Attitude means approach, outlook, manner, stance, position, feelings,
thoughts, mind-set, way of thinking, opinion, viewpoint, view, standpoint,
line, posture, pose, or way of behaving. So, take your pick, in the
realm of fitness, what is your attitude? Being fit is an attitude.
When you have the attitude, outlook, mind-set, way of thinking, blah,
blah, blah, that fitness is imperative and that you are a fit person
even if some tweaking may be in order, it all falls into place.
To make a change in your life, become that change. In other words,
regardless of where you are in your a fitness level, remember that
a fit person jumps out of bed in the morning and goes about the personal
fitness routine as a matter of course. Just as in brushing your teeth;
no excuses, no rationales, its just what you do. When that routine
becomes a habit, and when skipping it leaves an unfinished feeling;
youve become a committed fit person! And the rest is just a
matter of perseverance, goals, and celebrating where fitness takes
So if you have decided to become a fit person (or a fitter person),
the first change is attitude. What you do doesnt matter so much
as that you do it. Nothing gets in the way of your work-out. Imagined
injuries, too much work to do, a nasty day outside, company coming,
bad hair day
.cant be an option. Do something.
Once you have the fit attitude, and are making it happen,
the next attitudinal tweak could be how you approach and feel about
your work-out. If you constantly dread the very thought of your chosen
exercise and look at it as drudgery, then youre in a self-destruct
mode. We dont continue long with something we dread or hate
doing. Think positive. Form the attitude that you are a partner in
health with your body, the most incredible machine you will ever own.
Youll begin to find the joy and excitement in what youre
doing and in what its doing for you.
Actually, once you get out the door, its pretty hard not to
feel great in the ambiance of a Spearfish morning (or noon, or evening,
I prefer morning because it speeds up the metabolism and I continue
to burn calories all day at a faster rate than if I hadnt exercised.
Plus, if nothing else gets accomplished, I can always look back on
a good work-out!)
Jeff Galloway suggests developing a mantra for getting launched from
your soft warm bed to the cold hard pavement; practice this. Set out
your shoes, shorts, shirt, and coffee cup. When you go to bed at night,
chant to yourself, Shoes, shorts, shirt, coffee. Shoes, shorts,
shirt, coffee. Keep that up until its a subconscious message
to yourself thats hard to deny
as you see and feel the
results of your work it will get easier and easier.
I wont kid you, I dont absolutely love to run, but I do
love having run. A subtle difference, but one that has gotten me out
the door and down the road for 26 years and 33, 888.5 miles. Not bad
for a 1937 model, with only one major over-haul and a minor replacement
Its worth the effort, trust me. So just for the health of it,
cop an attitude.