Found this great workout for mommas at the playground! Use your time wisely when hanging with the kids!
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Conscious endeavors are something I’ve completely lacked in the last couple years. Without them I’ve watched my idle hands grasp onto meaningless things: more tv, more sleeping, more eating, more laziness and more failures. More of those things equals less of these: reading, writing, singing, playing music, dreaming, inspiring & improving. I think we can both agree the latter list is a much more desirable way to live life.
But we also know life gets in the way. You get lost in a haze. Work gets stressful. Your body gets tired. Your mind gets weak. Your spirit can’t find it’s flame. This is when we become complacent, hopeless, unmotivated, scared, and sometimes lost. Who am I? What happened to my hobbies? My friends? My dreams? Ah who cares anyway, at least I’m up to date on all my Netflix shows…
Stop yourself right there. I had to stop myself too. I mean Netflix just added Season 5 of the League for goodness sake.
But seriously… one day I realized I was watching too much tv. I was sleeping in too late. I was sitting on my ass for too long. I wasn’t happy with my attitude or situation but you know what I realized? That I’m the only one who can change that. How can I change that you ask? By conscious endeavors! Henry David Thoreau knows what he’s talking about. I promise.
What is a conscious endeavor? Sounds to me like a planned & executed goal. It’s not serendipitous. It’s not luck and fortune falling in your lap. It’s creating the life you want. It’s sitting down and really thinking about what would make you happy. What would improve your body, mind & life and then DOING IT.
However there’s a big catch here. The catch is that no one can make you do it but yourself. No book, no inspirational quote, no badass person, no friend, lover, or celebrity is going to make you make this change. You have to do it. You alone.
Scary right? Or maybe it’s fun? You get to choose.
Anyway- to not ramble much longer- I’ll let you know something that has really helped me in the last couple weeks:
Creating daily habits.
If you’re like me and going from not being productive at all to trying to be semi-productive, then you need to start small. Really small in fact. So small that the task might seem laughable, but guess what it’s a task, and you’ll complete it and you’ll feel good and maybe you’ll feel so good about it that next month you’ll tack something else onto the daily habit list. Once you’re able to accomplish some small things, your mind and body will be ready for bigger and better things. I promise.
So my daily habits for this month?
1. Drink 24oz X 3 of water per day (minimum)
2. Complete the http://www.greatist.com September pushup challenge
3. Study 1 hour per day
Guess what I decided happens if I complete all 3 each day? I get a Kit-Kat.
If you’re looking for some more detailed “daily habit” inspiration then check out this post by Niall Doherty– lots of helpful hints here.
Thanks for reading,
Quick & Easy 30-day Pushup Challenge by Greatist.com!
Greatist.com is an awesome fitness & health site that I’ve been following. They offer super helpful workout plans and healthy food ideas. This month they posted their September Pushup Challenge. Being 7 months pregnant, I’m not really in the mood for a hard core workout so something like this is just what I need to have a goal, keep moving, and work on staying strong. It’s just 30 seconds per day of pushups! Anyone can do that, even a pregnant chick 🙂 If you don’t normally do pushups, or struggle with them, please consult with your physician and use caution if you decide to try this challenge.
I didn’t find this challenge until Sept 2nd so started on Sept 3rd with the Staggered Pushups. I did 15 seconds with my right arm forward and 15 seconds with my left arm forward. I was able to do quite a few before dropping to my knees to finish out the set. Again, use caution and modifications where necessary if you are pregnant. I WOULD NOT try the explosive pushups when pregnant. Instead of explosive pushups I’ll be doing some triple threat pushups: 1 regular pushup, 1 wide-armed/wide-legged pushup, & 1 tricep pushup, repeat for 30 seconds.
The best part of this is it only takes 30 seconds but you definitely feel the burn. I also was able to get my husband to join me. In hopes of becoming more productive and healthy (we’ve really fallen off track recently), we decided to set 3 new goals for this month:
1. Drink at least 96 oz of water per day. I’ll be drinking 24 oz before each meal, plus some more in between to reach this goal.
2. Do the Greatist Pushup Challenge
3. Study for 1.5 hours per night (Monday- Thursday only). My husband is taking an online real estate course & I’m studying for my personal trainer certification and we’ve both been slacking in the study department.
We even set up a little calendar in the kitchen where we are marking off when we complete each goal for the day. Accountability is HUGE when it comes to health and fitness and it definitely helps even more if someone in your very own house is doing it along with you. Of course many of us might be in situations where our partner or roommate doesn’t want to participate. You can try to combat this by bringing an element of fun to the challenges. For example, whoever completes all 3 goals for the day first gets some sort of reward. Another big help can be explaining why its beneficial for the person to do these challenges (drinking lots of water = great looking skin! etc) or you can always let your friend/partner know that with their support you are way more likely to succeed so if nothing else, could they do it for you? Who can say no to that?
Starting out with small, achievable goals is the best way to change your habits. Do I need to do more than 30 seconds of pushups per day? Yes. But is 30 seconds of pushups per day something I know I can likely accomplish? YES! Small changes made over time will inevitably create bigger changes and more drive later. Try it out! Grab a buddy, write down 3 small daily goals for this month and get it done!
I look forward to hearing how it goes 🙂