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How I Keep Fitness a Priority, without Failing after the Newness of the New Year’s Resolution Wears Off….

People are going to start dropping their fitness resolutions like a dirty shirt in 3… 2… 1…

I’m on my fifteenth year of my fitness journey, with only a few short breaks in the action for injuries at the beginning of running, then a few more at the beginning of cycling.  In all, we’re talking about four or five weeks off in fifteen years.  Sure, there were a few vacations too, but you get the gist.

I have a few tricks and tips that keep me on the straight and narrow path.

  • I know my happiness and sanity are both linked to my fitness.  The fitter I am, the happier I am.  The less fit I am, the more miserable I am.  It’s quite simple.
  • I know pain is linked to a lack of fitness; the less I move, the more I hurt.  I realize this may seem counterintuitive, but exercise only hurts until you get used to the muscles.  I came to find that laziness is vastly more physically painful than exercise.
  • Unfortunately one must stick with a fitness regimen long enough for that last bullet point to work.  The initial pain of building muscles can be a little off-putting at first.
  • I actually enjoy my activity of choice.
  • It’s a lot easier to keep at something if you literally can’t wait to get back out there.
  • A friend of mine just yesterday laid down this nugget that fits:  It’s a lot harder to fall off the wagon if I’m sitting in the middle of the crowd riding it…
  • I surround myself with a pile of friends who enjoy riding just as much as I do.
  • Now, here’s the big one:  Perpetual motion….  A Jim in motion tends to stay in motion.  Those days you just want to sit down on the couch?  Yeah, unless I’m really feeling down, I give it all I’ve got on those “sit on the couch” days.  If I’m really feeling down, I’ll pedal easy and remember why I love riding so much.  Either way, I move when I don’t want to.

If your resolution is to get fit or lose some weight, stick with it till it takes hold.  Don’t try to do it alone.  Relax and have some fun – you may as well enjoy the time you’ve got, there isn’t a one of us getting out of this alive.

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