In life we are faced with many challenges whether we see them coming or not. Sometimes we see them coming and we high tail it the other direction! It is best not to force ourselves to meet the challenge but rather tackle it head on when we are ready. So, how do we know we are ready? Very good question. You do realize there is no magical answer here right? No one size fits all solution. We spend a lot of our time comparing ourselves to the people that surround us and send negative messages to our inner being. We need to remember that we are not all built the same.
I was well over 300 pounds while on my couch staring out the window one Summers afternoon wishing I had the energy to get up and walk, let alone run at that point. I realized that I needed to do something, but to be honest I didn't have the motivation to get up and do what I know I needed to do.
We are all so busy. It is hard to find time for exercise, even if all what we need is some 30 minutes a day, five times a week. If you can fit in more exercise, go for it, but, oftentimes, I hear how hard it is to get even this minimum of half an hour a day.What is a gal or guy to do in order to train despite the lack of time?
So I was thinking about the way we train. I think the biggest problem with the way most people train is that they do what they like, but don't do much of the things they don't. For instance, if you love to jog, but hate strength training, generally we jog much more than train with weights! The same thing happens the other way around as well.
So the other day I was talking to a client about exercise and the way it can make you feel not only better physically, but mentally as well. My point was that studies show that exercise is AS effective as a chemical anti-depressant.
So I got a wonderful phone call from a new client of mine today. Now, to put things is perspective, this client came in very depressed and said he was kind of at rock bottom. You see, he had a recent breakup, and because of an injury had lost a lot of weight. Sadly, it was almost all muscle and he was feeling terrible. In talking with him, it was apparent that he was very depressed. Now, as we talked we discussed goals.
Each of us only has this moment, right here and now to do anything. If we are fortunate and all goes in our favor, we'll have more to enjoy. But none of us ever gets more than 1440 minutes in each day, 168 hours in any week, or more than 52 weeks in any year. Yet it is my humble observation that some of us commit to health reserving behaviors while others do not. Do you? What is the difference in the choices made by these two different groups of people? Two things....
In life and in competition, we do not win at the finish line. We win as we proceed towards the finish line: by persistently taking steps towards our goals, by making daily decisions to do something healthy for ourselves rather than sleep in one hour longer, by sticking to our resolutions of eating healthy and “clean”. We win over the weeks, months and years, as we steadily progress towards our goals. We win if we are at it 24/24 and 365/365.
1. Set goals - Start with a short term goal that's attainable. Be realistic and build from that short term goal. Accomplishing your short term goal will eventually help you establish a long term goal. For instance, if you have not exercise for a while, you can set a short term goal of walking 15 minutes a day 3 times a week. Then, set a long term goal of joining a 5k race.
2. Make it fun - Find a physical activity that you like. If you like lifting weights, then join a gym or workout from home. Its hard to stay motivated if you don't enjoy doing it.