May the 4th Be With You

It’s May 4th, 2016, otherwise known as Star Wars Day! It’s also a Wednesday, which means it’s hump day, so if you’ve reached the point of the week where you haven’t worked out yet, don’t feel like getting another workout in (*cough*cough*raises hand*), or have maybe dropped the ball in eating well, know that it’s not too late to change that!

After all, Wednesday is the mid-point. It’s where we push ourselves to continue with eating well and working out, AND it’s where we change how the week has been by getting back on track. So whether you need that extra nudge of the Force to keep going or to re-set the week, there’s no better day for that than Wednesday, especially when it falls on Star Wars Day.

If you need a little extrinsic motivation to use that Force, here’s Daisy Ridley using it to train. Notice that her trainer gives her pointers to correct her movements and her comment that she has to be distracted to get through her workouts. It’s not perfect, it’s not easy, but she gets through it!

 

So whether your light saber would be red or blue, may the Force be with you.

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Monday Motivation: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley

Monday Motivation is back for the new year! After last month’s release of Star Wars The Force Awakens, why not utilize some of the excitement we have for the film and for our new favorite scavenger Rey to “awaken” our muscles?

In Episode VII, new character Rey demonstrates that she’s capable of holding her own as a “mechanic, pilot, and warrior” (starwars.com). Played by actress Daisy Ridley, Rey is quick to think and act on her feet. We watch Rey repel down an old star destroyer, outrun First Order stormtroopers (in sand no less), and [I don’t want to go into more detail because SPOILERS].

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Image credit: starwars.com

Just as with Zoe Saldana, being a fan of the character she plays has led me to follow Daisy Ridley on Instagram. Her posts include red carpet images, a charming reaction video to seeing the trailer for the first time, as well as her own #motivationalmonday and #fitnessfriday posts. She does weighted lunges, tricep pull-downs, high knees, squat jumps, inverted pull-ups, etc. (You’d better believe that this has given me a whole set of ideas for a Rey inspired workout).

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