Determination! (Part 1)

DETERMINATION

“The difference between the attainable and the unattainable lies in a person’s determination.”

Fall is finally here and weekend long runs are officially enjoyable. If you’ve been training for a fall or winter race, you may have had training days when you’d rather lounge by the pool than hit the pavement. Weather can definitely affect motivation whether running, cycling, or performing any type of exercise – even if you’re working out inside a gym.

Fall is also a time for change in schedule not just a change in weather. Many head back to school, have children heading back to school or even have business demands that increase as well. Fitting in workouts then becomes a matter of time and not just mental will.

We all have setbacks and roadblocks that can derail our perfectly scheduled workouts. That is just life. Even as a personal trainer and running coach, I experience this and my days are never exactly the same!

No matter what happens, and life does happen, it is important to take a look at your schedule and how you are really spending your time. We all get an equal amount of time. If anyone else gets more than 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week, let me know where I can sign up!

So, how do we solve this problem of finding the time to work out? Here are a few tips in maintaining determination!

1. Again, pull out your schedule and look at where you are spending it and what you’re spending it doing. Schedule the time in your calendar like any other appointment. Are you wasting it shopping on the Internet or Googling? Once you’re done reading this post, turn off the computer and get moving! Even a quick sprint around the block is better than nothing.

2. Evaluate what can be done later and what will still be waiting. Maybe you can wait to do laundry. But in the time it takes to do a load of laundry, you can get more than the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation of at least 30 minutes daily of physical activity.

3. The early bird does get the worm. I value my sleep more than anybody, but getting up early not only allows me to get more done but also burns more calories. How? The more time you’re awake and vertical, you are burning more calories. It’s not magic. It’s just a matter of fact. I’m not saying to jump out of bed and run out the door. Perhaps you’re not a morning exerciser. However, if you get up even a half hour earlier, you can start that load of laundry or do those dishes from the night before so that when you get home from work, those things do not keep you from your workout.

4. Don’t give yourself an out. Drive straight to the gym after work or on the way to work. Try not to even let the idea of skipping a workout enter your thoughts. Have an accountability partner who won’t let you get out of it. Stop making excuses or procrastinate when you really can get it done.

5. Roll with the punches. You get a flat tire. Your best friend’s car breaks down. An unexpected work trip comes up. You catch a cold from a co-worker. Emergencies and unforeseen events happen and throw kinks into your workout plans. Reassess your schedule as soon as the unforeseen happens and get back on track!

Stay tuned for more tips on staying determined to stick with your running and workout plans!

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