Monday, August 8, 2016

Motivational Monday: Fitness

I'll be honest, I have been in somewhat of a fitness rut since Eila was born. Sure, I'd go on occasional runs and walks but nothing regular. I have a couple of excuses that I use to justify this rut. Hello, I am a new mom. I don't have time. {That's a lie} When I get home from work, running is the last thing I want to do. {That's mostly true}. I like the number on the scale just fine...no need to hurry back into fitness land. {This is a trap!} There is a cool article in one of the most recent Women's Health magazines about finding what motivates you. This weekend, I cured my fitness slump by doing a few tried-and-true things that motivate me. These things may not motivate you, but I will share just in case.

5 Things that Cure My Fitness Rut

image via Fit Pregnancy

  1.  Pictures on Pinterest. I have a few fitness-type boards. The largest is called Health + Fitness. The newest is called Post Baby Bod. Before I had Eila I envisioned the postpartum weight loss process to be a really difficult undertaking, and it just wasn't. All of the inspiration I had built up before the baby was squandered by the fact that I felt like my body had taken care of itself on its own. While that is partly true, I was falling victim to the idea that weight loss is the only reason for exercise. Yes, that is my vanity coming out in full force. Everyone knows the benefits of exercise are manifold. I will say, however, posting pictures of Julianne Hough, Carrie Underwood and Jenna Dewan Tatum will send you right out the door to pound the pavement.
  2. A Mental Health Break. I took for granted the freedom I had before Eila was born simply to go run whenever I wanted. Now, it has to be planned around if Lucas is home and available to entertain her for 30 minutes, the heat index, or whether everyone  is sound asleep in the morning. My opportunities seem to be either 5:30 AM or 6:00 PM.  It is so nice to have that thirty minutes to do something that I know is productive for my physical and mental health. Work can be a grind. Parenting can be a grind. It is oh-so-important to have something that resets you into a positive place. Exercise does that for me, even when I repeatedly push it to the back burner.
  3. Buying New Gear. Isn't that terrible? But it is so true! I bought new running shoes on Saturday and was so eager to wear them that I immediately came home, put them on and headed out the door. The next day, I was ready to do the same thing! This type of motivation is expensive, so I try to limit when I use it as my go-to. To be clear, I needed new running shoes anyway.
  4. Music! {Or Other Audio}: I love making playlists. It's this nerdy little thing I have done for about 15 years now. My friends and I would have whole nights dedicated to burning CDs and jamming them in the car. When iPods came along, I was in Heaven! Now Spotify?! The list goes on and on. Whether you like borrowing a playlist that is already created or making your own, do it! If you are more of an NPR, Talk Radio, Ted Talk person...they make apps for that too :) 
  5. Data Junkie. I love my Apple Watch and other running apps because I really like knowing my time, distance and calories burned. This sets me up for the ultimate competition with myself to beat the last run. If you respond well to collecting data to improve, dive into your fitness analytics! 

My New Kicks

Happy Monday! Break a sweat!

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