For some, "exercise" is a dreaded word. It means having
to do something physically strenuous and boring. To
others, it is a chance to escape from life for a little
while, to enjoy the way it makes them feel, both during
and after their workout. The rest? They just want to
Who says exercise has to be boring? The "feel the burn"
mentality has been pounded into us for a long while
now. Making exercise into a dreaded activity where we
end up hurting (and very likely straining something)
certainly doesn't inspire me to want to do it. Perhaps
this is one of the reasons that Americans are more sedentary
than ever before. We all need to learn that exercise
isn't, and shouldn't be, something we dread doing. It
ought to be fun, the way it used to be for children,
playing carefree and just having a good time.
Yet children today also are more sedentary than ever
before, and it shows. Video games, television, and computers
have today's kids sitting around the house doing nothing,
when twenty or more years ago they would have been outside
We don't need treadmills, expensive workout machines,
or a personal trainer. What I feel we really need is
to go outside and play. Walk because we want to enjoy
the scenery. Run because we want to feel the wind in
our hair. Play tennis, shoot hoops, go swimming, play
volleyball. Whether we do it alone or with others, the
point is, just have fun!
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