Ask yourself: Can wellness be Fun, with a capital F?
When people hear I’ve run a half-marathon (and I try to tell as many people as possible), they groan sympathetically. Then they usually ask what my time was. They don’t ask me if it was Fun.
I do yoga stretches before I run. When people comment on it, they tell me how agonizing it looks, or how painful it would be if they tried it. They don’t ask me if I Enjoy it.
When people talk with me about losing weight, they tell me I look like I’ve never had a weight problem. They tell me how hard it is for them to lose weight. They don’t ask me if it feels Great to be at a healthy weight.
My point: wellness can be Fun, with a capital F. How, you ask? Just a few thoughts.
I really enjoyed training for my half. I liked pushing myself and feeling the gains. I liked meeting people who were shooting for the same goals. I felt Empowered, and that’s with a capital E.
I love yoga. I like learning new poses and practices. I like meeting new people who are also learning and seeking. Yoga is Empowering.
I work at maintaining my weight. I like the satisfaction I feel when I know I’ve worked hard at exercising and not overeating. I like hanging out with people who take diet and exercise seriously. Maintaining a healthy weight is Empowering.
The point is not to run, do yoga or eat a particular way. You can walk, Zumba, meditate, rock climb, bike, swim, tennis, read, macrobioticize, veganize, guitar it, sing it, belly dance or pick your own Pleasure, with a capital P. The point is to figure out how to Enjoy your wellness plan, and have your own unique kind of Fun. Feel Empowered.
I Got a Feeling, Black Eyed Peas