I’ve always been pretty active. Exercise is a great stress reliever for me. I like to workout hard, building a good sweat or at least getting my heart rate up. Even before Shayna passed I had begun walking/running and was up to around 3-4 miles a day. I’ve done Insanity, P90X, P90X+ and T25. I had taken off 40 plus pounds using T25 when Shayna passed, but I had shelved the program and was into walking and running. I try not to go more than a few months at a time without some sort of pretty rigorous routine. Too much time off and I start to feel sluggish. The harder I work to expend energy, the better my mood. Staying close to my goal weight is important for my mental health as much as for my physical health.
Exercise is my first priority of the day. If I don’t get it done in the morning I find the urgent overtakes the important and it doesn’t get done at all. So, first thing out of bed it’s a workout or a walk or both. Controlling my weight helps me feel better physically. The time spent on a run I used to listen to a PodCast or inspirational music. I can get out some aggression and anger during a good workout. And I know I’m taking care of my responsibility to take care of myself for those who want me to stick around.