Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas or Happy Monday-
I’ve been thinking a lot about this pep talk over the last week and how to convey this message.
I was going to come up with a catchy jingle or a goofy youtube video because I love when people laugh but it isn’t coming to me so I won’t force it…
The idea behind this week’s pep talk is **fun**.
How can we make the approach to the fitness or health goal more fun?
How can we make the process of working toward the goal more enjoyable?
How can we have an even better time doing this?
(By this I mean the journey of fitness- with a cross-over application to any goal in life)
As I say in the Megan K Fitness podcasts, “fitness is a journey and as much as possible we want to find joy in the journey”.
I mean it.
When we like/love to do a thing we will make it a priority.
When we move our bodies and fuel them out of love for them we will see changes faster than we could have imagined. When we treat our exercise, fitness, fueling process as a punishment or a restrictive, limiting type of process we will find it miserable. Makes sense right?
I have a joke at the studio with the team, “are we having fun yet?” I typically ask it during the heart of a perceived struggle. Why?
It makes me/them laugh.
It lightens us all up.
We stop being so darn serious.
And then we get back to work with a change in perspective.
So as we are in the heart of the holidays- the happiest time of year- I’d like to ask you, are you having fun yet?
Could you make your fitness/ health journey more fun?
Can I/we help?
We’d sure like to… 🙂
So how might we have more fun?
Ultimately, only you can answer this but I have some potential starting points just in case they are helpful.
The following are ideas I’ve seen work for clients, the team and myself in joyful pursuit of our goals.
- Lighten up
- Get curious
- Be playful
- Become willing to experiment
- Make a joke
- Receive a joke
- Get some music going
- Avoid pain- seriously. Please.
- Find gratitude for all that is going well.
- Appreciate what you can do (pain free, with ease, with improvement etc.)
- Acknowledge/celebrate/ find/recognize what is getting easier as you go, and focus on the ease…
Now I’m not saying you should show up to your workout and spend the next 30 minutes messing around. Work needs to be done.
We do need ‘time under tension’, but let’s not confuse tension with misery, suffering or something awful. That’s not only unnecessary and scientifically has been proven to slow down progress. Misery/suffering is psychologically the complete opposite of FUN and probably not going to make you want to keep doing the exercise. Right? Yikes. But we do need to work.
So our aim must be to find the balance between doing the work in a way that respects our bodies while doing the work in a way that expands our limits.
Not too much, not too little.
And if you’re not having fun at least some of the time, then it is necessary to shift your focus because miserable just isn’t the way to go…
Our hope for you, as we go forward, is that you’ll approach moving and feeding your body with joy and that you’ll do it with self love NOT as a punishment for something done or not done in the past.
With much love and appreciation for you,
happy happy holidays.
Committed to your success,
Megan K and the team