I had a question last night from a participant on the 6 Week Beach Body Program and she started out by saying, “can I ask a stupid question?”
I replied of course with “there are no stupid questions”
She asked “it’s been very hot here so when do I exercise and what do I do?”
She must have been reading my mind! I was just about the finish this article and considered this exact topic! I decided to combine it with my original idea for the focus of this quick tip guide because the answers for both questions go hand in hand with each other.
Last year I read a book called The Kaizen Way. As I was finishing the book , I kept making parallels to how I use this everyday with clients and how the book has given me some new questions to ask and things to suggest- I love it! I love learning and sharing. The best teachers are the best students first- in my opinion.
When you want to change a habit or add a new habit, we first have to deal with the resistance to change. Some of us actually love change but we are not the masses. If you find yourself always putting off trying something new or wanting more out of your life than you currently have, I ask you to consider one of the actions I will describe below for only 60 seconds a day.
60 seconds a day? Yes.
Psychology research suggests that people who use a journal to chart their emotions receive the same kind of psychological benefit as those who talk to a doctor. The reason? Writing in a journal is effective because it is a pretty big deal for most to decide that your emotional life is valuable enough to commit to a book that no one will ever see. Research suggests that clients are supposed to write in the journal for at least 15 minutes a day to receive it’s benefits but the Kaizen Way tested out 60 seconds a day for a month. One minute after a few weeks became 2 and then 5. At the end of 2 months, the patients had cut down 30-50% of their sabotaging behaviors suggesting that 60 seconds a day was an effective way to start.
So what does this have to do with working out when it’s hot? (or cold- can be applied to any circumstance)
When heat, or any weather condition, is a viable excuse to do nothing, start with the 60 second Kaizen method. Here is what I said.
- Workout in the morning before it gets too hot. If you are already in a routine, do it then or create a 1- 15 minute workout you can do. I gave the option of an exercise called the Tap Back that I have posted on my You Tube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/jjflizanes)
- Workout in the evening when it cools off- you don’t have to do a very intense workout- just spend 10-15 minutes with some floor resistance exercises or a brisk walk or stair climbing.
- Lunch break- find an air conditioned room and do some of the same I have mentioned above. There are many 10-15 minutes routines you can make u p to target core, legs, upper body or to get your heart rate up.
- Ice Skating
Keeping SOMETHING going instead of giving up and getting off track will help you stay consistent, feeling great about the results you will be getting from these activities and eager to do more when the weather cools off and you are able to schedule in a longer or more intense workout.
But also allow yourself time to rest and relax too! The summer is about playing and vacation so do not forget to feed your body and soul some vacation time. There are plenty of water/ ocean activities that are good for your body and will be a lot of fun too!