My track record for remaining active has been ALL over the place throughout my whole life. For example, I have vivid memories as a child creating late night gymnastics routines on our tiny trampoline in my Pocahontas pajamas. I would jump and land and run around constantly for hours. But there were also the years ( cough, college ) where I played Mario Kart in the dorms instead of joining intramurals.
Once I graduated from University and started dipping my toes into the real world, I quickly realized that the whole “starting your own business” thing came paired with quite a bit of stress. I knew I needed to start up a routine again to not only remain active + healthy, but keep my sanity as well. Staring at a screen for hours on end and dealing with the stress of deadlines can be quite tiresome. And honestly, there HAVE been a few times where I doubted my longevity as a freelance designer. I wondered how long I could work at this pace and keep everything together. These thoughts alone were quite daunting, so I crafted ways to help decrease anxiety … and working out MORE was one of those things. Hello endorphins!!
Since that decision, I’ve been pretty consistent in working out 3-5 times a week – with some months being better than others. It was hard to push myself forward and get into a routine at first, but I now look forward to going for long runs or getting a good workout in. And I know that most of you understand the benefits of remaining active, but I can’t stress the results enough, especially for those of us who sit in a desk chair all day. Almost immediately, I noticed a shift in my mood for the better. I was more awake and at peace while working, which has greatly benefited my process + workflow.
What are all of your routines?? I would love to hear about them! I know that I didn’t even touch on eating healthy, but that’s a whole other story. Plus, I may or may not be able to say no to pizza.