To kick off the year, and #makemoves, join me for a months worth of committing to a new challenge, goal, habit, whatever you make of it. Our very first #makemoves ever is just that: MOVEMENT.
For the entire month of January (however cliche), we are riding the wave of the fresh start and all the fuel of resolutions and goals to stick through this first month together. The goal is to move your body every day for the entire month.
Now the first thing most people want to do is start by going big, as in going hard every single day. Which may work for some. However, I encourage you to think broadly about what movement can mean for you. The idea is to make this sustainable so that you make it through the whole month and can feel good about what you committed to: YOURSELF.
A couple tips for this month, if I may:
Make it count - I don't mean, when you choose your movement for the day, make it something really intense. In fact, I mean the opposite. I am guilty of the inner dialogue that if I didn't get through the whole workout, or if I didn't break a sweat, that it doesn't "count". I myself have shifted to include things like walking the dog, dancing and playing with my kid, stretching etc. to the column of "it counts".
Work it in - consider the things that you already consistently do in a day that you can pair with movement. Could you take the stairs instead of the elevator? Could you stretch while Fiona Gallagher's life falls to pieces? (Shameless reference - go watch it) Could you walk around the block a couple times immediately when you get home from work?
Cut it in half - in John Acuff's book "Finish" he talks about this as a cornerstone of achieving more of your goals. Whatever you have in mind for the month, cut it in half. Success breeds more success and fuels your confidence. You can always add more in as you go and will be more likely to if you're feeling good about yourself. But committing to too much then "missing" a day and then having it all fall apart when you're not perfect is a recipe for feeling like a failure. I don't necessarily mean only commit to movement half of the days in the month (but you could if you wanted to!), what I mean is, think of the big picture of the entire month. For example. if you currently don't ever take walks and are planning on walking for 60 minutes, make it 30.
Book it in - you know I love a good calendar! For me, if it's not in my calendar, it ain't gonna happen. Bust out your iCal or paper planner now and plan your week or month in advance so your commitment is laid out for you.
Make it social - rope a friend in to this challenge with you, start a text threat, share on social media, whatever works for you. Friends = accountability.
Defining "movement" for the month is on your own terms. Permission to get creative, granted. I'm looking forward to seeing how you incorporate movement into your days in January!
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