Motivating ourselves into going to the gym after a long day at work can definitely be a daunting task. However, once you get into the habit of making exercise a priority, it gets easier! David Stine, author of THE WHOLE LIFE, explains how you can make fitness a lifestyle choice.
I now work out at the gym three days a week and have integrated what I call my athletic hobby—tennis—into my lifestyle. My physical activities have become a fixture on my calendar, and I actually enjoy my weekly tennis nights enough that I would never consider missing them. I now set annual goals for my fitness and weight and keep myself accountable to hit these benchmarks by maintaining my fitness program in my Whole Life rhythm. It has been in this phase that I achieved my new goal of maintaining my end of college weight of 175 pounds.
Tony Horton shared some of his thoughts with me on the flexibility and enjoyment that should be a part of your Whole Life rhythm phase. Regardless of the fitness plan you use, these points are practical and foundational, and will benefit you in whatever phase you find yourself.
Be realistic in what you do.
Based on your age, current physical condition, and body type, choose workouts that are realistic as far as what you can and should do. What was appropriate for you at a certain age or life stage may not work for you today.
Find workouts that you will enjoy.
Try combining a variety of sports, like tennis or basketball, with exercises and workouts. Variety will keep you from getting bored, and doing things you enjoy will keep you coming back for more.
Explore the options.
Most communities sponsor athletic competitions, races, and/or classes at the local YMCA or junior colleges. Using a goal of running in a local race or competing in some other sport can be great motivation to get you moving toward your fitness goals. Tennis tournaments have been great motivation for me. Activities, competitions, and classes are available year-round, both indoors and outdoors. Taryn has done classes of all sorts through the years including barre, spin, and Pilates, and has consistently participated in pay-per-class workouts held in many of today’s boutique gyms, like Orangetheory Fitness and Solidcore.
Use your calendar to keep yourself accountable.
My tennis nights vary each week, depending upon who and when I can play, but I maintain my practice at least three nights a week, after the kids are off to bed, early in the morning, or even on my lunch hour. These time slots work best, since I can still be with my family at night and have time to walk and pray with Taryn before going to bed. Putting these times in my calendar forces me to consistently make room for workouts and tennis times in my schedule while also keeping family and social relationships as a priority.
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