Sometimes the hardest part is starting. We can agree that BALANCE is the key to health & success, and it’s all meant to be enjoyed! One of my mentors said to me if you can’t smile while doing it, then you should stop doing it. If you’re feeling “off track” or overwhelmed in certain areas of your life, remember that small steps still move you forward.
Today, I choose to share about MOVEMENT & EXERCISE, which for some can be the most overwhelming aspect of health & wellness. Try starting with these small actions:
Think on this verse in Acts 17:28 as it says, “For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Stop trying to do things in your own strength and truly begin to live and move and have your being in God. Seek Him first and everything else will be added unto you.
Stand up every hour. Stretch or just move around a little and get your blood flowing. The average adult spends 50-70% of their day sitting, which can be harmful to our bodies and our health if we are not allowing ourselves time for our blood to circulate properly. prolonged sitting can lead to higher cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and even an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Walk for at least 20 min a day. Start with an attainable goal and then increase it when you’re ready. I like to throw on my favorite podcast and when it’s not cold, walk outside periodically throughout the day. If you don’t live in an area where you can walk outside, even just walking around your house or apartment will help add movement to your day. I love walking and running while listening to a Revelation Wellness episode that gets your heart pumping as you Rev on the Go.
Find activities you ENJOY. If you hate high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, stop doing them! Maybe try yoga or Pilates or go out for a hike. Workouts should include some work and discipline, but they should not be something you dread. It’s meant to make you feel good!
Get creative. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you live in a walking city, walk more, and take public transportation less. If your job entails a lot of Zoom calls right now, try taking a few standing up instead of sitting. Break out the foam roller while you watch TV. Look for opportunities to incorporate movement into your day.
Set small goals for yourself. Maybe you want to do a 15-second plank. Once you reach that, try 30 seconds. Then 45. Celebrate those milestones.
Allow time for recovery! Make sure you’re listening to your body and giving yourself rest days. Your muscles need to rest to perform their best and you won’t see results unless you take that time to recover.
If this resonates with you, I would love to be an accountability partner for you as you make goals and begin to implement them into your life. I offer to mentor and coach, and I would love to work 1:1 with you if we are a good fit. Schedule your appointment here.
Also, I have a community that I share with women who deal with chronic pain, and I teach several things about how to become pain-free, healed, healthy, and whole. I’d love to share with you and help you to learn to be healed and whole at the same time, just click here to join today.
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