We have at some time or another “chased” perfect. I know I have.
Everything has to be perfect. The perfect workout plan, the perfect diet, the perfect, you name it. Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?
Life has so many curve balls, you can have the “perfect” plan and then guess what, curve ball.
Constantly, focusing on the unattainable is not only exhausting but in the long run makes one stagnant and pushes progress and inner peace further and further away.
This year has definitely shown us how unpredictable life is. How quickly things change.
The key is learning how to pivot and face challenges that come our way. I am not saying having a plan or a guide is bad but balance and flexibility is needed. Maybe in your plan have an anti-plan, the what if, just in case plan.
Remember, perfect is what we have in our minds.
I like this popular quote, not sure who the author is,
” When you can’t control whats happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is”.
I don’t typically share too much personal stuff online but I wanted to share this. This morning I woke up feeling off, just not myself. Not sure if it was anxiety, frustration or overwhelm or a combination of all three. At this point I decided to sit, relax and breathe. I allowed myself to feel all the feels.
I made myself a nice breakfast, I ate slowly and acknowledged all my senses. I gave myself some grace and about 2 hours later I moved my body in a restorative way. No crazy exercises just a gentle Pilates flow and it helped a lot.
There have been many studies showing that movement helps to improve moods. That saying movement heals definitely helped me today.
How has movement helped you?
I will share the flow in a few days on my You Tube channel so you will have it for when you are having one of those days.
They say how you start your day will determine the rest of your day. If you have the habit of immediately scrolling through social media or checking emails upon waking, try waiting 5 or 10 minutes before doing this. Use this time to take some deep breaths and perhaps mentally planning your day.
Here are a few things I do : 1. Hydrate with a tall glass water with lemons 2. I try to get at least 10 minutes of sunshine 3. A quick movement session, for example a mobility/ stretching session
or a 15-30 minute Pilates session.
4. Being gracious, acknowledging and appreciating what is going right and 5. Coffee 🙂 .
I keep working at it, some days I am able to do them all sometimes I am not, but I keep trying.
I do what I can. What are some of your morning rituals?
I always give modifications in my sessions with clients. There is no shame if you have to modify exercises/ movement. We have been conditioned to believe that if we don’t go hard in every session we won’t get the results that we want.
I am here to tell you that modifying an exercise and using a variation that works for you and your body at that moment will actually get you to your results faster. The reason for this is because a. you will be using proper form and technique and b. you are not breaking your body down. Yay, for taking care of our bodies!
The “plus” of this is a. your workouts will be more enjoyable and b. you will get the results you want in a safe way.
Modifying exercises is not, I repeat, is not taking the easy way out. You are trusting and listening to your body. YOU are taking care of YOU.
Whats holding you back? Is it doubt, fear, criticism? Sit with your thoughts/ feelings, figure it out . Grab a notebook and write, use this period for self discovery. Ask yourself the tough questions, re-discover yourself. Once you have accomplished this, release all the negativity, fear etc , let it go.
Believe in yourself , know you can accomplish anything you put your heart into. Yes, it will take hard work and planning and maybe some research depending on the circumstance, but just know you can do it. Yes, you can do it!
I don’t know who needs to hear this right now but I am hoping it resonates with you.
Here is an abs circuit to add to your routine for the next 10 days. Perform 1-3 sets. I will post Part 2 in the next few days on my You Tube channel, so you will have to subscribe to my channel so as not to miss it. Leave a comment and let me know if you tried it. Feel free to share.
We are all staying home due to COVID 19, and whether you have always worked out, but now you are amping up your “training” or maybe you are just starting a workout plan with all the time you have at home. Please, schedule rest days into your routine. Stretch and foam roll or if you don’t have a foam roll, balls will work as well. Pushing yourself and trying to workout hard every day is not wise. This will go a long way in preventing injuries. Rest, recover and give your body time to heal and grow.
This current situation is quite stressful give yourself some grace. Be well, be safe and stay home.