What fitness goal would you reach for if you could eliminate all of your current physical, financial, mental, or emotional barriers and do ANYTHING? Forget the fact that this is a Tummy Safe™ fitness site, and that you may have a diastasis. Put EVERY injury, every ache, every pain aside for a moment and write down the thing that seems irrational right now.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to downhill ski, but “it costs too much, and they probably don’t make bibs in my size!” Perhaps you’ve quietly dreamed of backpacking across Europe (that’s me) or climbing Mt. Everest one day. But again I ask, what athletic feat would you strive to accomplish if you could have whatever you think you need: the strength, the stamina, the patience, the fearlessness, your pre-pregnant body, the drive, the motivation?
Blair ⇒ Climb every mountain in the northwest!
Teresa ⇒ Run for miles along the ocean and breathe in the cold misty air
Becky ⇒ Go rock climbing! I have always thought that was so neat. Also, snow boarding!!!
Iyesha ⇒ I’d be hiking up a tremendously tall mountain and running off it with a hang glider!
Dawn ⇒ Triathlon!!!
I talk to a lot of people who say “I can’t.” But in my mind the word “can’t” is an awful four-letter word that can impact your mind and body worse than f*** or sh**. If you have told yourself that you can’t do something because you are scared or your body is too big, too small, too weak, too fat, then you need to ADD ONE WORD to your “I can’t” statements:
Just add “yet” to your “I can’t” fitness ideas
My mom would add “damn” to that swearing list because she’s sweet like that, and she constantly told me and taught me the following: God made this world for us to explore and enjoy, and we are designed to be strong and persevere and do amazing things to serve our Maker and the people around us. At age 76 now, she continues to model unashamed feminine strength to me, and I sure love her!
Maybe, it’s thanks to my mama, or maybe it’s all the research studies and experience I have from working in fitness for 20+ years, but I firmly believed the human body — that’s you! — is DESIGNED to heal!!!
Here’s where I’m going: Just because you’ve been pregnant, you don’t have to settle for stress incontinence, diastasis and a weak core. Just because your hips are full of osteoporosis, you don’t have sit in a chair the rest of your life. Rather, gentle exercise has been showed to improve bone density MORE than medication. Just because you had knee surgery, you don’t have to settle for never hiking again — I had knee surgery (meniscus) in 2011 and climbed South Sister in Oregon in 2018.
So fill in this blank: If I could do anything, set any fitness goal, I would love to_________________ even though I can’t yet.
Being in a slow-down season can be frustrating for female athletes. You might be recovering from pregnancy right now. You might have a nursing infant right now. You might be in core rehab right now. You might be so freakishly busy taking care of so many people right now, that you truly do not have time to devote to exercising for 30 minutes per day.
… And don’t you despise people who don’t get that? I have been there, going weeks at a non-stop pace while in crisis mode. Yes, that’s where we can practice (cue eye roll) squatting to pick things up and parking and walking a little further, but do those things even really cross our minds when there’s a miscarriage, other babies to tend, a family member dying, holiday events — oh, and feeding people?
That’s when you fill in the blank on that lonely little dream in the back of your mind like this: If I could do anything, set any fitness goal, I would love to_________________ even though I can’t right now. One day I will.
Leave a comment and share how you’re filling in the blanks these days.