Article by Wendy McCance
It’s gorgeous outside. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. The temperature is supposed to get to 80 degrees today. Summer is upon us and I am going to want to wear much less clothing. It’s time to tone up and begin exercising.
During the winter I huddle in my home dressed in warm layers doing a variety of sedentary activities. I’ll watch movies, read books, write and do a little cooking. Exercise does not cross my mind. Right around the New Year, I’ll make plans to start getting back into an exercise routine. I’ll drag my feet for a few more weeks and then slowly get moving. This lasts about two weeks if I’m extra motivated. I’ll decide I still have time to work in some exercise before spring hits and I’ll go back to my lazy ways.
Thank goodness I am a little vain. Vanity saves my health to some degree. It’s what reminds me to get moving when I feel like a slob. It makes me more mindful of my eating habits as well. Whenever my skin or hair looks dull and my stomach begins to look bloated I’ll focus on better food choices.
I tackle my health in the laziest of lazy ways. exercise for me is much easier in warmer weather because I love being outside and staying active. I’ll ride my bike every day with no problem. I enjoy walking, tennis, swimming and canoeing. Summer is great because it’s so much easier to find ways to stay active and have fun doing it. I am not a person who enjoys the gym. It’s stressful to worry about what to wear, and how you look using a machine. I shouldn’t care because I am doing this for me and not other people, but I do get self-conscious. The gym machines are sooo boring and who wants to be stuck indoors, anyway?
So here I am revving up for the changing season. Just remember, when you look in the mirror and are hard on yourself, thank the fact that you are a tad bit vain. If you listen to your thoughts and act on them, vanity can save your health.
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