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I can’t say I had a lot of experience with athleticism as a child.
I never played on any sports teams (marching band doesn’t count), and I managed to get out of PE for all of high school (marching band apparently does count for this!) due to generally hating the fact that I wasn’t any good at athletic pursuits and being very sensitive to the mocking of my peers.
Thus, when I started losing weight through diet and exercise I had to start from scratch.
I had absolutely no base to work from.
No history of regular exercise to pull from.
The moment I realized it was all going to have to change, was, one day less than a week into the last diet I ever went on. I came home from work after a day of following the food program diligently and walked straight to the fridge.
Because I always walked straight to the fridge when I got home from work.
But that day I stopped, realized my life needed to change, turned around and headed out the front door and walked for the next 45 minutes around my neighborhood.
And every day after that when I got home from work I went for a walk.
It would be fair to say that I lost about half of those 200 pounds simply walking.
Eventually, however, I decided to get ambitious and try some new things.
And that’s when I made a resolution to Try Everything. It was the best way I knew of to find something that would stick.
I tried walking, running, kayaking, bicycling, hiking, weightlifting, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, Zumba, cross-country skiing – anything that was suggested to me I tried.
And that’s how I discovered that for my time and effort, running was my best bet.
But I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t tried everything.
I still try new things – some of them I love and some of them I just check off the list.
But who knows – maybe someday I’ll find something I like better than running. I won’t know until I try!
So, if you’re just starting out, or having been practicing a healthy lifestyle for years, what new form of exercise have you tried lately?