Getting a Round TuitBy Mary Clifton, MD
By Tom Buescher, GW San Francisco Director
How many times have we said to ourselves and others that we’ll do something when we “get around to it?” Well,
here you go: (Go ahead and click on the link now.) Fitness centers’ business models are based upon people signing up for memberships and seldom or never showing up. The new member has all the intention in the world, but finds so many reasons to talk herself out of going. No “Round Tuit.” I am not a sage on overcoming procrastination, but I am an expert at practicing it. Many of us, including me, need to get more exercise, and I would like to share my experiences with that.
For a dozen years, I had a commute that was almost two hours each way. It involved driving to the train station, taking the train, then walking a mile to my office, and then reversing the process. It sucked, but it did have some advantages, including giving me the opportunity to walk briskly two miles every day, as well as bound up and down a total of 14 flights of stairs. That is an example of incorporating exercise into a daily routine…but wait…there’s more!
While I was going through my very regimented morning routine, I would do five sets of power push ups or pull ups and chin ups (alternate days), as many as I could each set. I don’t think my incorporating those brief sets added to my time to prepare for ” blast off,” but even if they had, the effect was minimal. Each set was maybe a minute, and recovery time between sets was spent doing things like packing my super-healthy lunch, cleaning the litter box, and grooming (myself, not the cats).
The key is that it was part of my routine, and once it became an established habit, it required little thought, or struggle. I just did it. And I had a respectable physique! Not anything to brag about, but those five minutes a day put some muscles on my frame. As importantly, I had upper body strength. It comes in handy. It also just gives one a feeling of confidence, as does cardiovascular fitness. It’s empowering to know that you can run from danger, or dash across an intersection before the light turns red, or move something fairly heavy.
If you have succeeded in installing the habit of going to the gym regularly, I salute you, and aspire to your dedication. If you have not, you can incorporate a meaningful amount of exercise into your day that does not require an appointed time at the gym, with the added time of changing clothes, possibly showering, getting to and fro, and the cost of membership. Look to discover the opportunities to do so, and give it a try. It is so easy to rationalize putting off starting on a goal, as I well know. “It’s no use. I’ve tried it before. I’m afraid of failing. It’s too difficult. I know I won’t stay with it, so why bother? I’ve given up. I don’t have time.”
Wellness is a journey. Wherever we get onto the path for greater wellness is where we happen to be. Much more important than where we are is where we are going. As we get stronger, both mentally and physically, and as we look and feel better, it gets easier, and then we find joy in moving down the path. Stepping onto the path requires intention. Staying on it requires attention, as well. What is our self-talk? How do we listen to it? How do we respond to it? Do you have strategies to get Round Tuits and exercise on a daily basis and stay on the path?
Tom Buescher is the San Francisco Get Waisted Director. He has found that Round Tuits can be implanted directly into the brain without surgery, through Get Waisted’s cutting-edge technology, called Group Support and Encouragement tm.Posted on by Mary Clifton, MD