Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure
As regular readers of this site will know I am a bit of a fitness fanatic. I want to draw your attention to a post that I wrote a few months back which summarises the Top Tips to Attain Your Workout Goals. If you have read it, then carry on..
A few months back I launched the 14 week fitness challenge that lots of other bloggers joined in with and reported updates along the way. Training went very well when working towards an end-goal – in this case it was my honeymoon. The trouble now is that I don’t have an end-goal, competition or motivator. I feel myself slacking… it takes more and more determination to get-up-and-go and work hard.
Don’t Let Yourself Get Fat
A lazy and overweight body creates a tired and heavy mind
A colleague of mine at work has been through a complete revelation lately. He was never badly overweight, but carried a ‘beer belly’ and frequently liked to indulge in ‘crap’. He was never very enthusiastic and we didn’t have much in common. Lately things have changed. The guy is full of energy, cracking jokes, can’t stop smiling and takes pride in eating healthily!
Turns out he has entered himself into a half-marathon and has been training hard for the last three months. His wife drops him off 8 miles from home and he runs back -every second day!!!!I only discovered this after asking him if he had been on a diet or had starting training after I noticed his beer gut had disappeared. This got us talking about how amazing exercise and the associated endorphins are! He sleeps less, does a LOT more and says he feels like he has been reborn. Furthermore we now have a lot more in common and have started to become friends.
Exercise is Important
I urge you all to get out and do more. While I still want you to read SavvyScot every day, now is the time to find a new sport/interest/hobby that incorporates exercise and fun. Now is the time to sign up for the iron man that you always wanted to do – now is the time to start ticking off your bucket list. Unfortunately, most people will now start picking up weight as holiday season approaches. The desire for a summer beach body is almost over for another year and those who temporarily cared about exercise will probably resume neglecting it. I can’t help but feel the generation that we are creating, our offspring, are going to miss out on the camaraderie of 5-aside football in the park, climbing trees and riding bikes; substituting these for online gaming, 3D televisions and facebook posts. We are responsible for ensuring this doesn’t happen.
True Pleasure is Found in the Simplest Things
My life is complicated, largely because I have made it this way. I have a technical role in my career, I research SEO techniques in my spare time between teaching myself wordpress template customisations and researching keywords. Wow I sound like a total geek…
It is for the above reasons why I need Wind-Down Time. I have recently found the satisfaction to be had in riding our bikes down a canal, going for a walk and feeding the ducks or simply walking the dog. Simple and FREE things. (stale bread doesn’t count as a capital expense)!
I think the Paralympics have recently proved to us that anything is possible and that our excuses/reasons for not exercising are quite pathetic.
Still need convincing?
How do you guys incorporate exercise into your lives?
Mrs Scot and I tried WAKEBOARDING last week. This was something completely new to us both, but we had an absolute blast; it was honestly so much fun! We had such a laugh watching each other spectacularly face plant the water…. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different to do.
He Juquan (the Chinese swimmer) is truly inspirational. It makes me want to cry
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I exercise 6-7x per week, always have. I always feel like I could do more and look better, but realistically I am in pretty good shape. I always train the best when I do have a goal. I do one triathlon every summer and that is when I am at the top of my game. I need to pick out a winter race of some sort to keep me motivated. I work out very early with a group of die hards. We do a boot camp class at 5:30AM. Everyone encourages each other and it is one of my favorite times. Nice to see others share my enthusiasm for fitness.
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Budget & the Beach says
I’m really big on exercise too. I do “something” about 6x week including running, beach volleyball, beach volleyball training, yoga, and when I can motivate myself, Nike Training Club. I used to belong to a gym I loved but the 110/month membership was unrealistic for me at this time. 🙁 I was a chubby kid, and definitely picked on, but all that changed slowly as I entered adulthood. Now I can’t live without it. I know that it helps your life in every way possible!
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Doria Lavagnino says
So true. In 2103 I ran the NYC marathon in memory of my dad. I took my fitness for granted. Now I realize that without daily workouts of some sort…they don’t have to be hard-core cardio, my mind and body are not running at 100 percent. Great article. Thanks Pauline.