Friday, January 11, 2013

Fitness Friday - Doing Something

When people learn about the dramatic transformations I've gone through, many of them ask some version of the same question: What should I do to change?

I've always tried to keep things as simple and maintainable as possible. And the simplest answer for somebody looking to make a positive change in their life is: Remember that doing something is better than doing nothing.

Many people are literally doing nothing to improve or maintain their health. Some think it is too big of an undertaking. Some spend more time making plans than acting on them. And others want to improve, but don't know where, or how, to start. And to all of those folks I say: Just do SOMETHING.

My "something" was strength training and treadmill work. ,(It was a long time before I even thought about triathlons, let alone was in shape for them.) But walking is "something." Playing an hour of basketball is "something." Even taking the dog to the park is "something." All of which is better than doing nothing.

Eventually, a little something leads to more. And more. For me, it started on the treadmill and gradually transformed into running half marathons. My progress was terribly slow. Never as easy or good as I wanted it to be. But rather than sit around doing nothing, I chose to DO SOMETHING. 

And that is my simplest suggestion. 

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