Enjoyment. How do you define it?
Hopefully you’ve all taken plenty of time to enjoy people, places and personal time this past month! Now a new year is upon us, routine has returned, and it’s easy to feel down coming off of so much excitement and merriment. Maybe you enjoyed a little too much this season and are now dreading the work ahead of moving more, eating better, and getting back on track.
Maybe you stuck with your workouts and stayed intentional with your eating but are feeling like you’re burning out or overwhelmed. Either way, it’s time to look forward and to start enjoying the new season before us. It can be tough to enjoy when we return to work, get sick from the busyness of the weeks past, and struggle through more cold months of winter ahead.
I want to challenge us all with how we plan on enjoying ourselves in 2012, and part of that means focusing on a clear direction and/or creating goals. Truth be told, I’m never really one to make New Year’s resolutions – or even goals, for that matter – and I’m a “professional goal setter” for others as a personal trainer! But they just don’t work for me. I choose instead to pursue more of a path than checking in with specific goals, but that’s just how I work. What I make sure I do, however, is enjoy life! And a big part of enjoying life for me is staying consistent with my health and fitness habits. You may call that a resolution, but I call it more of a direction, and one that I plan to walk in every day and hope you choose to do the same.
There are a few things I know I must include daily that produce enjoyment in my life:
It’s vital for me to keep moving, because undoubtedly I feel better after a good workout! Knowing that helps me stay consistent in squeezing my workouts in when life is busy and committing to them in times of routine. If you’re having trouble getting back into a workout schedule with your fitness or feel discouraged as you start out the new year, remember to look ahead and focus on how you will feel after you workout – no one ever finishes a workout and then says, “Man, I wish I didn’t just do that.” You won’t regret it!
While you’re at it, keep this simple mantra in your mind: move more. More than you did yesterday, whether it’s a walk around the block, a decision to drive to the gym after work instead of going straight home, or doing squats while you brush your teeth before bed. Simply move more. It will lead to more enjoyment of life because you’ll feel better about yourself and be more physically able to embrace life.
Eat Real Food:
Getting back into a routine means getting back to breakfasts before work/school/the day begins, packing lunches, and cooking at night. Make this the year you focus not necessarily on calories but on eating real food. My rule of thumb? The less package I take off a food product the better. Think: vegetables, fruit and protein from real food sources (legumes, meat, etc). This is part of my plan to enjoy 2012 more because I know how wonderful I feel when I’m fueling my body with real foods. It allows me to be present with people, to power through my workouts, to not crash mid-day and have energy to get outside and keep enjoying winter. I’m sure we’ve all just enjoyed our fill of cookies and quick meals, take-out and holiday drinks; let’s start enjoying food that makes us feel great and does wonderful things for our bodies!
Redefine How You Enjoy:
When you “treat” yourself, do you go out for dessert? Do you allow yourself more time to veg on the couch? Nothing is wrong with those options, but perhaps we need to redefine how we enjoy life. Spend time with family and friends, linger over your coffee, go for a beautiful walk as a reward for sticking with your plan or try a new seasonal activity (like cross-country skiing). How can you redefine the way you enjoy life?
Are you someone who sets goals and commits to New Year’s Resolutions each year? Do you normally keep them?
Think about what might be an obstacle to your goals or direction and what will promote and keep in mind your ultimate end: to live better so you can enjoy life more fully with those you love! The toned body and lean muscles are just added bonuses. Move more, eat real food, and redefine how you enjoy life. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2012!
Live well & be well friends,
This is a guest post by Bonnie Lang: Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer, Nutrition & Wellness Specialist, TRX Trainer.
Bonnie is an in-home personal trainer in Calgary, Alberta where she lives and loves to motivate others to live healthier lifestyles for a better overall quality of life. She specializes in HIIT, functional fitness, and core strength and when she’s not training others is adventuring in the back country powder or on the cliffs of the Rockies with her husband. Catch up with her adventures and fitness tips on her blog: http://bonnielangfitness.com.