If fitness has been a challenge for you lately and you just aren’t “feeling it,” what if you readjusted your expectations? Instead of “I have to get a cardio workout in,” what if your goal is to just rake the front yard? Or instead of feeling as though you have to take at least a 4-mile walk, what if you make it your goal to go to a scenic park and take cool pictures of the leaves?
At Green Mountain, we consider these activities movement. Enjoyable, intrinsic movement. If your fitness expectations are completely outlandish, you’ll likely end up not doing anything at all. So, take a step back, and consider how “a single step” toward your fitness goals could look different. If there isn’t pleasure in the process, the journey will indeed feel longer.
Marc David recently reported that there is big metabolic difference between happy exercise vs. stressed exercise. I think the weekend should be about doing what feels good, what replenishes you and restores you for the week ahead. If your goals are stressful and feel like “shoulds,” it may be time to re-evaluate if they are really helping you at all.