Happy Thanksgiving to all my United States readers!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and not just because of the food.
I enjoy the time with family and friends, and having an entire day to think about all the blessings in my life.
I know we all do it from time to time- we get bogged down in what is wrong, and what isn’t working, rather than what is. While no one’s life is perfect, every day we have is a miracle. If you wake up in the morning, that is pretty good. If you have people you care about in your life, that is even better. If you can run, or engage in some type of physical activity, that really is a gift that is sometimes not realized until it’s gone.
That is one of the things I’m so thankful for- having had cancer, and not knowing for a while if I would ever be able to have my physical health back. During those hard runs, when I’m not “feeling it,” and I wish I wasn’t running, it instantly snaps me out of that mode, back to when I couldn’t– and my entire perspective and attitude changes. Instead of wishing I wasn’t running, I am so incredibly happy I am running, and most importantly, that I can.
I’m not a super, or a professional athlete. I have my good days and bad days with exercise just like anyone else. I do find even if I get out and do something- a short walk, a short run, some yoga, I always feel better and am so grateful my body allows me to do the perfect amount of exercise whenever I want. It is an amazing thing, when you think about it.
In that spirit, with Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season (unless you count Halloween 😉 ), it is hard to find time to be active and stick to your health goals. On top of that there is all the delicious, once-a-year food, baked goods, candy, drinks, on and on, with many chances to engage in these foods. I don’t believe any food is bad for you, as long it is in moderation, but the holidays makes it hard to keep things in moderation. I don’t think you have to forgo holiday treats either. Life is about enjoying these things. Another plus for exercise though. When you are active, you can indulge in things like holiday treats and not gain a lot of weight or feel guilty for indulging.
So with this in mind, I’d like to extend a motivation to all my readers starting today, Thanksgiving Day (yes today) to New Year’s Day, that you will set a physical activity goal to accomplish in the next 37 days. (#becauseWEcantdaytonyd)
I’m personally going to get a total of 37 miles in of running, hiking, biking, or walking. That averages out to just a mile a day. You can choose any goal you like, with the point being to extend yourself somewhat. Maybe get up and walk 10 minutes on your break at work, instead of checking your email. Go for a 15 minute walk after work. Do 10 minutes of stretching and core work in the morning, or before you go to bed. Like the picture in this post says, try to do something more, even just one more minute of exercise than you normally would do.
It can be a family affair and with co-workers too. I’m going to encourage my family and my friends to do this with me, so we can motivate each other. I am going to post what I did a few times a week on Running Free Blog’s Facebook page, and I’d love it if you do this, if you’d post too, and you can even track your progress there. I’d like to see what activities readers are engaging in- we never know when something we do, can inspire someone else. You could have had the worse day, and if you post you just got back from a mile walk, and the sunset was amazing- that could help someone you never met, to be motivated to go on their own mile walk.
Not only will it help with burning calories during the holidays, it will help manage the stress and the faster pace that comes with the holidays. It will force you to slow down and appreciate you, and your body. It doesn’t have to be hard or be “work.” I guarantee you will have a different mindset if you do this e between now and New Year’s Day, and you will most likely start to look forward to this time, you’ve carved out. You can walk a fast minute in about 15-20 minutes. You may think you don’t have time for that, but how much time do you spend on Facebook, or playing a game on your phone, or texting? You can find 15 minutes a day for yourself and physical activity if you want to, and I hope you will want to- you are worth it!
I hope you join me- no better time than the present. So maybe now is a good time to shut down your computer or close this on your phone, even though I do appreciate you reading, and start your TDay to NYD fitness motivation! I promise in 37 days, if not sooner, you will be so glad you did! 🙂