run a triathlon or play competitive sports. I am training for the marathon of life. And for me that means moving my body in ways that feel joyful to me. Right now that means yoga, poi and bike riding. At other times that has meant weight lifting and walking on a treadmill, or taking a dance class.
What kind of movement brings you joy right now? Resolve to do more of that.