In the age of Instagram fitness models and perfectly curated wellness routines, it’s easy to feel like you’re falling short when it comes to your own fitness journey. As a 38-year-old woman who juggles a busy life, I’ve come to realize that perfection is overrated, and fitting in fitness is all about doing what you can, when you can.
When Busy Is Your Reality
Let’s face it, life is and can be a whirlwind. Between work, family, and all the other responsibilities that come with adulthood, dedicating hours at the gym or maintaining a strict daily fitness routine just doesn’t always fit into the equation. The truth is, some days, even getting a few minutes to yourself feels like an accomplishment in and of itself!
Become A Supple Leopard of Finding Your Fitness
I’ve learned that being flexible with my fitness goals is essential. Instead of aiming for perfection, I focus on consistency and doing what I can within the constraints of my daily life. This means that some days, I might only have 15 minutes for a quick workout, and other days, I can dedicate an hour. It’s all about adapting to the circumstances and making the most of the time I have. Because let’s face it, if we wait for circumstances to be perfect, nothing will ever happen!
Small Changes, BIG Impact
One of the key lessons I’ve learned and tell anyone who will listen is that small changes can make a BIG difference. Instead of dwelling on the fact that I can’t hit the gym every day, I look for opportunities to incorporate physical activity into my daily routine. This might mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking my rescue dog, Hulk, on a short walk, or even doing quick bodyweight exercises while waiting for dinner to cook. The latter example is always fun and interactive with the kids. Picture me doing squats, pushups, and planks with my 3-year-old on my back!
Embrace Your Imperfections
It’s crucial to remember that life is messy, and there will be days when your fitness routine gets derailed by unexpected events. I used to feel discouraged when this happened, but now I remind myself that IT IS OKAY. Imperfections are part of life, and they shouldn’t be a reason to give up on fitness altogether. If you miss a workout or two, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. If you eat poorly a meal or two, choose wisely for your next. Life is full of choices. It is also about making better ones with each passing moment and day. Simply pick up where you left off and keep moving forward.
Accountability can be a powerful motivator. Whether it’s joining a fitness class with friends, having a workout buddy, or even sharing your fitness goals with your spouse, involving others in your fitness journey can make it more enjoyable and help you stay on track.
Celebrate the Wins: Big and Small
I’ve learned to truly celebrate my fitness wins, no matter how small they might seem. Whether it’s completing a challenging workout or simply managing to squeeze in a short stretch routine in the morning, each accomplishment is a step in the right direction and recognizing these victories keeps me motivated and encouraged.
Fitting fitness into a busy life at 38 is all about embracing imperfection and doing what you can when you can. It’s a journey that’s not about striving for perfection but about making the most of the opportunities that arise in your daily life. So, if you’re a 38-year-old woman trying to find your own fitness path, remember that it’s okay to be imperfect; just keep moving, one step at a time, and celebrate your successes along the way. Your journey is unique and worth celebrating, no matter where it may take you!
If I could leave you with a few messages to ponder and potentially implement this week, it would be:
- YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!! Take one step at a time.
- The people around you, whether they are your children, your friend’s children, your parent(s), your work colleagues, or your very own friends, people are always watching and learning from you. Give them something to see! Whether it is taking the stairs at work, or getting in a workout during lunch, you never know who you might inspire to have DAY ONE!
- EVERYTHING is modifiable and can be scaled to YOU! As in life, nothing is ‘cookie cutter’. Do what YOU can do, how YOU can do it.
- Dance IS fitness! So is any verb ending in -ing. JUST MOVE! And HAVE FUN!!
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