Just get out the door

By Lisa Marshall | Director 

Normally, 2 weeks out of routine and holiday sleep in’s send my routine into disarray. But this morning I couldn’t wait. I missed the super charged Trek Training buzz and my body needed to feel it again. 

5.30am: The alarm went off. It took a bit of planning and commitment to get out the front door, but that was the hardest part. I dragged my six-year-old out of his holiday slumber, dressed him, packed his bag for a holiday camp, grabbed him some breaky and packed lunch and threw my pack in the car. By 6.15, I had dropped him off with my hubby at work and was heading to training watching the sun rise over the beautiful Sydney Harbour. 

It’s these moments that the early wakeups suddenly make sense. 

Beach walking, hill climbing, water wading, yoga and stretching along Balmoral welcomed me back from my holiday respite. I felt like a new woman – ready to start the day and take on whatever challenges came my way. All the effort and planning to get there was nothing in terms of the reward. That’s what we forget. At 5.30am, your mind fails to register the reward that awaits the effort. If I had stopped to consciously ask myself whether I was willing or able to get all of that done to get out the door by 6 am, I probably would have hit the snooze button and admitted defeat. 

Sometimes our constant efforts to juggle all responsibilities at home and work melts into a feeling of utter chaos – leisure activities we enjoy somehow get lost in the mix because we just can’t “get out the door.” Or sometimes we just don’t feel like it. This difficulty was erased in my life after speaking to an inspiring 70-year old who finds time to exercise every day. I asked her for the secret recipe that gets up her up every morning when the comfort of bed pulls us the other way. 

She said: “Not once do I ever lie in bed and ask myself the question “do I feel like it?” because I know that one of these days when the weather is grey or my body aches of fatigue I will tell myself, no, not today. So my solution is if I don’t ask the question, I don’t have the opportunity to say no.” 

I love this story and I remind myself of it often when I roll over to turn off the alarm and the question starts to enter my mind and I decide there and then that I am not going to answer it!

I am just going to get out the door.

I’m not great at doing things on my own so I train in small groups and with teams of like-minded people. Training  with others is not a chore. You are surrounded by inspiring company, laughter, stories and personal challenge to go faster, harder, longer. Even as a Coach, I am constantly challenged to lift my game, to keep up with the girls and to ensure that I can deal with situations that might require me to use mental and physical toughness even when I might be feeling tired.

Personal strength for me ripples into many areas of my life so much further than the physical or visual. For me, it’s about confidence. Having the belief in myself when I head out to climb a mountain – that I have the mental and physical strength to deal with many of the unexpected circumstances and conditions that nature throws at you. That my fitness base and my bodily strength and most importantly the mental toughness I teach through Trek Training will give me the ability to push past my comfort zone and to find exhilaration in the effort and commitment that go hand in hand with a big trek.  

The very thing that keeps me going, keeps me forever inspired, is the face of a trekker whose hard work is met with reward, when long-term goals are achieved and personal limits are stretched and redefined. 

You’ve just got to get out the door, and then find a goal that inspires you to keep doing so! 

My Top tips for Getting Out the door

  1. Choose a form of movement/exercise that you enjoy
  2. Plan your time: work out what it takes to get you there
  3. Be committed: Give it a good 6-12 weeks to adjust to it being part of your schedule and be consistent in your commitment to getting to the sessions/time slot you have set aside
  4. Tell your family/partner how important it is for you to get out the door on time to get your workout 
  5. Put your exercise gear out on your bed the night before, pack your bags and when that alarm goes off, don’t stop to ask yourself whether you feel like it or not – just do it!

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