MizFit, Im floundering. I keep stopping and starting workout routines. I know where to begin (I just need to do something) but Im not. I fell like every time to decide Ill try a certain way of exercising I do it for a bit and then get distracted by another way to workout.
I hope this makes sense because I’d love your help.
The first time I read this email my reaction was to urge the writer to choose one mode of exercise (anything. just pick one which sounds fun or which s/hes tried & knows s/he enjoys) and commit to doing only that for six weeks.
To not only give himself enough time to see changes physically (as the email didnt specify what type of goals he has) but to truly find if, for example, Pilates is something he loves or running is a workout that is both good for him and thoroughly enjoyable.
I initially wanted to urge the emailer to just CHOOSE SOMETHING, stick with it, and THEN see if s/he wants to switch activities.
The more I read the email, however, the more I became focused on the word FLOUNDERING.
The more I read the email the more it dawned upon me that this was less of a “eh Im not movtivated. help me” or an “I cant find anything I like to do workoutwise. gimmie some suggestions” and more of a seeking of overall structure.
Which caused me to reflect upon own life & my mission statements.
I have a personal mission statement. We have a family mission statement. And I have a separate personal fitness mission statement.
At other points in my life a blanket personal mission statement, broken down into career/fitness/spiritual etc., would have covered it.
Right now, however, since Im wearing so many different
hats bandannas, I decided to address my fitness separately.
life goals? career goals? spiritual goals? those are things I would never neglect even when life is at its most hectic.
I think we all are aware how easily that can be shoved to the bottom of the priority-list. As a result, for now, it gets its own statement and is precisely what I think our emailer might need to help her focus on her fitness priorities *before* she can settle upon a workout routine.
In my opinion the floundering may be less about not being able to stick with a workout and far more about not pinpointing her goals & beliefs with regards to fitness PRIOR to donning any workout gear.
Is it all about stress reduction for you, emailer? perhaps that’s why you so quickly ditched the spinning class in favor of meditation.
Are you working to shed bodyfat? that might be the very reason you veer away from tai chi after a month and zip back to spinning.
Creating a personal fitness mission statement will solve your problem in that once you’ve mapped out for what youre striving you can then plan your routine accordingly.
A few tips on creating this statement:
*shortshortshort Three or four sentences.
*decide what you want to focus on (for example: becoming more flexible) and whom you want to become in the fitness realm of your life. A lean mean machine? A more calm centered you? be specific.
*What would your *ideal* end result of this endeavor be/look like (if by end you mean at life’s end—–which I do because we’re not stopping once we start down this healthy path.)?
*Positive. Positive. Positive. You may not put in your fitness mission statement the things you loathe about yourself currently. PERIOD. Take any negative urge (I hate my fat thighs and stomach) and turn it inside out (Crossfit will give me the long sleek leg muscles I desire).
*Include a sentence regarding how your habits and behaviors in the arena of fitness impact your relationships (By doing yoga five times a week I will be far more calm
and far less tempted to rip Renaissance Man or Toddler Tornado a new one.). Both positive and negative.
*Create a statement which you could use as the backdrop to your life (I will do yoga five times a week because it makes me far more calm, lowers my blood pressure and allows me to work on being present at all times throughout my day) and which isnt in opposition to, if you have one, your PERSONAL mission statement (this was an important one for me. I worked to be sure that all my values were/are in alignment)
Be patient. It can take a while to create a statement which resonates & makes you think THAT’S IT!
For me it took writing the statement, putting it away for a week, rereading & editing and *then* I finally had a statement which felt right.
So ‘right’ that I find that not only does it inspire me to stay on track but it’s energizing on the days Id much rather slackoff than work out.
Bumbling Band? Any other thoughts? Any of you have personal fitness mission statements? dont buy into the whole notion? Hit us up in the comments!
Miz? what is your abs routine?! I couldnt believe when you posted those bra pictures. Thanks!!!
First? thanks for your kind words.
Next? what everyone loves to hear (and please to bear in mind I DO NOT have a 6pack and, Im sure, were I to do more crunches I may): in my opinion flat abs are made in the kitchen & when you do cardiovascular workouts to burn off bodyfat.
Id venture to say that 80% of it, at least for me, is what I shove in my piehole and not the specific style or number of crunches.
Speaking of the kitchen—-here’s an abs video explaining the form I use.
By way of full disclosure I dont do crunches very often.
I add em in if my low back aches but that’s really it. I choose to take those five minutes for something else (usually stretching).
Agree? Disagree? Got a better routine (would.not.be.hard.)? Hit us up below.