We all know exercise is good for us.
It keeps the heart kickin’, the muscles sculpted, the lungs breathing, the mind sharp and the everything functioning so we can be our best selves. It’s how each of us views exercise that differs. Some of us do it to fit in our skinny jeans, some of us do it to maintain our sanity, others because they know it’s good for them, some people do it for athletic achievement while some do it for a million and one other reasons.
I won’t lie to y’all. I started exercising for reason #1: to look dayum good in my Levi’s. However, as the years have passed, my attitude towards exercise has too. It’s progressed from solely looking good to feeling good.
Now, I view exercise the same way I view my daily multivitamin: as a prescription.
And what better prescription is there? Just like I take my daily multivitamin, I take my daily dose of exercise. I can feel when my body hasn’t exercised – something is just off. Once I’ve sweated out a good run or downward dogged my way through yoga, I can feel Holly coming back, and things seem to fall right back to where they are supposed to be (most of the time :)).
When I don’t feel like grinding out a run or hopping on the elliptical, I try to remind myself of this. Exercise is more than looking good, gaining medals or a reason to socialize – it’s about giving your body the medicine it needs to work it’s best, so you can feel your best.
Alright, alright…enough of the rambling – onto the eats!
1 cup Kashi Heart2Heart
1/4 cup Dylan’s Sunflower Almond Chia granola
1 cup skim milk
1 small sliced banana
These past couple days, lunches have been all about the random snackage…
Two things: notice the pink beet fingers and the Buckingham Palace chocolates (which my co-worker brought me back from jolly ol’ England). *sigh* London, how I miss thee…
After work, I laid on my bed, ate the rest of the spelt pretzels from the car snackage of Sunday and talked to one of my besties, M.A.S. (her nickname and initials) on the celly.
Then my friend Chris and I popped our pills. And by pills, I mean our exercise! In addition to the 5 miles we ran together (9:00/mile pace), I ran an additional 1/2 mile to meet him and then probably another almost 1 1/2 miles home for a grand total of 7 miles on this fine Tuesday eve.
When I got home, I devoured some delish dinner – Sunshine Barbecue patty with avocado + tomato + BBQ sauce alongside a mountain of kale chips!
Now, I am off to relax and head to bed for my doctor’s appointment in the morning. And by doctor’s appointment, I mean meeting my friend Brett for a 6am 6-mile run. I told ya, exercise is my Rx peeps!
Why do you exercise? How do you view exercise? Remember, sharing is caring :).