I don’t like exercise. I would like to avoid exercise. I don’t like getting sweaty. I’m also a very uncoordinated person, which makes exercising even less enjoyable. I would much rather sit in a comfy chair reading a good book. However, a diabetes diagnosis and a history of heart disease in my family means that I have had to come to terms with the need for exercise.
For a long time, I walked on the treadmill. I listened to audiobooks, podcasts, and music. It wasn’t the most enjoyable part of the day, but I did it…at least until earlier in the year. I fell off the exercise wagon, and while my A1c didn’t suffer, I did gain some weight.
I struggled, though, to get on the treadmill, even though I just had to walk downstairs and hop on. I found so many excuses not to walk or I’d walk a day here and a day there, but not enough to be beneficial.
I wondered if I simply needed a change in routine, but didn’t really know what else to do. You see, doing any kind of formal exercise routine was intimidating. I never could follow the moves, was always steps behind, and just couldn’t keep up. I saw all of these exercise commercials and didn’t think that any of them could help me.
Then, one night a couple of weeks ago, when scrolling through YouTube, I discovered a video for a Beginner 1-mile walk. As I watched the video, I tentatively thought, “I might be able to do this.” I cleared a space in my office and set up the computer with the video. The moves were simple, so I could do them and not go crashing into any furniture. The fifteen minutes seemed to fly by and at the end, I felt okay!
Since that initial workout, I’ve used the video nearly every day and while I don’t know that it’s affected my weight (yet), I have felt better about exercising because I felt successful with the simple exercise routine. Maybe this video workout was just what I needed to get out of the exercise rut!