As a young driver in the Midwest, getting the car stuck in the snow was winter ritual. A slip or slide into the ditch or attempt to drive through a build up that overmatched the family sedan ended with the eerie quiet of ‘stuck.’ The first line of escape was alternating between forward and reverse to ‘rock’ the car out of its snarl. On occasion when there happened to be something of substance for the tires to grip this worked and life resumed no worse for the wear. Most often, the rocking just dug a rut, each aggressive pass grooving the rut deeper making escape impossible without the aid of a tow truck, and so requiring the walk of shame to summon help, either to home or the gas station whichever was closest. The gas station being closer only delayed the obligatory parental ‘are you ok?’ followed by the meet of the conversation – a ‘review’ of winter driving techniques.
Even with repeated warning and practical knowledge about its no-win result, aggressive rocking was still the first and only technique because I didn’t have anything else in my repertoire – I didn’t know what else to do to attempt to break out. But over time and with more driving experience I learned to better navigate the conditions, understand the capabilities of the car, and upon getting stuck develop a better feel for rocking to increase my escape batting average.
Getting stuck and physical activity engagement? A metaphor of what can happen to us in our attempt to sustain regular physical activity – we groove a routine that becomes a rut that erodes our motivation to continue. Why? Because we carry shallow Iron Footprints – portfolios of physical activity engagement – so have limited engagement options from which to choose from on any given day and lack an understanding of how to account for achievement during engagement.
Many Iron Cougars possess shallow Iron Footprints because (for many) engagement opportunities were rare during their formative years. Many simply didn’t have the chance to experience physical activity much less a variety of different types or realize success while engaging. Fast forward to today, many attempt to include physical activity into their life but struggle to sustain regular engagement due to mow/inconsistent motivation that stems from a shallow Iron Footprint and perceived lack of engagement success. With a limited choice of engagement options routines can easily become ruts. The same over and over leads to regarding the routine as something one has to do, much different from what something chooses to do. Even the most mature among us is prone to an adolescent ‘you can’t make me’ after awhile. And, perceiving little achievement also dings motivation since we are especially motivated to continue to engage in that which we have realized success. It goes without saying, but having had limited engagement opportunity to begin with, the achievement target has been so small the likelihood of it being hit is extremely low. Kind of like finding a needle in a haystack, the percentages were not in your favor!
But the good news is there is the proverbial tow truck to help. Sorry I couldn’t resist.
Iron Footprint Fitness delivers a solution to low/inconsistent engagement motivation by structuring the growth of our physical self, and revealing all the ways we CAN achieve in engagement and how to display all the ways we DO achieve.
Success begets success…begets success. Iron Footprint Fitness offers an approach to engagement that offers traction to the Iron Cougar population. It is never too late to begin to be physically active and you are never too old to grow your physical activity self!
Increased choice + ‘seeing’ your achievement + growing your physical activity self = a sustained pattern of regular engagement = optimal quality of life.
Please access the available downloads for more information about how to adopt Iron Footprint Fitness. We can help you groove a routine that avoids digging ruts.
Postlogue – I haven’t gotten stuck in the snow in years…OK maybe it helps that I now live in temperate Los Angeles, but still!