convince yourself to workout

Committing to Decisions You Will Complete with Confidence

We are inundated with a million choices, and have so many tools at our fingertips these days it's almost too much.  It's rare to just pick up the phone as ask a question, we would rather look it up on the internet. When I have a question about my business or my twins, I often times go to online forums. Last week we talked about making a strategic health plan to give you the steps to move forward to reach your goals.  But what if you are having a hard time just deciding what to do first?  Do you start with diet, fitness, mindset??  It's all important.  Rather than getting caught up in the details, it is often best to sit quietly and ask yourself what your body needs now.  No should's, no guilt, simply "what does my body need now to help me feel more calm, confident, and in control?"

Once you have let yourself listen, it's time to get some information and then start the decision making process.  A wise person once told me to seek out 2-3 people in my life that I can reach out to at a moments notice to get advice from when making a decision.  They aren't making the decisions for us, they are simply there to remind us of the why behind the decision, help give us experience gleaned from their own lives, and to help us weigh out the options in black and white.  A third party beyond our heart and mind can often times make a world of difference!  That's where a caring trainer or health coach can really help.

Once you have reached out to a reliable and trustworthy sage, and you have narrowed down your options to exactly what you want to do, there is a simple three step process:

1) Put your decision in writing in clear and descriptive terms.  For instance, if you say I am going to go to the gym on Tuesday and Thursday morning, narrow it down even more to what time, what you do to prepare yourself to get there, and what you will do once you get there!

2) Put a date on it.   It is super easy to say, I am going to clean out the car....and then it keeps getting put off (and please do not look at mine!).  When you put a date to something it creates a deadline, and the sense of urgency becomes much more palpable.

3) Go public.  This is where the conversation and conversion begins.  When we talk about what we are going to do we have to both get excited about it, defend it, or wiggle our way through it until we become more comfortable with our intentions.  In the talking we convert our thoughts  into words which then move us into action.  Talk with as many people as you can, post it on facebook, or join a like-minded community.

We love to support people in their decision making process.  Not only do we do this on a daily basis in our coaching, but we also offer quarterly Nutrition and Lifestyle Programs to give you the nudge to the three steps above with a community of people who are doing it with you!  Challenging yourself is tough, but it is much better when you have some buddies who can support you through it!  Check out our upcoming 21 Day Wellness Reboot and Detox for more information on getting involved with a tribe of life-changers!  We start May 4th, 2013!

How to convince yourself to workout...and love it

you matterMy mom was here today watching my 5 month old twins (thank God for mom's) and she was on the fence about going to workout.  She had a couple legitimate excuses, 1) she had an allergy flare up and her nose was dripping, 2) it's nearly impossible to leave my two little angels...because they are so darn cute.  In the end, she ended up going to workout with the words "well I guess we will just see how it goes".  Not exactly the words of enthusiasm her workout crazed child would prefer, but the fact of the matter is that she DID go workout.  She didn't let her excuses get in the way of her intention. If you find yourself needing a little nudge to get your workout going and would be thrilled to love doing it- here's my 5 step how to guide:

1) Set your intentions.  If you know why you are going to workout, and you do it for a higher purpose (my mom is planning on staying 49 forever so she can live it up as long as possible), then you will be more likely to stick to it.

2) Tell someone else what you plan to do.  When you go public with your intentions you will be much more likely to follow through, because, lets face it, it's easier to let ourselves down than to let others down or to let them think with aren't keeping up.

3) Put on your workout clothes and commit to 10 minutes.  Even if you are feeling like working out is the last thing you want to do, if you simply get started, your energy will likely change, and after 10 minutes you will find you can easily do another 10 or 20.

4) Get a clear feeling or picture of how you will feel when the workout is over.  Or better yet, how awful it feels to skip the workout when your head hits the pillow at night.  It's amazing how doing something for yourself that is hard to do will lift your spirits and empower you to do even more when the workout is over.  I call this dropping your body baggage, or letting go of the negative feelings you have when you beat yourself up for not doing enough.  You won't have to even go there if you just get started!

5) If all else fails to commit to what you had planned, do something else.  Get creative.  Do a few runs up and down your stairs, pop out a few push-ups, read a magazine article while you do your plank, play your favorite dance tune and get jiggy with it...whatever it takes to just do something that makes you feel alive through movement.

Ultimately moving your body will release endorphins that will help you feel the love of the moment.  Don't believe me?  Watch a runner after a race who has reached a runners high, or a dancer after she or he as expressed themselves with their movement.  Don't worry about how long, how intense, or how precise your workout is...just move, and love yourself thought it.