Is regular physical fitness a challenge for you? I think many of us know we could be doing better, but we get discouraged by ideas of perfection sometimes, or we are not sure where to begin.
I want to encourage every woman to make fitness something that WORKS in her life, as a benefit to her own physical and mental health. Some things to keep in mind:
1) Pick something you enjoy
You won’t exercise regularly if you don’t enjoy SOME aspect of it. Not every moment needs to be bliss, but choose something you are naturally inclined to do and keep up on a regular basis. Also! Choose a time of day that you are most likely to stick to a work out habit as well.
2) Imagine the benefits
Think of all the ways — even the small and seemingly insignificant ways — that you will feel GREAT and look better and have more energy when you do take the time for fitness. Imagine all the details of all the benefits and you will be motivated to get started and/or continue.
3) Reward yourself in healthy ways
Break up big goals into smaller ones and find healthy ways to reward yourself for achieving them. Will treating yourself to a smoothie after your workout get you moving? Or allowing yourself time for a long bath and some downtime with someone you love? Or purchasing a new book when you are consistent in your workouts over the course of a couple of weeks? Whatever motivates you, make it simple, make it small, and then do it!
4) Stop worrying about not doing it “right”
Forget perfection! We sometimes throw away a perfectly good and healthy routine simply because we feel we are falling short of some unrealistic expectation or unrealistic goal we have set for ourselves. Nobody is perfect! Make the adjustments you need to your schedule and your workout and make it work for YOU!
5) Vary your routine
No matter how great your work out routine, we all get bored from time to time. Switch out boring ones, try new activities, or rediscover oldies but goodies. Variety is the spice of life! And the secret to to sticking with your fitness goals.
How about you? What works for you to make fitness a regular part of your life in the leg term? Let me know and I can share your wisdom in a future podcast.
We talk this week with my friend Annemarie Rossi, blogger at Real Food Real Deals. Annemarie shares some ideas about eating well and feeding your family well on a budget, as well as her thoughts on personal triumphs and challenges over the years as wife, mom, friend, and professional.
Thank you SO MUCH to Amy and Sarah for leaving feedback on Voxer this week. You know I love it — keep those voicemails coming!
More links for this episode:
The Choice Wine Live (marriage conference I will be speaking at in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19)
My new book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You