This post topic could not have come at a more perfect time. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. Okay, a lot. I love love love my job (and anything I do on the side), but I have hit my max on to do’s. My fitness has not been zeroed out totally, but it isn’t too high on my priority list right now. Same with healthy eating and stress management.
Wait, what?! How is it that the very things that keep us energized and feeling all good and productive go by the wayside when work tasks pile up? It would actually benefit us MORE to spend a little LESS time focusing on work. We could take that little bit of time to move a little, nourish with plenty of fruits and veggies, and breathe.
Sometimes we need that push, though. I know I do. I often need to feel the stress before I take a step back to say… WHOA!!! Joey Lawrence style and do something about it.
Even in the busy, stressful times, I find ways to fit fitness in here and there. Deep down I know that I am SO much better off with 10 minutes of walking than absolutely no walking. And so that is how I do it. I give myself permission to do a little less, because I know that tomorrow maybe I will give a little more. I don’t get anywhere but down with feeling guilty for not doing a workout or eating an extra cookie so I take guilt out of the equation altogether!
I strongly believe that living a healthy life is about progress, not perfection. I tried the perfectionist thing and it always backfired. So now I just move more… no matter what that looks like. I don’t have to follow strict guidelines of cardio 5 days per week and strength training 3 days per week. I just focus on getting movement in any way. I crave variety so often check in with myself on what I want to do that day. Some days I can’t wait to kick butt with a HIIT workout. Some days all I want to do is go on a calm, peaceful walk. It may be 10 minutes and it may be an hour and half. Each day looks different.. and I love that. It fits my personality and lifestyle.
I also use a Fitbit, which reminds me to take more breaks throughout the day and aim for more steps. I like it and again, it just reminds me to move a little more whenever I can.
I once heard that walking is medicine. I agree. Movement does a body good and it’s a pill I would be happy to take for the rest of my life. What about you? How do you fit fitness in?