Ugh. The media don't seem to be consistent on whether pay-to-exercise purchases are up or down. One article in the Vancouver Sun quotes IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association) as saying gym memberships are down while the IHRSA blog says things are looking good.
Whatever the reason for waning commitments, we should NOT put our fitness routines on the back burner. Economy got you hog tied, stressed? All the more reason to move it! Let's review the bennies of getting off our butts.
Stress management: Unless you're filthy stinkin' rich or live in a cave, you must be aware of the state of affairs, locally and globally. You could curl up in a fetal position and do nada. Or you could take the reins of something you do have control of: your health. You don't need a gym membership, expensive equipment, or Jenny Craig. Most Americans have shoes and aren't under house arrest, sooooo, go for a walk! It's just that simple. Breathe, move, relax.
Improve your sex life. You're probably staying in more. But instead of settling for TV, cans of Spam and Schlitz, maybe you and your partner could get active together. Ok, get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking PG here, like going dancing, hiking, biking. Do know that exercise is good for your circulatory system. More blood flowing through the body, less viagra, if you get my drift. The rest is up to you and yours...
Job security. OK think about this. In the AM you drag yourself to your desk, slump over your work, lose steam by the afternoon. But if you'd exercise your brain and bod would be stimulated. You'd be more productive. You'd rock the office. The boss would think, "I can't lay her off, I'll have to can lazy Lou instead." I know this sounds kind of draconian but...
Unemployment. My friend Gayle's comment to a recent post summed it up perfectly. You can wallow or you can think positively. The choice is yours. And if you used to use "lack of time" as a reason you didn't exercise, well sister, now you have the time! Get out there and move it. It'll boost your creativity (thinking about ways to set yourself apart from other job applicants), confidence, and morale.
My senior quote in high school was:
Life is like a grindstone.
Whether it polishes you up
or wears you down
all depends on what you're made of.
The economy sucks. But maybe we'll all come out on the other side of this living a simpler, more thoughtful, happier life. Taking time for what really matters...