So, last week I wrote a blog post that asked a question: What's stopping you from starting to focus on your fitness?
I'm just gonna admit it. This was a scary thing for me to do. Because what if you thought I was full of crap, talking about fitness on a (sort of) knitting kind of blog. What if you weren't interested? What if I was just way off base on that topic? What if . . . no one even responded???
But. I think I wasn't really off base. Because you DID respond. And I am so honored to have received your responses. (Thank you.)
It turns out that many of us share the same barriers to working on our fitness:
- TIME . . . turns out to be The Biggie. Finding it. Having enough. Balancing it with our other priorities.
- What I call "The Hassle Factor" is also big. Needing to change in and out of appropriate clothes. Having the right gear. The distance to a gym. Sweat. Dealing with our hair. Depending on someone else's schedule (the gym's, for example).
- Boredom. Just not liking to exercise, generally. And being bored while we're doing it.
- Needing to find a partner or "accountability buddy." Because for many of us, it's easier to exercise with a friend.
- Health issues. It's not as easy to move as it once was. Injuries mean we need to change up our preferred ways of moving. It's hard to get started again after a set-back.
- Weather. Too hot. Too cold. Too windy. Too icy.
- Isolation. If we living in a rural area, it's hard to find a convenient gym. Or a nearby exercise buddy.
It also turns out that many of us are motivated by the same things when we do focus on our fitness:
- Wanting to feel better. Lose some weight. Be healthier.
- Being part of a "community" of exercise friends and "accountability buddies."
- Our dogs!
- Wearing our fitness trackers or watches.
- Finding good instructors or trainers.
- Our grandchildren.
We're very willing to share our advice and tips for what does work for us:
- Figure out what you like to do, then do that.
- Find the time of day that works best for you.
- Mix things up to avoid boredom.
- Schedule your fitness first, and then work your schedule around that.
- There's a lot of value in a 10-minute workout.
Best of all . . . You shared your mantras!
- "Get outside and GO." (Margene)
- "I can do anything for 10 minutes." (Carolyn)
- "I'm training for my next decade." (Yvonne)
Oh, stay tuned!
(Because now I'm really motivated!)
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