Rather than seeing it as something you have to do or should do, come to see it as an opportunity to find greater life satisfaction.
After celebrating his 50th birthday at 210 pounds, something shifted.
In my life, I have cycled nearly 30,000 km throughout the world and have always worked along the way.
If you struggle with your weight or if you are stuck in a routine that has you emotionally drained, understand you are not alone. Also understand that an entire industry has been created to sell you products, diets and fad workouts that you just don't need and, usually, don't work.
When we get discouraged, it is easy to just give up. To take that "all or nothing" attitude and walk away from it all. It would be easy to sit on the couch and rationalize that I can't exercise at all because my knee was injured. To stop looking at the college pamphlets; to resign yourself that you will never get a promotion; to eat that extra large piece of chocolate cake because you deserve it! It would be easy to give up.
I am currently renewing my fascial stretching certification from the Stretch To Win Institute. (Fascia is sheets of connective webbing that encases and connects the entire body; it unites bones and muscles.) I do partner fascial stretching with clients, but attending the course reminded me how wonderful the motions feel in my own body. I am now re-motivated to prioritize fascial stretching after every run.
Being physically active needs to stop being treated as a means to an end. Our bodies were made to move and that's just what they should do - not to fit into a pair of jeans, or to look good for beach season, and certainly not for more Instagram likes - but because much like eating, breathing and sleeping, it's a vital part of life.
As March draws to a close, you may find your well-intended thoughts to "get healthy" this year take a curbside retreat, due
What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.
As surely as gyms and fitness studios will be packed with newly motivated men and women every January, they will have cleared out come March. The typical 8-12 week motivation drop-off is a well-documented phenomenon. So if you have made a resolution to get healthy and fit this year and you are already losing steam don't worry, you are not alone.