This time of year, it’s crazy busy for most everyone. Finding time to stay healthy can tumble down the priority list pretty quick. That’s why I collapse all of my goals into this single thought: Just show up. I show up, then I listen to my body. No time clocks. No calorie burn rates. Just me, whatever time I’ve got, and whatever my body can handle that day.
This simple idea keeps healthy habits alive because it nurtures momentum. I can eat too many treats. I can detour my workout away from what I had planned. But I can’t lose my momentum. Once that’s gone, it is so-so-so-so hard to get back up.
Here’s what keeping momentum looks like for me this month:
- Walking the dog down the street instead of doing that full hour in the gym.
- Plugging in a 15 minute yoga DVD instead of staying for the 5:30 pm class.
- Blending my green smoothie, even though there’s a party with a buffet waiting for me tonight.
- Rolling around on the floor to stretch my back and lube my joints because I woke up too late to do the 15 minute yoga DVD.
This time of year, I have to narrow my focus and just show up. There’ll be plenty of time later to ramp back up, and I’ll have all that momentum to propel me forward.
Shelby lives in Missoula, Montana where she works out at The Women’s Club Health and Fitness Center.