So much for September. Hello Halloween. Although it is a goal of mine to write more often, I only do when I am inspired AND make the time (aka make it a priority). Truth quote: "there are no excuses OR reasons, only priorities." Food for thought: will power doesn't exist and behavior change is accomplished when you believe that your efforts are worth it (aka belief leads to change).
When someone asks you what some of your interests or hobbies are and you reply working out and going to the gym, it gives off the impression that you're shallow, and only care about looks, especially if you're surrounded by people who don't follow the same philosophy. For me though, working out is much more than just trying to get a shredded six-pack and look good for the beach. I'm going to be honest that yes those thoughts do cross my mind and some of my fitness goals are based on my physical appearance, but that is mostly to focus on a tangible result.
Drop and give me 15! You can’t? Are you in a hurry? Yes, forgive me for asking such a silly question! We’re ALWAYS in a hurry and never have time to spare. Of course I’m kidding, because we all should have at least 15 minutes for ourselves. If you’re being pulled in many different directions but need to find time to squeeze in a quick workout, just know, it can be accomplished in 15 minutes. Yes, I said 15 minutes. This isn’t magic. If I were a magician, I’d use my powers for grander outcomes.
Let's face it we all lose motivation to stay active once in a while. Part of the reason is that we are creatures of habit and tend to do the same things over and over. For example, when going to the gym, people tend to do the same machines or use the same peice of cardio equipment and naturally, they will get bored with that. A good thing to do, especially in the good weather, is to take your cardio outside. Go on a walk and breathe the fresh air or dust off that bike and take it for a ride.
...forever reigning champ, stress. Coming at you from actual and percieved life events, stress is the theif in the night when it comes to your health. A little stress...unchecked can cause a heart attack. Unavoidable...if you've ever worried, eaten food, exercised, or breathed anything less than country fresh air or a filtered sea breeze, your body has had to deal with elevated levels of stress.
Celebrating 15 yrs, we took our own experiences, client testimonies, journal articles, and known field practices and found 1000's of strategies and tips that have helped people become healthier. However, it is clear, that what works for some does not work for all. Something else emerged and we are calling it the Big 5.