If you’ve ever struggled with staying consistent with exercise (HELLO!), this week I’m talking to you.
So let’s start with a little side note story:
Recently, I was having a conversation with a girlfriend of mine who happens to be an avid runner. She called me when I posted a selfie on my Facebook page showing me getting ready for a yoga fundraising event at my local gym.
She says to me “Girl, you look AMAZING!! Yoga really looks good on you!”
Now I have to tell you, I haven’t always been the yogi girl. As matter of fact, I did very little exercise, until recently. What was true for me before was that I wanted to exercise more, and I even envied my friend for her commitment and tenacity to her running routine. I even considered hiring her as my running coach, but I knew deep inside running wasn’t my thing.
What I really wanted was the result the running would give me, but I had no interest in doing the running.
So back to that conversation with my girlfriend. I had let her know that since enrolling in the yoga teacher training program, my body and literally my life has changed forever. And I feel so good, that I actually crave the next moment when I can practice yoga again. No other form of exercise has done that for me.
She then made this pivotal statement: “When you FEEL good, you just want to keep feeling good, so naturally you’ll continue to do that thing that makes you feel good!”
BOOM! That was it!
So what does all of this mean for you? If you’re struggling with staying consistent with moving your body more, it may be time to reevaluate what you’re doing for exercise.
Here are a few things to think about:
• Does it “jazz you up” when you think about doing it?
• Do you feel energized after you do it?
• Does it make you sweat? Seriously, we all need to sweat, or what’s the use?
• Is it something you can commit to for the long haul, or is it just something you’re doing as a means to an end?
I’ll tell you this: Commitment to anything comes from within. It’s something that you DECIDE to do first and then take continuous action on thereafter.
But commitment can be difficult to start. So when it comes to exercise, the key is finding that thing that really “jazzes you up” and then go at it 100%. Put your full heart in it.
For me, it’s yoga. And commitment came only by enrolling in yoga teacher training. For some, it’s signing up for that 5K race. Others, it may be hiring a personal trainer. Whatever it is for you, you have to put some skin in the game at first to make that commitment stick. That means you need to be held accountable by someone other than yourself until your “commitment muscle” is strong enough to stand on it’s own.
So tell me, what jazzes you up when it comes to exercise, and how can you put more “skin in the game” to stay more committed?
Remember: When you start FEELING good, you’ll want to KEEP feeling good! Go for the feel good thing, and you’ll naturally crave it more and more each day!