There’s a secret weapon in my fitness and health arsenal that for some reason I just haven’t written much about this year at Every48. It’s my bookshelf. There are some incredible thinkers out there who write amazing, inspirational prose about what fitness and living an overall healthy lifestyle are really all about…why it’s so great for us to start moving, and to keep moving…what’s going on inside us (the science stuff, which I love)…and all the rest.
Welcome to Quotables Week at Every48. This week, I’ll be highlighting a different book each day with some great quotes you can use to help get yourself motivated to move, in whatever way works for you right then, right there. (And if you’re dragging, the way I’ve been recently after a spate of lots of activity and movement and travel, I totally get it. Just move in whatever way works for you. If that means you walk up and down a flight or two of stairs a few times today at the office or at home, that is completely okay. A triumph, even. We’re going for movement here – not Olympic medals.)
From Chris Crowley and Harry Lodge’s excellent book Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond, (one of the several books in the Younger Next Year series, and completely applicable for everyone):
Showing Up (from page 123 of the paperback edition):
People don’t fall off track because they do the wrong exercises at the gym. They fall off track because they stop going, just for a day or two, and then never go back. I’ve worked on this with thousands of patients, and it’s the habit and routine of exercise that leads to success…
Luckily, you can rewire your brain with structure and routine. Just take that amazing life skill you started building in kindergarten and turn it to a new purpose. Show up at the gym. Think of it as a great job, which it is. It will change your life, slowly but surely, because once you show up you are virtually certain to do some meaningful exercise. And even if you don’t, you will show up again tomorrow. That’s the key – showing up again tomorrow for the rest of your life.
Just show up. In the gym, or in the park, or in the living room with the exercise DVD teed up and ready to go. Today. Then again tomorrow. And the next day.
Recent Every48 workouts: Like I said, I’ve been dragging recently, so my workouts haven’t been spectacular. But in Hawaii there was a snorkeling trip and lots and lots of walking and one gym visit at a hotel (elliptical, 45 minutes, and weight training, 15 minutes) and being on my feet a lot. Got back last Wednesday and made it to the gym on Friday for another 45 minutes on the elliptical. Gym is on the schedule today, too. Getting back in the saddle. And, showing up.