Yesterday we officially launched our Fit Fatties Virtual Vacations with a virtual sunset cruise in Paris. And it really got me thinking. Of all the super wonderful and awesome things about exercise, I think one of the things I love most is how exercise can be and can fuel adventures in our lives. Whether it’s just walking a little further down the path just to see what’s there, or getting on an airplane and exploring the world, I love how fitness can open new worlds for folks.
One of the most fun parts of the whole Fit Fatties Virtual Decathlon project was checking out the photos of the fun adventures people had while finishing their virtual events. Some folks did a 5K or 10K or marathon for the first time. Some people tried belly dancing lessons or hula hooping or tap dancing for the first time. Folks went to museums, climbed mountains, toured college campuses and sports stadiums. Some people exercised by themselves. Some created spontaneous dance parties and even met Santa Claus on the beach with their kids.
Another thing that was super cool about the virtual events is the way that people started to see adventure in everyday activity. Some people got badges for epic snow shoveling (and shoveling and shoveling), massive lawn mowing and wood splitting. Folks even found adventure in having a temper tantrum and smashing stuff the ex left behind. Clearly there was some catharsis going on.
I know that as my fitness level increases, my sense of adventure also tends to increase. I’m more brave. I’m more ready to try new things–whether it be hula hooping or trying just one more yard sale in search of the find of the century. None of this takes me away from listening to my body. However fit I may be, I always allow myself the right to try something and then say, “No, thank you. This isn’t for me.” One of my extremely talented students described this as her 10 minute rule. “I try to be adventurous,” she says. “But I always give myself an out. If after 10 minutes, I don’t like it, love it or feel like I’m having fun, I give myself unabashed permission to simply walk away–no guilt and no strings attached.”
How about you. As we move into summer vacation time (at least in my part of the world) are you ready to try something new? How about a water aerobics class, or some gardening, or riding a bike or surfing? And how about instead of thinking of fitness as a guilt-laden obligation, we start thinking of it as an open-ended ticket to new adventures?
Love, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)
P.S. It’s not too late to join our Fit Fatties Virtual Vacations! Just click here!