If you're like me, chances are you have a hard time making your physical health a priority. Life always seems to get in the way, and obligations to your fitness are the first to fall off the list. So how do you embrace your inner athlete, get the most out of your sporting experiences and appreciate the awesome body that lets you do it? Summon your senses, take a risk, be a rookie, and reach your fitness goals.
Summon Your Senses
Today while you play, take the time to engage your senses. Taste your sweat. Feel the burn. Touch a snowflake. Smell the wind. Explore the world outside. Living in the moment is one of the best ways to get the most out of any physical endeavor.
Do It With A Friend
One of the best modes of motivation is enlisting a friend to play with you. Invite someone along on your favorite trail. Organize a pick-up game of soccer. Or simply take your dog out on a snow shoeing adventure.
Take a Risk
Ever been in a three-mile run rut? Today, instead, set out on a five-mile loop with no choice but to finish. Take the plunge by pushing yourself a small step further.
Stroll Down Memory Lane
Honor your personal sporting history. Take a look at old photos and varsity letters, and remember the sports you loved growing up. It may inspire you to revive an activity or two.
Be a Rookie
Don't be afraid to try a sport for the first time. Everyone was a first-timer at some point, and not everyone is good at every sport. Maybe pair up with a friend who’s also new to the activity. Or find a friend that's willing to teach you one-on-one.
Set a goal, make a timeline, and go for it. Commit to a gauge of success and celebrate the small victories. Soon enough you'll reach that next level.