Wednesday, March 11th, 2009...9:05 PM

Just Do It!

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2451510714_a9774bd1ed_mEveryone remembers the old Nike “Just Do It” ads.  They never meant much to me until I started training for my first triathlon.  Training for the Danskin Triathlon here in Austin was the only real exercise I had ever done up to that point (unless you count dance lessons when I was a kid).  It took me weeks to get into shape, to not be left behind on every bike ride.  I complained about the pain, the exhaustion.  Then one day, I didn’t care anymore.  I just went out and did what I needed to do.  That’s when I really started to enjoy myself.

“Just Do It!” is, to this day, a personal mantra.  People ask all the time, “Where do you find the time to work out?” or they want to know why they aren’t seeing the results they want.  When you really train hard for something or start to truly challenge yourself, you reach this point where you “Just Do It.”  Something along the way clicks.  Suddenly, you get up and go for a run when you really don’t want to, or you swim an extra 5 laps because you missed a workout the day before, or you work out at the gym in your loafers because you forgot your gym shoes.  I can’t explain what makes this paradigm shift happen.  I just know that it does.  Sure, sometimes you get out of your routine, and when that happens, it’s tough to get motivated and find that magic space again, almost like you never worked out a day in your life.  That’s when you really have to “Just Do It,” and know that it will all come back to you.

About the Author:

Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.

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