Today, I returned to the gym after a prolonged absence. I could discuss ad nauseum the myriad reasons on why I haven’t exercised on a regular basis in the last several months. I have less time than before thanks to the joys of fatherhood, I couldn’t overcome the mental block of starting a new workout routine, etc. Who I am kidding? Those reasons are just excuses. At least for today, I decided not to let those excuses prevent me from exercising.
I hit the elliptical during lunch. I pushed myself but I didn’t keel over and die. And I felt fantastic afterwards.
I need to remember this is a process. I need to make it a regular part of my daily routine. I’ll increase the level and complexity (read: add weightlifting) as I build up stamina, but the last thing I need to do is to get so sore after the first day that I’m discouraged from returning the second day.
Today, I exercised because I wanted to feel better physically and mentally. I haven’t focused on any benchmarks. The numbers will come if/when I stick to it.