I got a wonderful email from a wonderful listener the other day. This is what Wonderful Listener had to say:
“I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciated your last three podcasts. Each with their own particular spin, reinforced the valuable messages of avoiding all-or-nothing thinking, focusing on what you can do rather than what you can’t, and the power of a little planning, and habits. I’ve heard you speak about these in the past, but I find the reinforcement really valuable. I thought of you recently when I was doing “ladder squats” on the slide when I took some of the grandchildren to the playground.😉”
Boring old crunches are easily the most common of the exercises if you want to get phenomenal abdominals – but are they the most effective or fun way to strengthen your core? Probably not. So let’s look at planking instead and make sure you aren’t making some pretty common and easy-to-correct mistakes.
I just got back from a sunny getaway (it’s what we Canadians do at this time of year) and you know what, I’m going to say it: We should all take a break from work and getting away is a great way to do that. But getting away doesn’t have to mean getting away from our physical fitness goals.
Before we dig into what I have been up to in the past two weeks, I want to share something I did yesterday that I think you will like (and hopefully emulate).
It was a busy day, with more appointments and hurdles than usual. That meant I didn’t get my usual morning walk and workout in – oh no! But do not fear, dear reader, I had a solution! I just set an alarm on my watch to go off every 30 minutes and when it would go off, I would stop what I was doing and do either:
The evidence is all around us—we can’t offset or undo hours and hours of sitting still with a single bout of exercise. And who would even want to when there are so many easy and fun ways to inject more movement right into your day?
I know I KNOW. For those of you who celebrate Xmas, today is a terrible day to be sending you an email newsletter! But what can I do? I am a slave to my schedule. So here you go – consider this your pan-religious, pansexual, personal pan pizza winter holiday edition of my Candlenights movement digest.
Quick reminder: enrollment is now open for the next cohort of our fun and mind-changing Weighless program, which will kick off on January 6. If you’re not familiar with our work in the Weighless program, you can check out this replay of a recent workshop (The 5 Things You Need to Succeed) and learn more about us and the program.
Travel time, fancy meals & drinks, and time constraints don’t have to hamper your movement goals. Being active during the holiday season is simpler than you think, and BONUS: it can even help you de-stress!