For me, movement is absolutely a self-care habit.
I've talked a bit about my journey with anxiety and symptoms of ADHD before, but I don't stress enough how much exercise drastically improves both of those.
When my mind is feeling all over the place, I ask myself, what habits have I left out today that will help balance things out? Often times I've spent too much time in front of a screen or haven't eaten enough protein and fats to balance my blood sugars or just haven't taken a mental break from work.
I spent the majority of my time helping women create habits in their daily lives that help them achieve wellness, balance and joy because you are what you do every day. If you spend your days running around like a crazy person....expect crazy.
You never get to this place of "perfect health"....it's a daily choice to love your body and mind well with good habits.
On the weekends, we spend as much time as possible outdoors. This means I use that time to get in movement that is a natural part of our day. Whether its a long hike or some sprints at the park, I love the feel-good endorphins and focus I get from a quick outdoor workout.
Our oldest has a lot of anxiety around the outdoors right now so this special moment above of him smiling outside among the beautiful foliage was balm to my mommy soul.
Life can be pretty difficult for our family on a day-to-day basis but there's nothing a good adventure outside doesn't fix for our weary hearts.
My Weekly Workout Recap
15 wall balls
60 jump rope
x 4 rounds
5 - Pushpress
5 - Front Squats
100 jump rope
**try not to take a break between the 3 barbell moves
-8 Hill Sprints
-Bench Step Ups (20 per leg)
-Decline Pushups - 12
-Jumping Bulgarian Split Squats - 15 per leg
-Repeat strength moves x 2 (after sprints)
-7 Mile Hike; 22k steps
-12 inverted pullups
-15 jump squats
-12 med ball pushups
-20 walking lunges
x 4 rounds
**10 intermittent sled pulling sprints (pulling two toddlers....see picture below...lol!)
Tuesday: rest day
***Food Log from Sunday when I went on a long hike--(22k steps, 6.4 mile hike with 1800 ft elevation gain; I consume a lot of food on days like these!):
3 scrambled eggs
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 sausage patty
side of sweet potato fries (leftover)
uncured organic sliced ham
gluten-free sweet potato crackers
2 organic gluten-free oatmeal cookies
salmon sushi from Whole Foods
almond crusted chicken tenders
garlic roasted broccoli
arugula + spinach
small side garlic mashed potatoes
gluten-free whole-grain banana bread
So, there you have it!