Can you believe it is already the end of November? This fall, more than I can ever remember from past years, my clients are talking about the urgency they feel to “get back on track” with a more healthy fitness and exercise routine. I blame the beautiful summer we had! For me, what felt like a novel idyllic summer evening in the sandbox with my son and a sauvignon blanc (followed by a feast outside on the patio!) turned into a routine. Some years it rains a lot, so in my book, when weather permits nights like this must be taken full advantage of! So if you had a little more ice cream and a little less exercise than usual (and feel it!) you are not alone.
As the owner of a small business, I am very interested in marketing and spend a fair amount of time trying to learn as much as I can on the subject. A common marketing problem that is often addressed by the big names in the industry is how to handle “feeling stuck” or overwhelmed when you want to make a change. The advice I see again and again is to take action. Just start somewhere and do something. Putting one foot in front of the other, they say, will give you a sense of accomplishment and alleviate the stress that is felt when a person is spending time worrying about the current situation.
I believe the same holds true when it comes to your well being. Have you experienced or witnessed a downward spiral when you make a “bad” choice? Skip a workout, eat more bad stuff than usual, feel sluggish and less like working out, eat more bad stuff, etc. I have seen this, but luckily what I see even more often in my line of work is the reverse! So often when a person begins to exercise it instantly makes them start to feel better, which ripples into making healthy choices in many aspects of their lives!
Half of the battle is knowing all of this, the other half is taking that first step. To let you in on a little secret… when I fall of the fitness wagon, although I know how much better I will feel after I do it, I dread the first few workouts back. So if you are having trouble getting back into your fitness routine, here are a few small ways you can “take action” and begin the domino effect of feeling inspired to get going again.
1- Get more sleep. Just a little more can make a big difference in how much energy you have to face the day (and potentially a workout?) with!
2- Park far away from where you are going. A few extra minutes of walking a few times a day adds up! Walking more will increase your circulation (maybe even rev up your metabolism!) and burn a few more calories.
3- Focus on food. When you are working out a lot, most people eat a much healthier diet. If you are having trouble getting to the gym, try eating the foods that make you feel healthiest and see if you start to feel inspired to get moving. When I am feeling my healthiest I am a juicer. Nothing makes me feel more energized than a big glass of green juice once or twice a day. I love it!
Now for a shout out… Have you heard of Kris Carr? She is the woman behind “Crazy Sexy Juice,” my personal inspiration to get my rear end moving again, and is very well known for her books about diet and “Crazy Sexy Cancer.” Maybe you saw her on Oprah! Check out her Web site here. I think you will love her… Thank you for inspiring me Kris Carr, you got me back on track!