Get A Move On: My Love-Hate Exercise Program

Get A Move On: My Love-Hate Exercise Program

Girl with gym equipmentPhysical exercise is not something I’ve ever loved. In elementary school I was never good at P.E. (They still have that in school, right?) Sports can be wonderful, but it was never something I was involved in. I did my time when required all through school, but that was about it.

As an adult, this has probably been the area of physical health I’ve struggled with more than any other. And sometimes I’m even a little envious of those who seem to easily develop and maintain an exercise program. But then I remember that we all have priorities. And if I really believe my body needs to move, nobody is keeping me from it!

Periodically I fall off my exercise program completely. My job as a physician actually involves quite a lot of walking and moving around, so I’m generally rather physically active at work. But I know that’s not enough. So here are some things I’m doing:

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What I Do: Breakfast for the Soul

Quiet Time“Practice what you preach.” “Doctor, heal thyself.” Yes, I have to do the same things I tell everyone else to do. Sometimes it’s a challenge, and I do better in some areas than others.

I know sometimes people wonder how I do what I do, where I find the energy, time, or will to accomplish the things some of them wish they could do. So here is a window on some of my daily routine. And if you ask the people who know me best, especially my husband, you’ll find this is all true!

Over the next several days I’m going to share with you how I manage several of the areas in my own life, and I hope this perhaps gives you some encouragement in some area of your own.

Spiritual breakfast

Most mornings I spend the first part of my day

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Red, Yellow, Green: The Relationship Traffic Light

Red, Yellow, Green: The Relationship Traffic Light

When I was in elementary school we sometimes played the game of “Red Light, Green Light.” One of us would be “it,” and call out the signals to the rest of us lined up at the starting line. You could move as fast as you wanted when the “light” was green, but if you took even one step after the “light” turned red you had to return to the starting line and start over. The first one to reach the finish line without moving on red was rewarded with being the next “it.”

I doubt elementary students today play “Red Light, Green Light” during recess any longer. It was a simple game, and with sophisticated playground equipment and sports programs in place now they have more entertaining things to do.

But we as adults still play “Red Light, Green Light” in our relationships. And the stakes are so much higher than they were in childhood!

Think of the other people you know. I would guess you could quite easily tell who is giving out a “green light,” indicating

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Men, Women, and Healthcare

Blood Pressure CuffMen and women are different in many ways. Some may argue that the only difference is plumbing, but both you and I know that’s not true!

For over 20 years I’ve been an OB-Gyn physician, which means I’ve taken care of women. I’ve seen how women respond to pain, fear, anxiety, and physical limitations. Yes, women can get quite emotional over things, but they are generally very strong when they need to be.

Now that my husband has been needing some medical care I’ve had a chance to see things from a different perspective. I’ve seen how he responds to pain, fear, anxiety, and physical limitations – and it’s quite different from the way most women do. I think most wives will agree with me that most men need a little something extra to take care of themselves!

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It’s MINE! Owning What Belongs To Me

Taking Home OwnershipPerhaps that sounds like a two-year-old grabbing at a toy and yelling, “Mine!”

It might seem strange, but sometimes I wish more adults would say, “Mine!”

Of course I’m not talking about the immature grabbing at toys. But I AM talking about a sense of personal ownership for the “stuff” that is in our own sphere of influence.

Think of it from the standpoint of a consumer. You make a purchase, and then have a problem. You go to someone for help, and their response is, “I’m sorry: I can’t help you. That’s not my job.”

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