Good morning! I just got back from an awesome run along the Hudson River. It's about 80 degrees and very humid, so the 70 minutes I spent outside were divided up between running, power walking, sprinting and doing other intervals. I am really upping my fitness routine now that I am pain free in my ankle and the rest of my body. NO limits.
I want to get one person (at least, but I will be happy with 1) to START (or, restart) a fitness routine. ONE PERSON out there in cyberspace and I don't care where you live (I know people read this blog in all parts of the world, I check my stats) to say I AM STARTING a FITNESS ROUTINE TODAY!
Will you be THE ONE? Here are reasons you might not want to --
-you are out of shape and feel self conscious
-you think all the fitness junkies are over-estimating the value and fun of exercise
-you don't think you have time
-you used to be a fitness rock star and now pride is standing in the way
-you have an injury of some sort and don't want to start any movement until you're healed
OK -- let's deal with those 1 x 1
-you are out of shape and feel self conscious: OK, IT IS NORMAL TO FEEL THIS WAY BUT THE REALITY IS, MOST PEOPLE WORKING OUT AROUND YOU ARE FOCUSING ON THEMSELVES AND THEIR OWN WORKOUT, NOT YOU. THE FEELINGS OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS WILL START TO LIFT ONCE YOU GET INTO THE GROOVE
-you think all the fitness junkies are over-estimating the value and fun of exercise: WE AREN'T. FITNESS IS INCREDIBLE FOR YOUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL. IT IS REALY FUN AND FITNESS PEEPS ARE JUST REALLY AWESOME ALL AROUND.
-you don't think you have time: I JUST WENT JOGGING AT 6:30AM. MOST GYMS STAY OPEN UNTIL AROUND 11PM. YOU CAN DO A WORKOUT IN 30 MINUTES. YOU CAN MAKE THE TIME.
-you used to be a fitness rock star and now pride is standing in the way: OK, I KIND OF GET THIS BUT THE TRUTH IS, THE PAST IS LONG GONE AND RATHER THAN WAX NOSTALGIC AND FEEL SHITTY, WHY NOT TAKE A DEEP BREATH, LACE UP YOUR RUNNING SNEAKERS AND START LIVING IN THE MOMENT? YOU WILL FEEL BETTER, I PROMISE.
-you have an injury of some sort and don't want to start any movement until you're healed: I ALSO GET THIS ONE, BIG TIME. THE THING IS, THERE ARE SOOOO MANY FORMATS YOU CAN TRY THAT UNLESS YOU ARE COMPLETELY INCAPACITATED, THERE IS A VERY GOOD CHANCE YOU CAN GET STARTED. INJURED ANKLE? TRY PILATES. SHOULDER ISSUE? GET ON A STATIONARY BIKE.
The joy and benefits can't be overstated and I support you 100%. IF you're the ONE, let me know that you are recommitting either by commenting here or emailing me at email@example.com.