I have tried countless times to get into exercising. To be honest, I just hate it. It's something that I dread, but I know that I have to do. I don't enjoy sweating. I don't enjoy huffing and puffing. I don't enjoy feeling like I'm going to die. I don't enjoy having to take the time to get ready afterwords. I just don't like it. Munchkie's Daddy and I say frequently that we wish we were the kind of people who craved running or weight lifting instead of craving Cheese-its or ice cream. We're just not those kind of people. Munchkie's Daddy sent me this article on How Exercise Makes Us Feel Good from the NY Times and I know that you are supposed to feel good when you exercise, but it's actually building up the motivation to start exercising that's the problem. When you anticipate the sweating, shortness of breath, feeling of death, you have to really psych yourself up to exercise. We are moving soon to an area that relies mostly on public transportation, bikes or your own two feet to get around and so I feel that we need to really work on our physical fitness. If I'm miserable exercising and I have to run a few blocks to catch a train, I'm going to be out of breath, sweating and miserable before I even get to work. Not something I'm looking forward to.
I subscribe to several of the Simple Living Media blogs and in their newsletter they highlighted this post on Simple Family Fitness and it caught my eye. I have always been someone who needed someone to exercise with and keep me motivated. Who's better to keep you motivated than your family? So I did some blog hopping from that post and went to fitfamilytogether.com to read some more. Munchkie's Daddy really like the idea too and so I signed up for the 7 day challenge. We went on our first family walk together when I woke up today. I have to go back into work tonight, but instead of wanting to lay on the couch and not do anything, I'm feeling pretty good. We had such a fun time and hope to continue going on family walks and bike rides. In the words of Munchkie "Yay Mommy, we're e-i-zing! look at me! I running!"