Are you Growing or Maintaining?
This week I am talking about change! How will we ever improve if we continue our same habits and our same thoughts? Without even knowing it we can creep into comfortable habits that are holding us back instead of pushing us forward. Just because its comfortable doesn't means its right! What if we just did the exact same workout every time we hit the gym because thats whats comfortable? Our body would never grow and develop, we would just maintain. So, are you growing or maintaining?
I can't even tell you the amount of times I have or have almost talked myself out of something because I was too "scared". Of what, Im not sure. Fear develops when we feel uncomfortable. Self doubt and other negative emotions creep in because we are pushing ourselves out of our "normal". Your brain naturally wants to do what is comfortable so we talk ourselves out of making the phone call, saying yes to the new opportunity or experience... without even realizing it! We find any excuse in the book to stay in our comfort zone. I am challenging you to stop thinking. I know that sounds crazy but in order to be happy we have to get out of our own heads and go do it! You can't change how you feel about changing habits but you can change your response. Don't let your emotions get in the way of growth and happiness. Take the first step, take action and I promise you won't regret it!
This week I have a killer workout for you. Being happy, healthy, and purposeful is all about pushing yourself. Instead of traditional movements I am going to show you ways to vary the same moves. Squats, lunges and planks are a huge part of my workouts. Use the same movements but mix it up! I know its not easy but it will be worth it.
Replace standard squats with single-leg squats on a bench
Replace standard lunges with step ups to reverse lunge
Replace standard planks with side planks
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- Single Leg Squats (10 each leg)
- Step-ups to Reverse Lunge (10 each leg)
- Side Planks (30 sec. each side)
Go through this circuit 3 times. I finished it in about 11 minutes. Try to get through it quickly to maximize calorie burn!
In the past year or so I have been able to grow thanks to a couple of tricks. In order to grow we have to be accountable. How else will we be able to grow if there is no measurement or scale? My number one tool to stay accountable is writing it down. It is so easy to set goals or have ideas and because we get busy, they slip to the back of our mind. It is easy to say you have goals, it is another thing to write them down and take action towards achieving them. You will be able to look back and ask yourself if you have been making the right steps, or if you need to adjust your process. Make a plan, write it down and it will be a lot easier to take action!