Working Out is a MINDSET

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I've always been one of those people who repeated the mantra, "I don't want to go to the gym." What I really meant was: I don't want to exercise; I don't want to sweat; I don't want to push myself; I don't want to have to physically work for this. I've never considered myself a lazy person EXCEPT when it came to working out.

Somehow, I've managed to recreate myself when it comes to exercise. There's no magic potion, no secret, no gimmick. I simply acknowledged my life would be shorter if I didn't start exercising and taking care of myself.

I've been exercising since June and I've changed my lifestyle in a way I never thought possible. There's still a little voice in a far off corner somewhere saying, "I don't what to go to the gym," but the voice is muffled now, the words barely recognizable. Instead of listening to that voice, my conscience now SCREAMS "I AM GOING TO THE GYM!" It's no longer a question of IF, it's a question of WHEN, and since I literally schedule my gym time on my calendar, it's not even a question of WHEN . It's just something I do now, regularly, as much as I can. I don't stress if I miss a day, or even two sometimes, but I won't allow myself to miss more than that unless I'm unable (sick). I've found working out when I'm not feeling well is a lost cause for me. I benefit more by listening to my body, taking care of myself, and hitting it again when I'm feeling well. The longest time I've gone without a workout since June is 4 days. That's amazing and a huge achievement for me.

This morning I was walking down the hall and one of my co-workers said, "how much have you lost now?" I danced around the question because I'm convinced it's not about the pounds. The huge difference in my body is a result of my dedication to working out. Sure, eating healthy is equally important and I've improved a great deal with that too, but my body has undergone drastic changes since June because of the exercise.

Don't allow your head to get in the way of your goals. It truly is a mindset. Don't accept anything but the best for yourself. If you have restrictions due to health, talk to your doctor and find ways to work around it. Exercising is life altering and life lengthening. It's one of the best gifts you can give yourself. The benefits are countless. Start slowly, even 10 minutes a day. As soon as you start feeling the almost immediate benefits, you'll gradually increase your time and your intensity. Shake it up, alter your routine, use the resources on SP for ideas. Find activities you enjoy like walking, biking, hiking, skiing, skating, swimming ... and just start moving.

You'll be surprised by what you can accomplish. Don't wait until tomorrow, or Sunday, or after the holidays. There's no better time than TODAY! YOU are so worth it!

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