For the longest time, my view of exercise consisted of some form of ugly grey, rigid gym equipment with a view of a wall in bad need of a paint job. That should be how gyms advertise… “come pay us too much money and we’ll lock you away in a dungeon with bad lighting, broken air conditioning, and a view of self-loving Mr. Muscle Dude ** drooling at himself in the mirror.” Every gym in the country would be empty (well… except for the aforementioned muscle dudes… where there’s a mirror… they will pose.) Let’s get this out of the way. I exaggerate… BIG TIME! Of course no gym resembles the inside of a penitentiary, but that’s how my mind viewed every last one of them. And I’ve been to my share of gyms… even sprung for my own personal trainer muscle dude (fired him when he was focussing more on his deltoid spread than spotting me on the weight bench.) I just don’t enjoy gyms (there are other reasons too, which I’ll get into in future blog posts).
(** This comment was definitely not meant to stereotype “muscle dudes!” I happen to be related to a handful of “muscle dudes” who are the hardest working, sweetest, humblest men/women I know! )
This time around, I found out that exercise does not have to be this boring chore of a thing. You can mix it up… find things you enjoy doing. I found I really loved walking… especially outdoors with a playlist on my iPOD. I also love messing around with photography… mind you, I’m a not a great photographer… I just love nature and trying to catch that on camera. This past Wednesday… aka the only day of the week that did not have a huge-mongous snowstorm predicted for it… I grabbed my tenny runners and camera, drove to a nice country road, and did my exercising there while taking pictures of my favorite mountains!
So, take the road less traveled when it comes to exercise (see how I tied that in with the last picture… tee hee hee… yah, that was bad). Find something you enjoy doing and make it into exercise! It should be fun… not a chore!
Question of the day: What is your favorite way to burn the calories? Let me know in the comment section!