It’s no secret… Exercise isn’t always the easiest task to complete. In fact, it can be quite overwhelming at times. Especially with the plethora of information that is placed in the universe via social media and/or Web 2.0. It takes conscious effort on your part not to get thrown aback and give up.
Just like you, I am always searching the internet, magazines, and other outlets and almost always come across fitness routines, tips, or advice. Some of them seem perfectly doable but others seem very far-fetched even for me. Like the mega muscle building routine I came across on a body building website a few days ago. When I read it I thought to myself, “there is no way in hell I’d be able to do this, especially in that amount of time written.” You’d think I’d just throw the idea out and keep it moving but I didn’t. I saw some moves in that workout that I could do and I decided to do them. I kind of made a mini workout from the tips written. Turns out, it was one of the best strength training days that I’d had in a while.
This is how I want all of you to think. You may not be able to do every bit of every second of every workout that I post in this community or that anyone else give you. The important thing for you to do is START.
YOU WILL NEVER GO ANYWHERE IF YOU DON’T EVEN START.
I have a rule of thumb when it comes to fitness:
1. Before I start ANY workout (rather alone or with a friend), I write down or say what I will do for that workout. AND NO MATTER WHAT I GET IT DONE. For example I might say “Kim you will run this hill 25 times and do 3 sets of 50 pushups.” You better believe it would take the devil himself to snatch me up in order for me not do get those 25 hills and pushups done even if I am out there all day.
This is my way of training my mind mentally to complete task that I may not want to or feel like doing. Each day my goal may be different. If I did 25 times today, tomorrow I might only have time or the strength to do 15 hills.
Do you understand what I am saying? You have to challenge yourself every time you start a workout but you also need to be careful not to over exert yourself, or injure yourself doing something that you know you can’t do YET!
It’s okay to not be able to do it YET. I can’t run a triathlon YET but I will be able to one day. You may not be able to do a full pushup YET but you can do a half one on your knees. You may not be able to run a mile YET but you can walk.
YET is perfectly okay as long as you acknowledge that it’s there and that you are working to remove it.
I can’t go one morning without my coffee YET but I’m working on it… HA!
Focus on what you can do. Perfect it and Keep moving to the next Yet.