Sunday, January 03, 2010

Resolve to never workout again...

"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." ~C.S. Lewis

I had an epiphany while I was in the shower. You know, the place where all great ideas tend to show up when you have nothing to write them down with? However, I managed to hold onto this one in the hopes of getting to the computer to jot it down. I was in there following a half hour dance routine exercise program on Exercise TV and although I was completely wiped out and contemplating taking a nap more than anything, I still did it. Yeah, okay, so where does the epiphany come in? Well, year after year, people make New Year’s Resolutions to work out more and time and time again, it doesn’t last. But considering that Americans work more and vacation less than the rest of the population, can we really be blamed? So what would be a good alternative to working out for those of us that are already dreading that work word. How about “playing out”? It sounds a bit silly for an adult to imagine goofing around on the playground but based on my personal experience, if my brain is entertained, my body will follow. For me, and perhaps for many others, the idea of running on a treadmill just isn’t all that enticing. But dance always has been, and I have a sneaking suspicion that if you think back to when you were ten years old, there was a way that you found inexhaustible amounts of energy playing tag or touch football or climbing trees, and my proposal is to start playing out. Get over the idea that a gym is the only adult option for fitness and start having fun again. TAG! You’re it!!

Happy New Year!!

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