Thankfully, I’ve had a mind shift in attitude towards exercise and the importance I place on it in my life.
The shift occurred in December last year whilst watching an episode of Catalyst @ABCcatalyst, Alzheimer’s – Can we prevent it? Research suggests it can be delayed, even prevented.
What I took away from this T.V program, was the need for me to increase the amount exercise I participated in weekly, eat well and attempt new things.
So, the shift began and I’m pleased to say I have enjoyed my weekly not negotiable walks in the jungle and a mix of gym/tennis or racketball.
This morning was racketball. Heading off to the local squash court to sweat out the working week’s activities, I was looking forward to the game ahead. What strategies might I implement or at least attempt to.. and, dreading the back left-hand corner shot!
As expected, within the first 10 minutes of the game I was drenched in sweat, and I’d like to think that I had conquered the back left-hand corner. That could have only been my bias reflection of the game; perhaps not the reality.
However, today’s racketball challenge wasn’t actually the back left-hand corner. It was playing doubles. I knew this was going to require a considerable amount of concentration, ongoing assessment, and learning. Wrestling with the contradicting voices in my head, I chose wisely.
The ‘exercise’ inner voice won.
And, as a result, learning, laughter, muscle tone and a sense of accomplishment occurred. Thanks to the supportive group of people I was with.
It isn’t a new saying by any means, however, its message rings true for many aspects of life – prevention is better than cure.
Even if the research proves wrong, the benefits I have gained from my mind shift are worth it.
This post is part of the Annual 11th Slice of Life Challenge Two writing teachers