Just Do It!
You’ve been talking about it for months. Whenever you drive by the gym you’ve belonged to since 2001, you get the euphoric recall of how good it felt after an intense workout and how good you looked when you were doing it regularly, and you wonder why you haven’t been there since 2003! You even went out and bought yourself a new pair of tennis shoes and some matching gym shorts, but still have yet to break a sweat!
Why do we procrastinate doing something that we know is going help us live longer, more fulfilling lives?
Why are we so unmotivated to do something that we know is good for us? What can we do to get motivated?
Few of us were motivated to go in to treatment, but we went anyways, and now most of us wish we had gone sooner. Most of us weren’t motivated to go to meetings, but we did it anyways, and now we look forward to going to our home group. Are you noticing a pattern here? Just like sitting at the bar thinking about going to an AA meeting didn’t going to get us sober, sitting on the couch thinking about doing sit ups isn’t going to get us ripped! A wiser person than I once said, “We can’t think our way into right acting, we have to act our way into right thinking.” You might not be motivated now. You might not be motivated after a week. You might not even be motivated after a couple of weeks in the gym! But sooner or later you’re going to meet some cool people that train at the same time you do, or find a class that you love, like Zumba, Pilates or Yoga, or maybe you’ll just like the results you’re seeing and want more!
Whatever your motivation, the benefits are still the same; jails, institutions and death! (Just kidding) Increased energy, less body fat, better self-image, and a sense of accomplishment that will inspire you to set higher goals in other areas of your life and give you the confidence and mental clarity to attain them. Furthermore, exercise decreases cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, improves insulin sensitivity, and increases the production of “happy hormones” in the brain. Even with all these positive benefits, most of us are still not motivated enough to start exercising.
Getting the momentum going is the most difficult part of any job. There’s a common misconception that motivation leads to action, but in fact the opposite is true, action precedes motivation. If we sat around and waited until we were motivated to do things, nothing would ever get done! So don’t wait until you’re motivated to get moving, get moving until you get motivated! Move the body and the mind will follow.