We can all aspire to these abs, right? (Photo Source)
The other day I had lunch with my wonderful friend, Anna. We got talking about exercise and our weekly routines (or lack thereof). Anna once completed a full marathon and used to run often, but had slowly gotten out of the habit of running (sounds like me - minus the marathon part). Recently, she told her husband that she "hates" running and didn't want to do it. Seth looked at her and said "Anna - that is crap. You love running. What are you talking about?" Great point, Seth...
In thinking further, Anna and I realized that as much as we say we dread running and don't like it - really, we do. It makes us HAPPY. It is so healthy for you, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Name one time you went for a run or worked out, and left not feeling glad you did?
It's interesting how we make excuses that prevent us from doing things that make us happy (the best book I have ever read on this topic is Excuses Begone! by Dr. Wayne Dyer - I highly recommend reading). When I think about why I don't run, it's not because I don't like it - it's because it intimidates me. The idea of going on a run often seems daunting because when I'm out of practice, I don't really enjoy those first couple of miles. I feel disappointed that I'm not running as fast as I used to, and fearful of the journey that it will take to get there. Then I figure I might as well just not run.
Moving forward, I know that the best thing I can do is to start SMALL. Instead of saying I "should" run three times a week, why not run once a week? Instead of worrying about a mile time, why not just make it a goal to finish the run period, and feel proud of myself for that?
What is a fitness activity that intimidates you, but you really want to do deep down inside?