Noah and I found ourselves out with my parents having a picnic a few weeks ago. Right next to the picnic area was an outdoor gym. Before we ate we all had a go on the exercise machines.
It got me thinking about exercise and why, as a nation, we struggle to do enough. It also made me wonder how we can motivate ourselves to do more.
My first thought was the weather. My sister lives in Melbourne in Australia and when I go to see her I am always struck by the sheer number of people out exercising. Whether they are running along the bay, cycling through the park, spinning on static bikes facing out to sea or rollerblading along the pier, so many people are out and about exercising.
Our weather is probably a bit of a barrier when we think of outdoor exercise, that is perhaps why so many Brits pay monthly gym memberships to have an indoor environment to exercise in. If you have had a monthly gym memberships then you will know that even a financial commitment can fail to motivate you!
As humans we have a real tendency to catastrophise, we always imagine things will be worse than they are. It is so easy to do this with our exercise, to build it up in our mind so that it becomes something we dread rather than something we look forward to. In actual fact getting out there and going for it is often the best way. When you are present in the moment most things are better than you imagine, even exercise!
When there is next a drizzly day try getting out in it. If you are exercising you can dress for the weather. Try being spontaneous, don’t plan just go when the moment takes you! See what a difference living in the moment could make to you.