Maybe 2018 should be deemed The Year of YES!
I think we have all had those days …
- I walked by the dog the other day thinking I should take her for a quick walk, but I kept going to the couch. Have you ever done this too? I wonder if my tail would wag as happily as my dogs’ at the invitation to go on a walk.
- My kids wanted to go to the park, but I tried to talk them out of it. I don’t want to just sit there when I could be getting things done. They talked me into it anyway. They wanted me to play with them. I was tired so I sat on the bench and waited mindlessly scrolling on my phone.
- The kids are glued to their iPhone or iPad so often that I can hardly get their attention. Suddenly I have two notifications pop up on my phone and immediately log in to check. I’ve read about having technology blackout times to refocus on important things in my life.
- I have friends that are always inviting me to one run or another. Most recently it was a mud run. I was afraid I would make a fool out of myself, having them wait for me or even hurting myself.
- My significant other comes home and asks almost nightly if I want to go for a walk. I’ve turned them down citing a long day, rain, cold, smog…
- I turned down my neighbors invite to come over to swim in their pool because I was worried that I would actually have to show up in a swimsuit.
I could be wrong, but I don’t think I’m alone here. All these scenarios can be and are often very real. What if we said yes just a little more often?
Fitness isn’t some crazy lifestyle requiring hundreds of hours in a gym, extremes in food or special equipment that costs thousands of dollars.
Fitness is a hundred simple choices a day that we have to make anyway. Walk the dog or kick back on the couch? Throw the ball around with the kids or scroll a small screen?
Eat an apple or eat a cookie? Drop into the gym a few times per weeks with a friend or make an excuse not to go?
The foundation of fitness can be easy. We simply do the stuff we have to do anyway everyday a little differently. We have to eat, so let’s eat some good food instead of pulling through that drive-thru on the way home.
The kids will do what we do. If we move, they move. If we sit, they sit. Let’s set the tone for an active life that will propel them into adulthood.
Simple walks a few times a week with our spouses can at least give us time to communicate uninterrupted or at its best assist us in earning a few more quality years together.
Fitness can be easy. Just move every day until you can’t.
And if you move every day you will most likely have many more days in your life to spend with your loved ones and to do that “when I retire”.
Let’s make 2018 the year of YES! SURE! I’M IN!