I’m not sure I’m an Eyes on the Prize kind of workout person.  No doubt when I’m running a race, the second that finish line comes into view I’ll hone in on it, and I’ll run faster.  But I’m not sure that makes running easier or more fun for me.

That's me in the blue focused on the finish line

That’s me in the blue focused on the finish line

Half the fun is looking around and not being focused.  The distraction of nature or talking to a friend is part of what gets me out there in the first place.

Now, send me on a hike instead, and I have to work to simply enjoy the serene surroundings.  I want to reach the top and only then can I stop and enjoy my surroundings fully.  So perhaps, the scenario matters.

But if you are someone who doesn’t like exercise or movement, this video might be helpful.  It proves that you can change your perceptive about how bad exercise is.  You can change your motivation by coming up with realistic goals.  If you are starting a walking plan or a running plan or a biking plan try picking a focal point within your workout and getting to it with gusto.  Turns out just doing that will make your think its easier.

Next time you go to work out and something feels overwhelming (the time, the distance, the challenge) consider changing your perspective.  Can you come up with something positive?  How you’ll feel better later.  Or how accomplished you’ll feel when you’re done?  How nice it will be to get outside or how it will generally put you in a better mood.  There are more positives than negatives when it comes to movement.  You just have to learn to see it that way.