Encouragement · wisdom

Wisdom in the Weeds: Exercise Integrity

My relationship with exercise has always been fickle. The treadmill might be a top priority for 2 days, but then I keep my distance for 2 weeks. I wish I was exaggerating. I assure you, I am not.


During my senior year in high school, I was in “contract PE.” We created an agreement that spelled out the amount of time we would exercise outside of school. We kept a log of our hours and activities and were responsible for turning those in to our instructor. This privilege included a late start to school because, theoretically, we could use that time to work out at home.

Knowing my relationship with exercise, I wonder who thinks I was exercising at home?! If sleeping in qualified, rest assured I was on it. Every.Single.Time.

Looking back, my lack of integrity is embarrassing.

I often chastised myself for preferring the couch over the track and french fries over fruit. In hindsight, I realize what I wrestled with was less about stamina to exercise and more about integrity.


Integrity is what you do when no one is looking. It’s driven by sound moral character and honesty. Apparently–I lacked both.

My top priorities included acquiring concert bootleg tapes, jcrew rugby shirts, and Hardee’s cookies.


Integrity takes a great deal of practice, and it is developed one decision at a time.

Who you are and what you do when no one is watching should match who you are and what you do when people are watching.


Here’s the good news, integrity can be learned.


Integrity requires tenacity. Tenacity requires endurance. Endurance requires a start.


It’s never too late to be a person of integrity. You can start today.


Apologize if you’ve lied to someone. Return the paperclips you “borrowed” from work. Take a stand against social injustices. Speak up when conviction rises in you. Return the over payment you received.

It matters in the little things as much as the giant ones.

Start somewhere. Start today.


Alyssa ❤

One thought on “Wisdom in the Weeds: Exercise Integrity

  1. “Who you are and what you do when no one is watching should match who you are and what you do when people are watching” Excellent food for thought and I WILL be chewing on and ingesting your challenging words Alyssa. Also comforting is the fact that integrity can be learned!! If we missed the call for ‘brains’ because we thought they said ‘trains’ and ran we can thank our merciful God it’s not too late!! As you stated one must BEGIN to move forward in any situation/choice. TY ;-}

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