Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Heaping Helping of Humidty Laden Motivation

Ok - so how do we keep motivated to walk when it's this hot and humid?

How do we manage the extra time it takes to repair damage to hair and skin? Some days I have to shower and wash my head twice! I REQUIRE 'wash and wear' hair. That gets expensive in my case - a perm every 6 weeks and a haircut about every 4 weeks. Fortunately, my haircut standards aren't very high so I cut it myself between perms. My poor stylist has to deal with my hair-butchery. Just cut my mom's hair today as we're on the same perm/cut schedule - and we're overdue for our perms.

Anyway - back to motivation. Are you motivated to keep going? I find that my walks give me so much energy - like putting money in the bank. The more I walk, the more energetic I become. While I need an initial rest period after a 'wringing wet walk', my energy level soon zooms up and keeps me moving forward.

I had to work up to this. It doesn't just automatically happen. One must develop tolerance to the heat and humidity and build up endurance levels. You MUST start slow if you aren't used to walking or you're not used to the heat/humidity.

There's nothing saying, of course, that one MUST walk outside in the hot weather. It's just that I much prefer walking outside most of the time and I felt the need to improve my endurance and tolerance of heat when I first began walking.

Much the same can be said of winter walking too. Sometimes, it's just too cold (or icy or rainy) to walk outside, either comfortably or safely. We must each use our own judgment and follow our own preferences.

Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.


Nyle said...

its winter for me. I am training for the World Masters Games. It is so hard to get motivated and head out for a 10km walk when there is still frost on the ground.

Keep walking...

jd said...

you must be in the southern hemisphere. i know it's winter for my inlaws in melbourne, australia. and, yes, i understand the difficulty in getting and remaining motivated in gold weather as well as hot. good for you for training for the World Maters Games. a 10k walk should keep you in very good shape.
good luck!