I went to an exercise class tonight. Why?
Monday, January 17, 2011
Why in terms of - what motivated me to actually go to the gym and take the class. I haven't exercised in months. How can I bottle that so it is available when I don't feel like going?
Here are the things I did that I know helped:
1. I put all the exercise classes that I was remotely interested in on my Google calender so they are in my face.
2. I gave myself a couple of pep talks.
3. Even though the class was an hour, I committed to only 30 minutes. [I actually did last the whole hour.]
Is that it? Is that all it will take? Could it be that easy?
In some ways, I think it is. But the reality is that I've managed before to get started exercising. Sometimes I've kept it up for months. To date my longest run has been about 6 months. Then I had an injury that legitimately took me out for about 6 weeks. I could have still done upper body work (it was a hip and leg injury). But I didn't. AND I didn't go back to exercising when I could.
It is likely at some point, I'll injure myself or get sick and need to take a break from exercising. How can I prepare myself to optimize my chances to make exercise an ongoing part of my life?