Unless you really like this word.
Words have energy. They feel good or don't. Or are sometimes neutral.
Notice what you sense *in your body* when you hear the word, "exercise." What does it feel like? What thoughts/images/memories/associations do you have with it? Do you want to "exercise?"
The information you are receiving is from your body intelligence. It will guide you to YOUR truth.
Your body is made up of over 600 muscles, 200 joints, a web of fluid-based connective tissue, a variety of physiological systems, a plethora of organs, and more. You are essentially a walking ocean.
Given this architecture, it is clear that your body is designed to move.
Simply, "exercise" is moving your body in a variety of ways. However, you get to choose what you call that experience. If "exercise" doesn't do it for you, give yourself permission to redefine this critical aspect of physical wellbeing. Ideally, you want a word or description that inspires you; not make you feel obligated, shoulded upon, or filled with dread. That is a recipe for a vicious cycle: doing something that is good for you, contracting against the very thing that is good for you, and adding more stress, tension, adrenaline, cortisol, negative thinking, disconnection, and disembodiment.
Not exactly what we are going for.
How about "physical activity?" Or just, "movement?" What do you sense *in your body* with these words?
Some other out-of-the-box suggestions: Powerful Play, Chemical Chain Reaction, Divine Dance, Fearless Force, Spiritual Solace, Ecstatic Experience, Energetic Expression, Transformation Training, Embodied Exertion, Revitalization Reason, Life Force Leverage.
I invite you to experiment with word play. Notice the impact on how it makes you feel and the action you take (or consider taking.)
Once you have a name for "it," then you also get to choose HOW you do "it."
(More on that next week!)
P.S. I would love to hear other words or descriptions you come up with! Feel free to let me know as well as any questions or comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org