No, it’s not really a green cheese on white bread. It’s a blog post, sorry to scare you like that, or excite you, maybe worry you. Don’t be nervous, I still googled a picture for you in case you really needed a dose of green cheese.
I’m always working hard on this blog, trying to figure out what to write about. Thinking, thinking, thinking(can’t you tell by this funky title?). I sit here sometimes after work, and I look at the page, and I move around the facebook like button or update the type of comment system I’m using(did you notice?). My mom walks in(yes I still live with my mother) and she says, “What are you doing?” and I say, “Working.” And that’s what I’m doing over here.
I just started getting back to the gym, and I’ve been thinking lately about how the things that are good for us should be made more accessible.
Making the things that are good for us more accessible…to us…
I love to bike. I love to bike commute. My friends have been amazingly supportive of me and my desire to ride, sometimes they post pictures of bikes up on my facebook wall, or tell me how cool my bike looks(I pry) even if they probably don’t really care, but, I like to hear it. Sometimes they say things like, “I would ride my bike to work, but,”
- I’m too lazy. (They say honesty is the best policy.)
- I sweat too much.
- It’s too cold.
- I live too far from work.
- I don’t have a bike.
- The seat hurts my bum.
- I’m scared of riding at night with all the lunatics out there.
- I’m scared of riding with cars.
- Popcorn. (They don’t say that, I made it up.)
Sometimes if feels like we’re just doing this to ourselves:
There are a lot of good reasons(read: excuses) not to ride to work. Honestly, some of these are very valid reasons, and not everyone has to like riding a bike(you can tell me I’m wrong), it’s just a cool thing to try, and it’s good for you and the world.
Lately, a few things have come to my mind, because I like to at least try and do things that are good for me. I try to eat well, go to the gym, ride my bike, and even meditate when I can. I like to read, write, and see my friends too. And what is important are that these things that are good for us, and that we want to do, are simplified. Barriers to entry must be brought as low as possible. Some things, like bike commuting, can be made more accessible through the governments help. For example, I recently wrote about how bike lanes can encourage bicycle commuting, and how Philadelphia is working towards complete streets.
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, than you probably already know that I bike six miles one-way to work, and that there are NO bike lanes on my route. So, of course I want more of them! But, this post isn’t about what the outside forces can do to help us do better and be safer. This is more about what we can do as individuals.
Taking small steps to create new habits
I don’t always eat well, or go to the gym, or read or write or mediate. But, what I realized is that when I don’t build these things up to be something too difficult to tackle, I get more done.
I’ll give you a few personal examples:
- Just because I’d love to get to the gym 5 days a week doesn’t mean I have to force myself to start there, I’m starting with just 3 days which is easy for me.
- I know that I should mediate for 20 minutes, but, that’s a difficult start, so I’m shooting for just 5-10 a day.
- I won’t force myself to sit down and read a whole book, or even a whole chapter, but just a few pages before bed and if I do more that’s a win.
It’s a good idea to take a moment and make a list of some of those things that you’d like to get done, and might just seem too hard. I don’t think I can emphasize enough the power and importance of starting slow.
Do you want to bike to work? Maybe just a little? Try just one day a week. Every Friday for example. Want to hit the gym? Don’t make yourself feel bad for not going all the time! Even just 1 day a week is better than none and will help you get into going more. But, realizing that going once is better than none, and that you should make yourself feel good for the one time a week instead of bad about it, is a good step to make. I know that’s a confusing sentence.
Support the steps you’re taking in a positive direction.
That’s all for this post, hope you enjoyed it, what types of things do you want to get done that you’re not? What new things do you want to try out? Tell us in the discussion below. And I say: Try Them.