Three Life Hacks to Get You Moving
“Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets.”
About a year ago I found myself falling back into some old behaviors. I was working full-time, not breaking for lunch, and by the time I got home in the evening I just wanted to eat cheese puffs and go to bed. Mainly because those two things required the absolute least amount of effort to dive into. When the weekend arrived, I told myself if I could just get enough rest I’d be more productive next week. All it took was a bowl of popcorn and the Hallmark channel, then before I knew it I was staring blankly at another Monday morning without a plan for the week. Have you ever been on that merry-go-round?
Today I have asked my friend, Lisa Vermillion, from Lisa Vermillion Wellness, to be our guest blogger. Lisa is a certified personal trainer, life coach, and speaker. You can follow her at www.LisaVermillionWellness.com or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
4.1.2018 | Guest Blog – Lisa Vermillion
You know you “need” to move, you know you “should” move, but sometimes moving is just tough! I’ve worked with thousands of people and rarely does “need” or “should” get one moving. I’ve discovered there are three basic life hacks to get you off the couch, out the door and on your way to an active lifestyle.
- Find your “why”: In order to build the bridge between knowing and doing you must find a powerful “why”. Your “why” is a permanent, not temporary, reason you want to change. Ask yourself “what’s my why?” For example, exercising to fit into a certain size for a special event is a temporary “why”. Once you achieve your goal, your motivation disappears along with the red carpet.
A more powerful “why” would be something like: I want to change my habits so that I will have the health and energy to enjoy an active lifestyle with my family and friends. Now that’s a “why” you can’t argue with.
Once you discover your “why” write it down and place it where you can see it throughout the day (bathroom mirror, steering wheel, computer monitor…). Read it out loud, write it down, shout it from the mountain top! These strategies create top-of-the-mind awareness that will keep you motivated when the donuts are calling!
- Choose a variety of movements: It’s no secret that choosing activities you enjoy increases the likelihood that you will continue doing them on a regular basis. Come up with several things you like to do, be willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things. Having a variety of exercise options keeps you from finding excuses to be sedentary.
- Have realistic expectations: Going from couch to cross-fit the same day might not be the best idea if you haven’t been active for a while. Start at your current level of ability and move up slowly. If you walk two blocks this week shoot for three blocks next week. This strategy will make you less likely to get injured.
One thing Lisa taught me is when you eat badly don’t think of it as cheating, think of it as a choice. Why is it important to change your mindset? Because, when you think of a cheater you immediately associate that word with guilt, remorse, and defeat. If you are making choices you give control back to yourself and you are just one choice away from being back on track with your healthy eating. Did you just have an “Ah – ha!” moment too? 😊
My favorite jumpstart song!
music download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4
(Brave by: Sara Bareilles)
As single women, our health is our independence. Go! Move! FLY!! I want to see you be brave!
Wheels up Buttercup,
Question: What gets/keeps you motivated?