Creating and managing new healthy and existing habits can be a challenge at times and from my previous blog, you know it's completely normal to have the self doubt creep in and you begin to lose your motivation! We've all been there!
Do you ever plant a seed and then continuously dig it up to check that it's growing?
That's exactly what our minds do when we are trying out a new habit - pulling it apart, questioning every bump to figure out whether it's making a difference. Strangling the new habit with an unrealistic time scale!
When we embark on any new habit, without us realising, we have expectations and judgements on that new habit. If we don't see or feel the results straight away - our mind uses it as an escape route to feel discouraged and give up to avoid the feelings associated with low motivation and drive. It's safe and comfortable there for the sneaky mind but it comes with that feeling of failure and questions your worthiness. It doesn't feel nice to be in that discomfort and self doubt zone.
This was me last week having a mindful moment by the ocean after dropping the kids off at daycare and going for a morning run in the sunshine. So grateful for these moments. Makes me feel alive!
So , we want to move our body but find ways to do it efficiently. One of our biggest blocks when embarking on a new healthy habit is time. So this is why I tailor workouts to make sure they work as many muscle groups as possible.
Here are some exercises I filmed over the weekend......
Let’s face it- planking can be boring!!! I 💕getting creative with core work and challenging your body in a way you never thought you could!
Here’s a way you can add a bit of fun into your planks. I just used one of the kids balls but you could use a weighted ball to make it more challenging. Keep watching for an alternative without the ball.
How has your wellbeing journey looked like in the past?
Do you fluctuate between these scenarios….
These 2 scenarios are at the extreme ends of the scale but there is an underlying emotion behind both thoughts and behaviours and it’s probably hidden away deep in the subconscious...
Mindset is something I love to talk about when it comes to women’s fitness. Most of the time when I first meet a client, they are struggling with the mindset. They want to do the exercise but they don’t know how to begin or don’t even think they are capable.
When we work together on the mindset, the changes really happen.
I was listening to a recent podcast, something I love to do, and I loved the concept of the Fixed and Growth Mindset. It’s a theory Carol Dweck came up with over 30 years ago.
We’ll use exercise for an example and let’s say you have never exercised before. If you have a FIXED mindset, you’ll think that you’ll never be able to exercise the way you see others exercise and that you’re just not an active person. You decide it’s not for you and use it as an excuse not to start, even though you know it would be good for you. We’ve all done this with some area of our life.
In my last blog, I discussed strategies you can use to encourage sustainable healthy habit forming from identifying the habit right for you, scheduling, repetition and starting small.
I wanted to delve a little deeper into this and discuss creating an environment that will help these healthy habits flourish.
A new healthy habit will never become part of your life if you’re feeling depleted, overwhelmed, overstimulated and become consumed in busyness.
Let’s go through a few ways to support you on your journey….
Through my years as a personal trainer to women and observing and interacting with their health, fitness and wellness challenges, the biggest struggle is with forming healthy habits that stick around and don’t become a ‘I will do that one day when I have more time.’
The truth is that day will never come and we can use procrastination as a way of protecting ourselves, a way to mask the fear around failing. ‘If I don’t start, then I can’t fail!’
Think about how it would feel if you could build in a new healthy habit that will incorporate into your life, increase your happiness levels and the loved ones around you? Isn’t it worth trying again? The healthy habits we want the most can also be the hardest to achieve but even more satisfying when we do.
To comfort you and your fears, know that it is much harder to develop new healthy habits as an adult. The programming in our subconscious locked in there from a very early age is controlling our everyday decision making. We also have less free neurological connections dancing around to make new neural pathways. To build new neuropathways, we must override the negative pathways.
After working with so many different women, guiding and supporting them to reach their fitness and wellness goals, I thought it would help you to put down a few pointers to help you on your way. Is there a new behaviour that you’d like to invite into your life?
It doesn't matter how young or old you are - the body needs to move and be challenged at least four or five times a week in order to grow, stay strong and supple and prevent against injury and disease. If you've never exercised a day in your life and you think it's too late to start, Magic Fitness are here to tell you that its never too late to start a workout program! Obviously if you have had any health issues, it's always important to speak with your doctor first before embarking on any course of physical activity but once you have the ok, grab your trainers and read about the type of exercise that you will reap the most benefits at your time of life.
We all know that gym memberships can be costly and sometimes, it can feel like getting there can be a waste of precious time where you could be working out! So here are some tips for workout gear you can use at home (some of it you may already have!) so you can get your trainers on and start burning those calories any time! No excuses!!