Ive had a theme brewing in my head: “Exercising as a Reward”
I feel like so often people view exercise as something they should do AND THEN be rewarded.
However, what if we got in the habit of viewing exercise as a reward for other things. We all love to be rewarded. 😉 (MizFit note: interesting point. I do think I do this to an extent with my allowing myself to read mindcandy while on the stationary bike. though with mine Im doing and getting rewarded simultaneously. That’s the way I like it I guess.)
So, let me explain – as I work from home – I do have the luxury of being pretty flexible with my time. So, I am thinking of it like this – if I get up and get x, y, and z done at work – I will reward myself with a 30 minute run. Or – maybe, if I cook dinner each night this week (instead of going out) – I’ll reward myself by going to a Zumba class this weekend.
As women, we often times don’t make time for ourselves right? And I think that is one big reasons many busy mothers don’t get as much exercise as they should.
However, when it comes time to reward themselves or actually take time for themselves – many too often choose to do it with eating some chocolate – or maybe going shopping, etc. All of which I enjoy to an extent too – but how about a reward that is going to lengthen your life, improve your appearance and put you in a better mood?
I think more of us need to try to think in terms of “wow – I got the kids in bed right on time and lunches packed for tomorrow… I’m going to reward myself with doing my relaxation yoga dvd and then maybe curling up with a good book (or my husband – whichever is more stimulating)”. (MizFit note: I would struggle with this one as by the end of the day I dont even want my Bullmastiff to look at me with NEED in his baby browns. Im wiped out so exercise wouldnt work for me then. anyone else? do we reward ourselves in the morning for merely getting out of bed?)
Now, I suppose the risk is someone thinking that they shouldn’t be rewarded – therefore – not exercising… well, that’s sad. But, I have a feeling that the people who do put forward the effort to exercise also have a feeling of self worth.
Anyway – this long somewhat stream-of-consciousness rambling email is just a thought I wanted to share with you since it was prompted by MizFit.
Bottom line – exercise isn’t WORK that we should dread. It is a treat. It makes us feel good, look good, function well – and we all deserve it.
I really liked this email. On many levels.
And I felt honored that the sender took the time to type it out and that I played some small part in triggering her Ah HA! moment.
That doesnt mean that we all necessarily agree with her & think that this notion would work in our lives even as good as it all sounds on paper.
This next viewer mail simply made me smile:
how long ago was that picture done of you? did you have that arm tattoo removed? why?
Alas, emailer, I never had the girly skull tattoo. The caricature was done a while ago (yet my love of girly skulls remains) and the addition of the arm tattoo was a shout out to the Toddler Tornado who also HEARTS the skulls.
If youre really really good.
I mightcould letcha see my real sugar skull tattoo. Purple roses and all.