This is Tobisan - our Shiba Inu.
Why, you might ask, am I posting a picture of our dog on my blog about learning to love yourself? (besides the fact that I think he’s absolutely adorable and just the sweetest doggie ever) I want to dedicate today’s post to something that dogs understand - something they get that many of us just, don’t. Have you ever noticed that when your dog doesn’t feel like moving - he just doesn’t? But if you call him for his evening walk and he wants to go romp in the grass, he comes running like it’s the best idea EVER? How about when your dog lies in exactly the same spot on the rug for HOURS and then all of a sudden jumps up, races over to his toys and grabs a certain toy and then races around the house with? Yup - they are way smarter than we are.
We buy expensive DVDs of elaborate workouts that we hate to do. Or we join a gym and promise ourselves we’re going to walk on that treadmill every morning. Sure, we might force ourselves to do it for a few days, or maybe even weeks - but we dread it. Every day when the time comes that we’ve decided should be when we submit to this torture, we drag our feet… we grumble and moan (even if it’s just in our own heads). And then we stop doing it… and when we think about starting again it’s just too terrible - it’s HARD, it’s no fun… it becomes something we avoid.
But if we chose instead to do things like going for a bike ride with our children, or taking a square dancing class, or jogging on that beautiful path near the canal…. or any number of other things that include some component we truly enjoy, we’re much more likely to continue doing those things for the long term. To make them an integral part of our life, to take joy in doing them, and if we have to stop for a little while, to look forward to picking them back up again. In the long run, isn’t doing something that’s a little less intense for the next 10 years better for our bodies than doing something more intense for only the next 10 weeks?
Make body moving choices that you enjoy, and do them at times of the day that make sense for you. Hey, I’m not a morning person - exercise of any sort first thing in the morning leads to a catastrophic failure in coordination (I’m not kidding, ask me some time about falling off the back end of a treadmill twice in the same morning!) - so I do my dance workouts after work and not first thing in the morning. I love belly dance, and I look forward to improving my flexibility, strength and coordination so that I can dance more…. funny thing, our dog, Tobisan, could sleep right through his morning walk quite happily - but often drags us all over the neighborhood at his dinnertime walk.
Guess I’ve learned what my dog already knew.