For #FreedomFebruary, as you ponder how you'll incorporate exercising daily, I want you to think outside of the box, get out of your comfort zone and for God's sake...free yourself from the monotonous and mindless workout routines that just aren't healthy mentally or physically.
You are worthy and capable of an enjoyable "workout". Think back to your childhood. When you were a wee little one, you didn't need to "workout" because you were already running around, playing outside, climbing trees, biking down the street to a friend's house, playing tag or basketball...all activities you enjoyed doing. Why trade in fun activity for mindless exercise? For your next "workout", why not play outside? Maybe you won't be climbing trees exactly, but why not climb a mountain trail? Maybe you won't be biking down the street to a friend's house, but why not bike to a park to people watch or read a good book?
Speaking of biking, if you don't have a bike, get one! Bicycling is very meditative and liberating. It's low-impact and a highly effective form of exercise as it activates many of your body's large muscle groups (hams, quads, glutes, core) while providing a wicked cardio burn too.
AND...if you absolutely can't bicycle outdoors due to inclement weather, there is always the local spin class to attend (in which you can burn an average of 500-800 calories per hour class!).
The 12 Genius Must-Have Biking Accessories:
- This Mini Pocket Portable Bike Pump
- Night Gear: Running Shoe Lights w/LED Safety Lights
- Handlebar Bike Mount Phone Holder
- This Kryptonite Bike Lock
- Cycling Bike Lane Tail Light Projector
- Rydesafe Reflective Decal Stickers
- Multi Tool, Bike Repair Kit & Tire Levers
- This Bicycle Beverage Holder
- Mountable Water-Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- This Gel Top Bike Seat Cushion Cover
- Bicycle Carryall Seat Strap-on Saddlebag
- And don't forget your helmet, bike gloves, water bottle & sunglasses!
#DailyMotivation & Driveway Barbell Workout
I'm going to sign off this post with two favorite daily customs of mine. They just so happen to be the same habitual undertakings of some of the world's most highly effective people.
#DailyMotivation & #DailyExercise
Everyday, I listen to at least one motivational speech that I find on Youtube or a podcast. And everyday I do some form of planned activity or exercise.
These wise words were inspired by some of the best motivational spiels out there:
You can either live your dreams...or live your fears...your time here is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life, don't be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking, don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out the noise of your inner voice, and most important...have the courage to follow your heart & intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become, everything else is secondary...
You gotta stay focused on where you're going. Some people would rather get even than get ahead. Stay focused on where you're going when times get tough...remember this one question, "What are you going to do with your time here on earth, what drives you?"
Greatness is a lot of little things done well, day after day... you will never be successful until you turn your pain into greatness, until you allow your pain to push you from where you are to where you want to be. Stop running from your pain, your pain is going to be a part of your prize, a part of your product, a part of your drive and your dreams.
You see...you have this opportunity of a lifetime, yet it means absolutely nothing if you don't take advantage of it in this lifetime of opportunity. You've got to start saying YES to your life, YES to your dreams, YES to your unfolding future, YES to your potential, as opposed to saying no. Leave no dream and no opportunity left behind.
Align yourself with people that encourage you, people you can grow from, people that empower you... You see, we as humans have something that no other animal has, we have imagination, and what imagination means is that we can see it before it actually happens. Look into the future and imagine yourself as you want to be. You need to go into your future and see what you are going to be. You've got to take yourself beyond the pain, beyond the fear, your imagination needs to take you to where you want to be... and that will keep you from giving up. You need to keep seeing what you are going to be, don't keep seeing what you are now, envision what you are going to be one day and embrace it with faith. Fail forward and get to a place in your life where there is no obstacle you can't overcome.
Driveway Barbell Workout
Invigorated by a radiant sun & warm weather and driven by a fierce desire to feel that PUMP that accompanies a barbell workout, the "Driveway Barbell Workout" was born. I wanted to workout outdoors...but I also had a strong craving for strength training. Luckily, I had my nifty portable T-Grip Lite Barbell Set on hand. So, I headed down to my driveway and knocked out the following workout: