Rethinking Exercise

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Warning: Exercise has been known to cause health and happiness.

The goal for most people who exercise is to lose 20 pounds and to stop huffing and puffing every time they climb a flight of stairs. But maybe that’s not the right goal. And maybe it’s time to redefine the word “exercise.” Instead of thinking about exercise as a horrible half-hour on the Stairmaster, we can view it as “any form of movement that unites our body with our mind and spirit.” When we think about exercise in this redefined fashion, it’s no longer about losing 20 pounds, it’s about living a better life. Redefining exercise in this way gives us the freedom to find physical activities that are enjoyable, and this enjoyment (rather than our goal of losing 20 pounds) will help us stick with our regimen.

Just for Today
Exercise in a way that you enjoy, like playing a game with your kids, riding your bike, or going for a long walk with your significant other.