Almost all of the exercise I get still happens in a controlled environment. Which is to say that I’m still not really engaged in very much physical activity that’s just plain fun. Don’t get me wrong, I really lovey the Pilates workouts at RedBird, and even the gym is less disagreeable that once was. But I have noticed that when my wife and I take our walk around town lake every Sunday I don’t think of it as just a workout like I do when I’m at the gym. I’m still burning calories but because of the nature of what we’re doing comet it doesn’t feel like working out. I need to do more of this kind of thing.
Now, there’s a story I’m telling around this that keeps me from doing more enjoyable physical exercise. The story I tell goes like this: “The time I’m working out is the only time I have to work out.”
A statement that would be a little closer to the truth would be “This is the best time I have to work out” or “This is the most convenient time I have to work out.” I could be doing more after work and in what little free time I have, but I’m choosing not to because it’s more convenient to go to the gym during lunch every day than to try and fit something in after work or on the weekends.
That’s something I’m going to have to look at. It’s entirely possible that I’m selling myself short. I need to come to believe that it’s at least possible that playing tennis or mountain biking or whatever might actually be fun and add something to my life instead of just taking my limited time. I’m telling a story that revolves around not having enough time to actually do those things, and it keeps me stuck doing cardio and lifting at the gym, which is more of a chore than a pleasure.
Of course it’s also entirely possible that I’m right and there really isn’t any better way to get the physical activity I need right now. The actual answer is probably somewhere in the middle there, with a little gym and a little fun physical activity.
Definitely something to think about…