do you ever feel like this:
“f*&# it. I’ll start next week / after Christmas / in January.”
Friends, I work in the fitness industry. This is my JOB… and sometimes I want to just throw in the towel on the (VERY) reasonable goals I have for myself because schedules are crazy and it’s so easy to stay under the covers. Sometimes it seems insurmountable to get from here to there. From now through the family events. From now through the cardiovascular health we (ahem. I.) had six months ago.
so if you’re overwhelmed and have a case of the “f&*! it’s” …
at the risk of someone taking away my kettlebells, I’m going to give you some advice:
Put off your fitness goals.
There other, bigger better reasons than out-running a few (thousand) gingerbread men. Maybe you’re fighting off cold after cold. Maybe your back hurts. Or – if you’re anything like me – you might struggle to get in up in the morning and feel exhausted around 2:00 every day.
Set aside your “fitness goals” and set your sights on getting up healthy every day and feeling like you have enough energy to get through the end of the day with joy.
Here’s how to do that:
Breathe better. There’s a difference between breathing BETTER and breathing MORE. Focus on learning to breathe better and do it – purposely – for at least 1 minute every hour! If you’ve been following us on social media, we’ve been sharing easy ways to do just that.
Move EVERY day for at least 10 minutes. Get your heart rate up for 7 minutes can change your brain chemistry significantly! Do a 90 second warm up. 7 minutes of intervals. 90 sec cool down. (Stay tuned for that on social media in the coming weeks!)
Eat enough protein and fat (and carbohydrate.) Just track your food for a few days and make sure that you’re getting somewhere in the vicinity of 30% protein / 30 % fat / 40% carbohydrates. Fuel your brain with sips of juice or a piece of fruit + some happy fat or protein when you feel a dip in energy instead of trying to push through!!
Get sunlight on your face. Around here, we use a brooding light like this one for 1-3 minutes at a time several times per day to simulate getting some sun when it’s just not showing up! Unlike SAD lights (which are way too close to screen glow for me) these infrared bulbs are warm and cozy.
If you’re in it to win it. Feeling amazing about your progress and on a roll : KEEP GOING!!!
If you’re struggling with motivation and feeling like you can’t catch traction: try changing your WHY for a while.
Happy Holidays and let us know how it goes!!