The holidays can be challenging even in the best of times- & this year? We are all dealing with a whole new reality!
As a health coach I always encourage my clients to have a "tool kit" that they can access before they enter "crisis mode". Identifying when you are beginning to struggle or when you foresee bumps in the road is a crucial skill, one that can take time to become proficient at.
This year I encourage you to activate your "tool kit" of self-care earlier rather than later. Why? Once we are in "crisis mode" it's harder to make rational decisions and often times we will need more time to recover. This doesn't mean it's impossible to make a change at any time, but I am a fan of giving yourself a moment of peace now to help ensure wellness later on.
Read on for my top tips to do just that...
Ever wonder what your workout "sweet spot" is?
You know- the point where you are...
This can be a difficult task when many of us swing between too much ("Let's do the 5000 burpee challenge this month!") to no activity at all (your sneakers & weights have cobwebs on them)...
Have no fear...I'm here to help. Let's breakdown what you can do to find your perfect fitness fit!
Read on for my 3 "Get Started" Tips...
1. Performance/"How I Feel" Goals- Reflect on how you want to feel and how you'd like your body to function. Remember that we are not "in control" of our bodies but we can create patterns of behavior that can improve strength, flexibility, & energy. Avoid weight or sized based goals because diets don't work and being smaller doesn't necessarily mean you're healthier or happier. Learn more here
2. Be Honest- Are you working 12 hours a day? Staying up at night with a teething toddler? Focusing on growing your business? In school? It's best to be HONEST with yourself about your schedule as you plan your workout routine. Over shooting ("I'll wake-up at 4am and exercise 6 days a week before my kids get up!") is a recipe for burnout & overwhelm. Start small, even if it's 5 minutes. It's much better to be realistic and get it done. From there you can build as you go! If you over do it you're more likely to get frustrated, injured and disappointed which leads to the all or nothing "I Quit!" mentality.
3. Be Joyful- I recommend strength training because it can help improve how you feel, your mood and the function of your body. HOWEVER I know there are many preferences when it comes to movement. Movement should be things YOU ENJOY! Yes, you heard me...you should like what you are planning. This way you'll actually look forward to it. This can help build positive feelings which will lead to ongoing habits. Don't forget weight lifting isn't *just* bodybuilding style in a gym. You can do bodyweight moves, TRX, resistance bands, dumbbells at home...If you're not there yet try a dance party with your favorite playlist, stretch, or take a walk outside.
How are you feeling about your goals right now?
Lily Fontas, Ed.M holds a master’s degree from Boston University and is a certified personal trainer and health coach. Her goal is to help others reach their health and wellness goals without blame, shame or dieting. She works with clients globally as a virtual coach and trains clients in-person in Oakland, CA.
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Lily lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband. She loves to lift heavy, watch vintage movies and cheer on her fellow warrior queens!