Life has been insane, you’ve had absolutely no time or energy to do anything for yourself lately. It’s all work, uni/learning, errands, bills, family, housework, friends, commitments, responsibilities… all that shit that comes with adulting. But you’re feeling it physically. Your eating habits haven’t been ideal because you’re tired and/or on-the-go.
Did you know that studies show that when you’re tired, you eat on average an extra 300 calories a day? Bloody hell that’s a scary stat, isn’t it? I think when we’re tired we just don’t make the best choices and that’s where it mostly comes from. Or all the coffee and sugar… what do you think?
On the other hand, some of you may just forget to eat and may be feeling quite skinny and weak from lack of regular meals and nutrients.
Your body might feel sluggish. Soft even. We might be tight and achy from lack of positive movement; even stretching would be a good start. You know your mindset, mood and obviously your body would benefit from some exercise but you just haven’t been able to start… for whatever reason. Probably many reasons, one after the other. Well now’s your chance to take control and move that body.
1. Ask yourself these questions:
What's your time frame - can you do 10 or 20 minutes at a time?
What do you enjoy doing? Or what do you truly in your heart WANT to do?
How can you do it?
Is anything standing in your way? Eliminate or minimise that.
When can you do it?
Right now? Perfect, get your stuff on and go. Don’t think, just go. No excuses.
Not now? Put it in your phone, calendar, diary… whatever you use to run your life. Add a reminder or notification. Make sure that you have a plan B and C in place in case of Life.
2. When you do the work out, set a timer for whatever time you decided on.
Put on some motivating beats.
Do what you’re capable of, remember you’re just starting out (or just getting back into it) and you don’t want to injure yourself. So take it to a 6 out of 10 effort level.
When that timer goes off, ask “do I want to keep going?”. If the answer is yes, keep going until you’re content. If not, Great Job! I mean it, congratulate yourself for starting!
3. Afterwards, have some water, cool down, stretch. How do you feel? Do you feel some freshly oxygenated blood getting all around? Smile, you did it. Next, plan for your next session. Put it in your diary/calendar/phone and commit to yourself.
Being a chronic overthinker is something I’ve always struggled with. I want you to keep your thoughts on ACTION. Take the pressure off yourself by doing something you enjoy and realise that you don’t HAVE to do this, you WANT to do this. For your heart, your bones, muscles, mood and your life. Making just 20 minutes of movement a few times a week, a part of your routine will honestly do wonders for your mental health. Listen to your body and give it what it wants. Just do your best and it will become easier. Invite a friend for accountability if you need to. Or contact me Gurrrrrl!
At the risk of sounding like a NIKE endorsement, don’t think, JUST DO IT.