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Holiday Motivation

Has the steady slew of holiday events started to take it's toll on your workouts or eating yet? 

While it's easy to believe that falling off the wagon is just par for the course this time of year and that you'll pick things back up in January- this doesn't have to be your story.

Benjamin Franklin must have had this in mind when he said, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you you can do today".  

You have the ability to decide you will do with the moments you are given, and you are constantly making choices that either take effort to make happen, or that you allow to happen so that you don't have to make as much of an effort.

I became a dedicated exerciser when I was 13 years old and joined the cross country team.  By that following summer I was hooked and was running consistently on my own...for fun.

Since that time I have had my ups and downs with my connection to consistency and workouts, so I have become a student of what makes my own ability (and that of others) to stick to their regimen remain a constant, even when life gets chaotic.

The number one thing I know for sure about what keeps me going back to working out even when I don't feel like it is that I appreciate workouts more for what they do to my heart and soul than what they do for my physical body. For this reason I pick workouts that challenge me, connect me to my heart, and that lift up my spirits.  Tai chi has been a new thing for me and I absolutely love it!

Second, to ensure I get my time in to move I have to stay organized and intentional about scheduling time to do it.  If I wait until I want to or until I might have time, the moment is never right or something always gets in the way.  The additional benefit is that when you commit to a specific routine you know exactly what to do when, where, and with whomever you can find to hold you accountable.

Third, successful worker-outers follow a prescribed and specific routine.  There's no guessing or wondering what might feel good that day.  Here's an example of a great workout week: Monday is running and core, Tuesday is yoga, Wednesday is running and lower body body, Thursday is Yoga, and Saturday is a long run plus upper body.

Fourth, people who workout consistently identify with being an athlete or at least athletic. Movement is simply a part of who they are in the world, not just something they do. This is about their mindset or belief in themselves.  They don't need other people to justify it, but they do love to be acknowledged for their dedication to move. 

So what's the point twiddling your thumbs and waiting for one of the best parts of your day to begin? 

Movement is more than exercise, it is a way to take care of your needs so you can share your love and overflow to create a ripple effect of generosity.  (This is on the Restoration Fitness Manifesto you can access here or see below).

I challenge you to do some sort of movement every day for the next 5 days.  Send me a pic of your activity on Facebook and I'll send you a workout video to do at home over the holidays!!

I'm with you every step of the way!

XO, Nicole

P.S. I am putting the final touches on my Holiday Gift to you.  I promise you this one is going to a game changer!!  Be on the look out next week for how you can get yours.

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.