Have you found your career and fitness “flow”? I define “flow” as being fully engaged in an activity that creates timelessness for you. Or, enjoying yourself so much that you don’t realize time is passing. It is complete, in the moment, bliss.
Realizing that as mothers, my clients’ spare time is incredibly limited, I recommend that they constantly change things up, from both a career and fitness perspective. Why work in a job you hate when there is another opportunity waiting for you that is more aligned with your passions? Why grind through a treadmill run half-heartedly if you’d actually much prefer a game of Ultimate Frisbee? We have such few hours in the day to devote to our children, partners, careers, household duties and a thousand other items on our “to-do” lists. When you are depleted from life’s demands, you need amazing career and fitness activities to fill you back up (along with rest, self-care, proper nutrition and social time!) If you’re not sure what activities will bring you into that “flow” state, then take some time to explore your options and learn what else is possible for you.
Loving Your Career Because It Incorporates What You’re Good At
I believe when you really love your career, you do well in it. You actually love it because the role harnesses your natural talents and abilities. Determine what aspects of your past jobs you were really good at and enjoyed. If you’re drawing a blank, think about what you do day-to-day that fulfills you. Some ideas could include:
Be Curious in Your Fitness Pursuits
Shake your routine up this spring and start to see amazing results in your body. Trying new activities is a great way to cross-train so you reduce your risk of injury. Plus, you’ll stimulate both your muscles and your mind as you challenge yourself with unfamiliar movements.
Ask your friends what their favourite workouts are – how they achieve their fitness “flow”. Perhaps they have a great Spinning class or hiking trail they can share with you – it is always easier to try something new with a friend. Here are some other workouts that are great for moms with little ones around:
- stroller walking / running
- hiking, walking or stair climbing with your baby in a carrier or back pack
- mom & baby fitness classes
- dancing around the house – with gusto!
- fitness videos while your child is napping – online or DVD’s (the library has some great ones for free!)
- interval training – chose a tough exercise like squat jumps or burpees do hard for 20 seconds with a rest period of 10 seconds – repeat 8 times for a Tabata Training workout (http://www.shape.com/fitness/cardio/tabata-4-minute-fat-burning-miracle-workout)
“Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.” (Quote by author Lawrence Block)