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New Year Lifestyle

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Lifestyle: Work Hard

The New Year brings new goals: a time to focus on the things that you have been neglecting or want change.

Personal health tops many lists, especially after the Holiday Season.

Trying to improve yourself is fantastic. Make sure to set both short term and long term goals, and make sure they’re attainable. For example, losing 2 – 3 pounds a week (depending on your starting weight) is a great goal and these numbers show a healthy weight loss.

Also, make it easy on yourself to attain these goals and turn them into a healthy Lifestyle. Working out in a group setting can be fun, can push you harder than you would have pushed yourself alone and it brings a social aspect to what many people think of as “work”.

In my group classes, I introduce new Fitness Toys occasionally and you can see both the Ab Wheel and Battle Ropes in the pictures above. It keeps workouts fresh and fun, which makes people want to keep working hard towards their goals.

And lastly, you can start/continue a training program at any time. The girl doing Medicine-ball Squats in the back has continued to workout even though she’s 5 months pregnant!!! Its great for her, its great for her baby and she has decided to make Health a Lifestyle.

So get your butt out there, set some goals and make 2014 the year that you change Health from something you think about occasionally to a Lifestyle.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before

 

Day of Thanks!

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My niece & Me

 

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

I have many reasons to be thankful but most of all I’m thankful for my little 2-year-old niece, Alena.

I hope you’re all able to find a few positives in your life and be thankful for them.

Continue these good feelings and extend them out through the week, month and year.

And here’s a few more pics to lighten up your day

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Happiness and Health

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A smile is contagious. Try it out, Ill wait. waiting emogi

Go outside and walk down the street, smiling at the people passing by. I bet most people smile back. People want to be happy overall. They want a reason to be happy, even if it’s the smile of a complete stranger they pass on the sidewalk.

Lets get sciency.

After reviewing over 160 studies involving human and animal studies, Ed Diener et al in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing, found clear evidence that “happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers”.

So whats that mean? It means find what makes you happy and live it. Be it. Be happy. Take your health to the next level by simply being happy.

Do you enjoy reading books outside in the sun? Do you enjoy watching or playing sports? Do you enjoy taking your dog to the park and watching them interact with other furry four-legged fluffers? Do you like alliterationwink emogi? Find what makes you happy and DO IT!

Happiness can lead to reduced stress, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, a stronger immune system, the ability to cope better with pain, lower blood pressure, longer life expectancy, and more.

All good things.

But what makes a person happy? I’m glad you asked. Lets take a look at a few habits that can turn YOU into a happy person:

  • Find what you love to do and do it= find a job that is both meaningful and enjoyable
  • Be nicer to yourself= stop trying to label yourself and just be you
  • Engage in healthy behavior= self control, exercise, a better diet, etc.
  • Face your fears= mistakes are proof that you are trying
  • Do something bold= find an activity that inspires and challenges you

If you get down, sometimes curling up in your bed and recharging is okay too. Keep in mind that the more we train for happiness, the swifter it will come after the down times.

Lets work on being happy, which will lead us to being healthier.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before