Today’s #ThinkKit prompt:
What habits did you start this year that you want to continue?
One of the main habits I continued this year is running. Last year, I ran 300-350 miles. This year, I’m on track to break 800 miles. A record for me. I don’t run everyday. I try to, but life gets in the way. Running is my therapy time. I feel so much better when I’m done. I have heard so many people say the same thing. To me, it’s one of the cheapest forms of exercise. You don’t have to run an organized 5k every month. Run for your own mental health. You don’t have to be fast, you just have to get off the couch.
I am motivated by two Facebook groups. One is a workout accountability group, Burn 2014. Members of the group post workouts completed, get advice, and provide encouragement. If you are looking to try something new, ask the group. If you’ve hit a road block, ask the group. One of the fun things we do is group challenges. We do plank challenges. Another challenge was to post a picture of what you see when you workout. They are meant to build community and be fun. I am also know as the Burn Bouncer and I motivate people. Or at least try to. The group gave me that name. I am encouraged by seeing members of the group exercise. This type of group really helps on the days you don’t feel like hitting the gym. After seeing some of your workout buddies hit the gym, how can you say no.
The other is a Facebook group Achieve Them Anyway You Can. This group sets monthly distance goals and you try to beat them. The current challenge is 125 Mile Dash for December. They don’t care how you get there, just get there, walk, row, bike, or run. Just do it. This group is filled with endurance athletes. They are hard core and I love it.
Accountability groups are one of the best ways to complete your goals. You are working with like minded people trying to do their best. Many members will push themselves to hit these goals, but they also want to help other people succeed. I know there is hesitation in joining a group because of the fear of failing and not wanting other people to laugh. Some months you hit the goal, some months you don’t. I have never been laughed at by a member of either group for failing to hit a goal. I have been laughed at for failing by losers who have never even attempted to exercise. I am ok with that. However, that’s life. Did you try your hardest to complete the goal, at all that matters.
Accountability groups are not for everyone. Find one that meets your need and is filled with people in your mindset. Make sure you are in your element. For more info on either of these groups, contact me.
Why do I exercise?
For my well being and to see my children’s children.