Training vs. Working Out: You’ll Benefit From Knowing the Difference

Training vs. Working Out: You’ll Benefit From Knowing the Difference

Have you ever been shopping at the grocery store and then come home to realize that you have nothing to make for dinner? Instead of planning your week of meals and knowing exactly what you need to prep and cook those meals, you wandered into the grocery store and grabbed what sounded good. You’ve probably been doing the same thing at the gym. You wander into the gym and hop on a machine all in the guise of “working out”. If you haven’t made a plan or know what you’re aiming for, however, you may find you’re not seeing much of a difference. What’s Your Goal? As with your meal plan, you should have a fitness plan as well. Who is your fitness idol? Are you looking at a fitness competition? Do you want to run a marathon, triathlon or some other endurance race? Once you know what you’re aiming for, you’re more apt to hit that target! A goal gives you something to aim for every time you’re at the gym, on that bike or running trail. You know, for instance, if you want to run a 5K, you have to start with running a little bit more every single day.  Any exercise is activity but training has a specific purpose in mind. Push Yourself Once you begin to meet the smaller targets towards your goal, you will find where you need to make improvements. Everyone has a weakness but you may not find those weak points until you are pushing yourself further. Now that you’ve identified areas of improvement, you may need to find a coach or...
Teaching Your Kids a Positive Body Image

Teaching Your Kids a Positive Body Image

It Starts With You Our children are listening, either with their ears or their minds, all the time.  They will also model your behavior and self-dialogue. Change the conversation with yourself internally and externally. Teach your children about healthy choices and positive thinking. Demonstrate a powerful self-love that they can aim for in their own lives. Teach Acceptance Every body and body type is different. Your children are apt to notice all body types, shapes, sizes and colors. Remind them that beauty comes in all forms and a great attitude is the most beautiful of all. Teach your children and learn yourself to accept and love your body the way it is. Enjoy Health Eating good nutrition and getting exercise is a practice that can begin at an early age. Choosing whole foods naturally feels good and fuels your body. Exercise can be fun. Riding bikes, kayaking, hiking and swimming are all activities that kids enjoy that don’t feel like exercise. Keeping fitness in your daily life as a way of spending quality time together is one way to enjoy health. Be Honest Our society seems to be obsessed with diets, weight and looking good in a bikini. Glancing at the slew of magazine covers while waiting to check out at the grocery store, your children may pick up on these messages. Be honest. If they ask questions, remind them that REAL beauty is what people see on the INSIDE. That’s what counts. If you feel good on the inside and take care of yourself on the inside (thoughts, nutrition, spirit) then it will reflect itself on the outside. Give them examples of beauty all around...
5 Daily Practices to Nurture Your Spirit

5 Daily Practices to Nurture Your Spirit

Everyday you’re taking care of everyone. Your mind is always trying to stay one step ahead of what could happen. While planning ahead and being prepared is good, it can be draining. These five simple practices can help nurture you so that you feel your best while nurturing others. Quiet & Stillness Your quiet may come in the early hours of the morning while your family is still sleeping. You could find stillness while practicing yoga, running, gardening, fishing, cooking, cleaning or anything that quiets your mind. These moments are precious and inspired. Aim for them every day. Setting Intention All good practices begin with intention. Start your day with an intention of how you want to feel, what you wish to accomplish, how you will be helpful. Setting an intention kickstarts your mind and energy. Remember your intention throughout your day to help stay focused. Affirmation Similarly to setting an intention, affirm with positive messages to yourself. Cut out your favorite quotes and put them on your bathroom mirror. Pin them to your favorite Pinterest board, your refrigerator or your cubicle at work. These messages remind you of your goals and teach you to love what you’ve accomplished so far. Be in Nature A walk in the woods may not always be available to you but maybe a walk in your neighborhood park is. Take some time to soak in the sun, dance in the rain, smell the roses. Allow the outdoors to remind you of your playful inner child and nurture the part of you that doesn’t take life so seriously. Gratitude Keeping a gratitude journal is one...