There is something that sparks deep within me after that first yoga class. After a long period of binge watching Netflix during the winter and eating all the comfort food, my body has an urge to move. It activates into go-mode to feel healthier, to hit a hiking trail and soak up the sun, to jump into a spring and wade in the cool water. Movement is not only great for you physically, but brings mental clarity and inspires great things in my career and life! It re-calibrates my brain to focus and brings awareness.
I have learned over the years the time points in which my daily workouts begin to fizzle. It gets easier to miss a workout and then before I know it, its been weeks and even months since I hit the gym. Now that doesn’t mean I stopped taking daily neighborhood walks with my dogs. I would still let my dog, Lila, free to roam in a big field to explore, but my physical and mental body just wasn't feeling that healthy and inspiring glow as much as it was! I have also learned that I tend to set very high expectations of myself. I go balls to the wall with weights, cardio, yoga, diet, etc. No wonder I fizzle out! I began to think about what would continue the motivation and momentum for movement:
Set Realistic Expectations and Quit Beating Yourself Up
Women already have their hands full and moving our physically bodies should be a type of self-care, a feel good activity. So when we don’t keep up with our own expectations why are we making ourselves feel so bad? We first need to start with loving ourselves enough to not feel guilty if we miss that 5:00 am run. Pick one physical activity a day and be happy that you did it! I like to mix in high intensity with lower intensity exercises. One day hit the weights hard, the next take a stroll on a nature trail. The point is to just move and FEEL GOOD. Feeling good sparks healthier habits and inspiration in our daily lives.
Look Forward to an Event
Out of all the times I have actually kept up with my goals was when I had a certain event to look forward to. Believe it or not one of those events was a boudoir shoot. I wanted to look and feel my absolute best during my photo shoot. To dance to the music in my underwear, to be posed without feeling any shame of my body. I wanted to enter those doors proud and strong of what I accomplished and those photographs are proof of that accomplishment! A big event and attaching that event to HOW I WANTED TO FEEL kept the momentum going.
Accountability of My Dogs
A huge reason I keep moving physically outdoors, even during the winter months are my 3 dogs. Each one needs a walk every day, even a good run. They count on me to let them out so they can also be THEIR healthiest selves. Also their excitement is priceless. Their happiness brings me happiness and laughter. They prance, walk briskly with their noses to the ground, tail wagging, and look back and me smiling.
Sit in the Sun and Breath in the Day
This may not be physical movement, but sitting silently outdoors and just breathing is super beneficial to our mental health. It calms the mind and inspires us to get up and go! Plus soaking up all the Vitamin D balances hormones in the body. When your body is in alignment you have more energy! Read more about it HERE.
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