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By this point in the summer, if you haven’t been hitting the gym to get your beach bod chiseled, it may take some serious work to get up to speed. The problem is, a lot of the time people have trouble finding the motivation to get to the gym. If you live in the city of Toronto, you probably work very hard, since the cost of living is so high. After a long day of work, you feel like you deserve a steak, a drink and some quality time on the couch with your preferred Netflix series. If you have kids, forget about it – getting to the gym is about as easy as visiting Jupiter. There is, however, an excellent way to motivate yourself to get to the gym to train: signing up to run a marathon for charity.
In this post, we’ll explore how preparing for a marathon motivates you to get to the gym, and why it will inspire you to throw away your excuses.
Working For The Good of Others:
This point may seem trite or cheesy, but it’s undeniably true: when part of the reason you’re exercising is to raise money for those in need, you will feel good when you exercise. Not only that, but it will help you take it on as a responsibility, rather than something you can drop if a friend wants to grab a drink. Furthermore, your partner or family will be more understanding when you say you have to go for a run or take the car to the gym. The marathon may be important for you, and it’s definitely important for others, and this makes it easier to justify. Also, because you’re not working out merely for your own vanity, you will feel an even greater sense of accomplishment leaving the gym and you will take your exercise seriously, bringing a level of professionalism to it.
A Sense of Community
Often the organizers of a marathon print custom t shirts and sweaters to give to the participants in order to bolster a sense of togetherness and community – in addition to clarifying who is actually taking part in the run. When everyone has their earbuds in at the gym, impatiently waiting for the squat rack, there is a sense of isolation and selfishness. If, on the other hand, you join a running group full of other people who are training, you will make friends and feel a profound sense of community. Any sociologist can tell you: there’s too much isolation and not enough face-to-face interaction in our culture. Training for a marathon gives you a great excuse to mingle.
Get Some Fresh Air
Part of training for a marathon involves strengthening your muscles at the gym, but at the same time, long-distance running and circuit training are crucial. Grab some resistance bands, pylons and a stopwatch and meet your friends at the park. On a hot, beautiful day, gyms can get a bit stuffy. You’ll be surprised at what a good workout you can get with a few basic tools and some friends for support and motivation.
Ryan Yarbrough is a small business consultant, speaker, and the manager at Davis Financial Services, a small business consulting firm.