We’ve all stood on scales before, peering down at that number, wondering why it’s that number and not another. We might even simply say “I don’t feel the way the scale reads,” and that’s because weights should be reserved for doctors, because doctors read that number once a year. Imagine if we only took our weight once a year? We’d get a real insight into how our body is really changing over time. But many of people need to find out their weights daily, allowing the number to control what they do, what they eat and who they are. I can’t imagine how anyone could exercise properly with that cloud of guilt or innocence that a high or low weight brings so many of us.
There are though three things that we all should evaluate daily, whether we get sufficient exercise or not:
Can I complete every physical task I do?
Meaning that, every time you set your mind to stand and carry or push or climb anything, is there any strain at all. If so, how early in the day does it come? Remember, if you can not control your body weight, you simply can not be in shape, so its important that your regular activities that aren’t exercise be completed normally.
Do the changes in the mirror please me?
Getting away from the aesthetic ideals we’ve set are key to being truly physically fit, so it’s important that we examine results and accept them before we move on to things that really help us to maintain our fitness throughout life. See yourself in the mirror and try your best to like what your see. Realize that these things are being done for you and not for anyone else, and understand that the things that will get you the results you want are easy, but the things that will help you keep them are much more difficult.
Is this important to me?
Many times, we lose sight of why we care about our bodies. It’s an overwhelming experience, mixed with the ideas and advice of too many friends and professionals, and too many things that have to do with it are pure superstition. We have to find our own focus. We have to find out what drives our inner energy and those changes in the mirror and embrace those things for and with ourselves.
Go against the grain today and jog at your own pace for twenty minutes in the sun, feeling the heat running through your lower legs and keeping your shoulders relaxed, maintaining slow smooth breaths. Drink plenty of water before and after and remember to stretch your leg muscles however you see fit today, before your run or after. Remember that hot days were made for sweating, so do plenty of it, and don’t forget to focus.