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Question-Week ending Sunday 11/24/02:
How would you grade your effort to make it a daily discipline to perform some level of exercise daily? Use the following scale to vote:

A--Make it a top priority, equivalent to eating
B--Make some effort to exercise daily
C--Make the excuse, "I just don't have the time!"
D--I really don't care about exercise
E--I hate to exercise
Please read the Pre-Poll Commentary before taking this poll.

Pre-Poll Commentary:

In this sixth poll of the Daily Dozen Disciplines, we will discuss the importance of focusing time on some type of daily exercise. Our health statistics in America should be reason enough to believe in maintaining healthier living habits. Exercise is one discipline that can extend the length and improve the quality of your life.

I believe that the key to developing any discipline is to find pleasure in doing it. If you view any activity as painful, you will have a tendency to avoid it. Do you associate pain or pleasure with exercise?

I would like to share my story with you. Eight years ago, I began walking daily with my dog. I listen to educational audio tapes while doing so and accomplish the following three positive activities at once:

  • Make my dog very happy which makes me happy
  • Attend my own private school - learning as I walk
  • Improve my health with a 30 minute brisk walk, twice daily

I associate a lot of happiness and satisfaction to performing my daily walks. That's why I am unhappy when it rains and I can't take part in a happy activity.

I apply the same strategies to stretching to feel better; working out at the gym to look better; and swimming for enjoyment. I associate pleasure to all of these activities. Thus, I am anxious to accomplish these activities on a regular schedule.

Being passionate about exercise helps me to enjoy eating as well. I know that if I burn more calories, I won't feel guilty eating a delicious meal. So I work hard to burn those extra calories so that I could eat with passion. I associate pleasure with the whole concept of exercise. Why would I want to miss a pleasurable activity?

For your reference, we conducted three prior polls on the three types of exercise. You may want to review them by clicking on the appropriate titles below:

Take our poll and let us know your thoughts on exercise. This poll will end on Sunday 11/24/02. Watch for the results and summary by Monday morning 11/25/02.

1. 40% reported making some effort to exercise daily
2. 38% made excuse "I just don't have the time to exercise daily!"
3. 19% believed daily exercise a top priority, equivalent to eating
4. 02% reported they don't care about exercise
5. 00% reported that they hate to exercise

Post-Poll Commentary:
My hat is off to the 19% of respondents that make some type of daily exercise a top priority equivalent to eating. A small portion of your time daily should be invested in an activity that will help the quality of your health. Perhaps later in life you may even get all of the exercise time you invested back, by collecting the dividends on your time invested with more weeks, months or years of quality living. Now that's a good investment of time.

To the 40% who responded making some effort to exercise daily - that's thinking positively and in the right direction. But you need to step up to the next level of commitment.

Traveling, working long hours and overwhelming responsibilities, will all be excuses of the 38% of respondents that reported "I just don't have the time to exercise daily!" This rather large group leave themselves at risk to pay the price down the line, facing the potential of poorer health and shorter lives.

As always, our polls are designed to make you think about the activities that dominate your time. Are they well planned, productive and usually enjoyable and fulfilling? Are you in control of what and when you do things or is your time and life just racing by out of control?

In conclusion, I believe your decision to exercise or not comes down to the value and pleasure you associate with exercise. If you enjoy an activity enough, you will move it higher or your priority list and forget the excuses. The excuses will be transformed to some other less valuable or less enjoyable activity. Wishing you the best!

Master Archives of Polls

Dozen Daily Discipline Poll Topics
Dozen Daily Disciplines Introduction
1-Eating Healthy | 2-Daily Vitamin Supplements | 3-Working Effectively
4-Focused Time with Loved One | 5-Focused Time with Family | 6-Daily Exercise
7-Daily Reading For Education | 8-Daily Audio Learning | 9-Daily Financial Management
10-Sharing With Others | 11-Time for Spirituality | 12-Healthy Sleep Habits

Goal Planning System Topics
Goal Planning System Introduction
Step 1-Belief, Desire | Step 2-Writing Down Goals | Step 3-Benefits & Analysis Step 4-Listing Obstacles | Step 5-Listing Resources | Step 6-Write out a Detailed Plan
Step 7-Execute Passionately & Keep Score

Time Management Series Topics
Strategy and Benefits | TM Benefit 1 Peace of Mind
TM Benefit 2 Self Knowledge | TM Benefit 3 Health & Energy
TM Benefit 4 Loving Relationships | TM Benefit 5 Financial Rewards
TM Benefit 6 Achieving Worthy Goals | TM Benefit 7 Total Personal Fulfillment

Personal Development Opportunities Topics
PDO's Introduction
PDO's Ages 7 to 12 | PDO's Ages 13 to 19 | PDO's Ages 20 to 29
PDO's Ages 30 to 39 | PDO's Ages 40 to 49 | PDO's Ages 50 to 59
PDO's Ages 60 - Over, Plus Summary

Personal Value In The Marketplace (PVIM) Topics
PVIM Introduction
PVIM Evaluation | PVIM Increasing Your Value | PVIM Preparing And Planing Early
PVIM Start Improving Your Market Value Today!

The Qualities Of Leadership Topics
Honesty | Energy & Passion | Great Listeners | Being Decisive
Being Realistic | Great Communicator | Being Patient | Being Persistent
Being Flexible | Being Persuasive | Being Competent | Being Responsible
Sense of Humor | Great Role Model | Being Creative | Being Compassionate
Being Resourceful | Being Diplomatic | Forgiving | Willing To Take Risks

Positive Moods And Emotions Topics
Acceptance | Affection | Ambition | Anticipation | Attentive | Calmness
Caring | Confidence | Courage | Curiosity | Desire | Determination | Eagerness
Empathy | Enthusiasm | Excitement | Generosity | Gratitude | Happiness
Independence | Joy | Kindness | Love | Loyalty | Patience | Pride | Relaxation
Respect | Satisfaction | Trust

Other Poll Topics Discussed
Poll Index
Aerobic Exercise | Audio Learning | Beaches | Concerts | Cruise Ships
Financial Management | Football Passion | Internet Time | Magazine Reading
Movie Rentals | Music Listening | Nurturing Relationships | Pet Ownership
Photography | Pro Sports | Restaurants | Strength Exercise | Stretching Routine
Theatre | TV Time | Weekend Away


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