Ready, Set, Go!
Ever have those days when you feel like walking right past your plans for a workout? You just have too much to do or you're simply out of energy so you step right over those workout clothes you laid out the night before.
Is the problem really that you lack motivation? Personally, I believe it's something more, something on the INSIDE. Motivation waxes and wanes with emotions and outside influences. I can think of a million times I looked at my list of to dos, felt other priorities press me and was tempted to take a day off!
So, what's the secret to succeed in moving these beautiful bodies? Here's a few of my musing that go beyond motivation:
- Be Inspired by your deeper intentions. There’s something more than motivation, something inside you reminding you to move, right? It’s what made you lay out your workout clothes in the first place. It’s why you’re here! What makes you want to move more in the body God gave you? I know my reasons. Write yours down and lay the list right on top of your outfit or stick it on the mirror!
- Habits Die Hard. Building a new routine means giving another one up. It’s undeniably tough to do! It feels a little like swimming upstream or going against the grain of what’s comfortably normal. That’s just a fact. So, when you’re pulled in a different direction, tempted to toss in the towel, recognize it’s all part of the process. Accept it....and exercise anyways!
- Feel Good Fitness. We all want the ‘perfect plan’ or feel obligated to the latest fitness trend. But fitness should be inspiring and feel good! Play in the park, dance in the living room, listen to invigorating music and creatively incorporate more movement into your everyday routine. Then, fit in strategic strength exercises (like those on this site!) when you can to round out your routine. Here's how I do it.
- Consistency is Key. I believe our bodies were meant to move. God gave us muscles, joints, and ligaments….and they all start to stiffen, lose strength and become less functional when we don’t USE them. To LIVE WELL, we must get up and move in whatever way feels fitting for where we’re at today. The more consistent you are, the more you’ll want to keep moving. If it’s not the body benefits, it’ll be the mood boosting, mind calming effects that keep you moving. Check out how I describe a Happily Whole MIND and BODY.
With that, I want to give you a simple routine for those days when you’re ready to give up or give in to temptation. It's short but effective. When you only have twenty to thirty minutes, pop open your computer or print this out for an energizing exercise routine including a touch of toning and cardio in-between.
I’ve mixed and matched exercises from previous workouts to show you how fitness can be flexible.