The energy you expend always comes back.
I know this for sure.
This is true for all things, including your body. You must nurture it, work it, rest it. If you don’t, the energy spent on neglect will eventually turn on you. It’s not personal, just physics.
I chose not to get up and work out. Instead, I stayed in bed an extra hour to catch up on rest. That was my excuse the first day. By the third day, it was about the weather, being too busy….any excuse I could think of. I didn’t feel like it. Not enough cushion support for my knees…whatever!
After three days of not exercising, my resolve to stay fit dissipates. It’s easier to lie to myself: I’m too tired, too busy, there’s not enough time are part of the downward spiral. Unfortunately for me, the resolve to work out is directly tied to eating healthfully.
The food I was eating started to get less and less healthy…simple and quick… that anyone can make, Mc Donald, comfort food, so I ate mashed potatoe, bread and ice cream every night.
Ten days of high-glycemic foods combined with no workout equals ten extra pounds for me. Even worse than the weight gain was the way I felt. Exhausted. Lethargic. I felt aches and strains I didn’t know existed. I knew for sure that this is what aging feels like. Aha! I got it. Working out slows the aging process and makes you more vital. Aha! Aha! Aha!
When you nurture and support your body, it reciprocates. The basis of that support is exercise, like it or not. The most essential benefit is more energy. The bonus is weight control. Taking care of your body, no matter what your age, is an investment. The return is priceless.