"It's easy for you, Jen."
If I had a quarter for every patient that has told me that exercise and staying fit is “easy for you Jen,” I would have a bucket of change. For some reason, I guess because I am thin and appear fit, patients think that I don’t have to work at it.
If I didn’t exercise and watch my diet, I would certainly be overweight. It’s not like I have some superior genetic make up that makes me stay fit without hard work and dedication. I go through the same struggles that everyone else goes through. When I start running in the early spring to get ready for triathlon season, my legs feel like lead and my lungs feel like I have emphysema. Exercise isn’t easy and that’s why so many don’t do it.
When my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 am to exercise, I dread it. I try to find any valid excuse to stay in bed. But, my aspiration to continue to be an athlete and be fit over-ride my lazy temptation to stay in bed, and I get up and put on those running shoes.
To be successful exercisers and meet your goals, I strongly recommend you schedule your exercise and then, “just do it”. The rewards you'll receive, will certainly outweigh anything you would gain by taking the lazy road.
So, set a goal of doing a race or event - (in fact, check out Run for 271 - we're sponsors) that way you have aspiration to keep you heading in the right direction and turning that “snooze” off.
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Until next time,