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Do You Enjoy What You're Doing?

Or does it feel like a chore?

I'm talking about physical activity here, you know, the kind that makes your heart rate go up a bit, makes you sweat a little. Do you grudgingly drag yourself to the gym, park or your home exercise routine? When you get yourself there, is it your goal to get in and get out quickly? I know, we moms have limited time and have to squeeze in any precious moments of me-time we may possibly be able to get during the day - including exercise time! Everything tends to be a quick in and out - I know. But let me ask it this way - if you had all the time in the world (remember those single days?), would you hang out a bit longer?

What do you ENJOY doing? Not what you feel like you have to do, not what the current trend is (Barre, Orange Theory, CrossFit, Zumba?), but what do you really enjoy?

The only way to be consistent with exercise is to find what you really enjoy doing, what gets you excited to get up and go, something you look forward to. For me, it's CrossFit. I've tried just about everything - Zumba, aerobics, Boxfit, you name it - and in the end, I love the diversity of CrossFit. I love weight training and I love the conditioning I get in the workouts. But, maybe you absolutely hate the idea of lifting weights (you do need resistance training, see my blog here). I have many friends who just love to dance and will do Zumba all day long!

Find what excites you. If it doesn't come to you right away, no worries, try out a few different things, but just START DOING! You can think about something all you want, but until you take action, you will get no results.

It really doesn’t have to be pedal to the metal or nothing at all. If you are currently doing zero, just starting with five minutes of something is good. Take a walk around the block, do some stretching while watching TV - even housework is physical activity, do it with a little more gusto! If you are currently doing a little something, do a little more. If you are walking 20 minutes, add five or 10 minutes more at regular intervals - you get the picture.

Most important is consistency! You can be the biggest bad ass in the gym or park, doing 100 burpees without a break, but if you only do that once a week, you aren’t going to get the results you seek. Set up a routine, make it a habit and you will be amazed. And if you find that something that you enjoy doing, you will actually find yourself looking forward to it!


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