Something that I realized yesterday is that I am really pleased that my current workout options only encompass things that I can do virtually anywhere. My recumbent bicycle is really the only thing that I must do at home, but even having that as a fixed piece of equipment in my own house takes a lot of pressure off a woman still in the early stages of such lifestyle changes.
I completely recognize the value of going to a gym and I truly believe that fitness classes are a wonderful way to get in shape while interacting more with others. I also know that many people out there have had a large degree of success hiring personal trainers. I have tried all of these in the past, but none have worked nearly so well for me as what I am doing right now.
For me, I love the knowledge that I can incorporate lunges, crunches, and walks into my day at virtually any time. Admittedly, a few of my work-out options may find me hunkered down in the ladies room hiding from embarrassment, but overall I really like that I can travel with my routine. I could go anywhere in the world right now and still be able to get in the same exercise that I have been for the last month without needing to worry about schedules or gym memberships or DVD players.
Again, I have full respect for all other types of work-out programs; I would not have tried virtually every option out there if I didn’t see their value. However, I am really pleased that I feel like I have finally found what works for me. No more excuses!
The gym’s closed… sorry, but my ability to lift anything (soup cans, rock, etc.) is here twenty-four / seven.
It’s too late or too early to get in touch with my trainer… hello, I’m right here!
I can’t make it to class today; I’m too busy… you have one minute free right now; drop and give me thirty.
The power’s out and I can’t play my video… yet the front door and my feet still work.
I’m on vacation and can't find the nearest stairmaster… we’re staying on the third floor, figure it out!
I think the key component that I was missing all along is that I kept on forgetting how very lazy I am. I don’t want to haul myself to the gym every other day, watch a work-out DVD while my favorite television show is on, or feel like I am limited by someone else’s schedule. It all comes back to what I believe I can sustain in the long run. My feelings may eventually change – they already have on a number of things in the short time I have been committed to this – but one thing that I know will stay true forever is that if I can keep long term success in the back of my mind, I will continue making the decisions that are right for me.