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September 28, 2012

WBMW Fitness Tip: Physical Activity

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Written by: marksparks
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“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
-Mike Tyson.

You know, this month has been one that has seen a few challenges thrown my way and I’ve noticed the same for many of the people who’s fitness journey’s I am trusted and blessed to navigate. While studying the champ (yes Tyson!) I came across the quote that opened today’s newsletter:
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
So what happens when life punches us in the face? Well then instinct kicks in. And instinct is built from repetition, from habit.

It isn’t easy. Life throws challenges in our way and we sometimes divert and completely abandon certain goals. Challenges seem to make reaching our goals harder or impossible but it’s those challenges that make us strong enough to reach our goals! Life without challenges would be like a gym without weights – how would you get stronger?! Exactly. (Ps body weight is just as effective at creating a challenge for us as you’ll see in this week’s fitness challenge).

create habits that serve you which will become instincts that serve you

With fitness goals it is easy to say “I don’t have time!” or “It’s too hard!” or “I just can’t do it!” If that is your habit you need to change it because that habit is no longer serving you! As children, when we learned to walk we couldn’t do it but we took one step at a time over and over. We’d fall and sometimes even cry but we’d get back up and continue stepping. Now walking is something we all do without even a second thought (something I took for granted until I temporarily lost that ability and had to re learn it – but that’s a story for another time).

Bottom line, create habits that serve you which will become instincts that serve you which will be what you rely on to stay the course when life punches you in the face. And believe me it will! And believe me you’ll overcome it with the right instincts built one step at a time.

This week, make it a habit to devote 15mins of every day to physical activity. No matter what, NO MATTER WHAT!
Here’s a quick circuit you can do:
10 push ups
20 Squats
30 second plank
40 second wall sit
50 jumping jacks
Repeat as many times as you can for 4 mins. Take a 1 minute break and repeat!

Now that’s a habit that’ll serve towards building the body you desire & deserve.
Have a wonderful week,
Mark Sparks

Missed my last post? Serious September

About the Author

Mark Sparks is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistics Programming. His approach in the gym mirrors his approach to life – Actions not Words.




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