Tuesday Workout of the Week: Just move. Really.

Yes. I did it.

Yesterday I made a promise to myself and to everyone here that after a near-week of sedentary feeling-sorry-for-myselfdom, I was going to get to the gym, get on a bike, and make the pedals go in a circular direction for a respectable amount of time. And so it was. I got there, I found something fun to do while pedaling (a nifty podcast series on management skills – very cool), and I pedaled.

No matter what thoughts came into my head, I just kept on pedaling.

I did not quite pedal like this yesterday. So consider this photograph simply aspirational. I did pedal. It was just on a stationary bike, and indoors. But I did it, and that's all that matters. (Image courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
I did not quite pedal like this yesterday. So consider this photograph simply aspirational. I did pedal. It was just on a stationary bike, and indoors. But I did it, and that’s all that matters. (Image courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

And sometimes, that’s all we got.

But here’s the fun part. It works.

There are only two things we can do when we feel fatigued to get ourselves mentally back in the game. We can either take a nap, or we can exercise vigorously. Both of those activities engage our brains in a completely different way than staring at a computer screen, searching for an answer to a problem, trying to figure something out, and all of the related conundrums we get ourselves into in the course of an average day.

Movement matters. It’s just a big, big deal. It’s been a game-changer in my life this year. No matter what the conundrum is, how big it seems at the time, or how ugly or hairy or difficult…when I exercise, my mind figures things out that I just can’t figure out in a staying-still position.

So, today’s workout of the week is simple. Just move. Just get out there and move.

Yesterday’s Every48 workout: A 45-minute BIKE ride at the gym while listening to a cool podcast. I think a new tradition has been born.

 

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