Where's the Motivation?
Welcome to the spring slump! It’s that time of year when it’s not quite “warm” yet, you might still have snow on the ground, and Game of Thrones isn’t even back on. Maybe you’ve abandoned, or even forgotten, your New Year's Resolutions already. Perhaps “Resolution” is even starting to sound like a swear word to you. If you’re like most of us, your resolutions had a fitness theme and the first few steps were the hardest. It’s not the action itself that is difficult – at any given time, it’s not challenging to go to the gym or do a yoga DVD at home. What is most intimidating about the actions associated with the illustrious New Year’s Resolution is the pressure of knowing that your resolution is a commitment to become a habit and achieve a bigger goal.
That is a lot of pressure. Its so easy to get discouraged about faltering on your commitment and spiral into a vortex of inactivation and binge-watching TV series on Netflix. So you’ve skipped a day at the gym or slept in when you meant to get your vinyasa on. So what? You have the WHOLE YEAR to live out your resolution, so why beat yourself up about not completing it all in the first few months?
Let Optimism Flow
No matter what your resolutions were, don't let achieving (or not achieving) them ruin the other parts of your life. Let them enhance your experiences. You want this year to be better than the last, darn it, and starting the year off disappointed isn't going to make that happen. If you've faltered a bit on the initiation of your resolutions, now is the perfect time to check in with your intentions and adjust as necessary. Carry on. 2014 isn't over yet people, there's a lot left to live and my guess is that the best is yet to come.
Why might yoga be the best fitness resolution? A New Year’s Resolution is only an intention, and no one “gets” intention better than yogis. Intention is in the fore-front of every yoga practice, and perhaps more importantly, accommodation is also embedded within the principles of yoga. Your down dog isn't, and shouldn't (!!!) look like mine. Therefore, your body, your goals, your life – none of it – should look like mine, either. Apply these practices to your life and maybe you will have already reached your New Year’s Resolution. Be intent, be reasonable, but most importantly – be YOU. One of my favorite quotes for this sort of thing goes a little like this:
“Remember, you've been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
So, shut off Netflix (or just stop after the second season of Lost), get out of there and go kick butt. And check out my upcoming article “Spring Yoga Poses for a Summer Bikini Body” for tips and tricks on getting a head-start on your summer fitness goals.
Have you been sticking to your resolutions? What are they and how have you kept motivated through the winter? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel Wiegand has been an athlete her whole life but yoga has been the only constant throughout moves and life changes. A former personal trainer, she is now a practicing chiropractor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and enjoys helping patients find a physical activity that fits their lifestyle best. In addition to yoga, she practices Pilates and is an avid Crossfitter. On her weekends you can find her teaching yoga at CrossFit Sheboygan, with her hubby at Lake Michigan on her paddleboard, or at the dog park with her boxer, Dug.
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