Even though I haven’t been a runner for my entire life, I’ve always been kind of an active person. During my college years, I used to go to the gym and even practiced CrossFit for a few months. Yup.
I gotta say that people used to think that is very easy for an active person to actually stay active: “It comes natural to you because you are genuinely an active person”, they used to tell me. But the true is that you can be whatever the heck you want to be in your life. Therefore, that argumen of “exercise comes natural to you” is not quite an accurate explanation of why there are more active people than others.
The key is not having the natural ability of being active, but the consistency to get active and stay like that. I know this might not be something new to you, and you probably would think that being consistent is easier said than done. However, the fact that this is coming from an active person doesn’t mean that being consistent is easier to me than it could be to you.
Once my Dad was dropping me off at a CrossFit class, as I was telling him how lazy I was feeling and how much I didn’t want to exercise that day. My Dad, a marathon runner, instead of judging my statements he said: “I know. I’ve been there. There are days were you just don’t want to do anything. But the key is not letting that moment win over your training and your goal. Just don’t think too much about it. And when you’re exercising I promise you’ll feel way better.”
Probably that’s the best advice I’ve ever received in this matter. Once I realized about this, I think I mastered the art of being consistent. This is something that works for me in other aspects of my life, beyond exercise.
So next time you want to start a new project or a new fitness routine, just don’t think too much and do it.
What is the advice for being consistent with your runs/exercise?