I’m not the kind of person who leaps out of bed eager to work out. I’m the kind of person that has to post inspirational articles from magazines near my laptop and on my fridge because I can’t remember on my own all the good things about working out, especially during the winter where all my workouts take place indoors. Exercise helps with depression, decision making, better skin, and sleep. So many reasons to work out, but every day I have to persuade myself into getting started.
I like resolutions, but I tend to make them once a month instead of twice a year. This gives me the opportunity to fail regularly instead of only on January 15th.
This year, after Thanksgiving, I decided I’d burn all the calories I’d consumed that day all in a single day. Instead what I managed to do was cripple myself. I hobbled around for a few days, and then, by the time my body was no longer curved and contorted like a bonsai tree, I was on deadline for a project, and I’d wake up early and get to work—not to working out.
It’s amazing how true that thing about how a body at rest likes to stay at rest is. However, the corollary is true as well: Once you are moving and building strength, that becomes addictive, too, and you want to get even stronger and more fit. And if you do it regularly, you’re less likely to pull every muscle in your body when you do work out, and you won’t have to limp around moaning in pain for days afterwards . . .