Thursday, January 20, 2011

So You Want To Work Out?

A quick note before I get into the topic for today:
Thank you to everyone who commented on Monday’s post.  Some posted here, some posted on Facebook, some sent me email.  No matter how you sent me your comments, I appreciate them and they made me feel a little bit better about the whole situation.  You are all good people who deserve ice cream cones.  Unless you’re lactose intolerant, then sherbet.

So you want to work out?  You made a New Year’s resolution to get into better shape and now you want to follow through on it.  Join the club.  It’s the busiest time of the year for gyms.  You want to be a part of that, but you don’t know what to do.  Let me give you a hint.  There is one secret to making sure you get into better shape.  One little tip that I tell everyone that wants to start losing weight or getting stronger or whatever their fitness goal might be.

Show up.

That’s it.  Just show up.  Once you’re at the gym, you’re going to work out.  The trick is getting to the gym.  You have to make it a part of your routine.  Schedule it if you have to.  Put it in your calendar so that no one can schedule over it.  Make it a priority and show up every day.  Or every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or whatever schedule you choose.  Show up and do something.  Get on the treadmill or elliptical for 30 minutes.  You don’t have to kill yourself, just break a sweat.  If it hurts, stop doing it and switch to something else, but do something.  You can worry about fine tuning your routine once you’ve made it a habit.  In fact, once it becomes a habit you’ll be excited about fine tuning your routine.  Your goals will change, but most importantly your body will change and you will feel better.

Do it.  Show up.  Keep showing up.  If you miss a day, don’t worry about it and get right back on the horse.  Shit happens.  Missing one day isn’t going to kill you.  Missing every day will.  Just make a point to show up as much as possible and suddenly it will be June and you’ll have lost 20 pounds and you’ll feel awesome and you won’t even remember those days when it was so hard to just get there.

That’s my advice.  See you at the gym.