jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

The joy of exercise

How many people enjoy exercise? Think about it.

Not many, judging by the few people I see walking, running, swimming or cycling.

Perhaps it is we're conditioned to believe that exercise has to be hard, painful and out of sync with our ‘natural’ state, but I don't think so.

My point is this: exercise is a lifetime occupation, no different to eating, drinking or socialising. Perhaps I'm obsessive, but I couldn't imagine a life where I didn't find time for exercise, even if that's as simple as a few press ups.

If I read the press right, only now are we coming to terms with the fact that a sedentary life is not helpful to our long-term wellbeing. Really?

If there needs to be a change in our society though, one that's capable of upsetting the status quo, it's for more companies to make exercise part of the 'job' -- think Tai Chi -- rather than it being exclusively focused on the individual. I don't mean that it should be compulsory but, as trite as it sounds, a healthy body manifests a healthy, productive mind; and that's where the rubber meets the road.

Think about it: a quick walk, run, swim, meditation session or yoga as part of your job. Blissful if you ask me. Oh sure, none of us really want to do it, but that's only because we've got out of the habit.

Perhaps I'm in the minority, but the next time I see something about employee engagement, wellbeing or the like, I'm bound to ask, "Yes, but what about exercise in the workplace?"

Radical? I don't think so.


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