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7 Tips to Making Fitness a Priority in Your Life.

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“I’m too busy” is probably the most common excuse I hear for missing workouts, but life is insanely busy for EVERYONE these days…whether you are a CEO, a stay-at-home mom, a combination of both, or even just a kid or teenager! I personally believe the reason for this collective feeling of “crazy-busy” is right at our finger tips – constant connectivity to every aspect of our lives through email, text, social media, messaging, apps, and the list goes on {and on and on and on}. So, we have to treat our personal health & fitness as a priority and give our workout schedule the same respect as we do our professional and social lives. Here are a some tips to make that happen:

1. Change your Mindset.

There are so many things in life that are completely out of our control, but one thing we do have control over is our mindset. Change your view of working out from being a chore to being something you are doing for you, and better yet, for those around you. Speaking from my own experience, if my workout routine starts to go astray, I am just plain cranky, and those who are closest to me have to suffer through it. They would welcome my hour away if it meant a happier, more energized wife, mom, boss, co-worker, etc. Knowing this makes me view fitness as a priority just like brushing my teeth, going to work and driving my kids to school.

2. Write an Action Plan.

If you were launching a new product, building a house or developing a new marketing strategy, you would write some sort of plan. Why not do this very same thing for your fitness journey. What are your short-term & long-term goals? What steps do you need to take to achieve them? How can you hold yourself accountable or, better yet, find someone to help hold you accountable {personal trainer, workout buddy, etc}.

 

3. Find a Workout that works for YOU.

My husband could do a spin class or cycle outdoors for 3 hours straight every day of the week, but if you told me I had to do that, I would give every excuse in the book. On the other hand, I absolutely love running and the feeling I get after a long run, but my body {my bad hip in particular} does NOT love the pain it feels afterwards. This is how we came to find trampoline fitness and introduced B.Bounce at B.YOU; it gives you the full-on cardio & sweat with 80% less impact. I was instantly obsessed! You have to find the right workout for your body AND the workout that is going to motivate you and keep you coming back for more. If working out still feels like a chore after changing your mindset, then perhaps you need to change it up and find something new.

 

4. Find a Workout Buddy.

Collaboration, or working with others, is often the key to success in business, education, entrepreneurship, etc, but it can also be the key to success in your fitness routine. While I consider myself a fairly self-motivated individual, through my many years of trying various fitness regimens, I have always found that those involving a group are far more motivating to me. Whether it has been a single running partner, a 5-person boot camp or a 20-person group fitness class, the level that I challenge and push myself is far greater than what I would have had I been working out on my own. Not only that, but it is much easier to skip out on a workout when there is no one waiting for me to show up. It helps to holds me accountable, so I always encourage people to find a workout buddy or try a group fitness class because collaboration may be the key to your success in making health & fitness a priority.

 

5. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule.

Clients tell me regularly how much they LOVE the fact that they have to schedule their classes because it helps to hold them accountable. Whether or not you are scheduling the class at B.YOU or another studio that has an online booking system, be sure to add your workouts to your own personal calendar each week. It makes a big difference to your commitment level if the time is already penciled in just like your other obligations.

6. Working out is only Half the Battle.

Remember that being healthy is not only working out; eating healthy is just as important. You have to balance both, especially if your goal is weight-loss. If you are training 5 days a week but eating fast food, carbs + sugar, your results are going to be few and far between. You also have to steer clear of “fad diets” and try to adopt healthy eating habits that are realistic and sustainable. The key is balance.

 

7. Don’t Beat Yourself Up.

Our busy realities aren’t always conducive to our “plan”, so we all fall off the wagon once in a while. When you do, don’t beat yourself up and definitely don’t give up; just move on, refocus on your goal and get back to it the next day.

Check out the full article in the latest issue of Extol Magazine on local newsstands now!

 

 

Mood-Boosting Morning Start

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Today is International Chocolate Day! Kick off your morning with this Mood-Boosting Dark Chocolate Cherry Smoothie, plus we’ve suggested some 6 Simple Ways to start your day on a positive note…

Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Smoothie

Quick Prep time: 10 minutes max
Makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • banana sliced
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats (use can also you regular oats)
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate (divided) – I used 2 squares of 60% cacao Ghiradelli chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon flax oil
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Add 1/2 of the dark chocolate, honey, flax oil and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
  2. Shave the remaining chocolate and sprinkle it on top.

 

6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood in the Mornings
  1. Make Your Bed: It symbolizes the end of yesterday and the start of a fresh new day. It will make you feel organized & help calm your mind as you walk out the door.
  2. Light a Candle: Aromatherapy is great for the senses and calming to the soul.
  3. Meditate: Taking just a few minutes of peace & quiet to clear your mind of all the chaos can completely alter the start of your day for the better.
  4. Eat a Healthy Breakfast: A healthy breakfast or smoothie will balance your blood sugar so you don’t crash later in the day and resort to junk food.
  5. Take a Multi-Vitamin: We all need extra vitamins to supplement the lack of nutrients in our food intake.
  6. Exercise: Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood.

MUSIC IGNITES & UNITES

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After this somber day of remembrance of the unspeakable acts of evil that caused the loss of thousands of lives on September 11th, we find solace only in the memory of the unity it brought to our nation. This song brought tears to our eyes today during stretch as Inspire-er Aimee Bratetic chose it as a tribute to 9/11. We were so moved and realized what an impact music makes in our lives. Music can evoke both joy and sadness; music motivates us and inspires us; music not only ignites us but also UNITES US. Enjoy this lovely, moving song in memory of 9/11 plus some other motivating playlists chosen by a few of our Inspire-ers. Goodnight & God Bless. #americaunite #neverforget

Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys

Inspire-er’s Favorite Playlists

Beth’s Old + New

Mady’s Girl Power 

Anne’s Barre Cardio Remix

Hannah’s Bounce + Barre #2

Erica’s Candlelit Silque 

Hope’s Lover’s Day Barre

Paige’s Throwback Workout 2000’s

Michelle’s Summer 2018

{playlists accessible via Spotify}