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Exercising in winter and the slight edge

 

How many of you are a feeling a little ‘slow off the mark’ over the cooler month down here in southern Aus?!

I am feeling you! Typically I am out of bed at 5.30am, off to the gym and feeling full of energy. In winter though, my mornings seem to look a little different. You may have read my earlier blog posts about the ups and downs some of us have been experiencing lately, and honestly, I put it down to not doing my exercise as well. We get into these habits and they are hard to break. My exercise routine was going great, until I got sick, then I was in a habit of sleeping in and not making it to the gym. I was not even doing yoga or going for a walk! I was also staying up later and that did not help.

So…Last week was my first week back at exercising every weekday! I was up early and I felt great. I had achieved so much by the time 9am had come around and my moods were lifted… those endorphins hey!

What my weekly exercise looks like:

Monday: 30 minute walk/run

Tuesday: 60 minute Boxing class

Wednesday: 30 minutes of yoga (at home on my mat, in the warmth, using the Yoga Studio app).

Thursday:  60 minute Boxing class

Friday: 60 minute Aerial FunFit class (check it out here guys, lots of fun and a must try, look out for free trial classes coming soon).

Weekends: I try to fit in one walk or a boxing class (if missed during the week).

Me doing an unsupported inversion during my Friday morning Aerial FunFit class.

How do you get your exercise in, around the wintery conditions?

The reason behind my sudden change in attitude around exercise (and winter!)…. I put down to using my car as a library! At the moment Jeff Olson’s ‘The Slight Edge’ is playing. I have taken an excerpt from his book, which explains how easy, daily disciplines add up to big achievements:

‘THE SLIGHT EDGE IS EASY TO DO and it is easy not to do. Now, I’m defining EASY here as simply “something you can do.” The Slight Edge philosophy is based on doing things that are easy-little disciplines, which, done consistently over time, add up to the biggest accomplishments. The problem is that all those things that are easy to do are just as easy not to do. Why is something easy not to do? Because if you don’t do it, it won’t kill you today. But, that simple, seemingly insignificant error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill you, destroy you, ruin your chances for success, and demolish your dreams. You can count on it. Take, for example, the health issue of fat and cholesterol in your diet. Would you say that it’s a good idea to eat at least a pound and a half of butter each day? How about drinking a quart of saturated oil? “Hey, my cholesterol’s way down to 200-got to get it up above 300.” Crazy, right? Sure it is-but millions and millions of people are doing it every day. Why? We know what’s good for us: fresh fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates like whole grains, unsaturated fats and oils, fish and chicken instead of beef. So why do we keep digging our graves with our teeth? It’s easy to eat well-right? It’s easy not to-right? And when you eat that hamburger, you won’t die, will you? No, of course not. But that simple error in judgment compounded over time will ruin the quality of your life and eventually take you out of your life forever! If you ate that hamburger and you had a heart attack-would you ever eat another one? No way! Eating a hamburger won’t kill you today, but compound all those greasy, dead-animal patties over 10 or 20 years-as many as 5,000 of them!-and one day your clogged-up, stressed- out, overworked ol’ heart just quits! It’s not the one hamburger, it’s the thousands! That one hamburger is just a simple, little error in judgment. But compounded over time, it can and will destroy you. It’s easy to do! It’s easy not to do! Either way, The Slight Edge is at work and at play. You’ve got to choose which way to go with The Slight Edge. And here is what makes doing the right thing such a hard choice for most people-

THE ODDS ARE NOT IN YOUR FAVOR!’

Buy his book here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/the-slight-edge/id737028878?mt=11

Are you on the upward or downward slight edge? Share your thoughts below.

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