Some days, you just don’t want to go to the gym. Or eat green leafy vegetables. Or go for a walk. Or drink only water.
That’s not to say all these things are always the dreadful things (exercise can be really fun, we promise!) 🙂 but there’s a reason our members cite “accountability” as the #1 reason they choose to come to us. Our coaches meet them every time they come to the gym and walk them through their personalized workout – there’s something motivating about having scheduled time, paying for services, and having a professional expecting you that, well, makes you do it. Our members have a lot going on in their daily life and we’re thrilled to help them get something so important (movement! strength! power! health! vitality!) done.
But what if you’re on your own and you know you “should” get a workout in or eat some veggies with dinner but all you want to do is sip some wine after work instead of going for a walk – or munch on tortilla chips instead of finishing the roasted broccoli on your plate? We’ve all been there. One lesson I’m learning myself (and it’s a daily muscle to strengthen) is something Mike and I have been trying to instill in our two little boys: the importance of “doing the hard thing first” so you can fully enjoy whatever it is you really want to do.
“Cruz, pick up your magna tile toys and then you can watch a show.”
“Finish your grow food (fruit/veggies) and then you can have more pizza.”
“Hunter, get your pajamas on first, then you can play rodeo with daddy.”
These “hard things” may not be what you struggle with 🙂 but we all have times when derailing from our health and fitness goals seems more appealing. During these times, we need to flex our muscle of discipline, even if it means acting out of duty versus desire. The cool thing is that after we accomplish our task, awesomeness ensues. I dare you to end an exercise session or eat a plate of veggies or drink a big glass of water or go for a walk and feel lousy about it!
In the words of 100 year-old Ida Keeling (National Track and Field Champion in the 60m dash in the 95-99 category –> read her amazing story here :))
“Get up and do things, even if you don’t feel like it. Sometimes you don’t feel like doing this, that, or the other. Do the thing that you don’t like to do first and get rid of it.”
So, what’s your “hard thing” you need to check off your list to feel good about your day? For me, I love getting my workout in so I can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee afterwards. It’s simple, but it’s motivating.
Do the hard thing first. You won’t regret it!
Calling all Runners!
Have you ever been curious about which strength training exercises will best translate to running? How about how to use a foam roller or other mobility tool for recovery and injury prevention?
Join us for an evening with Jessica Luepke, CSCS and owner of Valeo / Training + Meg Frens, MS, AT, ATC of AIRE, ATC, LLC where they’ll walk you through mobility and functional strengthening techniques so you can move and feel better. You’ll learn:
– Valeo’s warm-up protocols (RAMP) and top 3 strength training exercisesfor runners.
– AIRE, ATC, LLC’s most-used mobility drills for runners, including foam rolling and self myofascial release techniques.
– Other helpful tips from our years of working with competitive and recreational athletes.
Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes and running shoes to move around in.
This event is $12 and will include prizes and general awesomeness.
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This week we salute a good man, Dr. Mike “Doc” Jipping, Professor of Computer Science at Hope College and Grandpa-extraordinaire. His consistency in “doing the hard thing first” and coming to the early morning MetCon class combined with his friendly helpful spirit and mindfulness of healthy habits are qualities that have helped him succeed at shedding 40 lbs. Mike, we admire your strength and steady pursuit of better health. You’re winning in so many ways!