Today I got up and began preparing for a mountain bike ride in an area that I do not often get to frequent. I have been looking forward to cycling in this world class area as the mountain biking where I live is currently very dusty and really crowded. As I drive with my best friend to the mountain bike park I was taken in by the changing of the leaves, the drive, the journey.
As a health, fitness and wellness coach that is one of my mantras. do what you love and the rest will follow. I make it a practice to assist people with fitness programs that feel right.
After doing a quick check on conditions and the trail options it was clear that today was a great day to try something new. I have found that in many instances it is hard to step out of our comfort zone and do something new and different. It would have been easier to stick closier to home and the trails I know but that just did not feel motivating. As I gave it more thought realized I could coming up with an activity that would accomplish my goal of getting outside and getting some exercise and have fun in the process was the best option. As I examined my options the thought that came to mind was, “What would be motivating?” You guessed it, changing my plan and doing something new.
My point is how many times do we have a health fitness plan and as we get closer to execution something comes up that requires us to take a step back or can even deters us altogether. I believe flexibility is the key here. Do you have the ability to keep the goal in mind and alter the plan to meet the requirements? I am learning to pay more attention not only the original activity but to what my options are in the event that circumstances, motivation or other obstacles take a front seat.
It is more work sometimes to change gears rather then follow the original plan and certainly more work than deciding to skip your workout altogether. In the end I have found it to be very satisfying to know that I did get out and take care of myself and I looked for those third components “Fun and Inspiring” “ and make them a priority.
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Laurie Bagley MS in Outdoor Adventure Leadership is a mother, ACE certified health coach, entrepreneurial business owner and teacher. Her businesses, Health Pure Living and Strong Bodies Strong Individuals, focus on assisting people reach their health/wellness/fitness and financial goals. She is also the 6th woman to summit Mt. Everest from the North Col route.