Improvisation, Flexibility & Adaptability

This week was CRAZY!!!

Between work, workouts and kids activities…I’m impressed and relieved we’ve made it to Friday.

I frequently get the question, “How do you do everything you do?”

To be honest, some days, I don’t even know…🤷🏻‍♀️

BUT, I’ve adopted the principles of improvisation, flexibility and adaptability.

And these have been a game changer in a lifestyle committed to health and fitness.

IMPROVISATION : If I get to the gym and the pool is closed down or the machine I intended to use is occupied, I get irritated, but it doesn’t mean the workout is cancelled. I adjust and do something else. If quitting is an option every time conditions aren’t perfect, excuses become weightier than the will to succeed. There are NUMEROUS ways to move the body. If one way isn’t available or convenient, I have a variety of options and can choose another course of action.

ADAPTABILITY : The day doesn’t always go as planned and sometimes my timeline and workouts require that I make adjustments and adapt to these changes. This might mean that instead of going to Crossfit, I do a dumbbell workout at home. Or, instead of working out right after work, I get it in after the kids go to bed. Adaptability is one of the most valuable principles I’ve learned for health, fitness and for life in general. If you can adapt, you can overcome any obstacle that threatens to derail the dream. If “Plan A” doesn’t pan out, find and execute “Plan B” or “C” or “D” until you get to where you want to be.

FLEXIBILITY : This goes hand in hand with adaptability. If I want my life to flow with a hell of a lot less stress, I have to be okay with bending the intended plan to fit the reality of the present moment. Being flexible means that I’m so committed to working toward the goal, that I’m willing to adjust the time, place or program of the workout when necessary, to make it happen.  It also means that my effort remains unfazed despite the occasional need to adjust course.

Consistency is key.  Developing the ability to be adaptable, flexible and creative becomes easier with repetition. And incorporating these principles into my life, provides me more opportunities to succeed.

Happy Friday!!

xo

Jen


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