Just do it. Get moving. Move it to lose it. Move your bloomin’ arse.
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? And, in some ways, it is. At the most basic level, what we all need to do is MOVE — more than we already are. There’s really no need for spendy gym memberships or equipment. And — let’s be honest — who doesn’t have at least ONE (if not half a dozen) workout video collecting dust in our home???
Yet, STILL, we make excuses and practice avoidance.
Because LIFE gets in the way.
I’ve been thinking (and Thinking…and THINKING) instead of doing…and Doing…and DOING.
So here is my challenge — to myself, and to anyone who might be reading this blog: START DOING. Something. Anything.
And do it CONSISTENTLY.
Exercise can be addictive. I know this — I’ve been there before. There were YEARS in my life where I never missed an aerobics class. There were years in my life where I just didn’t feel right if I didn’t get a run in. I have to remind myself that — once upon a time — I ran two marathons…and any number of half marathons, 5 and 10K runs.
Right now I would rather chew off my own foot than think about running a marathon.
And that’s pretty sad.
But it’s also OK…as long as I commit to trying a NEW ROUTINE.
Here are my tips — to myself and others — as to how to get such a thing going:
1. Find a workout buddy. These fabulous people build accountability into our lives. On the days we are crazy to get in a workout, they won’t be — and vice versa. We can happily guilt one another into healthier habits.
2. Let’s do something we ENJOY doing. If we don’t, we don’t do it. Simple as that. For example, no matter how trendy it is, or how fabulous and inspiring Lance Armstrong is, I would NEVER consistently do Spin classes. I took one once that was taught by The Devil. Never again.
3. Reward ourselves for achieving workout goals. No, not with a cupcake. But maybe a massage, or jewelry, or a SMALLER SIZE of clothing. Who doesn’t love pampering — and by giving shorter, mid-term and longer-term goals we, once again, build accountability into our new workout plans.
These are all very simple, common-sense thoughts that we’ve all probably read or heard a million times before.
But, guess what: I bet they work.
Let’s try, shall we?
Here are my Week One goals: 1) 30 minutes of exercise for four days; and 2) Put out a RFP (Request for Partner) to my friends and co-workers to see if I have any takers for a workout buddy.