Spring Into Fitness

Cheryl Richardson in her book Life Makeovers: 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways To Improve Your Life One Week At A Time wants to share the eight most important things she learnt about creating a healthy lifestyle, in the hopes that it supports you in your quest for a healthier body, mind and spirit.

  1. Remember there’s more to getting fit than eating well & regular exercise, getting fit is an emotional, spiritual, psychological & physical process & that if you don’t consider all 4 areas in your fitness plan, the chances of failure are pretty high.
  2. When you shift your focus from losing weight to creating a daily practice of self-care, your chances of long term success increase dramatically, even though weight loss may be important to you, let that just be a by-product of living a healthy lifestyle.
  3. There are no “one size fits all” eating & exercise plans, learn to eat well for your body type & find the form of exercise that best suits your individual needs & desires.
  4. Remember you don’t need to lose a certain amount of weight to feel good about yourself, you only need to take good care of your body today, focus on eating well & exercising just for today & eliminate negative self-talk which can be the biggest obstacle to getting & staying in shape.
  5. Take a break from the catalogue & magazine subscriptions that contain air-brushed, computer enhanced images, they only create self-loathing.
  6. Engaging in a simple, appropriate free-weight programme is a powerful way to reconnect with your body & burn fat as well as a form of meditation when you focus & move slowly, putting your full attention on the muscle you are strengthening, connecting to your body in a deeper, more spiritual way also allowing you to achieve much better results in significantly less time.
  7. Always remember when you fall off the fitness path throughout your life that getting back on track & feeling good about yourself is just one healthy food choice or one workout away.
  8. Its ok to give yourself a break, an occasional ice cream sundae or a missed week of exercise wont kill you, the quest for perfection on the other hand probably will.

This week consider the obstacles that might be preventing you from achieving your fitness goals. list five obstacles that might prevent you from creating a healthy lifestyle. Then next to each obstacle list a possible solution that will help you to overcome the obstacle so you can move towards a positive change. Once you have listed the five obstacles and solutions, choose one solution and implement the change this week. It only takes one small action over time to produce results.

Creative Movement

In Sarah Ban Breathnach book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy she urges us not to think of working out as exercise or fitness, to forget about gyms, jogging, weights and aerobic classes. To instead spend your time on life enhancing, enjoyable pastimes that she refers to as creative movement. She recommends the following:

*Dancing, ballet, jazz or tap

*Swimming

*Fencing

*Horseback Riding

*Racquetball

*Tennis

*Golf

*Riding a Bike

*Yoga

*Tai Chi

*Walking

 

In Kimberly Crossman’s book Love You: Be Your Best and Live Your Dreams she talks about exercise as being an important part of learning to love yourself. About it being pointless doing something you don’t enjoy just because you feel you should and instead to find a sport or hobby that gets you moving that you love. That when you choose something where you get to socialize, learn a new skill and use your brain, it becomes a pleasant experience that you enjoy as opposed to a chore. She also highly recommends:

*Dance classes

*Walking with Friends.

*Switch catching up for coffee with friends to meeting for a walk at the beach or park

*Adding variety and mixing things up to hold off boredom and keep you motivated

*Use Music to help keep you motivated

*Stretching maintains flexibility as you age and helps you heal faster

*Getting your heart rate up helps fight of disease as you age

* Change no carbs to low carbs as you need them to have the energy to exercise

 

Personally I’m a little bit time poor so I like the ease and convenience of taking a class a gym, I absolutely love Les Mills, Body Flow/Body Balance as it combines Plates, Yoga and Tai Chi into one convenient hour workout which I go to twice a week. If you have read any of my previous Blogs you will know that I also attend a weekly Belly Dance class that I feel works out my brain just as much as my body and I do like to walk although I don’t do it as regularly as I should or would like.

In Caroline Jones book The Desperate Housewife’s Guide to Life and Love: Essential Survival Strategies for Enjoying Your Family, Career, Friends and Sex Life. She recommends a good sports bra, top, a pair of shorts & jogging bottoms for working it when you’re working out.