Since Stephanie outed me the other day on her blog, I thought I’d share my favorite piece of workout equipment here too. Not because I plan for this to become a fitness blog, but because there is a greater lesson.
And I’m all about analogies.
So, my favorite fitness equipment is…a chin up bar. Random, I know.
I love to do chin ups. Now, please understand, that is *barely* a plural statement. On a good day, I can do few in a row. When I started, I just kind of hung there. It was pathetic.
The Chin Up Bar Is My Hero
I’m 36 years old. Let’s face it, time isn’t on my side. Staying fit is getting harder and harder.
It’s been especially challenging since I started this blog last January. It’s kept me much busier than I’d ever imagined and working out has taken a backseat.
But my trusty little chin up bar has been my fitness catalyst.
- Immediate results – After just one chin up (or even an unsuccessful attempt), I stand straighter and feel stronger.
- It cannot be ignored. It’s in the doorway of my kitchen.
- It’s easy. Ok. So doing a chin up isn’t easy, but it’s fast and I feel results immediately.
- I can’t do it halfway. You go up or you don’t go up.
How This Applies To You
If you’re on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle (or any goal, really), it is incredibly important that you find a SIMPLE catalyst to keep you feeling like you’re moving forward. Here are some ideas:
- 5 minute workout (mentioned in ebook)
- Food journal
- Hand weights in your kitchen or bathroom
- Doing squats while you brush your teeth
- Taking your dog on a daily walk
- Calf raises while you cook or do dishes
The Habit Is The Goal
Having a great workout every single day of the week for all of eternity is unrealistic. But instead of feeling discouraged because you didn’t have time for Jillian to yell at you for 30 minutes, use a catalyst to encourage you that you did something.
Something is always better than nothing. Let me say that again, especially for all of us who deal with perfectionism: something is better than nothing. One more time, all together now: SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.
So, don’t compare todays’ exercise to yesterdays’, last weeks’ or what you did when you were 17. Just find a catalyst that will help you do something today. Even if it’s hanging from a chin up bar in your kitchen…
What is one catalyst you use or hope to use to inspire you to keep exercise a permanent habit?Leave a Comment