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Are you a Worrier or a Warrior?

Moira Riccio

That is the debate I listened to on NPR the other day, taken from the book, "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing."  Basically you are born with your personality, but your environment alters behavior as well ~ the old "nature vs. nurture" discussion.  When I was listening to this I was wondering what type I am ~ I feel like a warrior most of the time, full of energy, but
then I do have responsibilities which perhaps make me a worrier!

So which category do you fall into?  Do you come to the gym ready to move?  Or do you want to exercise to escape from your worries?  Is it a little bit of both?   Some of us go into a fitness class wanting to be the best!  And others are just there for the camaraderie....  And sometimes you simply want to exercise in your own space (read: back Reformer in the Studio:)).

I was reading a magazine recently about a woman who was so unmotivated about exercising that she was sitting in her car, trying to move away from her bun-warmer and into the gym.  It amazed me!  I couldn't believe that people actually think that way, really....   It's not easy for me to get out of bed either, but once I am awake (workout gear is properly placed in my bathroom, ready to go~ I will admit:)) I am in motion.  I do love the camaraderie aspect of exercising, but it doesn't have to be my BFFs.  In fact, many of my dear friends do not exercise at all.

I will suggest one thing to you that is, "If you spend too much time worrying about things, such as growing old, the aging process, your kids, your parents and their caregiving, your job, your mortgage, your taxes ~ whatever ~ you will miss out on being a warrior!   Working out will help you to alleviate this stress, feel good, lose weight, improve your posture and sleep better.   Just get out of bed and try exercising with some companions for 1 week.  It gets easier every day!

Keep the Peace,
Moira