As I type this in my running gear on what would be Day 31, I think it's time for a bit of reflection on what went well, what worked, what didn't, and what's next. (By the way, I LOVE this picture but I don't know where it came from - it's not mine...).
I feel great. I feel fit. My memory is ever-so-slightly better. I'm better at multi-tasking. I feel more motivated to go to the grocery store. I've been eating better - remember I started this post-Thanksgiving - and so my insides feel cleaner. And I feel like it's actually possible. Even when I was tired, after a long day, with no time, in the pouring rain, I was able to do something.
1. Change your mindset. Absolutely crucial to success with getting active, especially if you're not already. Try to get away from "I have to workout" to "What am I going to do for exercise today?". Remember your goal for being active. Do you want to lose weight? Change your cardiovascular markers or your blood sugar levels? Sleep better? Look better? Bottom line: you're doing this to be the healthiest you possible.
2. Find your simple motivators. Bribe your friend with a coffee at the finish line, get some new gear (I just got new shorts...WOO!) or gadgets, a couple of new videos, a new yoga mat, etc. My fail-safe is getting into my workout clothes. I just can't change out of them without working out. This is one step further than having them by your bedside for when you first wake up...it's easier to walk by them than it is to change out of them. Another one of motivator for me is my Runners World subscription. Nerdy? Yes. Effective? Definitely.
3. Allow yourself flexibility. After a long day, doing some yoga is amazing. Going for a run, probably not so much. This goes alongside Tip#1 in that you can ask yourself, "what do I feel like doing today?" and have multiple options available.
4. Use what you have. You don't need a gym membership. All I have is a pair of running shoes, free weights, and a yoga mat. And a new pair of shorts...
So what's next? I'm going to think about this when I'm out running this morning. But tomorrow, I might take a day off. Although, yoga would be nice.
I challenge myself... a lot.