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Book Review: I Hate It When Exercise Is The Answer

by heather

I Hate It When Exercise Is the Answer: A Fitness Program for the SoulI picked up this book because it was convenient and I needed something to read while I was waiting for my car to be repaired. (Murg.) I Hate It When Exercise Is The Answer: A Fitness Program for the Soul by Emily Watts was not exactly what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. At first glance I thought I was going to be getting a book with “fitness hacks” or some other plan to improve your health with minimal effort. (Ok, if I had looked at the subtitle with that first glance I would have realized that’s not what this book is about. Let’s chalk it up to stress.) The author starts with the idea that just as it is important to strengthen your core muscles, it’s important build your emotional and spiritual core, because “when the core is strong, everything works as it should.” Building on that she came up with 31 exercises to do this and gave related stories from her own experience. It’s a quick uplifting read. (Note it is very much geared towards and LDS audience, although many of her suggestions can apply to everyone.) Here are my favorite exercises that she suggested:

  • Find Your Mission– Make a list of things that you are good at. that you like to do and times in your life when you’ve felt particularly pleased with your successes. Ask the Lord what He needs you to do with the interests and talents you’ve been given. Act on any inspiration received.
  • Appreciating Moms– Write down five things your mom has done to help you become the person you are. Share the list with her if possible.
  • Shining– Pick a day when you’re out and about and make a diligent effort to smile and make eye contact with as many strangers as you can. Notice how many smile back.
  • Recognizing Incremental Progress-Think of a negative behavior that you (or your children)  used to engage in that you don’t anymore. When did you change? Was the transformation immediate or gradual? Consider how you can make little changes to add up to big progress in some area of your life.
  • Cultivating Humility-The next time you are arguing with someone and are ready to shoot down all of their ideas, ask first “Help me understand why you feel the way you do”. If it turns out that you were right you can preserve the relationship, if you were wrong you avoid looking like a total jerk!

One Response to “Book Review: I Hate It When Exercise Is The Answer”

  1. Jocelyn Christensen says:

    Your book reviews are always great! Thanks!

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