I’ve had some health issues in the last year that have forced me to work out less often and less intensely. Some weeks I haven’t been able to work out at all and the thought of taking a walk was exhausting. I have good days and bad days physically and emotionally.
I love exercise, it has been my sane-maker for years, without it I am not as happy and my body isn’t either.
Here are 10 things I know to be true:
1. You need to keep moving no matter what
2. Focus on what you CAN do not what you CAN’T
3. Celebrate the small things and be grateful
4. Any discomfort you are feeling in this very moment is temporary, it will change
5. Two steps forward and two steps back is the dance of life
6. Instead of complaining ask yourself how you can make today better than yesterday
7. Physical pain is most definitely a manifestation of emotional pain locked in the body
8. Emotional pain is a son of a bastard donkey
9. Laughter is medicine
10. Bright new sneakers make everything better (especially with #5)
Most of the time you hear from experts that you need to lift weights 2-3x per week, do HIIT training 2x per week, walk 30 minutes per day, get nothing less than 10K steps per day, and on and on and on. The truth is you just need to get moving. Your start point is not my start point. Don’t let all the noise out there keep you from finding what works for you. I tell clients they can walk 10 minutes in the morning, start there that’s fine. When you feel good start walking 10 minutes in the afternoon as well, and when that feels good add another 10 minutes after dinner. Once you are feeling it add body weight training, then add some weights. Small attainable goals that are habit based will get you results. Just keep in mind, humans were made to move, if you’ve forgotten how good it feels go ahead and give it a try. You won’t regret it.