Find your fitness anchor

We’ve all got stuff we don’t like doing. I dread doing paperwork. I really don’t enjoy the red tape side of running the gym. It’s a burden and I procrastinate about both getting started and getting finished.  And I used to waste time procrastinating every month. 

For many of us that thing is exercise. I happen to be one of the odd-bods who enjoys exercise, but most of us suffer it rather than enjoy it.  It’s understandable given that being physically uncomfortable is not all that much fun. Anyone who ‘loves it’ is odd, no doubt. I get it. My paperwork is your exercise. 

Share the burden 
The problem is that both admin and exercise are important and sit on the ‘must do’ list. You can duck them if you chose to but it will catch up with you eventually so you need to front up and get on with it. I’ve cheated. I’ve hired an accountant who shovels most of my sh*t for me! It’s made my life easier and I no longer procrastinate over it. You need to do the same with exercise. If it’s your burden you’ll always procrastinate and find an excuse (sorry, reason) not to work out.   

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as paying someone else to do it because, when it comes to training, it’s down to you. But the are a couple of things you can do to ease the burden. You need to find your hook – a reason to turn up and put yourself through each session. This is what’s missing for most people and it’s the reason they struggle. You then need to make the journey easier by hanging out with other people who get it and can help keep you going.   

Positive move 
Find your hook. Find something that gives you a reason to exercise. Most people come in to gyms for the wrong reasons. It’s always almost a move away from something (being fat, unfit, in pain) rather than a moving towards something (a specific event, an athletic goal, a dress size). Moving away will provide initial motivation but it will be short lived. So determine a positive goal and go for it.  Watch your motivation increase. 

You should also share the burden. You’re not a receipt and you can’t outsource your health and fitness but you can make it easier and more enjoyable. Find some like-minded people, share your goal and leverage the support that the social support gives you. If you stay isolated and wrapped up in your ball of indifference you’ll always struggle.