Since end of September last year, I’ve been going to the gym. Not just any gym, but Fight Gym.
As a young child, I was sporty and active. My major sport was softball and in my early teens was considered adept enough to make regional teams (until I broke my right arm in a bicycle accident!). At school on the playground and during sports time, I played everything from handball to football!
From around 17, life started to impinge on sport. Suddenly I was too busy with study, part time work and socialising to play sport and for several years I hardly exercised. I hated the idea of going to a gym.
At University, around age 19, a friend suggested we play baseball. Sport was back in my life and for a few seasons, it was incredibly fun and not too energetic! There was some indoor cricket in there too!
It was short lived however as I left Australia to travel overseas for a while. Upon my return I moved up to Newcastle and found myself playing indoor soccer with friends. Great!
At 26 I had a short season of slow pitch softball, (not what you’d call sport, as there was beer and cigarettes involved during innings) and after that, not much.
In 2007 I faced the gym or swimming pool every day for 6 months getting fit enough to ride in the Sydney Spring Cycle. Goal accomplished. Now what!?
As I edge closer to 40, I realise I need to get fit and active. A short burst with an awesome personal trainer early last year introduced me to boxing training. Her wonderful words of encouragement and her surprise at my skill filled me with joy and hope. It left me feeling that finally, here was something I could do regularly that I might just stick to for longer than a season.
It’s been three months, three times a week boxing. It is fantastic. I get up early, cycle to the gym, train for an hour and ride my bike back home again.
Now here’s the point: it’s hard work. It’s hard to wake up early after a late night. It’s hard to get out of bed sore, aching and tired. It’s hard to wrestle with myself every morning and push myself to do this. But push I do. The argument in my head goes like this:
“Oh, so early. I could sleep longer. Do I really need to go to the gym?”
“Yes, it’s Tuesday. Come on, get out of bed.”
“Nooooo. Just a few more minutes.”
“Fine. But when that clock hits 20 minutes to the hour, you’re going to the gym.”
“Surely it’s OK to just miss today. I’ll go again on Saturday, I promise.”
“No, it’s not OK. You’ll love it once you’re there. Come on, out of bed.”
(Whinging noise) “I’ll just wait for the alarm to ring again.”
“Wake up. Get up. Go to the gym. You love it. You can do it. You can do it. You can do it. Yes, yes, yes.”
Every gym day morning, it’s the same story. Can’t I just skip straight to the end line? Yes, some days I’m feeling awake, refreshed and bouncing out of bed ready to box. But most days, it’s a personal challenge.
I know this conversation will get easier. The exercise is getting easier – I can plank for over one minute now, 3 months ago I was lucky to hold myself up for 15 seconds!!
I persist because the only person stopping me from being the fittest, healthiest and best person I can be is me. And I know the fight will be worth it.
Of course, this isn’t just about exercise. Applying this strategy to all the things I want to achieve in life will make them possible – health, happiness, love and wealth.
In his latest book, “Find Your Success Code”, Zig Ziglar says, “Desire produces the energy to get out of bed when you don’t feel like it. Desire gives you the power to run the last one hundred yards of a marathon when you think even one more step is impossible! Desire gives you the will to do the tough things your competition may not be willing to do. Desire is the mother of motivation, because it is where motivation is born. Desire will pull you across the finish line and give you victory!”
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