I don’t know about you, but after the holidays I can’t seem to get motivated at the gym! I drag myself there and aimlessly walk on the treadmill or attempt the stair climber, all while counting down the seconds in which I will be buckling that seatbelt and heading home. I have never been one of those people that can’t wait to get to the gym, or go on a run just to “let off some steam.” No thank you. Reading a good book in my PJ’s is plenty of stress relief for me. Let’s face it, for most of us there are much more exciting things to do than break a sweat. Unfortunately, the benefits of exercise are so immense, it is truly imperative that we do it.
Maybe you are in a slump like me, or maybe you have never actually set out to begin an exercise regimen. Regardless of the reason, the most important question to ask yourself is: “WHY?” Why do you want to begin a regimen or yank yourself out of that slump? WHY = MOTIVATION. Although it may be a short term goal such as a wedding, vacation, or reunion, I would like to you think more long-term. Regular exercise as a lifestyle has enormous benefits, and maybe one of them can be your “why.”
- Long-term weight management
- An increase in HDL (good) cholesterol and a decrease in triglycerides
- Improved overall mood
- Boosted energy levels (Really, it’s true!)
- Disease prevention, such as: heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and arthritis
My “why” is the naughty BIG 3-0 that I will be facing come November. I truly want to be in the best cardiovascular shape of my life for that milestone of a birthday. I have also always wanted to be a runner. It just sounds so cool, “Oh yeah, I’m a runner, no big deal.” My endurance has never improved enough to where I could actually say that. The truth is, I have never tried hard enough to make it happen. So starting Monday, January 20th, I will begin following an app for my iPhone that should have me running a 10K in 14 weeks. I am committed and determined, and I am saying it out loud so that I will be held accountable for this one.
I can rattle off a bunch of unoriginal tips to you like, get an exercise group together, or announce your plan out loud to friends and family so that you will be held accountable (like I just did)…but you don’t need that. You don’t need a 1, 2, 3 tip list. What you do need, is to find your WHY. Set a date to start, and make it happen!! We can do this in 2014!
Tell me your WHY below, and share it with the world.by