3 Tricks to Make it Easy to Exercise

 

In 2008, I found myself on the beaches of Honolulu, looking out into the ocean as the sun began to set. Holding onto my surfboard, I was contemplating one more wave and I remember saying a quick prayer because on the real–the Pacific had beaten me up all day. As I started to paddle out to catch my last wave of the day, I noticed the surf was getting bigger and bigger, but I still thought maybe I’ll just boogie board this last one in.

I have never been good with maybes, so I saw my wave and decided to take it. Unfortunately, what I found was it was taking me. The enormous energy of the ocean is nothing to take for granted. As I started to break to the left, I almost hit another surfer, so I changed direction. A few seconds later, I had to change direction again because I was heading right into the reef. Like a captain of his own ship, I decided I had to steer this ride. I pulled back on the wave like reigns on a horse going out of control and I took the wave all the way into shore almost on a straight line. I walked directly off the board as I approached the sand and gave thanks for my safe return home (a.k.a land).  

3 vital lessons on momentum were born that day: 

1. Momentum always has a direction.

2. You can’t surf momentum, you must steer it. 

3. You must be willing to direct momentum instead of letting it direct you. 

Now that you know what to do with momentum, the question is how do you create it. Click on the video above to watch this weeks conversation, where I provide 3 tips or tricks to help you create momentum in your movement and in your life. 

P.S. In the comments section, please let me know what’s the #1 way you create momentum when you get off track. I will be personally reviewing your comments and answering your questions. 

Thank you and it is an honor to serve you in health. 

Cheers with water, 

Coach

2 thoughts on “3 Tricks to Make it Easy to Exercise

  1. hi there! I am so enjoying reading and watching your post, for so many reasons. your advice is extremely helpful, your writing is fun to read (especially for an English teacher ), and frankly it feels like a way of reconnecting and staying in touch which is always good 🙂 I especially enjoyed reading your 3 tips this week and could relate to all of them… I can honestly say I have done all 3 even sleeping in your workout clothes the night before lol. Whatever it takes, right? as far as what to do when i feel myself lose momentum, the truth actually relates a lot to the advice you gave and those three tips. It is simply to find and remember the joy there is in what I’m doing. this joy can take many forms, I’m doing an activity with her friends, to listening to an audiobook while working out so I want to do more in order to get to the next chapter, or in my case even remembering what it was like during those times around my surgery when I couldn’t participate in activities and would have given anything to be going for a walk or doing yoga instead of being in my wheelchair. for me a continued struggle since then has been limitations in what I am doing. I am someone who is been used to being active and or an athlete for most of my life. I sometimes will find myself getting frustrated that I can’t do some of the things that I used to, and this might cause me to shut down somewhat. I tend to be a positive person in life, though, so I do my best to focus on the things that I can do and celebrate those instead of being negative andr letting it shut me down for too long. Still, though, I think that is trying at times. I’m always trying to find new activities that won’t do damage to my joins or retrigger my injury. In fact my latest goal is to try a barre fitness class which I’ve heard can be really good. Anyways I continue to enjoy your posts and hope you keep up with them. Peace and blessings my friend, hope all is well 🙂

  2. For me the hardest part of gaining momentum is just starting, so I often trick myself by saying, “hey just run a couple blocks and then if you still feel like crap you can turn around.” Almost always, I feel like continuing once I have the shoes on and the heart rate going. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *