Once upon a time…
Physical activity has always been a part of my life. Like most kids, I played plenty of sports growing up and my parents encouraged me to be active on a regular basis. However, it wasn’t until I was a junior in college when I really started getting serious about fitness. It was around that time when I took up running as a way to get exercise during the winter. However my desire to get exercise didn’t fade away as soon as spring came around. Before I knew it I had gotten into a regular workout routine that included a mix of running and dumbbell lifting.
Now here we are…
Fast forward a few years and I’m still running on a regular basis, but I’ve added high intensity interval training and a better diet to the mix. I do feel healthier, stronger, and faster than I ever have before. However, there were plenty of hurdles to overcome in the process of getting to where I am today. Because there are so many different resources for developing a personal exercise routine available, I’m not going to republish what experts and athletes alike have already created to help people who want to get in shape. But, I will share a few original tips that have helped me get to where I’m at and that I believe can help anyone accomplish whatever they have in mind in for fitness.
- Push yourself to do a little more than you feel like doing every time you work out. You might feel like quitting your run at the 10 minute mark, but you benefit so much mentally and physically by keeping it going for an extra 2 or 3 minutes.
- Have an anthem. Come up with a saying or phrase that gets you psyched up to have a great workout. I love using stuff like#fitnessneverstops on Twitter and “Every Day Is Gameday.” Feel free to uses those too or invent your own.
- Make small but regular sacrifices. This mostly applies to having a good diet. Certain foods can be tempting to eat until you feel full. However, feeling a little hungry from time to time isn’t a bad thing.
- Doing activities that have payoffs. Run half marathons and get medals for finishing. Go on bikeathon and get a tshirt. Rewards are positive reinforcement and tremendous motivators for working hard in your fitness routine.
Now just as a disclaimer, don’t take my tips as professional advice. These are simply tools that have helped me reach my fitness goals and achieve a healthy state of being. I hope that for those of you who aren’t where you’d like to be in terms of physical ability, fitness, or health that you find things that help you reach your goals. Best of luck and keep moving forward!