Exercise- it’s not a 4 letter word

I’ll start tomorrow, I’ll start Monday. I’ll start next week when I have another excuse that will arise. So what can you do to really get your exercise game on? First thing is, rethink the word and even the practice.

Exercise can be a million things, it’s up to you to define it. For some, it can mean running for miles on end, lifting weights, dancing and for still others it might be mountain biking, kitesurfing, snorkeling or simply walking. 
 If it means endorphins are being set off, there’s some heart rate activity for intermittent periods and potentially a little sweat paired with a post-feel good feeling it can be categorized as “exercise” Yes, this also means being intimate with another person (wink, wink)

So how do you create goals to make exercise less painful?

Create goals that are fun-oriented- The goal isn’t to do a million squats, though that can be a goal.

Count how many jumping jacks you can do in a minute, then beat that number next time around.- That can be a goal.

Jump rope without stopping for 5 minutes. This sounds easy but it isn’t and these can be goals.

Invite a friend or your spouse to join in while you do this to make it a group activity if you prefer to work out with someone. Both of you will benefit, feeling good is contagious and the added motivation can be really helpful.

Just remember, the goal is to feel good about what you’re doing so that you continue to do it happily. Activity is the way that you can reach your ultimate highs and maintain a healthy happy life. So go out and explore what makes you feel good and then do it as often as you can.

Eat Well. Sweat Often

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Balance is the heartbeat of our day

Tons of people swear balance is key, but really what are some real practices to apply?

  1. Just do it. Quit talking yourself out of the things you need the most of. Stop the excuses, the long list of other things you could do instead and most importantly stop spending time in front of the TV wasting precious hours on sitcoms when you can be sharing moments with others.
  2. Meditate always. Meditation will keep you grounded and happy. How do you meditate you might ask? It took me awhile to figure this out. For me it was a matter of focusing on affirmations that I repeated out loud. This made me remember where to keep my focus on the most important goals of my life. It also taught me to treat circumstances with love and also to disregard time.
  3. Self care. By self care, for me and many women, I mean the rituals that make you feel like a woman. Whether it’s a body scrub or a massage or getting your nails done or having a facial or a long bath. Take a dance class or do something that feels utterly feminene. These are the ways you stay in touch with your feminene energy and dispel all the masculine energy we can’t seem but to absorb in today’s world. These are all ways to self care and love yourself that every woman needs to adopt and practice daily, weekly, monthly. Loving yourself is that important because as we all know to love others, you must love yourself first.
  4. Gratitude. Every morning I am in the habit of stating 3 things I am grateful for. Within those three things would range my pilates class, my abundance, my puppy’s health, my boyfriend’s smile.

Being in balance isn’t always a 100% game. Sometimes you can only do this 60/40% of the time or 80/20 or 20/80. Just remember that you can always return to this space to attain your balance.

Personally, today I’m developing all these habits again. It hasn’t been easy to remember that these rituals require maintenance so that I feel completely balanced and in love with myself. After all, the most important relationship is the one you have with you.

Stay in balance! Wishing you much health and happiness.

Eat Well. Sweat Often.

Scratch the Diet