Dear Exercise Bike,
I see you there. Sitting by the window. Quietly, patiently. Calling out to me as I type away, sitting on the couch. Asking me to put aside my excuses and join you there. Yes, I remember the good old days when we spent time together. Everyday in fact, I would sit with you and peddle away as you purred with delight.
But you see, I was pregnant back then. You calmed my restless legs and helped me to sleep better.
Do you remember the one night, I went to bed without hopping onto your padded seat for my daily ride? It was late, and I decided that sleep was more important than my time with you. After several minutes of tossing and turning and my husband’s annoyed sighs, I climbed out of bed and made my way to you with my head down.
You didn’t turn away, you didn’t say a word. You accepted me and allowed me to ride a couple of miles before I turned off the lights and headed back to bed. I immediately fell asleep.
I know I would benefit from spending more time with you now, even though I’m no longer pregnant. But I’m too tired…
Although, I do feel more energized after even just a short ride.
But you know what, I just don’t have as much time anymore, with the children, the cooking, the cleaning…
However, even a 10 minute ride has mountains of health benefits such as more energy, weight loss, reduced risk of disease, reduced stress, etc. And of course, you are available anytime for me; day and night.
But, don’t take this the wrong way, Mr. Exercise Bike, but honestly, you’re not that fun. I do enjoy watching your screen where you tell me how far I’ve gone and how many calories I’ve burnt but it gets old pretty quick. I could always check my emails or read to book while I ride. Multi-tasking has become second nature to me now that I am a mom.
Do you think I could learn to fold laundry while we spend time together?
Ok, you got me. I really have no excuse for ignoring you. I am sorry and I am willing to give this another try if you will have me. It is important for me to take good care of myself and to teach my kids to do the same, by example. Thanks for helping me do this.
Your turn! Share with us what excuses you have used to not exercise and how have you overcome them?