Have you seen this article, all about the fitness crisis in America? It’s worth a read, no matter where you fall on the workout spectrum. It stems from a recent study from the Physical Activity Council which found that one in four Americans did not exercise at all in the past year.
By the way, physical activity does not mean running a half marathon or taking part in an intense group fitness class. It includes stretching and swimming and golf and fishing.
The article certainly brings up some very valid reasons or contributions to the decline:
- the increase in pay-to-play sports and activities
- extreme weather
- depressed economy
And I get it. Not everyone loves fitness the way I do. Not everyone gets the same thrill and heightened emotional and physical experience that I do. Some — most? — dread the idea of a workout.
That’s why I so love the What You Can, When You Can project from my friends Carla and Roni. They haven’t asked me to post about this, I get no cut of their book sales and while I have a vested interest in seeing my friends succeed, this is NOT a sponsored post.
It’s a plea. From me to you. Do what you can. When you can. And don’t let excuses get in your way.
So what is #WYCWYC? This book trailer helps illustrate:
Essentially, #WYCWYC means:
- that something is better than nothing
- that it’s never necessary to throw out an entire day because you can’t get to the gym or you made some bad choices with your diet
- that you have a community of people who believe that small steps add up to big changes
- that you acknowledge your busy life and instead of letting it set your agenda, you work within it
For me, #WYCWYC means eating whole, healthy foods most of the time but enjoying treats and yummy things in moderation.
It means walking Audrey to school each day, getting two miles in with each round-trip, and not only getting a good workout but having real, meaningful conversations with my toddler before the at-home drama and stress return.
It means working out doing things I like — taking dance classes and meeting friends for walks around the lake and practicing yoga with my mini-me.
It means cooking at home when I can, and knowing where the best healthy take-out meals are when I can’t.
It means saying NO, a lot, and not feeling bad about missed opportunities.
It means sleeping on the couch on Sunday afternoons and turning off the computer on weekdays at 5pm (sure, it goes back on at 8pm when the kid is asleep, but it’s what I can, when I can!).
So, what does #WYCWYC mean to you? I hope you’ll visit and share http://wycwyc.com to keep the momentum going!