Prepare yourself for the ‘Olympics’ effect: where you watch Rio 2016 and become inspired to get athletic.
It’s similar to the ‘Wimbledon’ effect, where televised tennis gets us thinking about our serves and drinking Pimms. You may have only gotten as far as the Pimms, but chances are, this year’s Olympics will put sport at the forefront of your mind. And if you are thinking about getting fit, how can we keep you going? Forget the apps: go for something personalised, that means something specifically to you, and that has the key motivational ethos that’ll get you, maybe not to the medal podium, but to your own feeling of being on top of the world.
Look at Mo Farah’s face as he won his 5000m Olympics race in 2012: what’s that feeling like? Running is basically putting one foot in front of the other, again and again, but the motivation to get into this repetition can be hard to come by. Get inspired by engraving mantras onto our double-wrap, antique-brown men’s bracelet, such as ‘Keep going’, or ‘Dig deep’. And live by Mo’s words:
‘No matter what or where you come from, if you work hard at something, you can achieve it’.
‘Sore Today, Strong Tomorrow’
The gym may be the place where you start working on your fitness levels, but it’s easy to slip behind your work-out regime. The mantra for your motivational accessory, such as our men’s memo bracelet here, needs to tap into your future-self perception: ‘Sore today, strong tomorrow’; ‘No pain, no gain’. Or listen to the ultimate gym-hitter, Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results’. And that’s the Terminator talking.
‘You Dream. You Plan. You Reach.’
Swimming: a lot of changing clothes, finding a pound for the locker and itchy eyes. That might be what you’re thinking now, but post-Olympics, you could be thinking: best non-weight bearing aerobic exercise there is. But even if you’ve made it to the pool, there may be a point where you need extra encouragement. Engrave swimming champ Michael Phelps’s words on our men’s leather square bracelet: ‘You dream. You plan. You reach.’ Reach for the end of the pool – you’ve made the length.
‘Sweat Is Magic’
Whether it’s badminton, squash, rowing, boxing… sweat shows that you’re doing good. Sometimes you feel that it’s a sign to take a rest, that you’ve done enough. That’s when you need to look at our engraved men’s leather toggle clasp bracelet and remember that your body is getting stronger. You may be feeling too tired to smash that ball, or right-hook that bag, and the sweat is stinging your eyes, but remember, ‘Sweat is magic’. As Muhammad Ali said,
‘Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
‘Sweat. Smile. Repeat.’
Why is training hard? Because anything worth having needs to be worked for. So, even though your legs are aching and your arms are screaming and your brain is reminding you how comfortable the sofa is: blink through the sweat, and smile. Tomorrow will be a better day for the effort you put in today – just look at our engraved men’s leather message bracelet to remind you: ‘Sweat. Smile. Repeat’. And if that sofa is still calling, think about the film you watched while sitting on it, where the guy says, ‘If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth.’ Thanks, Rocky.