When I ask clients to incorporate just a bit more exercise into their day, I often hear one of these: "I don't have time to do that" or "Are you kidding me? I can hardly get out of the door on time" or, "get up 20 minutes earlier to walk? are you nuts"? "I'm to busy to do that". "It's too cold and rainy"...
Ok so you get my point
The bigger picture here is that until a health habit is formed, it can sound overwhelming. Once the benefit of just a 20 minute walk kicks in, it's much for doable. I think writing out a plan everyday and looking at how many minutes are wasted in a day is eye opening.
I also think that most people will realize that the world won't end because they have taken a 20 minute walk, and that it truly is ok to step outside and do something everyday to increase longevity.
I hate having my teeth worked on, I even cringe when I have to sit for a cleaning.
Mind you I have great teeth, I take really good care of them, I don't like it but I do it.
So, yesterday as I was walking up to my dentist's door, I noticed that I was really tense, I was really dreading the upcoming hour. Then I had an Oprah moment, I realized that this must be how my clients feel when they know I'm coming!
I love to workout (well...I have to workout) granted there are days when I have to really convince myself to get moving, but really I do love to exercise, actually I love the RESULTS from my daily exercise.
So, back to the dentist. In order to preserve my teeth ( albiet my 84 yr old dad has all of his), I must do regular maintanence. DUH.
It's like working out. It takes a while to "get it" but once you do, you do.
I constantly hear "I really didn't want to do this today but am so glad I did" or, "I really DID NOT want to come to bootcamp tonight but am feeling so much better now"..
Exercise is the same as anything else.
Gotta do it.
For most people making exercise a top of the list priority is not realistic. The thought of actually "having to workout" every day (even for 30 minutes) seems daunting. I have written about this in a previous blog and have posted a blog on Jills List about "not having time".
Today I had an Oprah ahah moment. I realized it's not that people don't have time to exercise, they haven't had time to reap the benefits that exercise provides. Of course, it's so logical (as I hit my head on the wall), yes, that's what it is, they just haven't gotten to the wonders of exercise.
Is it because life has become so chaotic and complicated ~Is it because the strangeness of time doesn't allow us to do one more thing? or is it because of how we see time, how we see our days, how we plan our days, how we waste so many moments during our day that we simply can't add exercise to it. Or is it that as comfort creatures we don't want to "rock the boat", we don't want to join a gym or a walking group or take a fitness class, we just don't have time
But we do have time, all of us have the same amount of hours in a day. Why do some choose to workout/exercise daily, why do others decide three times a week is suffice, why do some take Sundays off!. why do others decide that going to the dentist and grocery shopping is more important than a workout?
Why can't exercise be the main goal, the main thing in our day (preferably in the morning), and then enjoy how everything else falls into place
There is time to exercise: it just needs to be found.
I love that, "I go to the gym"
What does that mean?
Do you go to the gym and talk with your friends? Do you go to the gym and walk on a treadmil?
Do you go to the gym and not have any idea what to do?
Do you spend more time getting to the gym than exercising at the gym?
Do you go to the gym and get bored?
Do you go to the gym and sit on the weight bench?
This is why so many people are surprised when they do our bootcamp or personal training.
Most people really do not know how to workout, they don't know what it takes to get fit
I'm not blaming them, I'm making a clear observation. Time and time again I hear, "But I thought I was kind of fit cause I go to the gym".
Going to a gym is great, what you do at the gym is another story!
It may sound cliche', The I Can Do attitude but I believe it.
My clients prove it to me over and over again. As a Health Coach I have seen all of my clients achieve thier goals, yes, you read that right, 100% of my Health Coaching clients have succeeded.
Now what about my bootcampers...well, I have thought long and hard about that. Physical exercise, the act of actually doing something that requires physical work is actually harder than setting wellness goals. I think the reason is because humans will only work so hard then they stop.
Bootcamp is different than any other type of exercise. It's not a program that "coddles", it's not a program that "gives in" , instead it's a workout that make you dig deep, it makes you challenge yourself in ways you have never had to look at. It makes you stronger or weaker, which ever one you choose. That's the point, it's up to you to decide how much you want to get out of it.
