Getting Out the Door

People often comment to us while we’re moving furniture that we must not need to work out much with a job like ours. In a way it is true, at least in the summer when you’re doing moves all day everyday and are fit and strong.

In the winter it can get slower and its easy to get lazy. I used to be on a professional paint crew in Michigan and we would basically close every winter. Then I would get really soft and lazy.

It seems very easy to spiral downward with any bad habit and I think laziness is the gateway bad habit for its effect on total physical and mental health. When I get in a rut of being lethargic it seems to always bring malaise. When I eat junk food because I’m too lazy to cook I just feel lazier.

Several weeks ago I bought a used bike for absurdly cheap on Craigslist and I think it may be the best thing I have done in ages. If riding hills in Auburn wont make someone fit and strong I don’t know what will.

I’ve heard so much diet and exercise talk in my life and seen so many infomercials for product after product its ridiculous. We’ve all seen the lengths some will go to surgically to achieve their fitness ideals.

Yet I find to my unexpected amazement that when I simply avoid junk food and fast food and get on my bike more days a week than not, I feel incredible.

Sometimes the hardest part, though, is getting out the door. Getting up from the warm bed, driving to the gym, whatever, sometimes you just do not want to exert. But at least when you find something that you like to do, that is also great exercise, it only takes a few minutes to start loving it again.

Then before you know it you’re all pumped full of endorphins, feeling great, breathing clearly with no stomach aches, no back aches, no headache and you’re smiling all day long for no reason.