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I feel a bit like a hypocrite as I type this, because I’ve struggled with sticking to a workout routine, but I’ve gained some more insight lately into what sets me up for success so I wanted to share them with you! Stick around until the end because I have an awesome giveaway for you all!
1. Find a workout style/exercise that works for you. I have stuck with yoga/pilates for over a decade now. It’s my go-to and I find I’m most motivated to get it done. I recently tried pure barre and barre3, and to be honest, it just isn’t for me. It was an effective workout & I loved how it targeted specific troublesome areas, but it didn’t spark anything like what I feel when I practice yoga. I’m thankful that I tried something different, but I realized that it just wasn’t for me. I’m a yoga girl, through and through. I can easily do an hour of yoga during Charley’s nap if I get started (key words there = “if I get started” lol). But that might not be you. Find something that really sparks joy and challenges you and keep at it. I also fit in frequent walks with the family and stick with that versus running since it’s low impact.
2. Get new workout clothes/gear. I know, I know. This sounds like a justification to buy more things, but there is something about having a new pair of yoga pants and tank for me that just motivates me to start practicing even more! Maybe you’ve hit a lull in your routine? Maybe a new outfit will inspire you to get back at it. Or if you’re a runner, get a new pair of running shoes. Back when I ran more, running in new aasics was like walking on clouds….
3. Stick to the same time every day. To the best of your ability, try to exercise at the same time every day. Preferably before the evening (some people are more sensitive to the endorphin high and this can make it difficult to get to sleep). For me, the most realistic time I have to exercise is during Charley’s nap. Lately it feels like I try to cram so much into his nap time, so definitely cut yourself some slack. I work during his nap but I also take breaks and either catch up on shows or sit on the couch and scroll through my phone. It’s all about balance, but if you have an 8-5 job, try to get up early to get your workout in before work. It’ll be worth it! And who knows, you may not need all that coffee that you normally do 😉
4. Commit to working out for two weeks. Ideally, you’d want to do something for three weeks to really form the habit. But I feel like two weeks is a good start. Remember, you don’t have to work out every day, just set your goal (whatever it may be) and stick with it for two to three weeks. Things should start to get easier. Personally, my goal is to practice yoga MWF & walk every day for 20-30 minutes. I also have some floor exercises to help heal my diastasis recti, which I talk about here and here. I found an amazing resource that I’m linking here. Kelly Packer shares her own experience and I found it extremely helpful and encouraging. It’s so discouraging to work hard and not only NOT see results, but to see it get worse. If you feel like I just described you, you may want to check out her video. More people have it than they realize!
5. REST. Yes, I just said rest. Know why? Our bodies need rest. I just read a blog post today about a woman sharing her infertility journey. She worked out so vigorously and so intensely that she lost her period and got osteoporosis and hypothyroidism. Our bodies are smart and when they perceive disaster coming (which is what we’re telling our body when we don’t give it enough calories or rest and exert a ton of energy!), they go into survival mode. They start storing fat around your vital organs, they shut down the reproductive organs, and they do everything they can to protect the heart and brain. She said fitness caused her infertility, and when she phrased it that way, it was shocking. But I believe it 100%. Sure, we need to push ourselves sometimes and challenge our bodies so that they can become stronger, but the key to that is we need to allow our bodies time to RECOVER. That is a vital piece of the equation that many people leave out these days.
Part of my recovery has included PowerPlay’s cold & compression therapy. My wrists have always been weak & certain yoga poses really put a strain on them (I’m looking at you, plank and side angle pose!!). In nursing school we were taught the acronym “RICE” for treating a sprain: R = rest, I = ice, C = compression, and E = elevation. And it really helps. I know my own tendency is to reach for a hot pack when I’m sore, but that’s the worst thing you can do! Heat will open those blood vessels and increase blood flow to the injured area that is already inflamed and angry. Do yourself a favor and ice for 20 minutes, then give it a break. If you feel like you need another icing session, wait 20 minutes, then ice for another 20 minutes. What’s I love about PowerPlay’s cold & compression therapy is that is adds the compression component to the “RICE” therapy. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but I absolutely loved it. The system allows you to select the amount of compression you want (measured in mmHg) and then it automatically starts squeezing and letting go for 20 minutes, then it shuts off automatically. It feels so relaxing and I can tell it’s helped my achy and sore wrists. They have many other kits that include wraps for the back, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip and ankle. Many of their customers are professional athletes, but others use their cold & compression therapy for restless leg syndrome. It isn’t a product that’s reserved for the pros, and if you have a problem area, this could really help you in sticking with your workout routine. I know many runners suffer from knee pain; this would be an amazing way to help your knees recover so you could get back to running faster.
PowerPlay has become an important part of my post workout recovery & soon it’ll be a part of one of yours! I’m partnering with them to giveaway a $100 gift card to their store. In addition to this gift card, one of you will get a new PowerPlay bag, a free juice from Ediblend, a Camelbak water bottle from Wabi Cycles, a free class at StudioPOP, and a 50% off facial at Elixir Skincare Studio. A few of these items are specific to Tulsa, Oklahoma, but I know that it isn’t that far of a drive from Oklahoma City! You can drive up there to take a spin or yoga class at StudioPOP, get your free juice from Ediblend, then end with a nice facial from Elixir! Sounds like a good Saturday to me!
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