In my opinion, exercise needs to be fun to make it stick. In other words unless you are doing something you enjoy for exercise you will not make it a habit or continue doing it. I have tried many types of exercise through my adult life. Walking, running, Jazzercise, weights, step aerobics, swimming, etc. It has taken me many years to come to a point where what I do for exercise I can proclaim to be very enjoyable. First on my list is hiking. We live in the Northeast Georgia Mountains where there is a plethora of areas to hike. The scenery is beautiful. The waterfalls are incredible. Hiking is one way I can actually get Grace out of the house and do some exercise in the process. Exploring God's creation in all seasons of the year through hiking is such a privilege. As a family we have agreed upon waking early one morning a week this summer and picking a new place to hike. Yesterday we traveled 25 minutes from home to climb the 1000 plus stairs at Tallulah Gorge. It was beautiful and a great way to spend the morning together as a family.
If you haven't noticed before, since last October I have become a Zumba enthusiast. A community of women that get together 1-3 times a week to dance to Latin and Hip Hop music. It is very freeing and the calories that come off during one session is amazing. It is the way I was able to get rid of 20lbs along with Weight Watchers. Once I lost the 20 pounds continuing to do Zumba has allowed me to eat within reason what I want and not have to count a lot of calories. Zumba is not for everyone. Lots of booty shaking. What I am getting at is exercise has changed my life so much for the better. I do something 6 days a week. Sometimes walking, sometimes Zumba, and sometimes something active with the family. It keeps me sane. I sleep better too. Now if I go a couple of days without exercising I don't feel right. The experts say it takes a few weeks to establish a habit. Please go out and establish the habit of exercise. It will benefit your body, mind, and spirit beyond words.