Recently, I've had a couple of people offer the opinion that I work out too much. One was my mother, so I decided I would think about it a little bit. At first I was a little offended by these accusations but I'm a big fan of listening and learning so I started to do a little self-evaluating. Do I work out too much? Are other aspects of my life suffering because of how much I work out? Am I neglecting my children? Are my grades slipping? Nope. I'm keeping it together pretty darn well. I'm kicking ass in school, my kids are happy and healthy, I have a bitchin' social life, the house is clean, I'm rarely sick...hmmm...what's the problem here????
I usually work out for an hour almost every day. Some days, I work out for two to three hours (like on a Saturday or Sunday) and some days I don't get there at all. The CDC recommends doing 2.5 hours per week of cardiovascular training and 2 or more hours of weight training per week- MINIMUM. Many physicians recommend 60 minutes per day of physical activity for adults and children. Okay. I'm in that range of healthy activity level.
I wonder how many people would complain if I spent 1 hour a day watching television, reading, or participating in another hobby? What is it about my exercise routine that some find so offensive? I'm not exactly sure. I find my work outs to be a stress reliever. It allows me to spend time with people who I love dearly and care about. When I get in a good work out, I am more alert and am more present with my patients. I have more patience with my children. Working out is not a life drainer, it's a life saver!
Imagine if everyone took one hour out of the day to spend working on themselves physically- in whatever capacity- crossfit, yoga, running, hiking, walking, zumba. I just don't see that as a bad thing. Our physical health should be one of our top priorities. For me, it is a huge part of maintaining my sanity in a very crazy life. It isn't selfish and honestly, I find it to be selfish NOT to take that time out of your day to be healthy for yourself and for the people around you.
So please, go exercise! I will never judge you for it ;0)