With the summer here, you may be spending more time at the beach, pool or lake. Are there benefits to working out in the water and can you get a great water workout? Yes you can, and here are 8 reasons why.
1. Less impact. With so many of the exercises we do from day to day, there’s constant and continual pounding on our muscles and joints. Take running for example. It’s the same movement, along with the same pounding on your knees and joints. Continue reading “8 Benefits of Water Workouts”
Do you shower your friends with compliments, praise and approval? You probably do, because you know that it makes them feel proud, valued and respected. You see and understand the benefit of speaking positively to your friends when you see the happiness it brings them. It feels good to bring this joy to others, right? So, why is it so hard to speak to yourself this way? Being friends with yourself brings many positive benefits, both to yourself and to others.
For many of us, negative self-talk is a way of life.
Without realizing it, many of us willingly put ourselves in a self-made prison. It’s bad enough that we feel negatively about ourselves, but what’s worse is that we keep these negative beliefs going as we continually share these negative thoughts with our co-workers, friends, spouses, and even our children. Continue reading “Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom”
The words “yes” and “no” are extremely powerful words that carry strong feelings and emotions. These can even be life changing words. But these words are also the most misused words in our language today. Because of this, you may have what I call “yes and no confusion.” Here’s how to tell if you do and how to avoid misusing “yes” and “no.”
Starting and ending with the word “Yes”
Consider all of the times you’ve said yes to an extra task, project, activity, commitment or responsibility. Maybe you said yes when you were asked to stay late at work, help a friend complete a project, or take on a task you could have handed over to someone else.
Of course your intentions were honorable, but if you have ever said yes when you were already overscheduled, overextended and overwhelmed with what was on your plate, then you have misused the word.
You probably say yes for many reasons. Maybe you say it because:
- You want to feel part of the group or team
- You want to feel you are contributing, helping, giving
- You want to feel needed, necessary, valuable
- You believe it’s the right thing to do
- You believe it’s the only solution
- You think it’s being nice
Now, here’s something to think about. When you’re already overscheduled and overwhelmed, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve neglected your own self-care. With extra responsibilities, there’s no longer any time for your workout, planning a healthy meal, getting a haircut, that long overdue manicure, or that extra hour of sleep. Taking care of yourself gets pushed even further down on your list of priorities. Continue reading “Two Life Changing Words: How “Yes” and “No” are Misused”
How do you enjoy the summer, accomplish all that you want to do and maintain control over those areas you struggle with most? As always, to achieve goals you need to start with a plan. Whether you want to maintain your weight, tackle a sport, or begin a new relationship, summer success is possible with these six steps.
Step One: Re‐evaluate the previous summer. How did it go last summer? How did you handle things? Did you maintain the way you wanted to? Using the following areas we typically struggle with most, answer the following:
There are certain behaviors that we do day-in and day-out without a second thought throughout our entire lives. Call them habits, routines or whatever you like. Take teeth brushing, for example. Most of us (beyond age 12, or so) will brush each morning upon waking and at night before going to bed. There may be days we don’t feel like it, or don’t feel like we have the time, but we’ll do it anyway, if not an abridged version, because it’s a habit. It would feel downright weird if we didn’t.
That is the feeling we must achieve with our day-to-day habits for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If a day passes where we don’t get any exercise, it feels weird. We forget to bring a healthy lunch to work one day – weird! Our dinner is devoid of green vegetables – weird! Continue reading “Achieve Your Goals Through the Power of Routine”