Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Flex

Here we are, week three of Lent. We survived St. Patrick's Day/Purim, we're nearing the end of March/Nutrition Month, and warm weather is slowly becoming the norm rather than a blue moon occurrence. What's that, you say? It snowed last night? Oh. Okay, so warm weather is still a little spotty around these parts. Doesn't matter--the calendar says SPRING, so spring it is.

With spring comes outdoor activities, spring cleaning, and more seasonal food options. Now is the time to think about your body--is it beach ready, summer ready, day-to-day activity ready? This week, let's be kind to our bodies. More than just forgiving ourselves, let's feed ourselves and keep ourselves fit. If you've been following along, you know that I'm eating well this month (whole instead of processed foods, mostly). Now I want to add another element to my well-being: exercise.

Hold the phone, did I just write that?? Me, the one who won't join a gym out of principal, the one who complains when she has to exert more energy than it takes to get from her bedroom to the kitchen, that person now wants to exercise? Yes. BUT: only in the sense that I want to be active. I want to take advantage of the increased daylight and decreased snow cover. I'm not going to introduce a strict exercise regimen to my life because I know that's not sustainable for me. What is sustainable is biking to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and allowing my boyfriend to drag me along to his gym so I can join him for a workout here and there.

Just like fad diets, fad workout routines don't help in the long run. My fitness goal isn't a specific weight or dress size; it's not 22" arms or washboard abs. I only want to be healthy. Energetic. Fit enough to keep up with my life, to be comfortable in my skin, to know I can rely on my body to do what it needs to do.

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