“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
Now that you’ve worked out your workspace, and whipped your routine into shape with the help of strong new boundaries, it’s time to do the same with another part of your life. Your health and fitness.
We all want to look better than we do, feel better, be in better shape. And while part of that is working out a way to accept ourselves and feel beautiful in our own skin, it also can’t hurt to have some goals around exercise and being healthier.
Perhaps one of your resolutions this year is to whip yourself into stronger, fitter shape. To achieve this, you’ll need to regiment your workout schedule and step up your routine to build the strength and skills necessary to take on whatever physical challenges and activities you want.
The important thing to remember is to make sure your routine has flexibility built into it. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make with respect to resolutions around health & fitness is that they box themselves into too tight of a regimen, which then gives them an excuse to throw in the towel and give up when they inevitably falter on their far-too-specific parameters.
Create a routine that allows for the natural fluctuations in weekly schedule, and gives you room to make it work and still feel like you’re always accomplishing something. Perhaps set a goal to work out for a reasonable amount of time per week, and then even if you miss a day, you have the rest of the week to make it up. Or try giving yourself every other day off from exercise, so you have a chance to rest, or to pick up the slack if you fall short on one of your regular exercise days. With such a schedule, you’ll have the freedom to work your evolving goals into your weekly schedule as it shifts each week, and still come out on top. So no matter what life throws at you, you can still feel good about your success, and won’t lose momentum or motivation.
The other key element is having a buddy to keep you on track. We are all more likely to do something if we have someone we trust there to remind and push us. But it’s also about having someone you love be there to celebrate your success with when you do meet your goals. Because if you do stick to your health and fitness goals, you are going to feel great already. But having someone to share it with, who was there with you through the journey, will make it that much sweeter.
So I encourage you to find your ideal workout buddy, along with a weekly routine that works for you. Remember to leave room for flexibility, so you can adjust week to week and still fit it all in! What matters more is not when you do all your exercises, but rather if you do them at all each week – and of course, that you enjoy yourself and stay pumped to keep going.
So work it into your schedule, and then go have fun working it out!
Questions? Comments? Absurd Ideas? Please comment below and tell us about your workout goals and how you can make it work with your busy weekly schedule.
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