The power of showing up to exercise

Get Fit with Judy Troth

Get Fit with Judy Troth

It’s hard to create the habit of exercise. I totally get that- especially lately; I’ve been trying really hard to re-establish a consistent workout routine. You’d think it would be an easy thing to do since I work at Spectrum, but it isn’t easy. If it was easy everyone would do it, and it would be effortless.
I have discovered something recently that I had not thought about, and that is the power of just showing up.
Most of us have to leave home to get a workout- that’s just the way it is. Too many distractions at home, too many needy folk, and not enough personal commitment. I found years ago that if I exercised at home it was easy to stop when I started perspiring; if I went off to exercise, I was more committed to staying long enough to accomplish something. We are probably all like that, and that’s why there are fitness centers all around- so you can go somewhere to exercise.
Of course, leaving home is the first battle, but once you are on your way there is a level of commitment that you shouldn’t discount. Sometimes in my journey to get the habit going, I find I have very little time once I get to the gym. That can be discouraging if we focus on what we didn’t have time to do. Why not focus on what you did have time to do? After all, if you can’t be expected to run before you walk, or run a marathon without training, why do we think the exercise habit should be any different?
judytrothEven if you only get in 15-20 minutes on some days, it’s way better than not going because it’s not an hour. Just show up. Get in some kind of exercise; you will find that it’s better to build from a foundation of something than to never start because life doesn’t line up for you.
I’ve said this before: Need some motivation? Don’t know what to do? Come to some classes- the other class members were in your shoes; they know exactly how you feel and can motivate you! The instructors love telling people what to do; what they would tell you is, “Just show up” because you will never create the habit without showing up first!
Till next time . . .
Judy Troth has been the program coordinator at Spectrum Fitness Zachary for 8 years and teaches a variety of classes including: Group Power, Group Active, Silver Sneakers and Silver Sneakers Yoga. Contact her at 1326 Church Street, 225-654-3800.

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