I spent this past weekend with extended family in New York for a family function. It was tons of fun but so exhausting. From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, it was go, go go and talk, talk, talk. I’m not used to it! I live alone, so when I get home after work, it’s usually quiet time. Not with my family.
I did notice something interesting though. I was able to dance at the function on Saturday night for ages – not tired, not sweaty, not aware of anything but “hey, this song is cool”. My cousins? Not so much. They’re much bigger than I am – taller and heavier. They were sweating and tired and aware of the “lack of air flow” and the heat in the room. They were sitting at the tables for a lot more of the night.
The only thing I was aware of was the fact that my feet were hurting just a bit but I looked good so it was worth it 🙂
It’s something I never thought of but something that can definitely motivate us more than simply being healthy. It’s the little everyday things that are easier when you’re fitter and healthier. It’s the things you don’t think about when you can do them, but that you’re hyper-aware of when you can’t.
Since I started on this exercise and health kick, I’ve noticed that I can:
- carry groceries home easier
- buy more groceries per trip instead of rationing out because I couldn’t carry them
- run for the bus
- dance for longer
- think about taking 8 day hikes in Peru without thinking “I can’t do that!”
What benefits have you noticed?