If you’re waiting on motivation to get you moving, then you could be waiting a vey long time. Motivation would sell like hot cakes if we could only bottle it up, but that’s just not an option. In the meantime, we have to dig deep and, as Larry the Cable Guy says, “get’r done”.
I often talk about my own struggle with maintaining a healthy workout routine because I believe many people are under the impression it’s easier for people in the fitness business to stay fit. Ironically, I find it even more difficult to workout now than when I wasn’t in the gym business.
Working out used to be my “me time”. I used to look forward to getting off work and going to the gym to see my friends and workout with my husband. Although I never really looked forward to working out, I’ve always enjoyed the lifestyle
and the results.
Even though the weights are now only 30 feet away from my office, it’s like pulling teeth to get me away from my work to actually work on me. Then, once I do start working out, I think of all the things that need to be done around the club. I’m amazed how difficult it is to turn off my brain, and electronics, for one stinking hour.
So how do I stick with it? I have narrowed it down to one single task: just show up. Yep, it’s really that simple. Instead of focusing on the actual task, I focus on just showing up for it. For me, that means putting on my headphones, turning on
my music and walking 30 feet to the weight floor. Once I hit the black rubber floor, it’s ON.
It seems so simple, yet it is so incredibly hard – and my morning runs are just as difficult. Showing up means putting my running shoes and headphones on and, once again, closing the laptop. Then, it’s as easy as walking out the front door. Once I’m in my driveway I’ve officially “showed up” and nothing can stop me.
By focusing on this one insanely simple task, my life has been so much easier. Not only is the pressure off of the actual work itself, I spend less time wasting energy on pondering my workouts.
In my opinion, the biggest obstacle for people on the fitness journey is not how hard they train or how fast they run. Typically, the biggest pitfall is simply not showing up. Let me encourage you to quit worrying about what you’ll do once you
get to the gym, and just work on getting there. Once you are there, you will be amazed how everything else will fall into place.