Embrace Fitness as a Lifestyle: Edition 2
Welcome to the second edition of the Embrace Fitness as a Lifestyle Blog! In this edition we will be covering:
Your mindset and Why it's important
Sierra Whiskey Fitness News
Your Mindset: Garbage in Garbage Out
Overall fitness is more than just hitting the gym. It also encompasses your mental well being too. Both are interrelated and impact one another equally. Let's talk about how your mindset impacts your physical fitness.
My favorite phrase to describe this is "garbage in, garbage out." What I mean when I say this is, if you consistently think negatively, negative results from your thoughts and actions will naturally follow. For example, if you are repetitively feeding yourself the thought of "I never have time to workout. I will try again tomorrow after work.". The action and result of this thought is that you will not go to the gym and keep pushing it off. Eventually that can exacerbate into follow-on thoughts of can't, won't, and that will never happen. That is not the mentality we want when we are trying to implement positive new habits into our lives. If we feed ourselves garbage ideas, then the likelihood of seeing positive results is reduced.
When embarking on creating new behaviors and habits, it is important to think S.M.A.R.T.ly. This acronym is a means to help you set both long-term and short-term goals.
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Achievable
R - Realistic
Now let's go back to the example of consistently putting off going to the gym. How can we strategize to come up with a game plan to break this cycle?
S - I want to start going to the gym consistently.
M - I want to work out twice per week at the gym.
A - I am going to go to the gym after work and pack my gym bag the night before.
R - By going twice a week for 30 days, I can work back up to going 5 days a week like I used to a few years ago.
T - I am going to workout twice per week for 30 days.
If you are find it difficult and overwhelming to outline a goal, try this method to help you break things down. Change can be less intimidating when we break things down from the macro to micro level.
I connected with Lauren recently and we had a good conversation on how she embraces fitness as a lifestyle. Check out her interview:
About you: What is your name and what do you do for a career?
My name is Lauren and I’m a scientist! What are your hobbies?
I like to read and play video games in my free time. What is your favorite food?
This is a hard one for a foodie. Can you really pick one favorite food?? What is your favorite life quote?
I do not have a favorite quote. Sorry I’m boring! Embracing Fitness as a Lifestyle: What is your program or training style of choice that keeps you active?
I have a peloton so having all the different class options keeps me both active and excited to work out.
What is your strategy to incorporate balanced nutrition into your day to day life?
I try to make sure I bring something healthy with me for lunch, like a salad, then if I can’t get the most healthy dinner in after a long day, at least I had some vegetables. I’ve been trying to plan ahead with dinners, but it doesn’t always work. So using meal kits like HelloFresh or Home Chef have helped me out a lot. How do you stay motivated to continuously embrace fitness as a lifestyle?
I’m trying to better myself physically and mentally so that’s where the real motivation comes from. It doesn’t hurt having all the high energy instructors on the peloton to pump me up for a ride either. Do you have any tips for busy professionals struggling?
Just take it a day at a time. Some days there just isn’t enough time to get a workout in, that’s okay. Pick up a little bit of a longer work out when you can, but don’t beat yourself up over not working out daily. The biggest thing is to push yourself to work out on the days that you really don’t feel like it, but you have the time to. I find those are the days I feel the most accomplished after I’m done.
Sierra Whiskey Fitness News
Last week we announced the launching of our first online fitness program. This program is focused on full body workouts that encompass functional based movement patterns. If you are are a busy professional that needs a plan, this is perfect for you! You will be able to embrace fitness as a lifestyle through 5-6 exercises 3 times per week.
I've been putting a lot of work into outlining topics I want to cover and finished building the workout plan this week. Now I will move into filming each exercise and creating a downloadable PDF with pictures/directions. I would anticipate a few more weeks until public launch and a price point of under $100. Also, I am revamping our merch line with some cool new designs! More to come on that soon!