I like to do a lot of beach running, although it’s a lot harder to find time with working a full time job.
I used to go around 3 days per week when I was a freelancer, but now I’m lucky if I get it in once per week. It shows in my stamina levels when I do get out there.
But all is not lost, as I have found other ways to get exercise in while I’m in a situation where I have less flexible time. The most important tool for my health and finances is this: Consistency.
I’ve been a regular exerciser for YEARS, stopping only for the occasional 2-week chest cold, which makes even walking damn near impossible.
I’ve suffered through injuries and other life obstacles along the way. There was the time I had impingement in both shoulders, so I had to stop playing beach volleyball for about a year and took up long-distance running. Then when I had shin splints so bad after a my first half marathon, I swam.
When my mom had a near-death experience years ago and I was by her hospital bed for nearly 3 weeks, I dusted off my dad’s ancient and unused treadmill during a particularly harsh Midwest winter, and got my steps in.
I say this not to impress you. I’ve been battling five pounds for the better part of a year, and no one would think I’m one of those hardcore Crossfit types. But what makes all of this…this being exercise easier, is I’ve just done it every day for so long, that I can’t live without it.
But that only happens by taking one baby step, followed by another baby step, over years and years and years.
I think with the start of the new year, we tend to get big aspirations of how we want to change…then somehow drop off quickly within two weeks to a month of beginning.
I would love to be some kind of zen master yogi and be one of those people who is as limber as a gymnast, but right now my only goal is to just do 3…yes 3 morning sun salutations every single day. And if I can’t do 3, then 2. And if I can’t do 2, than 1. And if my alarm clock fails to go off and I’m running around my apartment trying to make it to work, then I’ll roll out my mat and take one deep breath, just to get the habit down pat.
The same goes with my desire to be financially independent. I look at my Personal Capital account and sigh and think…”FI seems so far away.”
Even though that may or may not be true, it’s the decisions I make each and every single day, added up over time, that will have the most impact.
Actions create routines, which become habits, which eventually becomes ingrained in us.
I’m an exerciser. I hate NOT exercising. I cannot live without it.
But I was once a lazy, overweight teenager who never lifted a finger. Who ate Hostess snacks and fast food nearly every single day in high school. Who was always last picked for any sports team and was made fun of for being the worst athlete. Ha!
Anyone can change at any time, but it starts with one small thing, done daily, over and over again.
What are some small things that have led to big changes in your life?