I have a challenge for you this weekend. Before doing anything online this morning - checking Facebook, Instagram, email, or turning on the news (okay, you probably already went online if you’re seeing this blog post), do a workout. And same thing tomorrow! It can be a short workout - 10 minutes of yoga, 8 minute abs, or a quick 1-2 mile run, but get out there and “just show up”. I’ve been seeing the phrase “just show up” EVERYWHERE lately and I love it! It’s so true - once you show up, the easy part is the workout. For me, it’s changing into my workout clothing. Once I’m changed, I have no problem getting out the door or pulling out my yoga mat.
(My 6 AM run yesterday - running through a calm and quiet Philly early in the morning helps me start my day with a peaceful mind.)
The point of the challenge is to not get distracted from your health by technology and other responsibilities. We often, myself included, put working out or going for a run as the last thing on our to-do list and before you know it, the day is over and we haven’t worked out. If you’ve already looked at all your social media and checked your email this morning, schedule 20 minutes before 10:00 AM to get in your workout. Then tomorrow morning, make your workout your #1 priority in the morning. Wake up knowing that working out is the first thing you need to do. It’ll give you a purpose to jump out of bed in the morning and you’ll feel better and more energized afterwards!
The second part of the challenge: stay positive this weekend. Try to see the positive light in every situation and keep your spirits up. Turn every negative thought into something positive and push the negativity out of your head! Sometimes I bring myself down with my own totally irrational negative thoughts or I rely on others to lift my mood. Happiness needs to come from within and that starts by being positive. Who knows - maybe your spouse or friend or roommate needs that positivity, too.
(Surrounding yourself with positive people will help, too.)
I’ll be hosting a 30 day fitness challenge in January and I encourage you to participate! How it works: I’ll post a short workout on the Run Life Co. Instagram (I’ll put the summary on my blog, so you can follow along here, too) every day for 30 days. You’ll do the workout, take a picture of yourself before, during, or after the workout and post it on your own Instagram using the hashtags provided. You’re welcome to participate without posting the pictures, but I’ve found that posting something helps keep you accountable. The challenge will be a great way to start those New Year’s resolutions, but let’s all start now by working out this weekend and being positive! It doesn’t have to be a new year to start working on your goals.
Disclaimer: I'm not a trainer or a health coach. The challenge will be based on my favorite strength training exercises to improve running form and mobility. Participate at your own discretion! Also, sorry for the poor picture quality in this post...it might be time for a phone upgrade.
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What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Do you feel more energized after exercising?
How do you stay positive?