I am not the only one in the world who needs fitness inspiration. I may not be delighted to join in solidarity with the fitspirationally challenged (and I think I just made up that word) but at least I am not alone waving my fitness desperation flag. My recent post about what we sacrifice to achieve our goals struck a chord with readers and resulted in lots of comments with ideas and tips to stay inspired when aiming towards a healthier life. You know how you learn a new word and then see it and hear it everywhere? That is what happened to me this week. Inspirational little fitness gems were landing all around me, and in the spirit of fitness and generosity, I thought I would share in case you, too, are fitspirationally challenged.
It is just three hours a week
Terri Webster Schrant sent me a link to her article Time Well Spent: How to Find 3 Hours a Week for Fitness. When you think about it that way, three hours out of 168 hours a week does not seem like much. Can’t I spend three hours a week for my health?
Think of it as self-care
My friend Diana used the term “self-care” which sounds much more positive than “exercise” or eating healthy foods” and I would like to think that I can engage in a little self-care. I deserve it! She also shared a reminder that “inspiration fades but habits remain.” Many of us are creatures of habit, so if we can make our self-care tasks habits we might be more successful.
Conquer your final frontier
Tara Reed, author of the blog Pivot to Happy, sent a note saying that ” exercise and eating right are my final frontier.” I never watched Star Trek but I love the image of conquering the final frontier. It is a perfect term for my last and biggest battle. I am a conqueror! I want to sally forth with Spock or Captain Kirk or whoever it is who is the hero and conquer my own final frontier!
Remember the Advantages
Andrea says that when she doesn’t want to do her training she reminds herself of the advantages of working out. We all know that exercise is good for us and that we need to do it. Maybe it would help to post a list of reasons in a prominent place: Lose weight, keep diabetes away, lower blood pressure, lengthen life…
Don’t talk yourself out of it
Sibylla wrote that she is most successful when she doesn’t think about it- she just does it. This variation on the Nike theme might be good advice for me since I tend to overthink things. I can’t go swimming- it is pouring rain, there is hail, there might be a tornado warning, it is late, and I shouldn’t drive to the pool in this storm…I would be better just getting in the car.
Hone your competitive edge
In a recent Periscope episode, Michael Hyatt shared that exercise gives you a competitive edge and improves your problem solving skills. He also noted that regular exercisers earn more money than non exercisers. If you can’t do it for the health advantages, maybe increased productivity and wealth will inspire you.
It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition
In a recent article on Mind Body Green, Erin Oprea reminds us that you can sneak in little things- a quick walk, a few lunges or a minute of sit-ups. If you tend towards perfectionism, as I do, you may wait for the perfect time to exercise. I need two hours to go to the gym, do a full workout, shower and get back to work. Some days that isn’t going to happen. It easy to give up if you can’t complete your ideal workout. Giving up all-or-nothing thinking might encourage you to do something- and something is better than nothing.
I hope these little fitness gems inspire you. If you have more ideas I am happy to hear them- getting fit is a journey and I am going to need lots of fuel along the way!