Holiday Homework

Workout of the Day--December 28, 2015

“Satan’s Whiskers”
3 RFT:
10 C2B Pull ups
10 Front Squats, 165/110 – no rack
10 Burpees

 
 Take your fitness outside.

Take your fitness outside.

 

Holiday Homework

I hope you all had a meaningful Christmas holiday. With three young children in our house, it is an incredibly special time. LIke most of you, we spend the days (or weeks) leading up to it running around, making lists, fighting crowds in the grocery store, wrapping gifts, making plans, buying things. I get a little beaten down by all the extra tasks that get thrown into the mix. It is all made right however with the lazy mornings when no one has to be anywhere, the snowball fights, family board games, the opportunity to connect with friends and family in a more relaxed setting. I find myself breathing a sigh of relief once the rush of dinners and presents have passed.

It's a brief window of relief though because New Year's is right around the corner. I'm not ready to write about resolutions or goals for 2016 yet. Don't worry, that's coming later this week. For now, my request is that you find some time between holidays for quiet reflection. Rarely are we able to carve out this time at any other point in the year. Life moves too fast for that. Instead, we clear one hurdle after another after another and fall exhausted at the finish line at the end of each day, week and year. Only to get up and repeat again the next day, week, and year. I don't think that mindset sets us up to be the best versions of ourselves though I readily admit to living that way myself. 

So here is your homework. Put your warm clothes on and head out for a walk, a ski, a snowshoe, or whatever. Take your headphones out and turn your phone off. Spend at least an hour pondering the following questions: 

  • What have you done well in the past year? What are you most proud of?
  • What are the things in your life that bring you great joy?
  • What challenges have you endured or overcome in 2015 that have shaped who you are today?
  • Who are the people in your life that make the greatest impact on you?

When you are done, write down your thoughts in a journal, a notebook or the back of a napkin. That's it. Homework completed. Now go sign up for your workouts for the week!