Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The holiday season has officially arrived. There is something special about breaking bread together and enjoying good food. Usually the food is a little too good and we tend to overindulge leading to that infamous holiday weight gain… or is that just what happens to me?! Continue reading
Happy October! Oh my goodness, can you believe there are only 3 months left before the end of the year?! As I think back to January 2016, when it was a brand spanking new year and everything seemed possible, I get a little panicky realizing I’ve fallen short in reaching a few of my goals. Continue reading
Why do so many of us fail to maintain a consistent fitness regimen? Usually it’s because we lose motivation after failing to see results. That happens because we exercise to a achieve a long term physical goal, but in reality we want results NOW. Because it takes some time to see these physical benefits we begin to lose hope and eventually give up altogether. If we change our perspective on exercise and decide to workout for the instant benefits, knowing we actually WILL see results immediately, suddenly the thought of sweating it out at the gym becomes a bit more alluring. Right?!
I’m no good at waiting around for things, like most of us, I want to give 100% up front and reap the benefits as soon as possible. The same is true for exercising. When I first heard that exercise could make me a better person I was a little skeptical. Then I thought about it more, adopted this new outlook on exercising, and realized YEAH, it really does make me a better ME! That’s when I committed to the idea that working out was an investment worthy of my time.
Here’s a list of all the amazing benefits of exercise that you can enjoy instantly-–
- More Energy
- Better Focus
- Improved Sleep Quality
- Mental clarity
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Sparks inspiration and motivation
- Strengthens your Heart
- Teaches Patience
- Boosts creativity
- Makes you a better role model
- Reduces PMS
- Builds self esteem
- Improves posture
- More conscious of making healthy food choices
- Improves your relationships
- Great time to catch up on personal development (like podcasts and audiobooks)
- Teaches Discipline
- Increases productivity
- Makes you smarter
- Boosts happiness
Exercise because you love yourself…
… not because you feel the need to achieve a specific physical aesthetic or a certain number on the scale. If you achieve everything on this list by exercising, not only will you enjoy exercise more consistently and be more active, but you will find it easier to let go of whatever weight you’re holding on to.
So every time I am dragging my feet to do some sort of exercise, I remind myself that I’ll be better for it, and I think of all these reasons listed above.
Now there are a couple of caveats with this whole thing. You MUST find a form of exercise that’s enjoyable for you. If weight lifting is not your cup of tea, then try yoga. If you’re not keen on the idea of running, then start with walks or hikes. Begin with workouts that will elevate your heart rate yet but won’t completely wear you out. If you hate the type of exercise you’re doing, then you won’t feel happy at the end of it and you definitely won’t stick with it. Find the right type of physical activity for you and start reaping the benefits of exercise asap! 🙂
Be Your Best Self & Live Your Best Life
Recently I found myself in a serious health and fitness slump lasting several weeks. Oopsy! It happens. There had just been so much excitement lately and I was grateful for every minute of it– traveling, hosting guests, celebrating, and just life in general! Life gets busy. That’s just a fact! But how does one stay healthy when they’re so busy? How do you pull yourself out of a slump? I’ve learned it’s important to live a little, not take yourself so seriously and find YOUR version of balance. Continue reading
Did you take a chance, but didn’t win the Powerball? Sorry to hear that, but the good news is you still have a chance at getting rich! All it takes is two dollars and a dream. Continue reading
As 2015 comes to a close and 2016 begins, I can’t help but look back on everything that occurred over the past year. Did I make the most of this year? Did I accomplish all that I set out to do? Continue reading
It’s a busy time of year for all of us with holiday events, commitments, traveling, deadlines at work, too much spending, shopping for gifts, cooking, and overall a whole lot of holiday stress. Oh wait, but isn’t it also supposed to be the most happiest time of year? Continue reading
Can you believe we are less than 60days away from 2016, a brand new year! It’s crazy how quickly this year flew by, how much happened and yet how much I feel like I have left to do. It’s right around this time that I pull out my list of goals I write out at the beginning of every year. There are goals on there that I have accomplished, a few that I still plan to conquer by the end of December, and some that I totally forgot about.
What kind of goals did you set for yourself this year? How many of them did you accomplish? Many of us will include a health and fitness related goal on this list. That goal, for me, seems to always be sabotaged by the holiday season. Continue reading
What comes to mind when you think of food?
What comes to mind for me are feelings of comfort, joy, family, and energy. How we view the food we eat, what we see it as being, impacts our whole attitude towards it. In my opinion, food is good! Continue reading
Let’s keep it real, we all have seasons in our life where our health takes a backseat. Do you know the feeling? Your just so busy focusing on a million other things that your left with with no energy or motivation to think about eating healthy and working out… Continue reading