Since becoming a mom of two I have found myself thinking a lot more about my time. It seems like I have so little of it. I try to be very intentional with how I spend my spare minutes, but somedays I am better at it then others. It is always evolving the more I pay attention. If I only have 1 hour a day to myself, do I really want to be spending it moving stuff from one room to another? Do I want to be mindlessly scrolling on my phone? Do I want to be reading a book? Do I want to be moving my body? Maybe these seem like obvious do or don't do examples, but how you spend your time is going to look different for everybody. It will probably even change day to day.
If you start to pay attention, you might start to notice that while some things fill you up, others deplete you. While some activities give you energy, other activities take it away.
The great thing is that once you start to become aware of how you are spending your time and how that activity makes you feel, you have the power to change it.
My challenge to you:
Pay attention to how you are spending your down time. Notice how you feel not only while doing it, but after as well.
Happy new year! Probably the time when most people decide to add moving their bodies as part of their routine. The workouts begin, you go hard, and then they start to get less, and less until they are non existent. Does this sound like a pattern you are familiar with? I see this a lot. Even in myself. Someone will come to me with a hefty goal of working out 3x per week for an hour, only to quit completely weeks later.
Here are some of my tips to stay motivated!
1. Love yourself as you are
Come to your movement practice from a place of love and appreciation for your body. Your body is AMAZING. Allow yourself to love it. Notice how any movement makes you FEEL instead of focusing on how you look. If you pay attention to the how it feels rather than external results you are more likely to stay motivated.
2. Change your environment to make moving your body as easy as possible
If you are trying to motivate yourself to do something you don't want to do, you have to make it as easy as possible. Create a space you can go to and move. Even if it is just placing a yoga mat in view in the corner. You probably won't touch those weights if they are tucked away in the back of the closet. You won't be unrolling your yoga mat if it is still in its packaging.
3. Pair an exercise with an existing habit
Behaviours are more likely to stick if you pair it with something you already do. For example, every time you brush your teeth, do 5 squats. Get creative and have some fun!
4. Set the bar LOW!
What? Why wouldn't we aim high?? I'm not saying that is bad, but don't you feel pretty good about yourself when you accomplish something? Set a super attainable goal that makes you feel good when you achieve it. If you go beyond your goal, GREAT, but don't raise the bar just yet. Keep at it and see what happens. Maybe running that full marathon you've been talking about?
The ability to move is such a gift! Have fun and be creative!