The summer is here and there is no excuse for not getting out and enjoying the sun!
I hope that you are having a great summer, getting out and about, and doing so much exercise without realising it that you are really beginning to feel the benefit.
However, I feel some of you may be suffering like us – down in deepest South West UK the weather for the last 2 months has been….lousy.
For all you people planning a late holiday in Cornwall, I’m sure the weather will improve – honest! But so far it has been pretty wet (the grass and bushes are growing like crazy), and it hasn’t even been very warm – maybe 16 – 18°C. In a ‘proper summer’ we should be having 25°C plus.
What has this got to do with getting fit? Well everything really. One of the most difficult things about getting fit can be finding the motivation to get out of your chair and start doing some exercise. Walking, jogging, running, swimming are great. But if the weather is foul it’s easy to think ‘Maybe tomorrow’. Unfortunately, this year that would have meant staying in and never getting any exercise at all.
There are two things that can help, though. Firstly, if you have got your motivation properly worked out, you will have written down your goals, and why you want to achieve them. When you are struggling to get out of the door, think about your goals, and why they are important to you. Think how good it will be when you have achieved them. This should help to give you the extra kick you need to get started.
For more information about how to get your motivation sorted so that you WANT to get fit, go to www.getfitfeelgreat.co.uk
The second point may be more difficult to believe – but once you’ve tried it numberswiki.com
you will know it is right. Going for a walk or run when it’s raining actually makes you feel better about yourself than going when the weather is nice.
Don’t get me wrong – I love running in summer. Blue sky. Sunshine show. The world is just such a great place to be! And when you get home again and have a shower, you feel great.
When the weather is awful though, it really is worth persevering. Firstly, as you will be exercising, you will warm up. If the weather has been awful it may be the first time that you’ve warmed up all day. I know this works for me.
Also, the sense of achievement when you get home is HUGELY more than if you go out on a nice day.
You have overcome the elements!
NOTHING can stop you from achieving your goals!
You are getting fitter despite everything!
Trust me – this really works. One time I had to cut short a run because the strength of the wind was so high that the rain drops actually hurt my forehead as they were blown into it.
When I got home, I was REALLY wet.
But I felt GREAT!
Really invigorated by the exciting weather. And with a real feeling of achievement that I actually went for a run in really nasty weather. It helped my fitness. It helped my motivation to keep going even more.
I’m not suggesting that you give up the nice weather walks, jogs or runs. But just try going out sometimes when the weather is awful. You won’t believe how good it can make you feel about yourself!
Here’s hoping that you won’t have to try my idea for another few months (but expecting that you will…).
Rob Knowles 18 August 2009