Well, not really. But kinda. Fitness motivation will drive you to do the strangest of things. I live in San Diego and I used to travel to the Midwest frequently for work. For me to be in the office by 8am CST, and still get in a 6 mile run and some weights before, I have to be in the gym by 5:30. That is my typical schedule at home, but it seems almost crazy after I had landed in Missouri at 10pm local time one night and up at 5:30 the next morning. It really was 3:30am.
So it got me thinking…why do I do this, and why doesn’t everybody else? There must be over 250 people staying in this hotel with me, yet there were only 5 in the gym this am. I wanted to say it boils down to priorities. And clearly, I prioritize my running. But I’m sure other folks do too, and somehow the snooze button sneaks in and now you’ve missed your “priority” window for exercise and your best intentions are shot to hell.
So I thought a little more and have begun to realize that I really, honestly and truly love running. It makes me feel good. I am guaranteed to feel better after a run than before. It’s the only thing in life that really comes with a guarantee. But I’m not a moron (at least I hope not) and I know running isn’t the trick for everybody. People have told me they would rather stick needles in their eyes (gross, I know, but that’s what I’ve been told) than run more than a mile. So I’m not suggesting everybody try to force themselves to love to run. But I do suggest that when your fitness motivation is running low, you do find a sport, or some form of physically activity that you do love.
You must So how do you find a sport you love? Try EVERYTHING! Here are some ideas to get you started:
FIRST: Running, biking, walking, yoga, Pilates, spin, group fitness classes, soccer, basket ball, tennis, swimming, kayaking, rowing, jump rope, karate, cross fit, boxing, kickboxing, plyometrics, aqua aerobics, hiking, dancing (belly, salsa, tango – just move!), ice skating, roller skating, weight training, racquetball, golf (no cart), rock climbing, tai chi. Print this and check them off as you go. You can’t say you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it!
NEXT: try it at least 3 times. That way you have giving it a fair chance. The first time you do something, it’s likely going to suck because you really don’t know the ropes and you feel awkward. The second time, you’ll feel better you at least know what to expect and the third time you can decide if you’re finding any level of enjoyment or see any future of improving.
LAST: Remember he goal here is to find something that gives you overall joy. Something that makes you feel better when you are done than before you started. Something you look forward to, so that you naturally make it a priority. If you love it, you will do it, and your body will thank you!
So keep those three simple steps in mind as you rediscover your fitness motivation and you might just find yourself on the treadmill at 3:30 am – ha ha!
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