Overwhelmed by the Week Ahead? Maybe Bare Minimum Monday’s are the Key to Your Success!

by Aimee Wojtowecz

Do you start the week with “never miss a Monday”, or “crush your week!” and think that the only way to start your week is on full throttle? Or are you more the type to need a recovery day after your weekend and prefer a more gentle approach? Not that there’s anything wrong with never miss a Monday if that works for you but I think it’s safe to say that we all have those days when motivation is low and energy levels are running on empty. That’s where “Bare Minimum Monday’s” come in to save the day! Here’s how it works and how it can help you reach your health goals. 

Bare Minimum Mondays encourage individuals to adopt a minimalist mindset towards their fitness routine and nutritional choices, specifically on Mondays. Instead of overwhelming yourself with elaborate workout plans or meticulously planned meals, this approach emphasizes simplicity, consistency, and a focus on the essentials. By dedicating one day a week to minimalism, we create a foundation of sustainable habits that can be built upon for long-term success.

On “Bare Minimum Monday’s,” give yourself permission to do the bare minimum workout. It’s all about taking that first step and showing up, even if it’s just for a short, gentle session. Consider incorporating active recovery techniques on Bare Minimum Mondays. Engage in activities such as yoga, stretching, or foam rolling to promote muscle recovery, enhance flexibility, and reduce overall stress on the body. The key is to stay active and connected to your fitness goals while keeping it manageable and time-efficient. Something is always better than nothing!

Or take advantage of nature by exploring outdoor activities on Bare Minimum Mondays. Go for a hike, bike ride, or swim. Connecting with the environment not only adds variety to your routine but also allows you to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, sunlight, and the beauty of the outdoors.

By committing to a minimum effort workout, you create momentum that carries throughout the week. It’s amazing how one small action can snowball into a series of consistent workouts. So, don’t underestimate the power of starting small!

Prepare simple and nutritious meals in advance for your Bare Minimum Mondays. Focus on whole foods such as lean proteins, vegetables, and whole grains. Utilize batch cooking techniques (have you ever even tested how many chicken breasts you can cook on your Blackstone?) to streamline the process, ensuring you have healthy options readily available.

Lowering expectations for how your week “should start off” is a great opportunity to conquer mental barriers and push through the resistance. Fitness and nutrition are all about consistency, and Bare Minimum Monday’s help you maintain that consistency even on challenging days. When you prioritize your health, even in the smallest way, you reinforce the habit of showing up for yourself, which is crucial for long-term success.

By simplifying your fitness and nutrition routine on Bare Minimum Mondays, you alleviate the pressure to maintain a high level of intensity or perfection every day. This break from complexity can alleviate stress and help you approach the rest of the week with a refreshed mindset.

Life can be unpredictable, and there will be days when time and resources are limited. By embracing simplicity on Mondays, you develop the ability to adapt your routine to fit any situation, making it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the long run.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or you’re just looking for a slower pace this summer, embracing “Bare Minimum Monday’s” as a tool to achieve your health goals might work for you. It’s not about perfection; it’s about showing up and giving it your best, even on those tough days.