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Weekend Quote: Find Your “Basketball”

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I did something this morning I would have dreaded in my 20’s (I can’t even say a few years ago anymore, how sad is that?! I’m OLD! Anyway….) I ran to the gym, took a step class, stayed for BodyPump and then ran home. I was engaged in physical activity from 7:15 AM until 9:45 AM.

I know. I know.

I’m CRAZY!

Believe me. I can’t stress enough how this was not only out of the question for me 10 years ago, but I made fun of people who did it. I remember rolling my eyes at friends who went running while on vacation. I mean WHO runs on vacation? You’re on VACATION!

Now, I do it routinely. Heck! I look forward to the change in scenery.

I dreaded, despised, hated and loathed any type of exercise for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I would fake an injury to get out of running laps in gym.

Seriously.

My point is… I am an exercise immigrant.

Working out and physical activity didn’t come natural to me. I didn’t play sports as a kid. I never found joy in pushing myself physically. I just didn’t “get it.”

But then I started nudging myself out of my comfort zone. I found physical things I actually enjoyed and stopped forcing myself to do things I thought I should be doing.

“An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes.  An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.”  ~ David Walters

It’s all about finding your “basketball!”

That’s the ticket in. The first domino. The rolling ball.

Exercise is simply moving. Sometimes I think we try to make it more complicated than that.

It’s isn’t.

Funny thing is… when you do start to move more, momentum can take over. 6 years ago I started walking with my (first) baby, something I still love to do, and now I look for every excuse I can to get to the gym or go for a run.

You don’t think walking can lead to other things?

I wouldn’t have believed it either.

Update (3 years later): Now I CrossFit and Olympic lift 6 days a week. Don’t estimate the power of a small step!



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There are 6 comments so far.

    Amanda

    December 11, 2011

    OH Love it! can’t wait to find my basketball!!!

    Iman Dau

    December 11, 2011

    This was so inspiration:-) it is true that when a lot of people think of exercise, they only think of gym…but it is so much more than that. It could be hiking, dancing, swimming, even walking. As you pointed out, all you have to do is move. Moving burns calories.
    Good post:)

    Henna

    December 11, 2011

    I like your post alot

    Barbara

    December 11, 2011

    you go girl

    Kourtney

    December 11, 2011

    You are so cute. An exercise immigrant? That is priceless.. None the less, keep up the hard work.

    No matter what you do, it counts. That is the great thing about exercise. Find something you love and you do not find as a chore and it’ll make it something you look forward to. Keep inspiring others. xx

    Roz@weightingfor50

    December 11, 2011

    Love it. I like to consider myself a workout “late bloomer”. Oh well, better late than never!!! Have a wonderful week Roni.