Some people are really great at forcing themselves to do things they don’t want to do. I’m very jealous of those people. They find easy success at things like exercising, studying, and cleaning. People like me, however, find themselves out of breath while sorting through the detritus of their life in order to locate a lost textbook. This is nothing to be proud of. If discipline could be bought, I’d be first in line.
Yet there are some things that I do every single day without thinking twice. Here’s a few: eat. Sleep. Cook. Surf the Internet. Work. Play with my dog. If exercise was as painless and rewarding as those things, I would be in Lance Armstrong shape. So my quest right now is to make exercise fun. I’m lucky enough to have all the right tools in place: a human exercise buddy, a canine exercise buddy, gyms nearby, lots of winding roads and proximity to Piedmont Park for runs. With all of these at my disposal, working out should be a great time.
With that in mind, I’m starting small and setting some realistic exercise goals. There’s no way I’m going to become a gym rat, but I’ll look into spinning and kickboxing classes that I’ve enjoyed. And I just made a little investment: a GPS runner’s watch with a heart monitor! Armed with that sucker, my plan is to go for four 30-minute jogs per week. That should be a manageable start, especially for someone who can’t stand running. And hopefully, since I’ll be logging of the distance that I’m running, I’ll feel accomplished and encouraged to keep going.
The GPS watch will arrive Friday, but my new outlook starts tonight. I found a Groupon Now deal for a kickboxing class at the gym that I went to before I left Atlanta in 2009. Xavier and I are going and I know it’ll be fun because I’ve done it before! Right now, not kickboxing sounds great. Today was a long day at work and I haven’t eaten anything since potato latkes for breakfast. But I’m going to get off my ass and work out, because later tonight, I’ll be so happy I didn’t settle for another excuse. I’ll feel accomplished instead of lazy. And that’s how I’m going to try to motivate myself.
If you enjoy exercise, please share your secrets in the comments below.