So the other day I had a major success experience while working out. I challenged myself to run for a full 45 minutes and I succeeded beyond my own expectation. I ended up running 7.5 km (4.72 miles) which might not seem like a lot for the average accomplished runner but to me it was mind-blowing.
I have never been very fit in any sense of the word. I was pretty athletic when I was a child. Mostly because I was very outdoorsy and loved running around playing football with the other children but once I hit teenage-hood my interests drifted towards a more sedentary lifestyle. Running that far and for that long was an incredible achievement to me, personally, because I had done something I never thought I would be able to do again. That’s why today I thought I would talk a little bit about my feelings towards working out and what goals I want to set for myself in the future when it comes to fitness.
Now to preface people, I don’t particularly like working out. I’ve never been one to be enthused about the idea of sweating for 30-60 minutes in a gym. Getting into the mindset of working out is still a struggle for me even though I know that once I’m in it and once I’m done with it, I feel amazing. That’s usually the case, isn’t it? You dread something so much but once it’s done you feel accomplished and you feel like you can finally tick off that box on the day’s to-do. It works exactly the same way for me. Especially now that I have a somewhat decent fitness level and can keep going without feeling like I’m about to pass out.
Though despite the fact that I don’t enjoy working out I still very much enjoy the benefits of it. I like the feeling of giving my body a proper work out, I like feeling energized, I like that feeling of accomplishment you get after you’ve pushed yourself a little bit further than the last time, which is why it’s something I want to continue doing.
I think it’s important to push yourself to do a little better each time and set goals. Don’t set outrageous goals like you’re going to be able to run like Casey Neistat in one month (Have you seen the man? His running is insane!) because that’s just not something that’s physically possible. Set achievable and realistic goals instead. Something that’s out of your reach but is something that would be possible if you are diligent with yourself and keep working hard.
Here are some of my fitness goals for 2018:
- I want to continue to work out regularly.
- I want to find a way to make working out a more enjoyable part of my day.
- I want to be able to run 10 km in 45 minutes.
- I want to be able to do at least 10 pull ups.
You can now support my blog on KO-FI by buying me a cup of coffee!