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The Excessity of Exercise

Some of you will look at this category and wonder how in the world it ever made it onto the list. Others of you will cringe and wish it could somehow disappear. The first group is made up of those for whom exercise is a foreign, distasteful concept. The latter group is made up of those for whom exercise is an excessity, an absolute way of life.

Please don’t misunderstand — I think regular exercise should be part of everyone’s lifestyle, in whatever form is appropriate for your current condition and situation. I know it is for me. I enjoy exercise, and it enhances my life and my health. There are also days when, honestly, it’s the last thing I really want to do.

Exercise becomes an excessity when its position on your priority scale is so high that you’ll forgo just about everything else in order to do it. You’ll exercise when sick or injured. You’ll exercise even if it interferes with other responsibilities, including family obligations. Exercise is an excessity when it becomes too tightly tied to your feelings of self-esteem, when you feel anxious, guilty, and irritable if you don’t exercise.

When exercise becomes a source of inordinate pride and self-identification, it’s a problem.

SOURCE: Chapter 2, “Examine Your Excess,” in Gotta Have It! by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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