The summer months are on us. School is out, the kids are home full time – and if not at home all day then they’re at camps or with a sitter, and you’re stuck looking for ways to entertain them for nearly three months of hot humid misery. Am I right?
Usually what happens this time of years is the bi-annual fall off of class participation. It happens in the summer and again before Thanksgiving. I get it, the weather is nice, the kids are home and it’s time to spend quality family time taking vacations and weekend trips and spending time together. Life is being lived to it’s fullest. However, this also seems to be the time of the year when I get those private messages…..”Hey Girl! It’s been forever! I was wondering, what’s your schedule again? I’m planning on starting back again next week! Also how much is it again?”
Yup. It’s been four months and I haven’t seen or heard from ya.
I’m not judging you. Like I will always tell you, I get it, life happens, things come up and you have to take care of you. This is how the world works. What I want to know is, why not start today? Why wait until “next week”?
Habits are what cause a change – create a habit and it becomes unnatural when you fall out of it. So if you tell yourself “I am going to make it to class on Tuesday and Saturday” and actually make it a habit and come EVERY week on Tuesday and Saturday – doing so will feel as natural as brushing your teeth in the morning. When you make excuses to not come – i.e. I’m too tired, I’m hungry, I have laundry to do, I have family in town, or my favorite…it’s too hot out, it’s raining… – those excuses will soon outweigh the reasons TO come, even though you know in your heart of hearts that you should. For one hour a DAY, make time for yourself and your HEALTH. We all know the United States is #1 in obesity and overweight adults (according to the CDC, more than 1/3 of the population is). One hour may seem like a little, but when you apply it, it equates to a lot!
#DidYouKnow that exercising stirs up your “happy sauce”? Yup. When you work out, your endorphins are revved up causing you to feel more energized, happy and less stressed. Mix feeling happy with healthy eating and you’ve set yourself on a path to better living!
One of the biggest obstacles we face is holding ourselves accountable. We may have every intention of doing something, but then find some reason to not do it. Accountability is key to stick to a new habit. What’s a good way to find accountability? Find a friend and ask them to join you. As in my example above, have them come to class with you every Tuesday and Saturday; share healthy recipes with one another; become friends with people who share your likes and hobbies. Also, don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS. More often than not, any instructor or fitness professional you may be spending time with is more knowledgeable in health and wellness than you may give them credit for.
So, I ask again, why not today?