Mental Health

X Is For Exercise

April 28, 2014

X Is For Exercise - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I mentioned last week that I want to get back in shape. Desires and plans are all well and good, but it’s the follow-through that counts.

So this morning Andy and I went to the nearby track and walked/jogged a few laps. Β It was kind of spur-of-the-moment; we didn’t even leave the house until around 9 AM. I do recall liking the earlier mornings, when Kingston is just waking up and the sky is doing some pretty marvelous things.

X Is For Exercise - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Exercising regularly makes such a difference for me in terms of mood regulation, energy, and decreased anxiety. Right away, I feel more vibrant and full of possibility. Yay for self-motivation!

X Is For Exercise - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

[Note: these photos are from an early morning jog last August, back when I was at the track semi-regularly.]

Do you have a tried-and-true way to motivate yourself to exercise? What’s your favorite physical activity? Give me some ideas!



This post is X for Exercise, part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for April. See more of my posts from the challenge here.

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  • Joan Harrington April 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Great post!! Motivation to exercise is so important….thank you for sharing some of your ideas…. πŸ™‚
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    • Christy April 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Joan!

  • Rebecca April 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I wrote on exercise as we’ll. πŸ™‚ a little different slant.

    • Christy April 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I love your slant! πŸ™‚

  • Sue April 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Yes, get into a routine!! I feel WORLDS better if I went to the gym that morning. All day, I’ll say to myself, you went this morning, it was dark, it was before 5 am, but you got out of bed and did it. It helps if you start actually seeing improvements but just knowing you have it in you to start is a great motivator. On days I go to the gym, I treat myself to a coffee from DD…that’s my reward πŸ˜‰

    • Christy April 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      We’re trying over here, we’re trying! Although that before 5 am part is so insane. The getting up when it’s still dark…! That alone is reason to pat yourself on the back!
      And oh my lord yes, I cannot wait until I start seeing improvements.

  • Angelica April 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful pictures, loved seeing the older couple hold hands while walking. So sweet!
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    • Christy April 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      I know, aren’t they adorable? πŸ™‚

  • Anna (A Sensible Momma) April 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    That photo of the older couple is so sweet! Put a smile on my face πŸ™‚ I need to start exercising more, I feel so much better afterwards.. better mood and more energy even though I used a ton of energy working out. Thanks for the motivation!
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    • Christy April 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      I love it, too! Andy seems to have a knack for catching stuff like that- when we were in Brooklyn recently, he snapped a guy down on his knee, proposing! It was the sweetest thing.

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri April 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I love to run. My motivation is the clarity it offers. When I do run, I am able to write with a renewed appreciation.

    • Christy May 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

      You’re right Rudri, running brings a peace of mind and the ability to think clearer for sure.

  • Peggy Gilbey McMackin April 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Lookin good! Nice motivation too!

    • Christy May 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Thanks, Peggy!

  • Emily Smith // The Best of this Life April 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Right now, we don’t have the time we would like to exercise individually – speaking for my husband and myself here. Between his and my work schedule, and the two Littles at home with me. So, we exercise as a family! When my husband comes home from work, we put the kids in the jogger/strollers and take a long walk/run. I also take my 3 year old to the park and run him silly, while Abigail is in the baby carrier…that works up a sweat!! Because it took me a while to heal after giving birth this time around, I was holding off exercise longer than usual – but now, given the okay and the spring weather; getting back into shape and being able to keep up with the kids is all the motivation I need! πŸ™‚ Hope you can hit the track regularly and start feeling the endorphins kick up your overall mood!

  • Sophie Bowns April 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Exercise is so important. I walked 5 miles today and I’m doing a further 7-8 tomorrow!

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