Monday, April 12, 2010

A New Life's resolution - Day #75 (Emotional)

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Day #75 - Emotional

According to, "The emotional dimension of wellness emphasizes an awareness and acceptance of one's feelings. Emotional wellness includes the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about oneself and life. It includes the capacity to manage one's feelings and related behaviors including the realistic assessment of one's limitations, development of autonomy, and ability to cope effectively with stress. The emotionally well person maintains satisfying relationships with others."

The emotional aspect of exercise as we are talking about it this week is something that I've been thinking about for a long time.  A seriously REALLY long time.  I just haven't been able to pull the trigger.
If I'm going to be able to include exercise in my life as a daily habit and joy rather than something I HAVE to do to check off of my To Do list, it's gonna have to be something that I really look forward to.  There is an exercise/activity/sport that I've been interested in trying for a REALLY long time.  That sport is boxing!  Well, let me clarify.  I don't really want to box with other people.  Generally speaking I don't really want to hit anyone.  (Mostly because I'm afraid of getting hit!)  What I do love is the thought of strapping on some boxing gloves and just wailing on a heavy bag!

Perhaps my draw to hitting a heavy bag is that it seems like an appropriate and socially acceptable thing to hit when I really want to punch the guy who just cut me off in traffic or when I want to shout, "HEY!  I was next!" to the customer who "accidentally" cut in front of me in line.  (Because apparently my super-power is invisibility!)  I think much of the time there are a great number of emotions that I trap or supress because I don't think other people can handle them or because I've been told those emotions are unreasonable.  A few years ago I discovered that I'd been eating to keep those emotions in check (STILL haven't fixed that action!)  Maybe beating on a heavy bag could take the place of candy bars and cookies.

And yet, despite being a great preacher of getting out and doing all those things you've merely been thinking about for ages, I know I've fallen down on this one.  I've thought and thought about it.  I've looked at where I could put one in my garage even!

I would, of course, have to have no REGULAR heavy bag and boxing gloves.  Mine would, of course, have to be pink!  When I saw Shea from the Biggest Loser boxing with Laila Ali on The Biggest Loser Tuesday night, she was doing it with pink boxing gloves!  All I could do was drool and be jealous.


Melinda said...

pink boxing gloves would be sooooo cute!
stopping by from SITS!

Jill said...

If I were you, I'd go to a boxing gym first and get some training on proper technique so that you don't hurt yourself--and you'd find out whether you liked it before you bought yourself a bunch of equipment.

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine gave me a 10-week membership at a hardcore boxing gym. At first I thought it was a really bizarre gift, but it turned out to be one of the best gifts ever. I did boxing classes and some sort of power yoga (jumping rope in between each yoga series). I never went in the ring, which was fine with me because I too didn't want to get hit.

I learned the proper way to throw punches and combinations, good warmups (which involve A LOT of jumping rope), how to wrap my hands, and gained a huge respect for the sport. I wouldn't mind picking it up again at some point.

Hope you do end up trying it out!


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