Friday, March 16, 2012

Who Likes to Exercise?


Morgan Mandel & Rascal
resting after a walk.

Exercise is supposed to be good for the body and even the spirit, especially as we age. Still, who likes to exercise?

Sometimes, I do. Oftentimes, I don't. It would be nice if I were one of those women who could get so wrapped up in exercising that I wouldn't mind doing it so much.

I have to admit once I get started I do enjoy my walks with Rascal, which I do regularly each morning and each afternoon, weather permitting. We have a fenced in yard, but it's good for both of us to spend some time walking around. How long our walks are generally depend on her. She takes me where she wants to go and I let her lead the way, at least to a certain extent. It's her time and I want her to enjoy it. There are limits, though. It's not as if I let her pull me down the street or across the street into traffic.

Sometimes the DH comes with us in the afternoon and we head over to Rascal's favorite haunt, Bentley's Corner Barkery, an animal food and sundries shop, where they all dote on her and spoil her with treats. We love witnessing her excitement and enjoyment at being somewhere she loves. Actually, she could probably walk there by herself if we let her.


Rascal at Bentley's with co-owner,
Giovanni, giving her a treat.
 Other than dog walking, my chief exercise is going to Fitness Classes, which I do twice a week, whether or not I'm dragging at the time I set out. I do that because I know it's good for me. I actually enjoy class at the start, but usually after about twenty minutes, I'm longing for it to be over, with forty more minutes to go.

I probably should exercise more, since I've lost those exercise minutes each weekday when I used to rush to catch the train, rush to the office, then do the reverse in the evening. Somehow I can't get up enough enthusiasm for even walking into town and pretending I'm catching the train. I'd rather sit at my computer, network or type a blog or manuscript.

I've heard that it's best to get up every half hour or so and stretch or move around instead of just sitting and typing constantly, but I often forget to get up, except when hunger or other bodily functions force me to do so.

What about you? Do you like to exercise? If so, what do you do? If not, do you force yourself?


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Thanks,
Morgan Mandel
http://facebook.com/morgan.mandel

7 comments:

  1. Hi Morgan,
    I haven't got a dog,so I can't take it for walkies, which means I always seem to have some excuse as to why I don't take a walk myself. I do a fair bit of walking, around shopping centres, as my hubby likes browsing through the shops, relaxes him so he says. I can't say I enjoy it, but it is some form of exercise, so I force myself to go with him. Now that I am retired, I thought I would easily get the hang of an exercise routine, but so far I haven't.

    Regards

    Margaret

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  2. I'm one of those who 'am going' to excercise. if it weren't for my dogs needing to go or wanting to eat sooner and more often than i do, i probably would sit here until i could barely move. kudos to you for as much as you do.

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  3. I defintely recommend getting a dog, not only for such great companionship, but also for exercise!

    Morgan Mandel

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  4. I hate to exercise but know I need to do it. I try to park my brain at the door when I start. Just do it. It works.

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    1. Just do it is good advice, Libby!

      Morgan Mandel

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  5. I used to be much better about exercising, but have really let it wan this past year and can tell a difference in how I feel. I do walk the dog several times a week. She has five acres to run on so doesn't need the walk as much as I do. I also work around my property, which gives me some aerobic exercise, but I need to get back to the strength exercises. I can't lift those bales of hay like I used to be able to. LOL

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    1. Exercise does make me feel good afterward, usually, unless I strain a muscle!

      I'm not sure if I ever could life bals of hay like Maryann!

      Morgan Mandel

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