Monday, May 13, 2013
A Little More Energy and a Little Less Cranky
I have always heard that exercising gives you more energy -- but I never really believed it. I ran track one year in high school and I was tired all the time. This reaction to exercise happened often enough in my life that Derek came up with an incentive plan for me a few years ago so that I could get myself moving. After about a year I could finally tell that exercise was helpful. I had slightly more energy, and was a little less cranky.
Looking back now I can see that I get more tired if I am doing exercises I do not like. I really do not love running, though I have found that I don't mind it so much if I am playing futsal, or even basketball. I get tired from running around after a ball too, but it doesn't seem to make me so tired that I have to have a nap!
If I do an exercise I enjoy, I notice the energy gain more easily. I love dancing. I took lots of ballroom dance classes in college, and never felt too tired. I go do zumba occasionally and usually come home feeling a little wired -- which is rather new for me. I love riding my bike, and as long as I'm not riding for miles up hill, in the cold, with no snacks, I generally enjoy myself. I may get rubber legged but not too exhausted. I can do things that I don't like, and it still has a good affect, I just have to look harder for it.
I've also found that it is possible to have a day where I honestly do not have the energy to exercise and handle the rest of my day gracefully. When I start crying on the treadmill because I feel too tired, that's usually a good indication that it is one of those days and I should try again tomorrow!
The most important thing I have learned is that exercise really is beneficial (I guess I didn't really believe all the scientists) and to never give up. A little more energy and a little less cranky is always good!
*picture from www.beavercreek.k12.oh.us
at May 13, 2013