Motivation to Break a Sweat (When you don't feel like it)
We've all been there. New Year's Resolutions, summer beach prep...motivating to workout can be daunting. And so, Jon Rich, our resident men's lifestyle editor and Manhattan fitness fanatic, who could star in his own action film, is gently cajoling us to break a sweat:
It's 7a.m. Yuck. On a Tuesday. Double yuck. In the middle of the coldest part of winter. It’s dark, chilly and somber. You don’t have to be at work until 9:30a.m. Perfect time to stay in bed and get that last, sweet hour of sleep, right? Or, maybe you should roll out from under the covers, drink some cold coffee from the fridge, eat a fancy protein bar (or a Rip Van Wafel stroop wafel (a favorite of the In the Midfield team), lace-up your running shoes and wearily stumble over to a packed gym, where you plan on spending the next hour or so torturing yourself into a sweaty mess, while periodically imagining how nice it would have been to just keep snoozing. When I wake up most mornings, I choose the latter. While I’d love to just stay in bed, the little, muscle-bound voice in my head yells at me to get up and engage in perhaps the most beneficial activity in the known universe. Yes, I’m talking about working out. And it’s really not always fun, but I’m telling you to go do it. Now.
Working out is called working out and not “having a blast-ing out” for a reason. It’s work, which is why it can, at times, hurt and generally be a pain in the butt enough to deter even the most upstanding ladies and gentlemen from hitting the gym. Or jogging along the water. Or biking in the park like you are about to win the Tour de France. Or doing some sort of cult living room DVD exercise program, (which are actually really difficult and effective), jumping around, annoying the neighbors that live in the apartment below you.
You're asking me, Jon, remind we again why I should this? Well, simply because it's the #1 thing you can do for yourself. Of course, eating well, drinking well-balanced cocktails, (this is key people!), and not smoking, are among the other things that help, but exercise is king. Unlike other components of self-improvement, once you start working out on the regular, everything else just falls into place. For instance, you automatically want to eat healthier. Ok, it's not instant, but you might gravitate towards the fresh, colorful veggies as a snack instead of the greasy chips. And, that glowing green and brown concoction from the juice bar that smells like a very clean, Toto toilet may also start to look quite appealing.
Another example of how working out improves your other lifestyle habits is that you’ll start basing your schedule on making sure you can get in a good workout. Does that mean going to bed earlier so you can wake up and take a spin class? Maybe. What about skipping tonight’s happy hour to go on a 5 mile run? Sure. Trust me, once you get into exercising, you won’t really miss those late nights out with your friends. Okay, maybe a little. But, cutting back on one or two social engagements a week will eventually start to make you look and feel great. It's a total energy boost. Oh hey, it's probably also going to increase your productivity at the office. Hello promotion!
While I’d love to go on, and I absolutely can, my time this week is limited - I need to get in a workout people. So, in my next installment, I’m going to go over the basic aspects of eating smart and working out for the young, modern, working folk. Until then, stay fit my friends!
Jon Rich is In the Midfield's Men's Lifestyle Editor. He is also a practicing attorney in NYC.
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