Having a balanced active lifestyle has always been a priority for me. Toss in the pandemic and sprinkle in a winter season, my need for movement and exercising has never been greater. (Raise your hand if you can relate!)
Finding that groove and sticking with it wasn't easy. I was putting too much pressure on my exercise schedule and was relying on what my calendar “should” look like, or challenges on Pinterest, or starting on the 1st of the month, or on a Monday. In a sense, I was always looking someone or something to show me where the starting line was. After several trial and errors, I realized that I had to do my own thing. I really embraced that “you do you” mentality and went back to the drawing board.
First, I figured out what was available to me. This was my inventory of positive factors and influences I had around me: equipment, space (indoor and outdoor) and time. Yes, time. I used to worry about how little time I had but my changing the perspective and shedding light on where I COULD block off time for myself, I started to see the opportunities. I then made a list of the actual activities that I could incorporate into my week. Sure, I could go to my favourite spin class and really push myself, but having alternatives, especially when non-essential businesses close, are also important. For me, these were body-weight workouts, walking my favourite trails, mobility routines, and ‘Just Dance’ on the Nintendo Switch (trust me, this is SO much fun and involve a lot of movement). What started off as an inventory of what was available to me then became a pocket-full of activities that supported my need for movement whether it involved sweat or no sweat. Movement is movement.
Make the Starting Line within Reach
Earlier I mentioned that I found it difficult to find my starting line, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone on that one. If you are looking for your starting line, your challenge, your 1st of the month … my best advice is to create one for yourself – tailor made just for you. Here are some of my experiences that helped me create my own starting line for a balanced active lifestyle:
Staying motivated and sticking to a routine can be hard for most. If you’re one of those who struggle keeping to a routine, I hope that you take this as a reminder to take that pressure off. Find what works for you - what is achievable? What is in your inventory of activities? Consistency will follow when you’re having fun!