One of the most common themes that comes up with myself and my clients is the issue of being hard on ourselves on our health and fitness journey. We often think we need to be more strict, more intense, more perfect or more committed in order to realize our fitness goals. So we get frustrated with ourselves for missed workouts, we berate ourselves for less than optimal food choices and we unknowingly create more stress and shame than is actually helpful.
Time isn't something that my clients have in spades. We've got families, jobs, hobbies, travel plans and side hustles. But what my clients know is that you don't need a lot of time to have a consistent exercise habits. The key isn't finding more time in your day, it's getting clear on your priorities and more efficient with the types of workouts you do.
Motivation; it's the holy grail of a regular exercise routine, right? Wrong! Wishing that we were more motivated to workout or feeling frustrated that others are just more motivated than we are is a waste of our time and energy.
Before I had experienced the postpartum period, I had a lot of ideas about what exercise after birth must be like. I knew that there would be changes to my client's pelvic floors, that some of them would be breastfeeding, that fatigue would likely be an issue, and that exercise could be a really great tool to add stress reduction and strength back into their lives.