The paradox of exercise…

Exercise usually makes me tired. Especially now as I’ve had weeks of travel and not exercising and I’m getting back in the saddle of getting fit. But even when I’m quite fit, exercise usually leaves me more tired than when I started, so I usually need to rest after a workout – or even a walk.

there are all kinds of ways to move more than you do now...
There are all kinds of ways to move more than you do now. Start very small and see what happens…

I really don’t know if it’d be the same if I was “well” or not. Perhaps this is normal at this age? Doesn’t matter really. Because here’s what I know: I know that I ultimately feel better about myself when I’m in good shape, at a good weight, relatively “toned” and with good aerobic fitness. And when I feel better about myself, I feel more confident, am happier and feel more in control of my life. Sure, being fit probably helps my brain, my overall health and perhaps even enhances my longevity a bit. So that’s a plus…

But it makes me tired. So I use faith to motivate me, somehow trusting that I’d be even more tired without it. Sure I’d have more time too, but how well would I be able to use the extra time if I had less self-confidence and knew I was failing on self-management? I don’t know. Or rather, I do know but mostly in a conceptual way.

Exercise makes me tired, but mostly it’s a “good tired” – leaving me with a sense of accomplishment and feeling fully connected to my physical self at its best (versus the physical self that’s not always cooperating). And NOT exercising leaves me tired of all the trying. THAT is trying… and tiresome… Am I being redundant 😕 ~Z