The first thing women toss off their plate when time gets tight is exercise.
So this week I got to thinking. Why is that?
And here is what I came up with…
You think you need to do 45-60 minutes for it to "do" anything.
You’re a slave to your fitness tracker and someone told you, you need to burn a certain amount of calories for it to even count.
You think the only place you can workout is the gym.
You think if someone isn’t in your face directly screaming at you to GO GO GO, you’ll never get the a** you want, so just forget it.
You’re afraid it’s “been too long”.
You think everyone else's needs come above your own.
We're conditioned to think there is only one way because that’s the way we have done it before or someone else told us it’s the only way.
I’ve been teaching fitness classes my WHOLE adult life. The gym IS my home. Before I had kids…before I moved to PA…before I was a stay-at-home mom…before I started working again…I only worked out at the gym.
But I am here to prove you, me and all of them wrong.
Living a fit life isn’t just about how much time you put in at the gym, how many calories you burn, keeping up with your “fittest” or “skinniest” friend, or having someone beating you into the ground until you bleed…you get my gist.
It’s about embracing and connecting to the body you live in TODAY.
Not the body you once lived in.
Not the body you want tomorrow.
The body you are in RIGHT NOW.
That body is AMAZING!
It gives you LIFE.
And if you're a mom, it means it gave someone else LIFE.
That is freaking AMAZING!
(no seriously, pause)
Because your body deserves a moment and...a standing ovation.
Ok, let's continue because...
Moving your body EVERY DAY IS ESSENTIAL.
But I'm telling you the god’s honest truth right now. I don’t have time to go to the gym everyday.
The fitness pro. The one who LOVES this sh*t, doesn’t have time.
And you know what…thats’ ok.
But you wanna know something else?
On those insane "I have a hundred things to do" days, I make an effort to think out of the box.
I build a fort with my kids in the basement and squeeze myself through the openings only a toddler should fit.
I put dinner in the oven, throw on a JBird video & when dinners done, I’m done.
And on the craziest of days, when my mind is racing, I make myself go up to bed 15 minutes before lights out. I then lie on the floor, throw my legs up the wall and just breathe.
"Take that fitness tracker!"
"Yeah, you heard me."
"I'm in charge and when time gets tight I'm not going to stress."
"I'm going to do what's BEST for ME & MY BODY."
And find JOY away from the gym.
So, when time gets tight and you're tempted to throw in the towel on your fitness dreams, don’t do it.
Realize life is different than it once was and learning to maximizing your time is the key to staying on track.
Create a plan that allows you the freedom to mix & match where you workout.
Make going to the gym/fitness studio a treat and plan workouts at-home, in the conference room at work during break or enjoying time actively with family on your days off.
You are allowed to put down the laundry basket to roll around on the floor with your kids.
You have the power to close the laptop, sit tall, close your eyes with your hands to heart to simply breathe.
You are in charge and have the ability to inspire those around you, whether they are watching or joining in with you.
You don't need to take anything away or neglect another part of your life to fit fitness into your current lifestyle.
Maximizing your time, giving yourself extra credit when you do hit the gym and sharing your movement experiences will give you the greatest chance of success.
So, GO FOR IT! Set a plan in motion, starting this week, which will set you up for a lifetime of health, wellness and HAPPINESS!
I'd love to hear your plan of action, so send me at message at firstname.lastname@example.org and...
Let's get you on the BEST track for success TOGETHER!
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Transform: Hips & Butt
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