Updated: Dec 11, 2019
You know by now that each core is a vital part of your life that combined together, forms your overall happiness & momentum meter (see below gif). Plenty of people can say they’re making decent strides in each one, but how many can say they’re really killing it in all 5? It’s rare. Like, 5% rare.
If you’re not continually striving to build momentum in this area of your life, it means you’re not looking and feeling your best, and aren’t creating the energy and longevity necessary to live your best life. I'm not saying you should join your local CrossFit gym today or start bodybuilding, but instead ask yourself what you enjoy doing in the realm of fitness.
All the willpower in the world can’t replace good old-fashioned WANTing to do something. You know you should work out, but you really want to eat that cookie. This constant back and forth battle of “wills” will eventually exhaust your energy causing “decision fatigue”. How can you avoid this? Find something you really enjoy doing that gets you moving, then build it into your routine to do it regularly. Once you start seeing and feeling the benefits, you’ll have activated your “why” that makes you “want” to work out.
Don’t let social media and society be your motivation to work out or get moving. This feeling you get to suddenly change your health habits after a long session of scrolling Instagram is a fleeting and temporary feeling. It won’t end in a full-on lifestyle change. You have to REALLY want it for yourself and truly connect with the benefits of working out. Repeated actions + time= lifestyle change. You’ll no longer be relying on that temporary willpower.
I’ve always loved basketball. I’ve been playing minimally 2-3 times a week at the gym for 25 years. Because I enjoy it so much and it gets my competitive juices going, it’s reduced the friction of working out and lowered my natural defense to NOT want to work out. When I was younger, I’d see the older guys playing and I remember being so impressed they were still playing at their age. Now, I'm usually one of the oldest guys on the court. I’ll often get asked how old I am, and the answer always shocks. I love it!
The real secret is that there is no secret. At a certain point I simply figured out what form of exercise I loved doing, then made it part of my regular routine. If I can’t make it to the gym 2-3 times that week, I make up for it by doing pushups in my home office to get my heart rate up. I truly enjoy both this and my gym workouts because I know what they’re doing for my energy, longevity, and happiness!
This week, I’m challenging you to find something you love to do that falls in the realm of fitness. Go for a walk, take a bike ride with the family, whatever you do, just make sure it’s fun for YOU.
As you’re nearing the end of the year, you’ll be seeing and feeling the pressure of those pesky “New Year’s Resolution” posts and comments from everyone around you. Don't just join a gym because you know you should, but instead figure out what exercise you truly enjoy, set a schedule and goals around it, and keep taking action week after week until it becomes part of you.
Get moving. Gain Momentum. Join the Movement!
This Week's Action Tip:
Let's get physical, physical. Feeling a little sluggish after eating allll the turkey and allll the pie? Feels oh so good in the moment but not so much in the days after. Well the good news is, I'm here to tell you go ahead and enjoy some cookies and mashed potatoes this holiday season. But I challenge you to keep it in moderation and kick up your exercise routine with one extra workout per week so that you don't have to play catch up in January. And don't forget, exercise doesn't have to be a snooze-fest. Dance and sports can be a great way to break things up.