We weren’t put on this earth to sink into the couch
At SOFLA, we’ve always found that one of the biggest obstacles to starting a new fitness program (or resuming the one you started!) is lack of time.
We all have incredibly booked (often overbooked) schedules that keep us from taking time to work on our own physical fitness. We work hard, we try to be great parents, we aim to be loving spouses and family members. And at the end of the day, we just want to crash and relax. Going to the gym and training at the end of a long day seems impossible. Even more impossible? Getting up at 5am to get our workout in before the day really begins. I totally get it. It’s super tough. I have experienced my own struggles with finding time to work out, and I have access to our CrossFit gym 24 hours a day and 7 days a week!
Here’s the thing, though: our physical fitness really needs to be a priority. It needs to be prioritized as much as sleeping, eating, and working. Why? Because it’s one of the things we can actually control that has been scientifically proven to have an incredibly positive impact on our existence. Exercise has been proven to help us live longer, better, happier, and more fulfilled lives.
So ok. We know that exercise is extremely valuable and that we should be committing to it. But how do we do it? How do we get out of bed or get up off the couch after putting in a long day’s work and actually find the time and effort to prioritizing our fitness?
We’ve got to turn to Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, and follow his advice on getting up and getting to work from his famous and powerful book Meditations. In fact, this feels like a quote that should be in all of our bedrooms, reminding us to get to work…
“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’ “
Now this isn’t to say that we shouldn’t rest and take days off; but it IS to say that there are ways for us to figure out how to make our fitness a priority. Maybe we turn off the TV or put down our phones an hour earlier at night so we can wake up earlier. Maybe we really only have time to train over the weekend, so we make sure we get to the gym every Saturday and every Sunday. If there’s a will, there’s a way!
Cheers to finding the time 🙂
It’s not too late to join our beginner’s challenge! It starts THIS Monday, October 9th and it runs for 6 weeks. You’ll come to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30am to train. You’ll also be following a strict nutrition plan for the whole six weeks. What an awesome way to enter the holiday season! Email us at info@CrossFitSOFLA.com to enroll!