This is me today. I'm down 83 pounds since January 1. I've done it by kicking sugar in most forms and watching what I eat with a solid workout schedule. Am I doing great? Not really, but I'm glad to say I'm on the road to recovery and my healthy habits have a lot to do with that.
That's me on Christmas last year. It wasn't good and it wasn't healthy.
The very best thing you can do for your body is exercise.
The human body is a complex machine and no one really knows how it came to be that way, but it’s an incredibly adaptive thing that can be trained with the combination of will and consistency to do incredible things.
But, since we were given free will, humans often choose to exercise that free will into avoiding exercise – and at the time in our lives when we need it the most, which is adulthood.
I get it. Everyone is busy and everyone has a lot on their plate. For instance, I often speak with other parents at my son’s football practices, who ask me how it is I manage to find time consistently in my schedule to work out.
First, I’m a trainer, which is kind of like cheat code for exercise, but the fact of the matter is that even on days when I don’t have a client or clients, I’m in the gym at some point. I schedule that around my work and family obligations and it is a priority for me.
I know that it’s something I love doing, it helps me manage my stress and anxiety – for the most part; these last two weeks have been a challenge – and it helps me rest my body as much as I can. It fills my brain with endorphins and it has allowed me to manage the hardest parts of the last few weeks with strength and grace.
But I make time. I schedule it first amidst my day. If I have an hour over lunch, I’ll go. If not, it’ll be at 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. Sometimes I don’t sleep very well and end up going in at 4:30 a.m. And I go in every day.
Every. Single. Day.
I have two kids and lot of work responsibilities. I have a dog to walk and work to get done. But, I never, ever omit my weight training because I know that making myself uncomfortable in the gym’s controlled environment, I can then be comfortable in other, uncontrolled environments.
The work I put in there makes me better out in the world.
That’s worth it.
If you are new to working out, and you don’t know where to begin, do squats. Keeping heels down and shoulders back, bend your knees until you are almost sitting on an imaginary chair. Then stand back up, squeezing your glutes as you do. Repeat the movement and that will help you learn to do a squat. Then, add weight by holding a dumbbell or a weight plate at your chest. Keep eye contact with yourself in a mirror to ensure your spine doesn’t bend too much.
Remember, movement is medicine and daily movement will be medicine for your body and your soul.
It's not the only thing, but it's helped me so much. Do you want to make exercise a daily part of your workouts?
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