Happy Tuesday!! I’m reading a really great self-help book about how to recognize “lifetraps”, those things that trigger you into a negative thinking pattern and how to change your way and mindset before allowing yourself to fall into those patterns. Just started reading it, but it’s already got me thinking about the ways I deal with things and it’s been helpful. I feel like I’m on the right path to looking at situations differently. So a total win!
What it also did was got me thinking about common “fitness traps”, those things that we use as a crutch. There are all kinds of excuses we allow to become our realities and it just holds us back from doing great things. Some “fitness traps” are more prevalent at the beginning of our journeys, but others start creeping in as you go along. I’ve had all of these thoughts at some point and it’s helpful to know ways to get past them and not to let them define you or stop you. I am no means an expert; I’m just sharing strategies that worked for me personally.
Fitness Trap #1 “Mommy Guilt”
As a full time working mom, I get this. You already are away from your child for the better part of the day, only to come home and head out to for another hour or so to go exercise. The feelings of guilt creep in. You start thinking, “I should be home.”
How to help overcome these thoughts:
- Schedule your workouts ahead of time for the week and share them with your family. The more they know what your schedule looks like the less likely it will feel like it was sprung on them.
- Ask for support and share why exercising is important to you. Everyone needs some “me” time.
- Include your family, when you can! We do WOD workouts from time, go on walks, etc.
- Try to find times to workout when it disrupts family like the least. During the summer, we are a lot less structured, so I run mornings or in the evenings. During the school year, some days, I go workout right after school; other days, I head out after prepping dinner.
- It’s a great chance for your spouse and children to hang out without you being there. That’s a good thing! Just like I enjoy my time alone with Hayden, I know Nick does too.
Fitness Trap #2 “I don’t have time”
With busier and busier schedules, it can seem like it’s almost impossible to fit in just one more thing. Between work and kid’s schedules, it seems like adding in workout time is just adding to the stress of scheduling it all. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day to get it all done. How to help overcome these thoughts:
- Plan ahead. Look at a weekly schedule and find places where you can fit in a quick workout. For most of us, there are a few gaps of time somewhere.
- Prep ahead. Anytime you can prep up the upcoming day, it leaves more time somewhere else. Prep school lunches and dinner at the same time. Lay out school clothes for the week on Sundays. Pick certain days a week that are cleaning and laundry days. We actually do a load of laundry a day just so we don’t have to spend a day doing it all.
- Find gaps. Your child is working on homework, do a quick set of push ups and crunches. Your child is at (soccer, softball, baseball, etc.) practice. Run or walk while practice is going on. If they have practice at a gym, workout while they are at practice. Hayden would have swim lessons at our local Y and I’d drop her off and workout. She was having fun and I was getting in a quick workout.
- Make working out an appointment. Just like any appointments we make, keep it written down and in stone on your calendar. Treat all workouts just as important and necessary.
Fitness Trap #3 “I’m too…(fill in any adjective that fits)”
When I first started running, I’d say I’m too slow. Heck, I still can say it now too. When I first started taking Body Pump classes, I’m too weak. When I first start anything new, the “I’m too…” creeps in. It’s a crutch that can stop you from every taking that first step. How to overcome these thoughts:
- Realize there is always some faster, stronger, etc. than you. It’s true. But what does that other person have to do with you and your journey? Nothing. Everyone starts from a different point and it’s your job to only be concerned with your goal and your results.
- Find workout friends who are around your level of fitness. There is nothing better than the camaraderie that you find when you meet people who have similar goals and fitness levels. When I signed up for my first half marathon training, I was soooo much slower than everyone else. I ran a lot of miles chasing the pack. Once I became more comfortable within the group, I met Christine and Kay. I was just always right behind them on most of our runs, so it was finally a relief to talk to them. I wasn’t alone now. They kept an eye out for me on our runs. It meant a lot to me to have them do that.
- Use those feelings as fuel. When I first started BP, I was using the bar and one small plate (2.2 lbs) on each end for a lot of the tracks. I felt super silly at the beginning. I kept at it and eventually went to two small plates (4.4 lbs). Yes, that extra little bit to jump to a medium plate (5.5 lbs.) was too much. Now, I’m still working to gain weight on my bar. A few weeks ago, I finally did the chest track with a big plate (11 lbs). It’s taken me almost two years to get to that point, but it’s the progress that keeps me going back.
What are some of those “fitness traps” you had to overcome when you first started exercising? What are some “fitness traps” you are dealing with now?
For all things fitness and fun:
- Head over to the Fit Fam by visiting Jill Conyers at JillConyers.com, & Jessica Joy at TheFitSwitch.org.
- Check out Tuesdays on the Run by visiting Run the Great Wide Somewhere, MCM Mama Runs, and No Guilt Life.
Go be awesome! 🙂
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