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Has Anyone Held You Accountable Lately?

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Every New Year, many promise to “get back in shape this year” after making it through the holidays. Now that we are officially into our summer season, how’s that going for you?

If you’re still on top of that A-game, kudos to you! For those of us who need a little more motivation, trust me when I say “I get it.”

For example, as I attempt to write these words, my seven-month-old has decided that now is the perfect time to showcase his brand spanking new Mammoth lungs, deterring me from any activities or goals I had set out to accomplish.

We all start out with the best of intentions and, as time goes by and life throws its curve balls, the one thing that is the best thing for our physical and mental self—our fitness regime—gets chucked out the window.

How do we get around the obstacles? How will we stay on track the entire year?

Don’t be discouraged, grasshopper. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Whether you are a new parent, the economy is getting the better of your wallet, or time is limited, there is a solution. There is a way to get back on (and stick to) the track to leading a healthier and happier life, and look great doing it.

It’s all about starting small, staying positive, and being honest with yourself about what you are willing and able to commit to.

Here are a couple of ways to address what I have found to be the most recently common fitness roadblocks.

“I am a new parent. I haven’t slept in days”

Mommies and daddies, I feel your pain. Here’s the deal: as you are working back up to where your body used to be (and this can be hard for those of us who were super fit before the baby), be honest about what your body can handle. If it’s only one-minute in a day, I have the perfect exercise for you: plank (otherwise known as the top of a pushup)!

A note to new moms: Make sure before you attempt any exercises, your doctor has approved movement for you. It is imperative that you allow your body to heal before beginning a fitness routine.

The plank is a very simple isometric (non-moving) exercise. It offers a multitude of benefits and is so efficient that even one minute a day will make a difference—both mentally and physically.

When done properly, this exercise will strengthen your abdominals, back, shoulders, arms and legs.

If you’ve never done a plank before, it’s okay. Even 30 seconds and dropping your knees down to the floor is a great place to start (and that gives you more time to rest). Just keep adding five seconds to your plank every week and you will see great results. Once you are feeling solid with this exercise, you can add a push up.

Make it fun with your baby on the floor and give him/her a kiss on the forehead at the halfway point!

“I don’t have time.”
I call shenanigans. We all have at least one minute in a day to do a plank. Put down the smartphone or iPad. Facebook can wait (it’s not going anywhere, I assure you). Texting your friend back while supposedly working can wait. Or better yet, update your facebook status with “I just did lunges down the hallway at work.”

If you can multitask, challenge your text buddy to a jump squat contest and time it on your phone. Who did more?

This year, as you get a good fitness rhythm going and life starts to “happen,” take a moment to remember that you deserve those few precious minutes for you, yourself, and your sanity.

If you begin to burn out, first, forgive yourself. It happens, and it is okay. Take a breath, rest and reset. Then begin again.

Here’s to staying on track for an entire year (this time)!

by Sarah@RPExperts.com

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