One of the things I often see with people that are trying to get into the fitness lifestyle is that they often fall into what I call the "all or none syndrome." Starting a new journey into a healthier lifestyle can be challenging. Oftentimes, it forces people to TOTALLY revamp their daily lives. From sedentary to working out.
I write this blog after coming back from a long bike ride, half of which happened to be in the pouring afternoon monsoon rain. I set out for a nice afternoon of biking without a cloud in the sight. OK, perhaps it was scorching hot and quite windy (you know, the kind of wind that does bring the rain…), but if you want it, you can do it, right? So, being really eager to go for my ride, I just made sure to have two bottles with water and electrolytes with me and went off!
Motivation comes from all types of different places and is extremely important when beginning your fitness journey. Some people are searching to improve their health while others could be exercising to look better. You truly need to find something that will help motivate you each day to get out of bed and get a solid training session in.
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.