Life is all about choice. What? Cliches already? Think about it…the moment your alarm goes off in the morning you choose to jump out of bed and get on with your day or, you groan, slam the snooze button and roll over for another five minutes. If you choose to eat breakfast (I hope you do) what is it that you eat?
The point is you are the one who gets to choose what you think and do today. Now, if you choose to put your full effort into the goals you wish to accomplish, such as exercising for 30 minutes, you will discover the benefits of your choice. Not that it will all be easy, but c’mon! You can do anything for one day.
Our choices in life are made according to our sense of our own worth.
If you value yourself and your health enough to be reading this, you won’t mind spending a few minutes getting clear about what you really want and the best (read: most enjoyable) way to succeed. The following four questions from the book, 10 Day Jump Start, will help you eliminate the “shoulds”, fears, habits and people pleasing from your choices.
1. What kinds of exercise do I most enjoy?
There is no wrong answer here except for “none!” Even if a list of fun, sweaty activities doesn’t come to mind, think about other things you love and find a way to combine them with movement. Workout with a playlist of your favorite songs, ride your bike to visit friends, take a laughing yoga class or lift weights at home while you watch a movie and you will make your exercise routine more enjoyable.
2. What are my greatest accomplishments so far in life?
This list does not have to be exercise related. Without censoring yourself, write whatever comes to mind for five minutes. When you read the list notice the patterns in your successes. Did they all involve other people? Were short term projects the ones at which you excelled? Was the work required slow and steady or fast and intense? These are your strengths, so apply them to building a consistent habit of exercise.
3. If I was in perfect health and could do whatever I wanted, what would it be?
You can limit this to physical activities, but let your heart run wild. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of scuba diving around the Great Barrier Reef or hiking the Appalachian Trail, you better be in shape. Too extreme? How about being able to run around with your kids and grandkids? Answering this question allows you to realize what you truly want so you may align your healthy choices with the life you desire.
4. Who do I admire because of their good health?
This list may include someone at work with the boundless energy you desire, or a neighbor who runs by your house every morning or a movie star with eight-pack abs or your grandmother who walks every day at age 84. Allow yourself to be inspired. Find out how these people live. Get to it!