Monday, August 15, 2011

Attitude matters

Back in my couch potato days, I used to think there were two kinds of people - those who were naturally fit and active, and the rest of us. I'd see people out running or cycling, or going in and out of the local gym and assume that somehow it must be easy for them to keep active. I've since learned that, like most things in life, it's simply a matter of choice. You choose your attitude towards pretty much everything. You can embrace it or struggle against it; it's up to you.

You can choose to view your exercise and/or healthy meals as a chore, something you "have to" do, or even worse, as a punishment. Or you can choose to view those things as what your body needs and deserves to be at its best.

Whine about how hard you find exercise, sulk because you "can't" stay in bed all morning, feel envious of the cake your workmate is eating, washed down with a can of soft drink.... or be happy that you're building a healthy body, that you have energy, strength and stamina to get through your day. Your choice.

I choose to see my training as a privilege. I feel lucky that I'm able to run, lift weights and cycle, while many others can't. My Mum would give anything to be able to walk briskly for 30 minutes, so be grateful for what you're able to do.

As for eating well, that's no punishment. You shouldn't have to cut out food groups or starve yourself, but putting the brakes on when it comes to frequent treats and large portions isn't difficult. It's not even unpleasant, unless you make it so with constant negative self-talk.

When the options come down to choosing to be happy or choosing to be miserable, I know which attitude I prefer.


Unknown said...

Amen to that!

AlleyCat Runs said...

LOL when you put it like that........ :0)

Kathryn said...

So true and often people make it more of a punishment than they have to - like grinding out a boring 30 min on the cross trainer instead of doing something fun.

Shar said...


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