You know how Sherlock has his Moriarty and Superman has his Lex Luther and Pinky and the Brain have Snowball (a hamster that defeats them every time they attempt to take over the world)? I feel as though Exercise is my nemesis! We have been on opposing sides forever it seems.
I was listening to a podcast in the car the other day that extolled the virtues of exercise (“What’s the Best Exercise” – Freakonomics). They had several experts talk about ‘The Three I’s’- Intensity, Individualization and I like to do it’ (translation – I will do it). The statement that really stood out for me concerned one of the leading indicators of how well a person will age (i.e. how healthy someone is going to be in older years). It referred to the ease, or difficulty, with which one gets up off the floor. Seriously, the simple act of getting up from the floor (or even out of a chair) tells volumes about our state of health!!!
I’m not looking at exercise as a weight loss tool. I am looking at it as a way to improve the quality of my day-to-day life. Losing weight will help that, getting organized will help that, saying yes to more things will help that, etc. All tools to help us get where we want to be. I’m going to make exercise my sidekick (pun not originally intended but it’s grown on me). It is going to be the Robin to my Batman, the Tonto to my Lone Ranger, the Wonder to my Woman, and the El to my M! With the fierce team that we’re building here, we’re going to be getting up and down like nobody’s business. We’re not done discussing exercise – its a topic that will surface from time to time as we find our way to our best selves. We’d love to hear what exercise routines you follow and what keeps you motivated to continue! – M
BTW – According to the aforementioned podcast, the best exercise to strengthen your core, thus enabling you to get up and down with ease, is squats! Now that is Fierce!
P.S. – Sherlock and Moriarty in the PBS series ‘Sherlock’ are amazingly fierce.