In case you don’t follow me on instagram you might not be aware of my families love of Legos. Sometimes I feel like I should buy stock in the company since I’m basically a small owner anyway. They are a great learning toy and I swear I have used them with my boys for every game (colors, counting, puzzles) imaginable.
As my son has been recovering this summer we have watched The LEGO Movie no less than 25 trillion times. If you haven’t seen it yet I promise you will enjoy with whether you have children or not. It’s funny with Chris Pratt and Will Arnett how could it not be?
And for a movie all about Legos there are some great fitness lessons as well!
It’s Ok to stray from the instructions:
So many times we get all consumed with the specific details we forget how to create for ourselves in our fitness. When following a running plan or training plan it’s ok to change some rules for yourself. The training sheet may call for a 5 mile tempo run but a 4 mile fun run might be more what your body is craving.
Trust Your Instincts:
In almost every facet of life this is solid advice. If it doesn’t feel right chances are good it’s not. Just because your friend LOVES Zumba doesn’t mean that it will be right for you. And just because everyone is jumping off the PiYo bridge doesn’t mean you need to leap too. Find what you love, try everything but follow your instinct to your passion.
1980’s Technology can be useful:
Although it’s sometimes fun to laugh and poke fun at the Jane Fonda videos of fitness past these tapes (yes I said tapes) often contain the basics of fitness that are still used today. Most version of fitness formats that are popular today can be tracked back to older formats with a fresh twist. If only we could build Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship! for fitness use!
Believe in Yourself:
Sometimes you have to be your own biggest fan. People tend to be critics and on your own path to health and fitness you will find many bumps in the road. Knowing your own strength can help push you through those moments of struggle. You’re worth it.
Always have GREAT music:
If Batman taught us nothing else in this movie it is that he’s got a thing for what he calls great music. Music moves the soul. Find your pumping tunes and use them to your advantage to reach your fitness goals. If pop isn’t your jam find your barking dogs and let it push you!
You don’t Need to Be Perfect:
We seem to get in our heads we need to look and do what every one else does to be successful in fitness goals. Being physically fit comes in all shapes and sizes. Don’t stress yourself out trying to be perfect for others, be true to you and strive to be the best version of yourself you can be each day. Everyone can be the special = The best version of themselves.
You Are Everything You Need:
So often I hear people say they are waiting to start a fitness routine because of family, timing, friends, summer…you name it I’ve heard it. The most important thing to remember is that you have everything you need right now to begin on your fitness journey. A walk around the block doesn’t require fancy gear or flashy weights. Use what you have. A great body weight workout can give you the same burn as you might get at group class and if you are reading this right now you have access to endless workouts on pinterest, tutorials on youtube and bloggers to help you begin on your journey, or even restart it.
Everything is Awesome!
Especially when your part of a team. Gym and fitness workout buddies can quickly become like family making everything awesome when you see them and work together toward your fitness goals. Sure sometimes they have terrible ideas, or at least ideas that sounds terrible to you. A 15 miler on a Sunday morning after a fun Saturday girls night terrible idea but you never know how that run will feel with friends.
Question of the Day: Have you seen the Lego Movie? What other lessons did I miss in it? Would you wear the yellow outfit from the 80’s video clip above to the gym today?