“Quote of the Day” board:
This definitely got me thinking, especially since I’ve been accused me of being on a health “kick” lately instead of on a dedicated unending journey of knowledge to a happy more healthy lifestyle.
Let’s see what Dictionary.com says about these words:
Obsession: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
Dedicated: to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose.
I definitely think there’s a difference between being dedicated to something you’re doing and being obsessed with it. I think the key difference is dedicated means you can choose to invest yourself in whatever you are doing. Obsession is when that thing dominates your life in a negative way.
One comparasion between exercise as a hobby/pastime and other hobbies, like scrapbooking and photography is that while both types are fun and enjoyable, most people don’t wake up at the crack of dawn or rearrange their schedule to scrapbook. True, with most hobbies, you find time to do them and you don’t plan your life around them, which sometimes happens with exercise. The difference is that exercise is often a lifestyle choice.
Exercise affects your whole body. It’s necessary for your health, and there are tons of physical and emotional benefits to it, which is why I’ve learned (and am still learning to) enjoy it so much. When I’m running, I almost always enjoy myself, and when I finish a run or a workout, I feel happy (yay, endorphins!) and proud of myself. Exercise is fun for me-playtime. You can also do it with friends, so there’s the social aspect as well. I’d exercise everyday if my body didn’t need recovery days.
With that said, exercise can obviously cause harm to your body if you do too much of it. Just like with other hobbies, it canturn into an unhealthy obsession if it gets in the way of other aspects of your life. For me, it’s about changing and maintaining a new lifestyle. You’ve got to make it seem like a second job and make it high on your priority list. Getting my body moving in some way is what I look forward to each day. It’s not about being obsessed. It’s not a once in a lifetime fling. It’s about dedication.
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