It’s easy to set up goals, or say you WANT to do something but let me tell you, it’s the act of actually doing it is the hardest part to follow through. And I find that this is especially true when it comes to one’s own health. Why is it that we tend to put our own health last (in some cases)?
Many would come up with excuses not to say, fulfill their goal to exercise. Don’t get me wrong, there are genuine reasons as to why sometimes you can go ahead and just do it, but there are times when it’s just a case of, “I cannot be bothered”. When excuses like – it’s too early, it’s too hard, or I’m way too busy – get in the way, then you know you’re the only one losing out.
I saw this article that came up on my personal Facebook feed and saved it because I know I would need it. It was more so the quote she shared on her post that resonated with me and I thought would be helpful for everyone else,
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
-William H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
Commitment is key to any goals you set. Until you’re committed to reach that goal, then you will always find a way to avoid it. Always.
Like a relationship, your health goals is a commitment. You need to commit to taking that first step and then push yourself to taking the next and the so on and so forth.
For me, it’s not so much NOT taking the steps to reach my goals, it is more the case of taking care of myself WHILE trying to reach my goal – which is to run the 1/2 marathon at the end of the year. A big feat but made even harder if I don’t do the simple things like stretch before and after my run because that would only lead to injuries – which was what happened to me a few days ago.
You see, I KNEW I should have done a little light stretching before my run on Sunday. I could feel the tightness on my left leg, especially my calves. But, I went ahead, started my run and then when I hit the 3.5km mark, I wasn’t even able to run back. My leg and especially the area underneath my knee hurt. That was made worse when I walked 5km to and back from the St. Kilda Festival later on in the day. I was out of commission until I could get my leg sorted out. I was in desperate need of some remedial massage – yet another thing that has been recommended by my physio, podiatrist and many others. So my non-commitment of self-care led to an avoidable injury.
I am fine now. The remedial massage I received did the trick. I was told to, “Please remember to stretch”, by the therapist and now I will. I need to be more committed with taking better care of myself. No matter how small it is.