Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!
Congrats to the lucky winners of the Mango Body Butter lotion!!! You will be receiving an email from me tomorrow so I can get these awesome little hand-savers out to you quickly. You’re gonna love ’em! 🙂
I had a great Thanksgiving myself and I’m paying for it now. Ugh!
OK, I have to admit it.
I’m writing this blog because after 4 days of absolutely no exercise my body is feeling it.
And not in a good way!
Oh my goodness I am sooo stiff!
Ever heard the phrase “If you rest, you rust.”?
Unfortunately the older I get the more I understand this analogy.
A rest here and there is good but consistency is key when it comes to exercising.
Now…I’m not advocating that you need to “obsess” over your workouts above ALL else in life. No.
But I think it’s OK to be obsessive about keeping to a reasonable routine.
My son Andrew loves to remind me that exercise is not an option. 🙂
There are some definite benefits you are missing out on if you aren’t being consistent. (Trust me, I was just reminded of this fact.)
Here’s a QUICK list of 15 amazing benefits you will experience with consistent exercise:
- Look better.
- Feel better.
- Clearer mind.
- Make progress with workout goals.
- Better mood. Happier.
- Better sleep.
- Drink more water; less toxins in body.
- Glowing skin!
- Make like-minded friends.
- Less depression and anxiety.
- More confidence.
- Less stress.
- A zillion other health benefits!
If you’re like me and took it easy this weekend and got off track a little, don’t sweat it!!! (Sorry, couldn’t resist! That one was just too easy hahaha!)
You can see here the kind of mood I was in this weekend. And it wasn’t exercising!
It was a rainy holiday weekend and I took full advantage of it. Lounging around the house, drinking hot cocoa and eating as many delicious pastries as I could find. And I found some good ones!
Seriously friends, I know it gets hard to stay on track but you can do it.
We can do it!
And IF you got a bit off track, don’t think of yourself as failing.
Do NOT quit!
The key to being consistent is not getting down on yourself when things don’t go as you would like them to.
Here are some QUICK tips for getting back on track if you do fall off:
Some cat-cow stretches, side body twists, happy baby, 50 jumping jacks, 25 squats. You get the idea.
These are all great moves to get your blood flowing again and the muscles limbered up again.
Have a set schedule.
Classes you attend, buddy you workout with, morning run, etc.
I have a friend who was diagnosed with heart problems. He is in his late 70’s and he walks every single day. He says he does it so he doesn’t die. Now if we all looked at exercise in that way, maybe we wouldn’t be so quick to skip it. And actually, if you think about all the health benefits, in one way or another we are ALL doing it so we don’t die.
Enlist support of your family/friends.
Tell your family it’s a priority for you and ask them to help you stick to your plan.
Find exercises you like to do.
Change things up so you don’t get bored.
Eat healthy! This alone can give you a huge boost in motivation to stay on track.
I know these things are not earth-shattering secrets. You’ve heard them all before. So have I.
But it’s good for you to remind yourself of the easy things you can do to stay on track with your goals.
Not only does consistent exercise make you feel better physically, it also helps you mentally. It’s win, win!
We are ALL going to need to keep motivated to stick to our regular workout routines throughout the rest of this holiday season.
If you feel like you’re losing a little motivation remember, “If you rest, you rust.” and that you don’t want to end up all stiff like I did this weekend.
Quick side note! Just so you know that I didn’t completely neglect myself this weekend, you’ll be happy to hear I was able to squeeze in a little healthy self-care.
I got to spend a wonderful night with my lovely grandchildren in the Bay Area…this is always good for my soul!
and after they went to sleep, I indulged in some at home spa treatments….
Then before hitting bed I did some relaxing yoga stretches. Think cat-cow and happy baby!
And boy did I sleep like a baby!
Like I said, start back slowly and do whatever you can.
Being obsessive about keeping to your workouts is not a bad thing.
I hope this reminder helps you stay in or get back into your workout routine this week.
How do you keep consistency in your exercising? Please share your ideas!!! Can never have too many tips!