We’re up to WEEK TWO of our Spring Cleaning for Body, Mind & Soul free series. Last week we cleaned up our diet. I gave 6 simple, yet very effective, suggestions. If you missed last week and want to catch up CLICK HERE for the article.
This week we are addressing your BODY, or more to the point, MOVING your body. We are going for the most efficient use of your time and energy to create MORE energy and kick in those endorphins so you are super inspired in all areas of your life. And if your goal is to lose a few pounds, those will naturally come off as you focus on taking better care of your self.
Here are some simple steps to follow to Spring Clean Your Body:
If you aren’t sure what your body likes to do then it’s time to experiment. Take a walk somewhere you’ve been meaning to explore, try out a gym for a week (check your groupons!), hire a personal trainer for 3 sessions to see how you like it, go to a Yoga class, try kickboxing, find a pool and go for a swim, try a dance class, or go for a run. These are just some suggestions to get you out and moving. Pick at least one thing and put it on your calendar this week.
2- Write it into your schedule
If you already know what you like but you aren’t doing it, find a way to fit it into your schedule. Google ‘yoga’,’kickboxing’, ‘pilates’, or whatever you want to try, in your town and check out the schedule. Write down at least one class in your calendar. If you’re not into classes, then schedule your walk or run into your calendar. There’s a theme here- whatever you decide PUT IT IN INK! You will be much more likely to follow through.
3- Figure out how to fit in a workout at home
This is your insurance in case you can’t get to your class, the gym, or you just run out of time. Make sure that you do not have to rely on an outside source. This way, you guarantee that you can be consistent with your efforts. So, maybe you can fit in one or two classes or trips to the gym per week. That leaves 5 other days. Aim to get in at least 10 minutes of movement into your 24 hour day. We ALL get the same 24 hours, so you can fit in 10 minutes to take care of your bod if you decide that’s what you want to do.
4- Once you carve out a minimum of 10 minutes, decide WHAT you will do for your home workout
It could really be anything that gets you moving and gets your heart rate up. If you want an easy solution, I have a full body workout that is part of my program “30 Day Kickstart to FIT & HEALTHY”. It is under 10 minutes and hits everything in a super efficient way. AND, because I know you want to get started right away, I am going to offer you the workout from week one of the program for Free! CLICK HERE to access the video.
Just so we’re clear, the best way to create the habit of fitting exercise into your life is to take small steps. 10 minutes a day of CONSISTENT effort over a substantial period of time will achieve this goal. Then throw in some extra fun workouts into your week and experiment with trying out some new things. Spring is the perfect time to do this!
Keep on keeping on with the shifts you made in your diet from last week, and add in the new exercise plan this week. Next week we will address spring cleaning your mind for a less stressful/more enjoyable lifestyle. Stay tuned!
Your Fitness Coach,