Do what you love
That was definitely one of the most common pieces of advice I received when complaining about being fat and whining about the need to get in shape.
In hindsight, I’m on the fence with regards to that bit of advice. I agree but I don’t agree. Let me explain.
It’s a Mental Battle
When starting from ground zero with an exercise plan, I do believe you have to enjoy what you do. At the beginning it’s a mental battle to get up, exercise, repeat. Over and over again. It better be something you don’t mind doing day in and day out. But, at some point, the mental battle shifts. One gets bored, or tired, or antsy. Whatever the reason, the motivation and interest wane. If we like what we’re doing, it’s easier to push through those moments.
Finding Like Minded People
I think more than enjoying what you’re doing is finding people to connect with while exercising. It is probably the number one reason why I still fully support the idea of these 20 pounds in six week challenges.
- There is a group of people all starting at the same time.
- You are in this with a group of other newcomers and there’s an automatic bond between people.
- It’s an ice breaker.
- And in many cases, you see each other every day, five days a week for an hour of grueling work. Together.
- Making friends is easier, getting excited to push forward with your tribe is motivation enough to keep going.
- Even without a six week challenge, working out with other people can be the motivation one needs to push through those times of self-doubt.
Put a Request Out on Social Media:
Announce on your social media feeds that you are excited to start working out and would love to have some friends join you on this journey. You might get a nibble or two, sometimes from the most unexpected people.
City Recreation Guides
Check your town’s recreation booklets to see what intramural sports are offered if you enjoy playing sports. In addition, the city might offer fitness classes. It’s another way to get out there and meet people and get active.
Groupon is a fantastic resource if you want to try something new! Ballroom dancing or pole dancing. Pilates or rock climbing. There are some intriguing, unique activities on Groupon, and it’s a great opportunity to meet other people once you sign up. Besides the social aspect, you might find a new hobby you never would have considered otherwise!
Does your office have a fitness program? Do they have an office softball team? Maybe there’s a group that already go and walk during lunch, ask to join in.
Join a Group Fitness Class
Around here there are Kaia Fit’s popping up everywhere. They are a fitness class, HIIT (high intensity interval training) program, similar to what I experienced at my gym. You can google group fitness classes and see what pops up in your area.
Find a Connection
Yes, it is important to do what you love, but I do believe it is important to find a tribe of people that you can share your fitness journey with. There’s encouragement and accountability which is priceless. Finding people to exercise with offers endless benefits, one of the most important one is finding the time to talk when we are all struggling to keep connections with other people. It’s easy to text, chat on Facebook, and connect on any form of social media. It’s completely different to connect in person.