Last week I shared my renewed summer vacation experience and want to keep the conversation going because it started to make me think of all the moms I have talked to over the years about feeling guilty when it comes to finding time to workout.
If you missed the blog from last week, you can catch up by clicking HERE.
Ready? Good. Let's continue…
“I feel like any spare time I have should be focused on the family and not myself.”
“I feel guilty about working all day and then taking time to exercise on top of that.”
“Working out is a luxury and one I can’t afford.”
These are comments I have heard over the years.
I, myself, have always made exercise a priority but it’s also been easily built into my life because it’s my career.
But now I understand guilt first hand.
Here’s the thing...
And when it comes to guilt it can be debilitating to both. We struggle between what we want and what we think others are expecting from us. But the real struggle is only within our own minds. Nobody else gives a crap and in reality everyone who loves you wants to see you happy.
So how do we trash the guilt and rise up to be happy both inside & out?
I don’t have all the answers but I do know it took 3 things for me to do:
- Throwing away my old ways of doing things and coming up with new ones.
- Talking about what I needed with my family. Communication is key in any relationship but speaking outwardly about your feelings can also help you understand yourself better as well.
- Realizing it’s not all or nothing. You can compromise and get what you need too.
So now the questions are, do you think there is only one way to exercise? Are you stuck thinking a gym membership and spending hours on a treadmill are the only way to be physically fit? Are you still thinking having a fit life is a luxury and not attainable?
And here's one last good one...do you feel guilty about NOT working out?
I am going to encourage you in the weeks ahead to challenge these question and put a positive spin on any one that gets in your way.
You have a week to think about it, but by all means don't let me stop you from taking action now.
Go for it! And have FUN with it :)
P.S. As I was writing this blog a biographical TV show of Gloria Estefan was playing in the background. Felt befitting to name this email "Turn the Beat Around" LOL (click the pink to be thrown back in time & listen to a fun remix of this great upbeat song.)
What’s Happening with JBird Fitness:
New Dance Workout Video
Get Up, Dance & “Level Up” Your Workout! This one only takes 3 1/2 minutes, so there are no excuses.
- Synced Jacks 1-2-1-2–3
- (feet wide) 180 Slow Hip Circle Bumps
- Reverse Synced Jacks
- Right Knee-Left Knee-4 High Knees
- 4 Tap Outs with Arms Sweeps Across
- Reverse Lunge-Hop Around (back to the front)
- Repeat 5 & 6 Other Side
- Circling Hip Hinge-Slow Hip Shifts (right-left-right)
- Repeat on the Left
Inspired by “Level Up” by Ciara
(click on the video below to see the demo workout)
Classes for the Fall Season
The next two weeks I am off from teaching my classes at Central Bucks Family YMCA but excited to say, starting the first week of September, I will be teaching 2 classes on a weekly basis.
Until then, stay active, enjoy the end of summer season and keep flying on a fitness high.