The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 4: Keeping Promises

Otherwise known, variously, as “self-discipline,” “self-efficacy,” and a whole host of other terms, all of which basically mean one thing: we do what we say we are going to do.

Why this is a short post today: I'm keeping a promise to myself to get to my morning swim class. That's one of the 12 gifts of fitness, right there. (Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Why this is a short post today: I’m keeping a promise to myself to get to my morning swim class. That’s one of the 12 gifts of fitness, right there. (Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

I will be writing this post rather quickly, because it is 8:20 a.m. and by 8:45 a.m. I’m going to be heading out the door to a swim class I take twice a week at my local gym. It’s a fantastic workout for a lot of reasons, and right now (with some new physical challenges that require me to modify my workouts), a mid-morning workout instead of an early-morning workout works better. And a coached workout works better than trying to self-motivate sometimes. So I signed up for a class. That means, if I want to get my money’s worth, I actually have to show up at said class.

Keeping promises to ourselves. This is how a runner who had trouble breaking two hours for a half-marathon in 2009 ran 1:46 in 2011 (yep, that was me). There was a training schedule. It required organization and discipline and regular workouts. I followed it. Poof. Good race times followed, and the fitness and confidence that comes from doing something really good for ourselves on a regular basis.

The fourth gift of fitness: it helps us keep our promises to ourselves—even if we have to go kicking and screaming sometimes, because monkey mind says “I don’t wanna!” If we do everything we can to just show up, usually our bodies take over from there, and all is well.

And that gift, I’m convinced, helps us keep our promises in other areas of our life, too.

Have a great workout today.

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