How was your weekend then?
Make it to the fireworks?
I ruddy love em, but after a busy Saturday and a late finish, the Males had an unashamedly relaxed Sunday.
We lit a fire.
Made a roast.
There was some TV involved.
And the programme we were watching carried a very important message.
What message was it?
Strictly Come Dancing?
Peppa freaking Pig.
Because that’s how we roll in our house.
In one episode, Mummy Sheep was asked by her child “Mummy, do you work or play?”
Her reply? “I’m going to be working very hard today. I’m going to the gym.”
Which didn’t sit well with Susie Sheep, who asked what her mother was planning to do at the gym.
“Running, jumping, and skipping” was Mummy Sheep’s answer.
“Mummy that’s not work, that’s play.”
Quite, Susie Sheep, quite.
Sad thing is though, if you’re honest that’s probably how you think of the gym.
A necessary evil.
And if your average trip to the gym includes plodding along on a cross trainer or rubbing elbows with 29 strangers in a step class, I can’t say I blame you.
Now imagine how much easier it would be to keep it up if you actually enjoyed it…
Not the benefits or the results, but the act itself.
That would be a proper game changer!
So this week, that’s my message for you.
We’re getting to the time of year when you’re far more likely to give in to temptation and sack off a workout in favour of the pub or heading home to watch Netflix under the blanket.
Word of warning though – the average person gains between 5 and 10lbs in the 2 months leading up to Christmas.
I’m not scaremongering, just pointing out that perhaps you should find something you actually enjoy instead of dread.
That way, this year you might actually stay active and stave off the Christmas paunch which hunts us all!
Now if that looks like taking up a new sport or going back to something you used to enjoy, go do it.
Don’t think about it, just do it.
And if you’re not really sure what that looks like, then we might just be able to help you.
But whatever you do, if you feel like Mummy Sheep, don’t tell yourself this year will be different and you’ll somehow manage to stick it out.
You have to make changes to see a change.
Play beats work every time, so find your play!
Ian “Daddy-Pig” Male