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Just Get Up and Do It

These days, I am pretty much an exercise addict. Not obsessively (maybe I was a couple of years ago…) but I just find it easy these days, it’s part of my life, I workout 5 or 6 days each week and rarely find it any effort to fit it in.

But there are days we all struggle, days it is an effort.

On the days I feel tired, the days I lack motivation, the days I am rushing around and I tell myself I just don’t have the time, the hardest bit is the first 5 minutes. In fact, the first minute. Actually, it’s just the first 10 seconds.

Just start

If I can just start, then it gets easier. When I was marathon training, from late 2009, throughout 2010 and 2011, I was always getting up early in the morning on a Sunday, at 6 am in winter, in the cold and dark, to go run 10 or 12 or 15 or 18 miles in the rain, sometimes over 20 miles, sometimes in rain, wind, even snow. That takes a huge amount of determination and motivation. It can be hard to get up and out in the cold while all the ‘normal’ people are still in bed.

But so many times when I did make the effort, by 9 am or 9:30 am, I had run, showered, eaten breakfast and was relaxing with my family, and I felt so great it made it all well worth it. As normal people are still getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee or eating breakfast, I had a 15-miler in the bag and nothing could take that away from me. For the rest of the day I felt great and much more awake, much more alive, much more energized by my efforts.

It can be hard to motivate yourself to get up and exercise…we often use the weather, other time commitments, tiredness or our busy lives as an excuse, when the truth is that we just can’t be bothered. Honestly, that first minute is the hardest bit. Just start, and once you get going, you’ll keep going – whether you are working out for 20 minutes or 3 hours.

Once you do it, you will feel better for the rest of the day, and your health and your body will enjoy the benefits for days and weeks.

Just start.

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