I went for a run last night for the first time in a while. Ahahaha! It’s good to be back! I try to exercise on a regular basis…when I don’t, it’s because one of the following have fallen apart for me:
1.) Sign up for something. A family fun ride…a walk/run…an adult soccer league…sign up for something and commit to doing it. Even better, pay some money to enter. Because there’s no way I’m paying good money to enter a race and then not finishing it. My advice — enter something that’s slightly harder or farther than you think you can handle. After a few weeks of practice, you’ll surprise yourself.
|It’s obvious I’m being ridiculous here, right? I’m not actually expecting you to admire my impressive muscles|
2.) Have a training buddy. This does not necessarily have to be someone who exercises with you. It can just be someone who encourages you. Or calls you a wimp, like my sister. Whatever works for you. My husband is kind and encouraging and says, “Of course you can make it,” whenever I worry that I won’t finish a race. My sister is mean and scares me a little bit. This combination has worked well for me.
3.) Remember why you’re doing this. I can’t run to lose weight because I like ice cream too much. I exercise to stay healthy (and hopefully counterbalance the ice cream.) I run because if we really are concerned about childhood obesity, we should not only teach our kids how to be healthy, we should model it. I run because my last baby was a C-section and I still remember not being able to walk down the hallway after. I did not care much for that and it seems wildly illogical to me that the human body should recover from such treatment. I’m humbled and awed by a Creator who’s capable of healing like this, and every time I run, I am thankful.
I know. It’s a lot to read into a thirty minute workout…but I have a lot of time to think out there. Oooooh — another bonus! Thinking time!