Ok, now that I have sufficiently put that song [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1631477″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] in your head for the rest of the day, let’s talk exercise. 🙂
Wow, I could hear you groaning from here. Nice. Try to hang with me, ok?
So first of all, I should openly declare that I love this stuff. I have been surrounded by physical activity, athletes, personal trainers, and health club professionals nearly all my life. I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Kinesiology and regularly research health and wellness just because. Now, before you roll your eyes and start gagging, let me just say that I get it. I get that this is not fun or natural for everyone. Maybe it is enjoyable for you. Maybe you’re even nerdier than me. When it comes to The Balanced 7, we all have different strengths. The point I want to make is that no matter what side of the sweat-line you fall on, we all need support.
So, for all you LuluLemon addicts (don’t you flipping LOVE that store?!), STOP judging the person taking the elevator. If it’s a struggle for you to make it past week 3 of your New Year’s resolution, please resist the urge to throw a box of Oreos (mmm…Oreos…) at the bouncy blonde running through your neighborhood. Take a breath and understand that each of us is at a different place in our physical lives. We have specific goals, unique challenges, and more emotional baggage than any of us care to admit. Let’s band together and recognize these simple truths:
1) Exercise is good for us.
Seriously. You don’t need 200 credits in Exercise Science to know that physical activity does crazy good stuff for your body. Think of how awesome you feel after a good sweat. Consider how much it helps improve those numbers our doctors go so ape-shit over. Don’t you just look hotter after unlacing those stinky Nike’s? You get it. Just do it.
(Crap, Nike may sue me.)
2) Your goals are YOURS.
Do you want to run a marathon? (Holy Jeez!) Do you want to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath? (Fo sho.) Want to look good in that new bathing suit? (Duh.) What about staying healthy so you can raise a family? Ahhh… now we’re starting to get real. You never know what another person’s motivation is for getting and staying healthy. So don’t try. Just worry about YOU. Write down what changes you want to see and feel and get after it. In the upcoming posts, we’ll get more specific on how to make, develop, and achieve your goals, but in the mean-time, start small, give yourself (and others) some grace, and get after a better you.
3) There is power in numbers.
Talk about research! There are hundreds of studies about how accountability partners can make or break your success when it comes to staying active. Just think about it. How good does it make you feel when you simply hear “Good job!”? How much easier is it to keep that 5:30 date with the gym if your trainer is waiting for you with that annoying stop-watch? When you hear about someone else struggling to keep it all together, doesn’t that make you feel just a little less alone? So high-five that chic in the gym that looks like she just ran through the sprinkler. Find yourself an accountability partner. And comment below about your journey. What is your goal to Get Physical?