The truth is exercising usually isn’t our favorite past time.  Jumping over the mental barrier that keeps us from lacing up our running shoes is the hardest part to exercise. “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” That beautiful quote came from the beautiful Oprah Winfrey.

Lance Armstrong multiple-time Tour De France winner and all time mascot against cancer said, “Pain is temporary, but quitting last forever.” Lethargy only exists in the sanction that you allow for it. Not working against the inner lethargic is just as bad as enabling him.  There may be some physical discomfort in the battle, but giving up is going to be much more regrettable.

Professional long distance runner and American hero, Ryan Shay said, “Passion is pushing myself when there is no one else around, just me and the road.” According to dictionary.com, passion is a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.  Intrinsic passion is a desire that is more fulfilling and rewarding than any external motivators.  Learn to find that passion within yourself, the fondness, enthusiasm and desire to get out and run.

“Running is 80 percent mental.” This gem came from a woman named Joan Benoit Samuelson.   This correlates with overcoming mental barriers.  Dust off those running shoes, tighten the laces, and run farther than you ever have before.  When you feel as though you can’t run any further just take it one step at a time.

There is a lesson in this article.  All these great famous people exercised, even Oprah even though you wouldn’t know it by looking at her.  It seems that a stepping stone to greatness would be disciplining yourself for some good exercise.

So leap over those barriers that stand in your way.  In the mist of pain do not ever give up, giving up procures the greatest pain known to man.  Find a passion within yourself.  All the while remember that it is more mental than it is physical.

Thom.