We are nearly a month into the New Year, and this is the perfect time to take inventory. Did you tell yourself you’d workout more consistently? Have you stuck to it? On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being terrible and 10 being perfect, where do you rank?
I’m very open about the fact that I didn’t always love exercise. I grew up dancing and then practiced a ton of yoga, but “working out” was too much work for years! I tried so hard to love it, including hiring a personal trainer in my early 20s, but I just didn’t.
Then things changed. So how did I learn to love and be committed to exercising?
I just decided. Literally. One day I just decided that the pain and chore of doing it in the moment was less than the pain I’d feel one day if I didn’t do it. I dove in and never looked back. If you’re thinking, “That’s not helpful! You don’t understand how much I HATE it!!! And besides, I don’t have time!” I promise I get it.
So here are some things for you to think about in order to truly get committed to exercise once and for all:
1. Acknowledge the consequences of not doing it. There are a lot of quotes that are similar, but this one is by one of the people I really look up to, Tony Robbins. He says: “You can make time for wellness now or you can make time for sickness later. The choice is yours.”
It’s so true. Science shows all the health consequences of not exercising (particularly strength training), and as you know, they range from various diseases, to becoming a terribly frail older adult, to early death. But if that’s not enough to motivate you, think about the fact that choosing not to exercise is also choosing to live life in a body less than what you’re happy with and that doesn’t even grace the edges of it’s potential. That’s all devastating and reason enough alone to do something!
2. Find something you actually enjoy. I used to think that I had to run to get in shape. I still don’t like running, so you can imagine the misery that caused, and it ultimately caused me to quit.
Finding kettlebell training changed the game completely for me. It opened my world up to strength and uncovering my own power. I fell in love hard and fast with kettlebells, and I’ve helped hundreds of women fall in love with them too. Even if that’s not your thing, you do have a “thing” that you can fall in love with!
3. Do it anyway. There are still days I don’t want to workout. There are days I give into my excuses about being too tired, too busy, the weather’s too bad, or whatever the case may be…because I’m human! But when you’re feeling that, turn your rationalizing brain that says “I can’t” off, put on your workout clothes, and just go.
One of the things that I have found most helpful for the hundreds of women I’ve worked with is providing home-based, equipment free workouts that produce awesome results in under 25 minutes!
In fact, I’d love to send you a few of them! These workouts range anywhere from 12-20 minutes and are awesome for fat-burning! Just fill out this form, and I’ll send them your way!
Why have you quit before? What excuses have you made? How can you become 1% better or 1% more dedicated every day or even every week?
I’d love to hear your feedback if any of this resonates with you! How can I better support you?