Variety is the spice of life so as many of us launch a fitness program to help us get in better shape for the New Year, perhaps trying something new will keep us motivated and committed. It’s always a good idea to step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and meet new people. You probably won’t love every new activity you try but you also might be exposed to an activity that you absolutely fall in love with!
Multiple Barre specialty studios have surfaced all over Vancouver. The low-impact, muscle shaking, body sculpting format has resulted in its growing popularity causing Barre studios to be the cool place to workout.
If you enjoy the heat, sweating profusely while you stretch, lengthen and hold various limbering poses, you’ll love this workout – especially in these cold winter months! Read more on New Fitness Activities To Try In 2017…
Have you ever stopped to look closely at a tombstone? Usually it will list the deceased’s name, perhaps a few words to remember them by and then it will list the date they were born and the date they died, with a dash in between. This dash – that interval – represents their life. It’s bizarre to think your whole life could be summed up in a dash!
So today’s column includes a 5-part Soul-searching assignment for you to hopefully assure that the dash is the best darn dash you could have ever imagined! Grab a pen and a piece of paper.
Write down all the things you’ve ever wanted to do in your life and haven’t done yet.
List all the things/people that mean the most to you. Read more on Wake Up Call…
It’s hard to be great if you don’t feel great.
It’s hard to live your best life and achieve all your dreams if you’re not at your physical best.
Unfortunately, more than half of our population is overweight or obese and out of shape. The International Obesity released a report that says we expend about 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago. All the labor saving devises like remote controls, escalators, elevators, moving walkways and the internet that are supposed to be making our lives easier are in fact making us sick and slowly killing us. If you think about it, that’s equivalent to a 5-8 mile run! That’s how much less we move our bodies today! Daily movement is absolutely critical to counteract our sedentary society. Read more on Move That Body…
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the LOVE bug has struck many making it a great opportunity to address the benefits of working out together with your special someone. Spending quality time with your honey will help to keep you both healthy and fit and will benefit all areas of your life including your marriage or relationship! Most studies report that working out together will help each of you stick to the program – it’s harder to cop out when you know someone is counting on you. Plus working out with someone else makes it fun – you almost forget you’re working out! And you may even find that you each work out a lot harder side by side versus being alone – it’s a competitive thing.
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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Ten
Now we move on to Step Ten in the effort to achieve your goals and dream life, but first let’s review the first 9 steps….see below:
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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Nine
We have moved on to Step 9 of your mission to achieve your goals and dream life, but first you may want to view the previous steps:
Now For Step Nine: Be An Inspiration to Others
I feel very confident that when you focus on helping others and inspiring others to live their dream life, it makes it easier to achieve your goals.
For example, maybe you’re one of the lucky few fitness fanatics? You have no problem getting up every morning and getting to the gym for your workout or your early morning run. You’ve been exercising for years and couldn’t imagine ever quitting. When you’re on vacation or on a business trip, you always book at a hotel that offers a fitness gym so you don’t get off track. You exercise 5 plus times per week and it’s never a problem and in fact, sometimes, you have to really discipline yourself to take a rest day. Sedentary, couch potatoes watch you with envy wondering how you do it!
Were you always so disciplined? Probably not. Think back to when you first started exercising. Do you remember how it felt? You may have felt a little awkward or clumsy. You may have been really stiff and sore the next day. It may have taken you a little while to get into a routine and feel comfortable with what you were doing. You may have hated every second of every workout!
When did exercise change from a chore to a necessity, to a desire? When and how did you get hooked? As personal trainers, it’s our job to get new clients to the point where they’ve caught the exercise “bug”. This is when clients stop complaining about how much exercise hurts and how difficult it is to stick to their program and instead, start commenting on how exercise makes them feel so good and how they find they need exercise to de-stress, find energy or be more productive at work.
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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Seven
Become a Lover of Knowledge
Many of us have spent the beginning parts of 2014 thinking about how we can resolve to be better, do more, or achieve greater things. It’s a perfect opportunity to review the critical steps to achieving your goals and dream life that we’ve discussed in the past 6 weeks. You can view all previous issues here:
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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Six
Surround Yourself with Amazing People
We have so far discussed 5 critical steps to achieving your goals and dream life. If you’ve missed the series, it would be helpful to go back and review what we’ve covered so far.
I am 100% confident that today’s step “Surrounding yourself with Amazing People” is one of the keys to the life I live. I feel incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of friends who like to participate in events and activities with me. Then it made me think that that’s what absolutely everybody needs!
If you want to be great, you have to surround yourself with great people.
You are who you hang with – it’s called contagism – it rubs off! If you want to be healthy and active, surround yourself with active and healthy people. If you want to commit to eating a healthy diet, surround yourself with people who are also committed to that. If you want to travel the world, surround yourself with others that have that adventurous spirit. If you want to finish a triathlon, start hanging out with triathletes. If you want to succeed in your career, find a mentor who has achieved great successes who can guide and direct you. If you want to have a healthy relationship with your partner, surround yourself with friends who put their relationships first so they can offer a positive role model. Bottom line – you are who you hang with! So if all your friends sit around cursing and gossiping about others, you’ll find yourself doing the same. If all your friends cheat on their spouses, then you may find yourself overstepping boundaries. If all your friends are happy to live a mediocre life, you’ll find yourself settling also. If all your friends are unhappy about their jobs and sit around complaining about it all day instead of doing something about, you’ll do the same. If all your friends drink, eat pizza and chicken wings and sit around watching TV all day, that’s probably what you will do as well. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy living it up as well but, my friends and I all understand, we’ve got to earn it first!
Everybody needs people in their life who inspire them, challenge them, build them up, empower them, support them and encourage them to reach for their potential, their personal best, their dreams.
The opposite happens if you surround yourself with those who are negative, critical, and controlling and who steal your job and tear you down.
Some people will pull you up and others will pull you down – it’s your decision who you will give your time to.
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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Four
Realizing Your Potential
After working in the fitness industry for 25 years and helping people achieve their goals, I have discovered that there are common traits that exist between those who succeed and those who struggle. So far we’ve shared the importance of writing down your goals and action steps and creating a map for your life, the critical act of moving your body and last week, we reviewed the key to eating healthy so you have the energy to reach for your dreams.
After all, what good is it to be achieving goals if you don’t feel good enough to enjoy your life!
Today, we move on to Step Four:
Realizing your potential. Achieving your dreams means you have to believe in yourself. You can’t set self-imposed limits on who you are, who you can become and what you can do. You’ve probably heard the saying
“If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right!”
Dreams happen first in the mind so if you dream small, you will achieve small but if you dream big, you will achieve big and great things!
I learned this lesson through one of my clients Rick Hansen, a famous Canadian. When Rick was 16 years old, he was in a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury losing the use of his legs. Initially he went through a phase of anger, depression and resentment. But at one point,he had to make the personal decision to either focus on Read more on Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Four…
As we get closer and closer to the summer months, more people want to start improving their body image. Shorts, skirts and tank tops leave little option for covering any ‘flaws’ and many begin setting goals for how they’d like to change their body.
This article was posted a week ago and I was interested to see the response. Many supported the article and others were very offended.
I read it and although I agree with some aspects, it does not account for genetic factors and individual differences. It is definitely true that some people have it a lot easier than others. They were born with better genetics, stronger metabolism, less fat cells etc.
Before setting any type of weight loss goal, it’s very important for you to examine your genetics and to understand that fat loss is dependent on your genetic breakdown.
Many researchers believe that approximately 50% of fatness is genetically determined. Read more on Improving Your Body Image…