As a fitness professional, I talk to hundreds of people who are looking for that magic moment when exercising just becomes a habit: “Like brushing my teeth everyday“. The thing is, brushing your teeth takes 2 minutes out of your morning routine. Exercise, a bit longer.
There needs to be a reason behind getting up a littler earlier or postponing dinner before it’s actually going to happen. There needs to be a reason to lace up those running shoes when you’re tired and you’d rather chillax in front of the TV.
You first need to be really clear on why you want to exercise. It could be anything from wanting to have more confidence to avoiding the heart attack that your father suffered. For me, it was when I was staring down an eventual Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis that I snapped out of my sedentary fog and decided that I was not going to have to give up birthday cake. Not to mention I don’t like needles.
So why are you do you want to workout? Think hard about that one, that is the most important question you can ask yourself when you making a commitment to exercise more.
The right answer is not: I want to lose 20 pounds, I want to have muscular arms. These are outcomes, they are not reasons. The outcome can be determined once you have your reasons in place. Right now just focus on what you will gain and what deep need it will satisfy for you to be more active.
As I mentioned before, I was facing the possibility of Type 2 Diabetes if I didn’t make lifestyle changes. My goal was to get as healthy as I can be and put as much distance between me and the disease. I value my freedom, and having to monitor my blood sugar and take medication didn’t sit well with me.
At this point in my life, I am very fit and exercise daily. My reason has changed with me. I see people 60, 70 years old who are living vibrant, exciting lives. They aren’t deteriorating on their lazy boys complaining of aches and pains. I want to be in the world traveling, pleasure seeking, life loving senior citizen camp.
It’s said that people Make Time for the things that are important to them. What’s important to you?