Sometimes we find ourselves making excuses as to why we don’t exercise. One of these excuses may be that we are “too heavy,” “too unfit,” or even “too old” to take part.
If you’ve found yourself using any of these in the past, deep down you probably know they are little more than an excuse.
My husband came across an inspirational story recently, about a 100-year-old man, Fauja Singh, who just ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8 hours, 25 minutes, and 16 seconds.
He only took up running 11 years ago… yes, he was 89-years-old when he started. Amazing!
He actually began running when his wife and son passed away, and now trains every day by running 10 miles.
Just before he came around the final corner at the Toronto marathon, he is reported to have said,
Achieving this will be like getting married again.
He currently holds the world record for the over-90 category, after running the 2003 Toronto marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes.
So, what does he put his stamina down to?
Ginger curry, tea, and being happy apparently! :-)
Mr Singh stated,
The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have. Stay away from people who are negative. Stay smiling. And, keep running.
What an amazing story.
You see, nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it.
Fitness Motivation: What’s Yours?
So, how can you find that inspiration to make exercise part of your everyday life, too?
I read an excellent quote recently, which said, “Inspiration is 99 percent perspiration.”
In other words, anything which you’d like to become proficient at, whether it’s playing the piano, or sticking with a workout routine, requires practice, patience, and perseverance… even when you don’t feel like it.
When you find yourself saying, “I don’t feel like exercising.” Just go right ahead and put your workout clothes on anyway. Then at least make a start with your routine.
I usually find when I do that that I will keep going, and ultimately feel so much better for it afterwards.
Remember, fitness is truly non-negotiable.
Don’t think you can get away without moving your body regularly in the long-run. You won’t. There will be a consequence of some sort.
Being fit is critical for your health and well-being.
You can make the time for it every day.
Have you found something that inspires you to keep at it? What’s your fitness motivation?