How to exercise with an “I get to” rather than “I have to” mentality

“I get to” work out and exercise. Many people can’t workout due to disease, injury, health constraints, physical handicaps, etc.

How to exercise with an “I get to” rather than “I have to
So why is it so hard to be consistent with something that should be a reward?  Because it’s painful, because it’s hard, because we’re tired, because we don’t have time… you get the picture.

Most all adults know that exercise is good for us and that it is a necessary component to wellness and health. But all too often we fail to take action until we or someone we love receives some out of range lab results, a negative health diagnosis, or some other major life event wakes us up and forces us to make changes to our health.

Tis’ the Season for new commitments.  But as you make your new year’s fitness goals consider a mantra of “I get to” work out, as opposed to “I have to work out.”

Tips to help you stay consistent throughout the New Year as “you get to” exercise.

  1. Each day, make a scheduled time as to when you “get to” work out. Commit and stick to it.
  2. Plan your workout.  Don’t walk into the gym or walk out the door without a plan.  There are many pre-planned workouts on the internet or DVD’s to fit all time constraints and lifestyles.
  3. Set a realistic yet challenging goal for yourself that is not correlated to weight management.  For example: for the first 3 weeks “I get to” walk 30 minutes a day.  By week 12, I will be able to run 10 of the 30 minutes.

Take advantage of the opportunity for health and wellness because “you get to.”

Do you “get to” exercise or do you “have to?”

The Exercise and Sports Science department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor operates a cutting-edge research facility, called the Human Performance Lab to support the research interests of graduate students and faculty.
Cliffa Foster, Ed.D.

Cliffa Foster, Ed.D.

Cliffa is a Professor and the Chairperson of UMHB’s Exercise & Sport Science Department. She played collegiate basketball and coached women's basketball for 12 years. Cliffa has a passion for a balanced healthy lifestyle. She still enjoys working out.
Cliffa Foster, Ed.D.

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Cliffa is a Professor and the Chairperson of UMHB’s Exercise & Sport Science Department. She played collegiate basketball and coached women's basketball for 12 years. Cliffa has a passion for a balanced healthy lifestyle. She still enjoys working out.

  • James Stafford

    I was able to read a draft of this post in December, and it really hit home with me. I want to apply the “I Get To” attitude to fitness and health in 2014, and as a daily reminder, I had these wristbands made for me family. Thanks for the inspiration, Dr. Foster.