Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Connecting MIND, BODY, SPIRIT & SOUL: Baby Steps

Connecting MIND, BODY, SPIRIT & SOUL: Baby Steps: Blog By Caszie Schoeber PFT,GFL We've all been through it - the lull when, for some reason, we've stopped exercising and can't ...

Baby Steps

Blog By Caszie Schoeber PFT,GFL
We've all been through it - the lull when, for some reason, we've stopped exercising and can't get started again. It could be for a great reason, too - you have to work overtime, you've had an injury that forced you to stop moving, you've experienced some kind of stress or trauma that became your number one priority.

Even when we have good reasons to slow down, we can still be hard on ourselves, calling ourselves lazy or a failure. When the time to slow down has passed, it can be even harder to get back into the swing of things. Before, you were cruising and enjoying every workout, no matter how brutal. Now, you don't even want to think of taking the dog for a walk, let alone exercising for an hour.

How do we get our motivation back?

I've been dealing with a chronic injury for over a year. Its frustrating because it's slowed me down and limited what I've wanted to do. So instead of finding alternative exercises, I used the injury as an excuse and my fitness has paid because of it.

But no longer.

Getting back to where I used to be feels overwhelming (and depressing that I can't do some of the things I could once do). But baby steps are all I need.

To get back in the swing of things, I just need to start with a short term plan to get moving. This goes along with the SMART goals I've written about earlier.

So, this week I'm going to walk 1 mile, three times a week.

After week one is over, its time to plan week two - a one mile jog, three times a week, and one weight training session.

Week three - a one mile jog, three times a week, and two weight training sessions.

The goal is to reform the habit, and to do it slowly so that it isn't overwhelming. The motivation will come, just give it time. For now, just take some baby steps.