Shawn came back from a run and workout today and said “Glad I did that, I feel much better”, which he often says after coming back from exercising. A few years ago though he would have come home from a crap day at work and found an excuse not to exercise again and just plopped himself down in front of the TV. Then it occurred to him that these habits weren’t going to allow him to lead the “Good Life” with me and the kids. So Shawn got back to exercise, starting small and gradually increasing his workouts. He joined a once a week spin class which got him back to exercising. This lead him to joining the gym and getting back to working out, which lead him to start running, which lead us to running our half marathons, and now Shawn regularly works out 4 to 5 times per week, and varies things between running, weights and cross-training. Exercise has become a habit and regular part of his routine that he misses it if he doesn’t. So now, when Shawn comes home from a crap day at work (like today), he makes himself get out and exercise, because if he doesn’t he knows he’ll feel worse, and when he gets home he always says “Glad I did that, I feel much better!”
If the excuses Shawn was making sound familiar, just start small and gradually increase what you can handle, you’ll feel much better!