My wife and I have recently started to get up at 5:30 to walk on the treadmill. One of us will walk, the other will stretch and do push ups – then we’ll swap. It’s never easy to crawl out of bed, that early, especially when you are a night-person like me, but it’s totally worth it.
I always feel better after we walk. It’s like my day has gotten off to a good start. One thing that I do struggle with, however, is getting very tired, say, around 10:00 am. I’ve tried everything I know to do – including additional exercise, eating fruit, eating protein, not eating, coffee, etc – but I still get very groggy around 10:00 am. I’m beginning to think that it has more to do with the fact that I’m not QUITE getting seven hours of sleep – and that I really need to focus more on going to bed earlier.
I think it’s important to find the time to exercise. With three kids, it’s fun to take a walk around the neighborhood. That’s not always easy to coordinate (especially with a 3 year old), but the effort is always rewarded.
At almost 37, I’m looking at this whole exercise thing in a brand-new light. Instead of trying to be some super-athlete, I’m actually looking at exercise as a time for relaxation and reflection. Sure, it’s hard work, lifting weights and running – but it’s a great time to let-go and just “be”. I love to put on some inspirational music, listen to some inspirational teaching, and just enjoy the time.
I guess I’d say – Whenever I make the time (find it, somehow, even when busy) to workout, to exercise, to walk, whatever – I do myself a huge favor. It might require effort and even some inconvenience, but the benefits are of great value – both physically AND mentally.