You’ve likely heard the saying about successful weight loss being 80% diet. No matter what you think of the diet-exercise-lifestyle breakdown, the equation will always necessitate 100% mindset. Our motivation is what gets us started on the journey, what encourages us through the plateaus periods, what helps us persist when others give up. That doesn’t mean, however, that motivation always comes easily. There are countless mental dimensions to our weight loss journeys. It’s as important to identify our mindset related challenges as it is our nutritional or fitness challenges. In doing so, we can equip ourselves with the messages and support that will refill our motivational wells and offer us the mental stamina to make it to our goals. Consider what questions, quandaries and self-doubts have gotten the best of you in the past. Then check out these Flourish resources for inspiration that can take you beyond any motivational challenge to your end success.
If you ask a hundred people at a gym on what information sources they base their current fitness routine, you’ll likely get a broad mix of good conversations and blank stares. Some people do a version of what they see other people doing. Some people do what they read in a magazine or what they were told to do in gym class many years (or decades) ago. Still others choose a blend of work with a trainer and ideas they gather from books or their favorite fitness websites. What nearly all of these people would agree on, however, is the importance of efficiency. No one wants to spin their wheels during their gym time. They want results! This said, not all fitness routines will get you there in the fastest (or safest) way with the best outcomes. Think about your own fitness program for a minute. Are you following the latest exercise science and personalized programming? Or might you be working from an outdated, erroneous or inefficient approach? Check out these six common fitness misconceptions – and see how they might reflect your past (or present) routine.
While we give careful consideration to the foods we buy in adopting the Healthy Way of Eating, how we cook them has the power to add ample benefit. Simple seasonings we might include for flavor could also support our overall health. Additionally, many herbs can offer medicinal benefits in teas, capsules or topical applications – all without the unwanted side effects of many over-the-counter products. It’s a testament to the power of food as functional to our health and wellbeing. Read on to see seven healthy and flavorful additions you can make to your cooking and self-care routines!
Twenty plus years ago the only group classes in most fitness clubs were high impact aerobic style ones. Over time, class formats have come to include step, strength/toning, core, cycle, mind/body, Pilates and rowing - giving health club members a wide variety of options. Add to this the small and large group personal training options offered for members. Life Time Fitness, for example, offers small group classes (six or less people) like Pilates Reformer classes, Ultimate Workout and Alpha Training. Large training class options include TEAM Weight Loss, TEAM Fitness, TEAM Tri and Boot Camp. The variety of choices, while welcome, can feel overwhelming. Although you can’t go wrong with any of the options, check out these five classes to improve fitness and, in particular, strength training.
It’s one of those eternal questions for which experience seems to suggest anecdotal “truth.” Ask a group of men and women who they think loses fat the most easily, and what you might not get in consensus you’ll get in vehemence. (What’s your guess?) Whatever our experience implies, what does science say? Does metabolism operate differently in the genders? What’s the story with varying body composition? Finally, are there behavioral or mindset related patterns in the weight loss experience that appear to differ – as a whole – between men and women? While our individual distinctions may well trump gender patterns, understanding the common physiology and social tendencies can be one more tool to bring to our journeys as we explore what strategies work best for us and what attitudes or approaches we might better apply for success.
As helpful as a regular exercise routine can be, sometimes we benefit from shaking things up. At times, it's a matter of rebooting our motivation with some sorely-needed novelty. Other times, we're looking to bust through a fitness plateau by offering our bodies new varieties of input. The great thing about fitness is there's always something to match every physical goal or personal preference. Wherever you are in your fitness journey, let yourself explore the immense array of exercise options - those you're familiar with and those you've maybe never even heard of! Observe fitness classes, talk to club trainers and consider these recent trends for giving your program the boost it needs!
While the basics of a healthy way of living remain constant – a nutrient-rich diet, a well balanced fitness routine and ample sleep – how we choose to “fill in” our lifestyles with activities that support our physical and emotional wellbeing can matter more than we realize. When we embrace the idea that we deserve to thrive and offer ourselves all we personally need to create meaningful and successful weight loss and health journeys, we open the door to many creative possibilities. The activities that follow will never be stand-ins for the basics, but they can offer us rich outlets for enhancing our physical health and for processing the emotional aspects of our journeys. The practices can easily be applied across a spectrum of purposes – from at-home activities we do ourselves for personal enjoyment and exploration to guided methods within a therapy setting as we process more complex concerns. See which of these four practices you’ve incorporated on some level, and consider which you’d like to explore as you envision greater wellbeing in your health journey.