Greetings from the tiredest bookbinder you know. I’ve spent the entire week either zipping about West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and Kentucky (the K-Y state) or doing paperwork or visiting Memaw during a brief hospital stay. In short, I iz pooped!
I actually like doing the bookbinding training and wouldn’t mind doing something like it full time. (Well, my version of full time, which is 25 hours a week.) I’d enjoy it a lot more if *I* was in control of the schedule and could lay it out in a more logical and efficient way. But I’m not, so I must deal with it.
But none of that is the point of this post, so I’ll move on.
Despite my fatigue, I did notice an interesting article on Yahoo Shine late last night (it doesn’t happen that often these days, so it woke me right up!): Are You Working Out for the Wrong Reasons? it [sic] Might Be Holding You Back.
The basic premise of the article is that one of the reasons many of us have problems sticking to exercise programs is because we’re too highly focused on scale numbers and appearance as motivators. I’ll let you click over to read the full article, but this little bit sums it up nicely:
Scientists have found that the more we focus on our weight or appearance, the less likely we are to succeed at our fitness goals. That’s because, for the most part, we focus on appearances to please others. Successful exercise motivations, on the other hand, are those that are intrinsic, focusing on benefits that are felt solely by the person performing the activity. These include reducing stress or enjoying a sport. Women with these intrinsic goals work out more often, stick to a routine and reap the most rewards, including lower overall body fat and improved health. In contrast, women who work out to lose weight or get fit-extrinsic motivators with the ultimate goal of impressing others-tend to be flakier about their workout regime, don’t exercise as often and tend to have higher BMIs and lower self-esteem.
The researchers cited earn a strong “Amen!” from me! But you already knew that, because I’ve been yakking about it for five years. I can’t help it. This shift in focus, or “rebranding”, helped me appreciate exercise for the physical and the mental and the emotional and the spiritual rewards and profoundly changed my life. Yes, I do use exercise to help manage my weight, but I depend on exercise to keep me sane and reasonably calm.
I’m going to go out on a little bit of a limb here, because I’ve never tested this and really don’t care to, but if I found out tomorrow that exercise wouldn’t burn a single calorie, I’d still do it. Enthusiastically, even. (I’d still be disappointed a little over that calorie thing, though.)
Lifting weights make me feel stronger and fills me with a sense of accomplishment. It also enables me to do many household chores (gutter cleaning, lawn work, painting, etc.) that I used to depend on other$ to do.
Walking relaxes and energizes me at the same time. It allows me time to sort through my thoughts and quiet my mind. It also saves me from having to find a parking place at Kroger on a Saturday afternoon.
Cycling, when I do it, is another way I clear my mind and boost my mood. I find it difficult to be cranky when I’m riding my bike. (Except, of course, in the hottest parts of summer.)
Rollerblading…well, that didn’t happen. Or it did happen, but only for about a half a block. It did serve the purpose of making me laugh, though, so it was good for something!
I exercise because it just plain feels good, and that’s why I’ve done it almost every day for over six years. In the past, I approached it only as a weight loss tool, and when the scale didn’t show the results I wanted, I lost interest in doing it.
Exercising for better living: I like this brand better.
Okay, time for this bookbinder to get some sleep. Tomorrow’s trip starts at 5:00 a.m., so I need to get some sleep! Needless to say, my reader is overflowing. You can’t even know how much I’m looking forward to catching up this weekend!