Happy Hump Day! Once I make it through today, I only have one more day of work before I am on vacation!!!
But, before vacation time, I have a few things to do…one of them being write this post for the 2nd topic in Fitness Cheerleader’s March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Challenge. Today’s topic:
Share 5 tips to fit fitness into your life.
I’m no expert about this topic, but here’s what has worked for me:
1. Schedule it: Put your workout into your calendar and treat it like an appointment or meeting. I am able to book my CrossFit classes up to one week in advance. Based on my family’s schedule and other things I have going on, my CrossFit routine has been 8:30pm Monday &, Wednesday, and 5:30pm Friday evening for quite some time. It’s in my calendar and I know not to book other things at those times if I can avoid it. My family also knows that at those times, I’ll be at the Box.
2. It doesn’t have to be a long workout, just get moving: One thing I’ve learned doing the Whole Life Challenge, is it’s okay if your workout is quick, or even if it doesn’t feel like a workout. The challenge had us to do at least 10 minutes of activity every day. This can be anything that gets you moving. On days when I don’t have CrossFit I try to walk for at least 10 minutes, or do 10 minutes of light exercise – things like squats, hip bridges, sit-ups, push-ups or anything else that gets me moving. Other things you can do could be: go for a walk at lunch, park farther away from mall or store entrances so you have to walk further to get to the door, take the stairs instead of the elevator. These are all little things, but if you do enough of them in a day, they all add up.
3. Get friendly with a foam roller. This was another thing with the Whole Life Challenge. They wanted us to do 10 minutes of stretching a day. I got into the habit of foam rolling for 10 minutes before I went to bed. This was one of the things that I actually kept doing after my first WLC ended. Every night, before I climb into bed, I roll around on the floor with my foam roller. It hurts, I creek and crack, but it feels awesome. I think the fact that I do foam roll every day help my muscles recover from my insane CrossFit workouts so I am ready to go next time I’m at the gym. Check out this link or click on the image to be taken to the full infographic for how to foam roll like a pro from Greatist:
4. Find something you love. If you find a workout that you love, you will be more likely to do it. I used to run…quite a bit actually. But I never really liked it and every training run felt like a chore. As soon as the race I was training for was over, I would stop running, because I didn’t like it and it was so hard for me. Then, when I was time to train for another race, I would have to start from ground zero again, and that made it even harder. It really wasn’t fun ever. Eventually I decided that life was too short to spend that much time doing something I didn’t like. Thankfully, that was right about that time that I discovered CrossFit…and I’ve never looked back! I absolutely LOVE CrossFit and I look forward to every class. I’m actually sad and miss it on days when I don’t go to the Box.
5. Do it with a friend. If you know you have to meet someone, you are less likely to skip out. Or, if it is something you really don’t like all that much, having someone to do it with will make it better. When I did run, the best part of it was the training runs that I did with my sister. We are both busy with work and families, but we generally ran together twice a week – once for hills and once for our long run. Hills suck…plain and simple. But, knowing when I got to the top of the hill, I got to run casually back down and chat with my sister, made them suck not quite so badly. Long runs were just that…LONG! We would regularly run for 2+hours. They were hard, but we made the time pass by talking non-stop for the whole time. So, find a pal and get out there and do it!
Hopefully these tips will help you fit fitness into your busy schedules.
Do you have any tips on fitting fitness into your life?