I dare you

July 31st, 2011

What’s your fitness level? I guarantee that regardless of where you truly are you will always feel you could do so much better; right? I guess it’s in our human nature; we always want to do and accomplish more. Even though I’m no professional athlete, I do believe that my athletic level has improved over the last two years. Before, I would make it to the gym once or twice a week, almost all the time finding the perfect excuse not to get there. Now, I NEED my workouts! I look forward to working-out and I set goals. The latest one: running my first half marathon in six months. And what I want to share with you today is how I made that switch.

I honestly believe that the change came from having a different perspective. The plan to make workouts indispensable in my routine came from a mental source more than any other physical source. Here’s the plan that I’ve followed for the last few years that in my case has made all the difference:

  • Actually schedule the workout session in your calendar – Block out the time and stay committed.
  • Workout with friends – You will motivate each other and will feel that you need to show-up or you will let someone down.
  • Join a club – In my case I’ve started participating in a local run club and its proven so energizing and fun! Most of them are listed on Yelp or Facebook.
  • Get some new sneakers, a great new outfit or a new gadget – something that you will be happy to put on and will get you excited to get up and go! (Obviously not every time you train, but maybe to get things started and exciting.)
  • Don’t wait – you don’t need to be in full-shape to sign-up for events like 5Ks, etc. just register for them and set goals.
  • Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN! You can do it and it will feel great.

If you have any other tips, please share; there’s always room for inspiration and new techniques.

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