Summer is just around the corner, and the time to get your summer bods ready is now.
For those of us that are not natural sport-junkies, here are a few tips that will help motivate you to get your heart pumping.
Running doesn’t have to be boring
Running is a passion not shared by everyone, and many people even avoid the aerobic workout completely. There are a couple of easy steps to help make this important activity more enjoyable (or at least bearable).
Timing and location are everything
Instead of running in the gym at any random time during the day, make it a point to run outdoors during the sunrise or sunset. The constant change of scenery and colors in the sky will make your running experience a much better one.
You are what you hear
Just as important as the scenery, whether you decide to run with headphones and what you decide to listen to is key. Many running enthusiasts like to run sans headphones, in order to clear their mind. However, many of us need music to help pass the time while running. Dedicate the time to make a running playlist that is perfect for you, or perhaps listen to an audio book to turn your workout into an educational experience as well!
Sport for the body and soul
Sport for your soul can be as important as a classic workout for your body. It can be jumping of a plane, doing yoga on the beach or catching an early morning wave…do what you love! It’s important to mix things up and not get stuck in a boring routine or “workout rut”.
Obviously, we can’t neglect the classic gym workout if we’re striving for an improved body and better health, however set aside time to do what you love and replenish your soul. If you’re reading this and thinking “I don’t really have any activity that I’m passionate about..”, YOU ARE WRONG. Everyone has a passion, there are just those that haven’t found it yet, so grab a friend and go out and explore.
We are creatures of habit
As said by Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” In our extremely busy day-to-day lives, habits can be tough to build. New habits are very fragile, and can easily be broken. This is why it is important to make sport a habit using the right steps.
First, dream big but plan small. It’s great if you dream of completing a triathlon, but first you must learn how to ride a bike. Setting large goals is a great way to self-motivate yourself to get off the couch, however without planning the baby steps, the habit is likely to fail. When things get tough and your body is sore, it’s the little wins that will keep you going.
Equally important as the first step is getting rid of the “ah-screw-it” moments. For instance, if you planned on surfing at sunrise, those first two steps out of bed are the hardest and it’s much easier to say “ah-screw-it” and stay in bed. Just like you wouldn’t cancel a meeting with a co-worker or client, don’t cancel a meeting with your mountain bike, your yoga mat or your basketball.
So, dream big, plan small and don’t quit on yourself. Once you find the right sport for you and make it a habit, life will never be the same.