So 6 months into the year how are your fitness goals going?
Did you start the year with all good intentions, this is THE YEAR that you are going to get on top of it..they say if you do something for 10 days in a row it becomes a habit. If you did an hour of Pilates every day for 30 days not only would you have a new habit but a new body as well! Sore in a satisfying way, leggings would be loose from all the athleticism, mind clear, internal showers everywhere!
So January went by, so maybe you thought “Why follow the crowd, I’ll start on February 1st instead”
February rocks up, but it’s your day off..Nope, I’ll start next week. Next week rolls around, you get to a class, you totally nail it, you are amazed, happy to think 30 days of pure joy are ahead of you..all you needed to do was start.
Fast forward and its your day off again, I mean..we should ALL have ONE day off when we don’t have to do anything right?
Fast forward four days of taking class and it’s my day off again. I mean…we should all have ONE day where we don’t do our jobs, right?
So here we are, half way through the year. The Bikini diet/workout has come and gone from the magazines already, you can feel the flabby bits creeping towards your thighs as you sit down, and a myriad of excuses as to why exercise hasn’t been possible in your busy schedule.
Ah..well. Better than paying for a subscription that you don’t ever use, you say.
So if you are finding shopping for loo roll, finding the right cushion for the sofa far more important than your fitness, or checking your social media more pressing than a press up, IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE RULES.
Pick an hour and be really present for it. I am a Pilates teacher and I have SO many options for classes, but just like you I can find excuses not to do anything for my own body and health and wellbeing.
I picked random hours at various places and tried my best to be my best. Maybe it was listening attentively to a friend tell a story. If it was making a meal, (just kidding, I don’t cook, I leave that to my son if I can). One day it was being extra attentive to a student who needed extra TLC. It became an hour where I wasn’t looking toward the next hour or day or week. It became an hour of self-practice and NOT looking at my phone. An hour that had no sense of urgency or instant gratification.
Adding this hour to my day DID challenge me to move more. It may have been physical movement at times, but the most telling and “MOVE”ing portion of these 30 days was finding space and time for myself, others and just showing up.
Cheers to a healthy reminder to just show up for YOU. The community around you will reflect your choice and benefit more than you can imagine.
Thanks for reading..Karen, Northants Pilates.
Mum, Dog Owner, Pilates Teacher and Business Owner…time, what’s that?
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