Watching the Biggest Loser last night brought questions to me and reminded me of some advice I heard last year.
Find some movement that is FUN!
But I think that is a lot harder than it sounds.
Okay - so I walk NOW (ignore this part).
But here's the thing.. as far back as I can remember... I was teased for my size.... so I never really enjoyed anything physical.
I remember trying gymnastics (okay playing on the monkey bars and balance beam) and being teased so I quit.
I remember loving to dance and I did that for several years.. but I still cringe at what I remember about life in a leotard.
Swimming - or splashing in the pool was fun until I never wanted to wear a bathing suit again.
Never EVER played team sports if I could get out of it... being picked last always sucked.
Never EVER managed that awful Presidents Physical Fitness test.. except for flexibility... I was always limber.
I remember liking to be in the woods as a Girl Scout.... so now I walk.
Anyway - the life I built.... is sedentary and solitary. I write, I crochet, I sew, I read. I do like to garden and in my attempts to be more physical I spent a lot more time at it last year.
But not enough to do cardio! To work out my heart.
So what do you do then? I am trying new things... like when I tried a rock-climbing wall and enjoyed that. But how to choose something and make it part of your daily life?
I am married to a sedentary man.. we have no physical activities together except that now he joins me on my walks. Not his fault - but not his interest.. so games are not an option per se. (I may have to be more energetic about making him play with me - maybe on the wii)
The key will be to find the fun..... but I think many active people cannot fathom how difficult this might actually be. I have a feeling I will have to LEARN to have fun physically first...