I admit that I’m not really a fan of exercise… it’s exhausting, sweaty, and turns me into a hot, bruised tomato. But beyond health and fitness, I appreciate the value of exercise. When I run, I run to music and I’m in the zone. I don’t see, do, or even think anything but run towards what seems like an impossible destination. I want to give up most of the time, but the feelings of relief and accomplishment I get when I finally get to the very real destination makes all the pain worth it.
Actually getting myself out of bed to actually go for a run is the hardest part. But I have two tricks. The first is widely known: get some proper fitness gear (that you actually like). You spend the money on it so you feel you have to use it, it’s incredibly comfortable yet fit for purpose, and it’s like when you put on a suit to help you focus at work… it actually makes you mentally (as well as physically) prepared to work out. My second trick is get an exercise buddy. Sharing the pain always makes it easier. My buddies are always Julio and Simba. They love running with me, and no matter how far I run, they’re always right next to me (unless they have something to sniff or another dog to chase). The smiles on their faces definitely give me the support I need to keep going.
If I only exercise once a week, it’s always on Wednesday. You don’t need the gymLike with exercise, sometimes on Wednesdays it’s almost impossible getting out of bed, and even harder to keep going without giving up and getting back in bed. But when you’re up and moving, it can get better. You might even feel good in the end.