Hydrant to Hydrant
As a person who has always enjoyed sports and fitness, I’ve never loved to run just to run. With that being said, the older I get, the more I notice that I’m beginning to take the shape of a basketball in the stomach area. A few months ago, I decided enough was enough and that I’d give this “jogging” thing a try.
As the saying goes, “the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step” – which was exactly what I had to do; take that first step. I realized that I needed to start small and be consistent. To do this, I picked out a route near Anytime Fitness in De Pere where I lift weights (info below). I noticed very quickly that this particular route has a lot of fire hydrants on it. I decided to make a little game out of it and used the hydrants as mini “goals” if you will. I would jog from one hydrant to the next, then walk until I hit the next hydrant, and then begin to jog again.
I now consistently do my run/walk 3-4 times a week and have noticed that getting from ‘hydrant to hydrant’ has gotten consistently easier. I’m even able to exceed that goal most of the time! I’ve come to look forward to my route as my stamina becomes better and have actually begun enjoying something I used to despise.
With practice and consistency, anything is possible. I know it sounds like a cliché, but all you have to do is start. Start small and dream big.
Take life one ‘hydrant’ at a time. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
For local personal training or an awesome gym to work out on your own, give Adrian Abeyta a call today at (920) 338-8500.
For fitness inspiration/motivation check out Nick Bare’s YouTube channel.
For a good “jogging” related laugh, see the short clip below