*I’m going to start off with a disclaimer, I’m not a doctor. Nor am I certified in health and fitness. I am, however, a human. I have a body, a mind, and a soul. I eat food, drink too much coffee and sleep less than I probably should. The information I’m suggesting is based on the changes I’ve made in my life and the benefits I’ve seen from doing so. Take from them what you will, and leave the rest. Consult a health care professional and don’t blame me if it doesn’t work for you.*
I understand that you’re busy. Trust me, I do. Regardless of how busy you are right now, you’d be amazed about how much more effective you could be if you just had a little bit more energy. This extra energy does come at a cost as I’m sure you know, nothing is ever free. The cost of this reward is time and effort. You need to make the time and put the effort into being active! It’s quite simple actually.
Being active is the cornerstone of how you feel. It can improve your mood, increase your mental clarity and give you the energy you need to take on the day. Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a miracle energy drink that you will come to the rescue as a last resort. No. You have to be consistent. Without a daily commitment to activity, you will not benefit from these amazing rewards.
I’m not saying you need to spend hours and hours in the gym every day. Actually, I’m suggesting quite the opposite. Unless you’re used to going to the gym for hours on end, and training for something specific, it’s likely a waste of your time. The novelty will fade and the first bump off track will have you starting all over. Instead, start small on your fitness journey and discover what activities you truly love. Find 30 minutes in your day and squeeze in something that gets you moving! If you can’t find even 30 minutes then you, my friend need to get your priorities straight. You likely spend more time than that on social media. Trust me, you can make the time.
There are many ways you can get your 30 minutes including home workout programs like Beachbody, organized sports, yoga, walking on your lunch, going to a park, playing with your dog, attending a class at your local gym. The most important thing is to find the method that works best for you! When it’s something you love, you’ll find the time.
Second most important is to schedule that workout within your day. Make it an appointment that cannot be missed and be consistent about it. Tell a friend if you have to. Every morning I get up and have my workout done by 6:30 am at the latest. It’s written in my planner and I check in with my group right after it’s done. It’s also now part of my morning routine which has become second nature to me. Even on the days that I don’t feel like working out, I’m dressed and moving before my mind has the chance to tell me no.
Bottom line is this, stop thinking about being active and actually do it. Find an activity that you enjoy. It won’t make it easy but it’ll push you along when you don’t feel like it. Once you consistently make activity part of your every day, you will start to notice increased mental clarity, energy and determination to complete whatever it is you have going on. You’ll be more resilient to challenges that are thrown your way and your self-confidence is likely to improve.
I want to know what activities you love the most! I’ll share mine in the comments section and you can do the same or use #amandamariebiz to connect with me!