It’s one of those mornings again. It’s the kind where everything seems to be locked in a gray haze of cold, sleet and grime. The idea of getting up to exercise on these mornings is especially hard- even for people like me that seem to thrive in the early dawn hours. There are plenty of excuses that I could give myself—its too cold, skipping one day won’t matter, or my personal favorite- the bed is too warm.
How many excuses have you used? Can you think of any others?
The truth is that getting in shape, that exercising on a regular basis is sometimes hard. Staying motivated to keep going the distance can be difficult, and no amount of pep talks or high energy fitness gurus will keep you going if you don’t want to. In fact I find most of those peppy fitness gurus just a bit annoying, but that’s me.
So let’s get back to the basics. The only way you are going to stay motivated to get up, to exercise on these days when a down comforter feels like a much better idea is to do it yourself. Put your feet on the ground, stand up straight and tell the world exactly why you want this. Is it to finally fit into that little red dress? Is it to lower your cholesterol? Is it to be able to play with your child without wheezing? Whatever your reason is for striving for a healthier body, mind and soul it’s up to you to keep yourself on track. It’s also up to you to get yourself back on track in those times that you derail- and we all do.
So this morning I’m getting up. Grumbling, and complaining that the sky is too gray, the world too grimy, but still I’m stretching. I’m still doing my morning tai chi and my morning exercises. Within the morning fog of my mind I’m still keeping my goals firmly rooted, and they’re not going anywhere. And slowly, ever so slowly I begin to see a bit of light dawn on a brand new day.