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Active Family Fun

Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone. Here are a few outdoor ideas to get your family focused on fitness:

Visit your local park. Ever wonder why it's called the Department of Parks and Recreation? It provides places for people to have fun outdoors. You can’t help but be active and play while in a place of recreation, and the great outdoors is full of these opportunities. The more you mix up your activities, the more fun you’re going to have while getting fit. These outdoor activity options have something for the whole family:

• Hiking, walking, jogging, backpacking, walking the dog, climbing

• Swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, rafting

• Biking, mountain biking, rollerblading  

People spend thousands of dollars and several days traveling to do some of these same activities. You could be doing them every day for free or next to nothing. Sharing these activities with your family multiplies the fun and can actually boost your results!


Change your Thoughts, Change your Life

Did you know our thoughts precede our feelings? Yep! That is correct! Today, you may feel overwhelmed or discouraged. You can bet those feelings started with thoughts. If you feel like quitting, stop for a minute and ask yourself what thoughts are going through your mind. Are you telling yourself that changing your lifestyle is too tough? That you will never achieve your fitness goals?

Becoming aware of that internal dialogue is the first step in changing it. When you wake up in the morning, take time to be grateful for the brand new day. Each day is a new opportunity to eat healthier food, exercise a little bit more, take a new fitness class, or take a walk with a friend. This will make your fitness changes much more effective than white knuckling through every day with thoughts of “I hate feeling so limited, I can’t wait till I am done with this!”

Each day, you must decide to embrace change. Don’t wait to feel ready to work out or hit the gym. Make the choice to be ready. Change your thoughts, change your life.

Is FEAR Standing in Your Way of Health?

"Fear is the natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."-Pema Chodron.

Life is full of scary things. When you start to address your fears and change your life for the better, you will feel free. Yes, more fears will arise. Yes, "bad" things will happen. Yes, difficulty will always present itself.

But you'll realize that the paralysis that fear causes is worse than any pain that fear can inflict. You'll experience good things alongside the bad, and things will get easier.

If you sit in silence and do nothing, waiting for the perfect time or'll WASTE your life away. There's never the perfect moment to start eating healthier or losing weight. There's never the right time to leave your old life and start anew. But there are moments, there is time, and there are ways.

So will you sit in silence? Or will you laugh out loud and face your fears? Be brave. Take risks. Believe in yourself!

Journey to Health

How do you feel today? Are you having a hard time making the choice to change your life for the better? Did you start to make changes, only to fall back into old habits? Do you need a boost to help you continue down a healthier path?

The power of your lifestyle can reshape your destiny at the very level of your genes. Healthy eating and exercise habits can reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease, and sometimes can reverse a disease you already have or prevent a recurrence.

When you choose to improve your health, what will that mean for you? What will it mean for those who love you? How will life feel and look from that vantage point? What will you do when your health improves that you can't do now? What problems can you avoid by taking that step forward?

Making choices to improve your health will help you to relieve stress, gain strength, increase energy, and lose weight (if applicable). For the most part, diets fail to produce long-term weight loss and results. They work in the short term because of rules about what and when you can and can’t eat: They prevent you from going off-course with external discipline. Instead, let's learn mental discipline and practical, daily behavioral changes that will change your health, and your life.  

It’s time to begin your journey.