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Motivation and Free Exercise

June 21st, 2013 at 10:56 am

Today is the day that I run with a friend of mine. I run one day a week (free! I run right out the office door), teach spin one day a week (free, and I get paid!) and do a weightlifting class one day a week (free because I teach at the gym).

As we were running along (running is a relative term - we sort of flail around and huff and puff) she asked me what made me go out and run each week.

I love running with her, but I run even when she can't make it. It's not the long-term health benefit (that is why I want to run, but not what actually gets me out there). As we clomped along the sidewalk, I realized what it was: I made a commitment to do it, so I do it. It's even on my calendar (to prove I made that commitment).

These never-ending commitments are the reasons I do a lot of things, but I guess that's ok. There are worse things to be addicted to than commitments!

My friend says she only runs when I'm able to run with her, and she was pretty certain that her reason for running was her commitment to ME! I am happy she feels that way because I like running with a friend so much more than running alone.

Another friend just mentioned that one of those color runs is coming to a city near us in the autumn... that might be something fun to commit to!

2 Responses to “Motivation and Free Exercise”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    It can really make a difference to have someone to exercise with. Wink

  2. Buendia Says:

    So true! Same friend meets me for the weightlifting class and comes to my spin class. But she's going to New Zealand for three weeks - I am so sad!

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