Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, if you haven’t had the opportunity to read them yet!

In Part 1, I explained a key goal setting truth, and why too many people fail to achieve their goals because they begin in the wrong place.

In Part 2, I explained how I am implanting this truth in my own life in regards to my health through the foods I eat.

And today, in Part 3, I am going to explain the step in the “Healthy Philosophy” system: Exercise.

I’ve never been one who enjoys the process of working out in a gym. It’s not that I particularly mind the workouts, but the simple fact is I find them to be very boring.

Since I’ve never had an issue with being overweight, I always held the philosophy that I didn’t need to work out. Even by not working out and eating anything I wanted I still appeared to be more fit than most people. And that was good enough for me!

I didn’t really realize that I had been working out practically my whole life without even meaning too. I’ve ridden horses since I was 6 years old, and while I admit there wasn’t much workout involved in the first few years as I was learning to ride, as I became earlier and got more into competitive riding I began to use more and more muscle groups to achieve the results I was after with my horse.

I actually didn’t realize this was a “real” workout until I arrived at a period in my life where I took a break from riding. After about a year of being out of the sport, Rob and I were at the gym (one of my fetal attempts to actually enjoy gym workouts), and I discovered there was one particular machine where I could actually use more weight than he could!

Now, let me be clear: I am a tiny person. 5lb dumbbells are heavy to me! So you can imagine my shock when I could out-work Rob on this machine… until I thought about it and realized it exercised a muscle group you rarely ever use in daily life… unless you’re riding a horse!

I spent about 5 years not being a horse owner — and when I finally did begin getting into competitive training with horses again I did so with a new mindset (philosophy): This was my gym.

And over the past year and a half I have watched particular muscle groups begin to get stronger, have watched my endurance increase and over all just feel “better”.

It’s not healthy to sit at a computer all day! Actually, it’s not healthy to sit anywhere all day! The human body was created to be active — I’ve known this, but it took discovering something that I truly enjoy for me to be able to make it a permanent change in my routine.

I don’t know what activities you enjoy. Perhaps working out at the gym is your thing… you’ve just never made it a priority. The key to any exercise routine is to adopt the philosophy that being active = being healthy. When you do this, it will affect your attitude towards exercise and the actions will follow suit.

Tune in for the 4th and final Philosophy of Health Post… coming up in a few days!

 

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