Just a little beyond the comfort zone!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
You know what? It's true - everything you read about getting healthy and fit - you just have to DO IT! You have to move, you have to push just beyond your comfort zone. Then, it hits - the slight "need" to do it daily, top push a little more and a little more.
I just recently got to this stage. Our son is headed to the Naval Academy and he hates to run - he is supposed to run daily with specific time goals. He is in great shape and can run, just hates to run and the nerves of the Academy put him in a "deadlocked" state - he wasn't running......He went out one day and ran as fast and far as he could; to break through.
In support of him, I decided I would do the same (less the fast pace) and instead of just walking as I had been doing - I started to jog....I just kept going....next corner...you're not going to pass out....at least make it to the stop sign.... When I got home and used the mapping tool under the Fitness tab on SP, I mapped a total run of 1.46 miles! I hadn't run at ALL for nearly 3 years. That was 2 weeks ago.
Yesterday I ran 3 miles and did an interval walk/job/run of another mile. If you are reading this and get a slight pang of "gosh, I can't do that - or that seems so hard and unlikely for me" - I WAS DOING THAT FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS!!! Just start with something - anything - and push just beyond your usual. As the saying goes; "your mind will give up long before your body will."
Results? Stress level is down - I am gaining muscle tone - I am much more active throughout the day and I am generally more happy with myself! Of course my family benefits from my increase happiness.
So now I can make some longer range goals: I hope that when I get to see my son in August that he will say "wow mom!"
Time to beat the heat here in Philly and get outside.