Shaking Up Your Routine

Life is dynamic. It changes constantly and every time your work yourself into a good routine, something new comes along to knock it down. If you’ve pushed yourself hard in the past through intense workout programs and you KNOW you can do it, keeping it going may be more about your ability to adapt to life’s changes than your ability to actually do the work. If life were simple and predictable, there would probably be a lot more people keeping fit than there are. Without that predictability, it’s easy to shrug off your routine and start feeling sorry for yourself– telling yourself that you would do it if only this or that new obstacle hadn’t gotten in the way.

Let’s face it, life is all about work. Think of your body in the way you think of your house. You clean your dishes, you sweep the floor, you wash the laundry and the next day it has to be done all over again. Every day you have to wake up and work on your body, work on your diet, cook healthy food (wash the dishes, put away the leftovers, etc). Every day is work and it requires diligence. The moment you let the work slide, that’s when the house starts to fall apart. Next thing you know there is a pile of dishes sitting in the sink and you’re sitting on the couch eating a microwave pizza because there were no clean pots or pans to prepare any decent food with.

Keep yourself working. Remember diligence and consistency keep your momentum going and they are absolutely key to your success. Keep your house clean as the day goes along and you won’t have a big mess to clean up at the end of the week. Keep your body in top condition and you won’t find yourself 20 lbs overweight at the start of the new year.

If you have woken up to a big mess and you’re not sure where to start, just start slowly. One thing at a time. Get your body moving and get your heart rate up. You’ll feel better. Then spend some time putting together a plan to keep yourself from getting knocked off course by the challenges that fall in your path. Keep yourself motivated by putting inspirational quotes on the fridge or the wall or in front of your game system (anywhere that you’ll see them often). Set up a corner in the living room where you can put up a work out schedule or a poster with different bodyweight exercises that you can take a few minutes a day to do. Better yet, do 20 push ups every time you set foot in the kitchen, or do 30 squats every time you head to the bathroom. The more you incorporate your fitness into your lifestyle, the more successful you will be.

There is always time to change.

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