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Purer motivations

Like many women in the DMV, I have always had a love/hate relationship with exercising. Growing up, I didn’t play sports outside of school, so my physical activity came from gym class. My college roommate was a runner. Not me. She would ask me to join her and I had plenty of excuses not to do so. When I did join her, I always had a complaint. Running just wasn’t for me.

As I got older, I found myself most active after deep, heartfelt break ups. I needed something to do, so I walked and walked. But now, physical activity is a necessity to improve my health and disposition, reduce stress and stave off the aches, creaks and weight gain that come with aging.

A recent study in the “Annals of Behavioral Medicine” found that college-age women engaged in more physical activity when they exercised to improve their overall health rather than to lose weight.

Working out for the sake of losing weight isn’t going to keep anyone motivated. It surely didn’t keep me motivated. But with age, comes the recognition that in order to live a full and healthy life, I need to be active and eat well.

Yes, there are times I fall off the wagon, so to speak. I recently blamed my lack of consistent exercise on my early work schedule. No more blame.

I still have a love/hate relationship with exercise, but now my motivations are purer – I hope.  It’s never too late to refocus and channel my energy on something that will serve me well in the long run. Here’s to good health.

– By Nicole L. Gill, Digital Content Editor, CouncilMag.com

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