Day 42: Sobriety is easier than exercise (for me)

Disclaimer: I know regular exercise is beneficial. And I know sobriety is something that requires effort. 🙂

Giving up a habit is a hard thing to do. Even when that habit makes you feel sick or embarrassed or ashamed, it’s still hard to give up. Harder on some days than others, and very, very hard in some moments.

But it’s not hard all the time or even most of the time, especially once you get going.

Now compare that with exercise. I am someone who loathes excise. I find it difficult to start and a misery while doing it. When I try to add hours of exercise to my life, I see very little progress. To me, everything about exercise is hard.

In contrast, the cool thing about working on sobriety is the sober days add up no matter how much or how little you work at it on any given day (assuming, of course, a minimum of effort to keep you on track). When you get distracted, or go to bed, or get busy with life stuff, the sober time just keeps on adding up anyway!

All I really have to do is not drink. And I’m super good at not doing things! 🙂

Here are my running shoes as proof. Aren’t they pretty? And clean? Yep. 😉


9 thoughts on “Day 42: Sobriety is easier than exercise (for me)

  1. Good for you for being able to stay sober without a love of exercise! The gym is the place where I truly de-stress. I was just thinking about that yesterday: the elliptical is my glass of wine now. I realize that all those skills that I use to watch what I eat and how I take care of my body have been directly transferrable to my choice to be alcohol free now…. I just read A Happier Hour by Rebecca Weller. Great book: very positive, which is my style. But also: look at the fact that she was already a highly successful professional and health coach before she went sober. Each of us is unique and we bring our strengths and weaknesses to our sober journeys. Bex had huge advantages that we don’t all have….so kudos to you for staying sober without all the endorphins and other highs that come from working out….


  2. I heard a report on NPR yesterday about how elite athletes motivate themselves by “tricking” themselves into exercising. One endurance runner tells himself he’s not really going out for a training run… just headed out for a quick jog in the fresh air around the block, then home for coffee. He says 9/10 times he just keeps going because it feels good after the endorphins kick in and he gets the full run in. I think it is like almost anything else… the hard part is just taking the first step (pun intended) and then the rest takes care of itself. I’ve heard of people sleeping in their running clothes as motivation! All that said, I’ve been known to spend my whole day in my “active wear” intending to exercise and doing nothing by the end of the day but eating a pint of caramel core Ben and Jerrys as my workout 😦

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  3. I hate running.
    On the. Other hand, I love Yoga. I love the quiet of yin. I love the power and strength of flow. I love the focus on finding myself, not on fixing or changing or winning.

    Exercise might be good for health, but you can choose what that means for you. To me, it’s that I can get around a bit easier in my regular life. I will rarely need to outrun a bear (although I do live in bear area) or lift a car.

    It all evolves.

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      1. I like the idea of remembering to not take myself too seriously. I am a walker and hiker by choice for exercise and time outdoors. I like yoga and Qi Gong for the flow and how it makes my joints and muscles feel less creaky. However, I also have a really nice rebounder and an adult sized hula hoop. I love to dance around on my rebounder while listening to fun music. Or pick up my hoop and play around for awhile.
        It loosens my body and my mind and almost always makes me smile. Also, if I rebound or hoop for even 5 minutes I feel the lift in my spirit and know I’ve gotten myself moving a bit. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing! What a concept, right? 🙂

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