Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Favorite Forms of Exercise

I recently thought about why I work out. There are many reasons, and here are some of them:
  • feeling good
  • controlling my blood pressure
  • controlling my gallstones/getting myself in good shape for surgery - Yes, surgery is inevitable.
  • managing my weight
  • getting an hour of "me time" while the toddler is playing in the childcare at the gym
  • being able to keep up with the toddler ALL DAY LONG
But then I thought about whether I truly enjoyed working out. And, yes, I do. Here are some things I have been doing lately that make me truly enjoy my workouts:
  • working out outdoors as much as possible - I love long, difficult hikes that reward you with a gorgeous view at the end!
  • swimming - exercising in the water makes me feel like a kid, especially swimming outside
  • doing yoga and being mindful
  • running after the toddler - I call him my little trainer - he is tough, an endless ball of energy, and he hardly ever gives me a break!
  • going for brisk walks with hubby, the teenager, the toddler, or a friend - I love getting some exercise while catching up on each other's lives
Questions: Why do you exercise? What's your favorite form of exercise?

Be well,


  1. I love the rush I get when I'm done exercising! It puts me in a great mood and gets the day started off on the right foot. Running and biking are my favorite forms. And I hear ya on running after a toddler being a second form of exercise!

  2. I love incorporating the OUTDOORS! so happy the weather is finally consistently nice ;)

  3. Anonymous6/19/2009

    I love to walk more than anything. It doesn't feel like working out.

  4. Anonymous6/19/2009

    Great post, Andrea!

    I totally agree with you on working out outdoors- I'd love to walk/jog outdoors more than anything. I exercise for the physical health benefits, but also for the mental health always makes me feel more centered, more energized...and of course, to help maintain a healthy weight- but that is really just a nice side effect.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I exercise because it is my only time to think (I have a toddler too). I love the way it makes me feel and I notice I eat better the days I exericse.

  6. Honestly, I exercise now because it's a habit. I just don't really put much thought into it (or I might talk myself out of it!); I just get up and do it! My favorite time to exercise is the morning and I love walking outside with a friend. It makes it fun and goes by fast:)

  7. Anonymous6/21/2009

    Swimming in a lake!