I hope that you all had a WONDERFUL weekend. The rainy day weather really made for a really nice change and fall this year is going to be great. Don’t worry, if it starts raining a lot we’ll still get some great workouts in!
Friday we discussed 7 Ways to get more movement incorporated into our lives. That post suggested seven simple ways to get a few more hours of activity to help keep our bodies moving, healthy and fat burning machines!
Also in that post, it was mentioned that we say that we’re often “too busy” to go to the gym, or to take a 15-minute walk occasionally after dinner, or to go on a hike over the weekends. It’s time to talk about our obsession with busy-ness.
Technology has come a very long way in my 37 brief years on this planet. Personally, I feel pretty blessed to have been a part of the generation that knew rotary phones, corded phones, dial up internet, pagers and the dewy decimal system. I knew the connection of a pen/pencil and a carefully crafted mixed tape. I knew it was time to go home when the street lights turned on and that it wasn’t a big deal when my mom didn’t know where I was at all times.
Then came the first cells phones. Texting wasn’t quite a “thing” yet and my first game on my phone was something called “Crab Catch”. It was a little crab that you controlled the movement left and right to try to catch falling apples. What would a crab want with apples anyway?!
Now we have these “smart” phones with countless apps, games, internet, text messaging, snapchat, thousands of TV and radio shows, podcasts and so many other things that suck our time away. Someone put it in a funny way, “What would you tell someone from 40 years ago about a cell phone? That I have this device in my pocket that can literally access ALL of human knowledge and I use it to watch videos of cats.”
There’s so much out there that we do, including myself, that absorbs so much of our time. We HAVE to watch the latest episode of our favorite TV shows. We HAVE to pass that one level on that game that we’ve been trying to pass just so we could tell our friends that we did. We HAVE to check our email every 5 minutes. We HAVE to check Facebook to see what awesome lives our friends and family are living. We HAVE to see how many “likes” our latest post on Instagram got.
There’s just so many things that we feel we HAVE to do to make ourselves feel like we’re keeping up with the Jones’. We say “yes” to everything and then have to figure out how to balance the three things that we agreed to do simply because we feel like we have to. It seems like our culture just needs to constantly be doing something.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally guilty of all of that too. Some of you know that I LOVE “Blacklist” with James Spader. That show is freaking amazing. I’ve also gotten into other things like; Survivor, Bachelor in Paradise, Project Runway and other mindless reality shows (thank you Megan…). I’d say with EASE that I waste 5-7 hours a week (probably more) watching these shows. Is this bad? Depends on who you ask, but it’s certainly not enriching my life or making me a better coach or business owner. Am I enjoying my time with family and fiancée? Absolutely. So I don’t feel bad about it.
One of the things that I’ve learned working with my coach, Corinne McElroy, is that when you say yes to one thing, you say no to something else. That’s the reality of it and the balance that everyone must face. What are you saying yes to today to improve your fitness? What are you willing to say no to? I encourage you to really take some time to analyze your day and where you’re actually spending your time to figure out what you can do to add in some time to move. If you like games, turn it into a game. A while back, I posted about an app I found that helps you with running, called Zombies RUN! From the website:
HOW IT WORKS
Walk, jog or run anywhere in the world.
Hear your mission and music through your headphones.
If you’re chased by zombies, you’ll have to speed up!
You’ll automatically collect supplies to build up your base.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t used it yet but if others are interested, I think it would be fun to play together! This is just one way to add in some fun and exercise at the same time. There are countless other ways to add in more movement and make it fun. So, what are you going to do?
4×12 Sissy Squats
4×12 BB Reverse Curl
5 Min AMRAP:
Then, 4 RNDs:
12 KB Rows L&R