Do you enjoy exercise? The word ‘exercise’ seems to have so many negative connotations, doesn’t it? It makes me think ‘hard work’, ‘pain’, and ‘routine’. But when you stop and think about what you do enjoy about exercise, oftentimes you focus less on the pain and more on the fun activities: walking with your spouse, playing pickup basketball, surfing, Zumba class, Yoga, CrossFit. Most of the time, these fun activities include other people. It turns out regularly exercising with others can benefit you in many ways. Here are 6 of them…
Motivation is everything. Without it, you wouldn’t be where you are today – taking steps to enhance your body, mind, finances, relationships, etc. Or maybe you’re like me and some of these areas in your life have become stagnate. Maybe you’re looking for ways to improve but can’t seem to muster the energy, focus, and perseverance. Have you stopped to examine what actually motivates you?
For our purposes here, let’s put motivation in the context of exercise and fitness. You’ve likely experienced times when you’ve been unable to stick to an exercise routine or diet, right? We tend to blame it on any number of things: lack of time, too expensive, too hard, not fun…
On the flip side of the coin, you’ve also been a part of an exercise program or sport that you completely rocked. You’re teaching that yoga class now. You’re on your fifth half-marathon. You’ve been playing Sunday morning hoops for fifteen years straight. You walk 3 times per week, rain or shine.
What makes the difference? What does it take to motivate you?
Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s time for the obligatory New Year’s Resolution, right? Time to lose 20 pounds, sign up for a gym membership, take more time to read, take the vacation you’ve been planning, etc.
Before you get too caught up in listing off all the things you wish you could be or do, let me ask you a question:
What was your New Year’s Resolution last year? Do you remember?
If you do, did you accomplish it?
If so, congratulations!
If you’re like the rest of us, ask yourself, “why not?”
You might be under the impression that most people don’t accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions because their goals are too far out of reach. I disagree. I think setting big goals is important – it gives us something to strive for.
In fact, I believe that we typically set the bar too low. When you set a goal that you know you can complete in a month, what happens? You put it off – month after month. Then a year goes by and you forget it altogether.
In addition, should you really be setting only one Resolution for yourself for an entire year?
Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t rob yourself of potential growth in every aspect of your life.
You may be overwhelmed with the thought of setting more than one Resolution, but bear with me, there is hope.
Let’s dig deeper.