Regular. It seems like such a mundane, boring, uninspired word. Regular. Webster’s Dictionary (and yes ….. I actually looked it up, albeit online and not in a book) defines regular as “recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed, uniform, or normal intervals”. Fixed, uniform, normal – mundane, boring, uninspired. I don’t often use that word to describe myself or anyone else – as I would prefer adjectives as unique, special and continually moving forward. Not regular.
I suppose there are a few things that I want to be regular in my life including an income, bathroom usage, electricity (especially when it is -7 in Minnesota) and the internet. But mostly I like to live my life with passion, joy and unexpected surprises!
However, the word regular came up when talking about the upcoming fitness season. You know the one – January – when everyone is reminded about how good moving their body is and joins a gym. It gets crowded and it seems like the “regular” members have to wait it out until and surge dies down in February. Now – don’t get me wrong – I LOVE to welcome new members to the gym or studio or to my personal training practice. It is fun to see inspired people and I love to be part of that journey – and I always have hope that they ALL will stay and learn how moving their body regularly is a good thing and can be fun.
But – it is the regular members – the members who have created a fixed, recurring, uniform routine who are really inspiring to me. It is the “regulars” who have made the choice of fitness 5, 10, 30 years ago and keep coming on a regular basis. They are at the fitness class at Alchemy every day at 5:30am. They are the ones waiting outside the YWCA for the doors to open – even when it is -7 degrees. They are at CorePower sweating it out 5 days a week. They are the ones who are running in the rain, sleet, hail, snow (isn’t there a saying or a song about mailmen doing the same thing?). The regular members may change up their routine – or maybe not – but they are anything but mundane and boring. They are unique, special and continuing to move forward in their fitness journey.
I think that the same thing can be made for food choices. Most of us have go-to-meals and could probably go to the grocery store without a list and get everything we need. We get comfortable with a certain range of dishes that we regularly cook and eat, so why change? It is probably not realistic to whip up new dishes every single day (unless you are a chef – but even then) – being regular is just easier and it has been that way for most of history. Now – it is good to get a variety of food in your diet to ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need …. But honestly, studies have shown that fit, healthy people don’t vary too much in what they are eating. So – once again, regular is a good thing.
I have found it challenging to be regular with my fitness and nutrition in the past few years – as my work schedule has been anything but regular. I liked it better when I had to be at work at the same time every day and could create a routine for myself. Although, I enjoy a flexible schedule – getting regular proves to be more difficult. My two new mantras have been – ‘do something small every day to move you closer to your goals’ and ‘what you consistently do, you will become’. (Oh – and a regular mantra has been what you do in private shows up in public’.) So – my mantras have become all about being more regular in my irregular life.
My challenge to you and myself is to remember: the small, regular, mundane, fixed choices that we make every day in terms of our health that can create an extraordinary, joyful life! Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY every day!