Exercise: The Not-So-Scary Daily Commitment

21 02 2011

You already know by now that I workout everyday. There are exceptions of course — if I get really sick, my day is so jammed there’s zero time, if I’m injured, etc. But for the most part, my daily workout is something I strictly adhere to.

People are always amazed at the huge time commitment I devote to exercise. They ask me how I do it, how I motivate myself, how I find the time. And to be honest, I never really think about it. It’s just something I do. Every single day. It’s part of my life and my day-to-day bustle.

What I recommend is to think of your workout as a true commitment. No different than a meeting, or class, or that important phone call you have to make. When you think of exercising as a natural part of daily life, you’ll stop ditching workouts. You wouldn’t cancel your important meeting with your boss, right? So why would you skip the thing that’s most vital to your well being?

When I tell people that I “have” to workout, they always give me a hard time. My friends say it’s not something I “have” to do. While this is true, it is a conscious decision of mine to workout daily, it doesn’t make it any less of a commitment for me. I wouldn’t miss getting coffee with them or ditch plans to watch a movie, so I am not going to cancel my planned workout!

Try scheduling your workout in, if you keep a daily planner. Think about exercise in advance–maybe the night before, plan your day out. When do you have an hour long break or more? Pencil in a workout. Bring your tennis shoes out with you, dress in workout clothes in the morning. Just do what you need to do to get your butt to the gym!

Here’s a challenge: Try working out for 7 days in a row. That’s it! Just 7 days. Write down how you feel each day after exercising. Do you feel relaxed, fit, tired, energized? Jot it down, and when the week is over look at your notes. This should give you some motivation — because I know you’ll be feeling great. 🙂




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