I’ve been thinking a lot about exercise lately. Thinking I said, though unfortunately, not exercising itself. I promise, next week, when it is slightly warmer, I will be back in the 106 degree hot yoga class and showing up for the spin classes and altogether getting exercising more.
I looked up the definition of exercise on the free dictionary and like what I found. It makes me hopeful — the act of employing and/or putting into play for example. Perhaps if I employ a plan and/OR put it into play, I will achieve my goal.
Or there’s #2 definition: discharging a duty and/or function. I suppose it is somewhat of a duty to exercise but more of a function. Putting my winter limbs back into summer function mode.
And then #3 is quite optimistic! An activity requiring physical and/or mental exertion, especially when performed to maintain fitness. That definition presumes I’m already fit so I just have to maintain it. So far, I like # 3 the best.
#4 is pretty much the same but implies an increase in skill level brought about by employing the activity.
#5: An activity with a specified aspect. Not sure what that means, but I think it means Bikram is an exercise in self-improvement. That’s really nice.
#6 is ceremonies, graduation exercises, speeches and presentations. Those are generally good things. Although I can’t imagine wearing a cap and gown to either Bikram or spinning, not to mention listening to a speech during either. However, the Bikram instructor is arguably a presenter.
In any event, I’ve been thinking a lot about exercise recently and all the good things it brings with it. Now I just need to put the thoughts to action.
1. An act of employing or putting into play; use: the free exercise of intellect; the exercise of an option.
2. The discharge of a duty, function, or office.