So what about a dog tag? Why does that motivate? For 3 years we have had bootcamp without the "incentive" of a "prize". We finally decided to add dog tags as a reward for perfect attendance and guess what? attendance was amazing. For a dog tag? No, for the sense of achievement ,for acknowledgement, for being at every bootcamp and working hard, for doing our workouts and not complaining, for embracing the workout instead of being annoyed with it!
Whatever you choose to do, do it with all you've got. If you don't have the feeling of accomplishment and you're not feeling it, find something else!
I love fava beans so I baught a huge bag of them at my farmers market last week.
If you have ever pealed a fava bean you know it's a time consuming two step, rather tedius process.First the outer pod layer then the inner shiny shell. It takes longer to get to the actual bean than it does to saute and eat them.
As I was pealing them, I started equating it to exercise. Implementing and or starting an exercise program can be daunting, it can be frustrating, it can be time consuming and tedius yet once the rewards come along it's so worth it's while.
Anything that takes time and has a reward in the end is worth doing.
Eating well takes time but it's worth doing.
We need more fava beans please.
The definition of food according to Wickipedia is:
Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.
Nourishment is becoming harder and harder to find, or is it? Is it "harder" to purchase fresh veggies and cut them up, roast,steam or sautee' them then to open up a box and put it into the microwave?
Is it "easier" to go to Starbucks for a Tall frappichino, extra whip, mocha drizzle, than to brew a pot of coffee at home and add a tablespoon of milk to it?
Is it "hard" to track your food before consuming it? Or is it "harder" to hear your doctor tell you that you are diabetic and have high blood pressure.
Is it "hard" to learn portion control, plan your meals, carry a cooler in your car with your food and be prepared for every meal? I mean you are going to eat right? so why not eat well?
Is it "hard" to not eat fast food? Or does it take you just as long, start to finish to fill a container of fabulous food and eat it when you are hungry.
Is all of this really "hard" or is it just a differerent way of fueling your body? Is it hard or do you just not want to do it?
I was at O'Hare waiting for my flight and what an amazing place to people watch.
The odor in the air was familiar but not imediately recognized until I saw the line for McDonalds.
Of course there would be a McDonalds in the United terminal.
As I stood waiting for my flight, my eyes went to a very young mom with a very small baby in a very large stroller. The mom was looking at her baby while eating her french fries and talking on her cell phone. The baby began to fuss so the mom stopped eating her french fries and with ONE hand was able to prepare the bottle for her child, all the while holding onto her iPhone. Once she propped the bottle up for the baby she got onto her Facebook account, checked in, continued eating her fries and bites of her hamburger never once looking at either.
It got me thinking about mindlessness, or mindfulness.
Do we ever stop and eat and ponder and feel full or do we just fill up because it's there.
I think it's so funny when my clients want to keep me a secret. Of course I respect that and I don't tell others who I train, but to me it's contradictory.
I am hired to provide a wonderful health service, one that will hopefully enhance my clients well being.
I guess it's the stigma attached or the "I didn't know you had so much disposable income that you can hire a trainer" attitude, when in reality, I think Health is THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPENSE AFTER PAYING YOUR MORTGAGE!
I feel that as a personal trainer and soon to be a certified Health Coach, we need to be embraced by society,not hidden, but at the same time, it's ok...I guess....to keep it a secret
Time and time again I hear "I didn't want to come tonight but I am so glad I did" or, "I would never be doing 10 more pushups, but I am because you are telling me to" or, " I'd still be in bed sleeping if I didn't have this appointment with you this morning"
What is it about human beings and the lack of desire to do something, which in this case is exercise, that they know will benefit them?
I myself have been guilty of delaying my workouts, I get busy on Fitness Connect or in my garden but in the back of my head I keep having the same conversation, "you need to go hike, you'll feel so much better when you get done", I know that and so I do it and everytime, I'm right!
So what about people who don't go to bootcamp, or don't have a personal trainer or don't like going to gyms, what do they do for motivation? The catch 22 is that if you don't start and continue for at least 10 weeks, you won't "get it" , you won't "feel the relief". But we as humans love finding excuses and we are so great at "I'll do it tomorrows" that we never really get into the groove.
As I tell my clients, I'ts all mental, it's all in your head. you can do it because you are in charge.