I was driving through the parking lot yesterday and looking for a place to leave my car for a couple hours so I could hang out with my girlfriends for the Tuesday Coffee Sanity Check group (yeah, I created that!). So every Tuesday, I go to a coffee shape on base and hang out with other military wives. I created this small group after I quit my job on the Hill and became a full-time business owner at Captial Media Training and a part-time fitness coach at Fit Journalist. My thoughts were that I knew being home all day, even while working, was going to get lonely if I didn’t find ways to have conversations and get my butt out of the house.
So far so good. But I noticed something as I was looking for this parking spot………
I was getting lazy! It was 70 degrees outside and I was keeping an eye out for a close parking spot. That might make sense if it was snowing or downpouring, but 70 degrees?! As a FITNESS COACH!
I remember when I first bought this car and I used to park as far away from other cars as possible hoping it wouldn’t get a ding or two in it (which it now has). But eventually that newness wore off and I stopped caring so much. I think fitness can be the same way. At least for me, I KNOW that my daily workouts are keeping me fit so I don’t pay much attention to being mindful of my fitness throughout the day. Now that it’s on my mind, I plan to change that!
So here are three things you can do every day (or whenever applicable) to be a bit more healthy and get in shape whether you’re doing a workout program or not!
1.Park your car far away!
You saw that coming, right? But seriously. Walking is good for us and walking every chance you get is GREAT! Luckily I do a good job of this in the mornings. I walk my child to school every morning and take the dog at the same time. Then the dog is happier throughout the day, the child is at school and I got a little healthier. I actually even do this when it’s 5 degrees outside …. you’re welcome, dog!
2. Take the stairs
This is another obvious one but are you actually doing it? When I worked on the Hill I often took the stairs instead of the elevator unless I happened to be wearing a particular high heel, but usually even then. At the doctor’s office last week, the elevator was being a bit slow, so I looked around for the stairs and took them instead. I know we hear this one a lot but actually take note of whether you’re really doing it.
3. A 2-5 minute “wake up workout” in the morning
I offer a lot of “free” workout groups for friends and followers who aren’t quite ready to commit to a full fitness and clean eating program. The one we are doing right now is called the 30-Day Butt Lift Challenge. Even though I am on a fitness and eating program, I still do this one with my challenge group. Every morning, I spend about 5 minutes doing the daily task I give them. It’s a nice way to make myself wake up – and my husband is now also commenting on the changes he’s seeing and we’ve only been doing it for a week! Want to be part of a free challenge group? Join here for the ladies. Men message me and we’ll get one started for you guys!