Motivation Comes from Strange Places
So… this morning I was cooling down after my workout and was trying to come up with a topic for today’s blog post. When all of the sudden… BAM! It was right there in front of me.
I’ve had several clients just not show up for their personal training appointments this week. It’s very cold outside and I think people just aren’t motivated enough to bundle up, warm up their car, scrape the windows and drive to the gym. I was thinking this would be a good day to write about motivation and adherence. I was thinking, “Hmmmm, what can I possibly write about to encourage people to either start or stick with a fitness program?”
As I was deep in thought at a 3.7 mph pace on the treadmill, this guy walks in front of me. I happened to glance down at the back of his t-shirt and there it was, right in front of me. It was one of the greatest t-shirts I’ve seen. The message… “The Toughest Lift of All is Your Ass Off the Couch!” And just so you don’t think I’m making this up, I snapped this picture with my cell phone.
There comes a time when you’ve got to make the decision to take the first step, or in this case… make that first lift – off of the couch. It doesn’t mean that you need to jump up, rip off your Snuggie and dash to the closest gym. If you simply get up and walk to the mailbox or around your block one time, that’s a start. You can work your way up. But, you can’t do it sitting on your duff watching Oprah, Dr. OZ or Cupcake Wars. You need to move.
Procrastination is easy; it’s the path of least resistance. You can sit there with the remote in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other while your body adds fat, your muscle disappears, and the cholesterol clogs your arteries. And if you’ve joined a gym, you’re not going to improve your health by making up excuses not to go work out. There are 168 hours in a week. You only need to find three hours to exercise, leaving 165 more to do whatever it is that you do. No, it’s not always easy. But it’s better than feeling and looking like crap, right?
I was complacent and made excuses for five years. I gained nearly 60 pounds. I felt awful and I was embarassed about my appearance. I stopped doing the things I love to do in life because I either didn’t feel I could do them or because I didn’t want other people to see me fat. But, one day, I made that decision to do something about it. I made that tough lift. I got up my ass up off of the couch and started exercising. That was nine months ago and I haven’t looked back.
Now, it’s your turn. Make today the day that you stand up to poor health and start living again!
If you or someone you know needs to make positive changes, copy this photo, print it out and put it on the refrigerator. Use it for motivation.
To Your Health!