Peer Pressuring My Inner Couch Potato

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherThe goddess Nike is famous for uttering the line “Just do it!” when she created running shoes and bestowed them upon mankind for the first time, Modern Philosophers.

Believe it or not, even though those immortal words play on a loop in my mind every morning, I don’t always want to run.

This was one of those days when I tried my hardest to keep that pesky Greek goddess from telling me what to do.  I didn’t sleep well, and woke up with a headache.  It was a cold morning, and the couch was so warm and cozy.  Plus, E! was running a Friday Night Lights marathon, and the show had me hooked.

Sometimes, I simply lack the motivation to be active, and the more excuses I have, the easier it becomes to skip my run.

The thing is, I have a history of letting that one skip day expand into a week, and before I know it, I’m not running anymore.

So I really try not to ever miss a day, especially not when the best excuse I’ve got is that there’s an interesting TV show to watch.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherIt took some time, and a lot of internal negotiations between my Inner Runner and Inner Couch Potato, but I eventually found myself out on the road.

It wasn’t one of my longer runs, but it was better than getting no miles at all.

And I think the moral of this story is that when it comes to personal wellness, you need to come up with an arrangement that works for you.  If your workout starts to feel like an obligation or something you’d prefer to avoid, it becomes exponentially easier to abandon exercising altogether.

When that happens, your Inner Couch Potato wins, and a few months down the line, you’ll find yourself lamenting your expanded waistline while wondering how come you’re never active anymore.

So negotiate if needed.  Bribe yourself if that works.  Apply a little peer pressure.  Just find a way to keep active because you will regret the moment of weakness when you took your foot off the accelerator and allowed your Inner Couch Potato to take the wheel.

Yes, it is perfectly fine to take time off to recharge your battery, to shake a funk, or to recover from an injury.  Just be careful, though, that you don’t allow those free passes to string together and become a habit.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherRemember, the fact that it makes you sweaty and sore, and requires recovery time means that it’s good for you.  They call it hard work for a reason.

As much as I didn’t want to run this morning, I was so happy that I pushed myself to get out there.  It was a beautiful morning, and it would have been totally wasted had I spent it all on the couch watching a TV show about a Texas high school football team.

Now I feel like I’ve earned the right to be lazy and enjoy my holiday weekend.  Of course, I’ll make sure to go for a run tomorrow, but I’ll worry about that then…

Do you ever lose the motivation to exercise?  If so, how do you get yourself back out there?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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8 Responses to Peer Pressuring My Inner Couch Potato

  1. beth says:

    yes, there are days when it’s easy to talk myself out of it, but luckily i’m usually able to overrule myself and get out there, feeling so much better after

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  3. markbialczak says:

    I have not been as good as I should be about my walking regimen during this crisis time, Austin.

  4. Geri Lawhon says:

    My fiance does like to run, but the dog makes him walk him every morning and evening.

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