Friday, January 27, 2017

Fitness Friday: Change Your Mindset

When you take the stress and chore out of working out, then your mindset and energy surrounding exercise starts to shift.

Think about it...what WANTS to do chores (soooo not the bathroom is not my favorite in the world)

When you don't want to do something, you put it off until the vary last minute, or it just doesn't get done at all.

This is why we always say we will start going to the gym TOMORROW. Because the chore of going today is too much (especially after grading, analyzing data, PLCs, dealing with THAT ONE student, etc.).

We need to restructure how we THINK about exercise. It doesn't have to involve you going to a gym if you don't want to.  Just think of happy and fun ways to get your body MOVING.

Instead of using exercise to lose weight (because that is more about diet me at if you want to know how I plan my meals) use it as a way to relieve stress, gain mental clarity, and experience happiness.

Find a friend at school and make a commitment to walk the halls together for thirty minutes at the end of the day. 

If you're like me, this is the amount of time I usually spend in a teammate's classroom talking about the day.  If we talk while we walk, then we relieve stress and we are happier when we are done. The "optional" assessment the district just added on top of the assessment we JUST GAVE doesn't seem as bad anymore. It is just another opportunity for our students to show how much they are learning this year!

And, after all, Healthy Teachers are Happy Teachers!

Happy Teaching,

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