I am a huge believer that empowering ourselves through fitness can be hugely transformative.
Fitness is a Lifestyle
Being in shape is a wonderful feeling. It changes the way we view ourselves and the world around us. Hello, confidence! However, there is a little something more brewing under the surface too. When you fall in love with being fit you start to discover how good it feels to move. Being inactive starts to feel wrong. If you don’t use it, you lose it a bit, right?
If you do the math, even just taking off every weekend from working out or being active is at least 8 days a month. That is more than a week! It adds up very quickly over the course of a year. I like to do something active every day. Most of the time that is the gym because I love the routine. Plus, the weather conditions are very dependable. 🙂 However, I also enjoy a run outside, a long hike or a new adventure like stand up paddle boarding. These require a bit more planning of course. You get the point though…there is no reason not to do something every day.
We are truly capable of more than we think. Besides checking off workouts on our calendar it is important to simply enjoy an active lifestyle.
Those little tricks about parking your car further away? Or taking the stairs? They really work. Get more steps in a day. Throw your sneakers into an extra bag if dressy work shoes are holding you back.
Meeting a friend? Skip the movie sometimes, and grab a coffee while going for a walk. If you do not live in an area with great weather try a mall. Just watch out for the dangers in window shopping. 🙂
Out of the Gym
Your time at the gym is concentrated. You are hopefully very focused! You should move from one exercise or set up to the next quickly so you are maximizing your work load. That is the way to get the most bang out of your buck.
Just because you went to the gym does not mean you have a free get out of jail free card to lie on the couch the rest of the day.
Sometimes time is tight, and it won’t come together! That’s ok and happens to the best of us. If you have a long day at the office try to grab a few minutes every hour or two and do some squats, lunges and wall push ups. Grab a door or the side of a wall if you have trouble getting enough depth in your squat.
Again, it might not seem like much, but it will add up by the time you shut down the computer or pack up your bags for the day.
It All Adds Up
Consider how much every little bit of effort can count. Rather than looking at it as one day consider the bigger picture. If I worked out, but feel like going for a walk or run I am not overdoing it. Rather, I’m adding to the bank for those times when I am sick or other life disasters happen. If you are eating nutriitious food and sufficient calories then you are certainly in no danger of over-doing it.
So I encourage you to get up, get moving and enjoy having a body that is capable of anything.
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