I know it’s hard to find the time and the energy to exercise on a regular basis. I always get asked how I find the motivation to run most mornings (especially now that it’s winter in my part of the world and cold and dark in the mornings!!) and like I’ve said before motivation is only a small part of the equation.
Motivation might get you up and running, swimming, dancing or off to that spin or yoga class, but it’s habit (and a goodly dose of bloody mindedness!!) that keeps you going for the long term!
And maybe you could set a
goat (wtf keyboard? goat? Really??) goal, set a goal!! Some people work well setting a personal goal like getting in shape for a special occasion (wedding, birthday, holiday) and some work better setting an external goal. Get fitter to chase the kids around or enter a fun run and fundraise for a charitable cause.
My latest run was the 12kms in the HBF Run for a Reason. A big part of the event is raising much needed funds and this year I run in support of Guide Dogs WA’s #Jog4ADog team to sponsor a new Guide Dog (each puppy costs more than $35,000 to train!) in memory of a friend’s guide dog who died recently.
Every step of the way (especially the last few kms….) I was thinking of the puppies and as a reward the Guide Dogs Association had guide dogs to welcome us at the finish line 🙂
…and to finish up here’s a pic of George the Therapy Dog in full running mode – he couldn’t enter the race with me because it was a human only race, but he surely was my inspiration in my training runs leading up to the day!! Check out George’s facebook page here for more pics and stories about his adventures as a therapy dog!!