Gaining A Clear Perspective

It’s October. You have been planning your Fall schedule and considering the busy days ahead. 
How do you see exercise fitting into this schedule? 
I want to help you see EXERCISE differently because that will be the key to your success. 
ex·er·cise   [ek-ser-sahyz] 
1. bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health: 
Walking is good exercise.
2. something done or performed as a means of practice or training: 
exercises for the piano.
3. a putting into action, use, operation, or effect: the exercise of caution.
Let’s just take the broad view here for our understanding.
Stay with me for a minute!
Exercise is defined as something we do, physically or mentally.
I will be clarifying on this important point more in the future 
and how understanding the mental aspect can help you succeed.
Exercise is something to be “practiced” with regularity.
Exercise in itself denotes action and use. 
OK, so now I want to ask what feelings come up when you think of the word exercise? 
Words like fun, exuberance, excitement?
dread, intimidation, distaste and disgust?
Be honest!
How you see exercise, how YOU define it…SEE it,  in your own mind,
 is instrumental in your ability to maintain and gain a healthier lifestyle. 
It starts in the mind.
The mind is the first thing that needs to change
in your journey to a more active life!
It can be done. 

After all, trying to fit something into your schedule that you dread is going to take some mighty orchestrating, yes? We need to begin the battle in the mind. 

I believe this is not unlike our own Christian or Faith walk. We win or lose those battles first, in the mind, then outwardly in our lives. 

We actually have to be transformed spiritually, as believers.

As a person who also wants to apply this thinking about how they value fitness- we need to allow our attitudes, ideas, thoughts and misconceptions, to which we cling, be “transformed”. We need to take small steps in our thinking to break free and gain new ground on our journey to better health. 

It can be done. 
It just takes a little bit of adjusting our vision. 

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

5 thoughts on “Gaining A Clear Perspective

  1. Dawn this is so true. I always see excersie as a dreaded word yet I need it so much. Why do I dread something that is designed to take care of my temple God has given me on this earth! I have however recently been more consistently working out( better than I was at least) even if sometimes it is mini workouts. Its not been easy to fit it in but I am trying and could do better.


  2. Mini workouts are perfect, Susie- we have to be realistic to adapt to each season of life to maintain some kind of connection to fitness. I have a post about taking just ten minutes to fit fitness in…you will love that one! Something IS better than nothing. Carry on my friend. Thanks for sharing.


  3. That is so funny- some exercise is and yes , most on this challenge! Agree. I especially loathe the 3 minute running bouts on the couch to 5k. I find myself between the 2 and 3 minute point thinking how I hate running the whole 60 seconds…which makes them painfully long. Of course I will probably turn that into a post. 😉


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