What does it really take to make a goal a reality? Two things: smart goal setting, and self-acceptance.
A full exercise routine at home really is possible – and more than that, it’s also convenient, flexible and fun. Instead of being limited by your local gym or rec center’s offerings, you can choose just about any type of exercise imaginable – and all on your schedule. Consider some of these key benefits that make working out at home a better all-around choice.
First and foremost, “healthy” is not about outward appearance in my opinion. To me, a healthy person has energy, vitality, mobility, and balance. Whether a person’s scale weight or body type plays a part in that can vary widely based on the individual. I believe that your best weight is whatever weight you are when you’re practicing the healthiest lifestyle that you actually enjoy living. That means if you like to exercise five days a week, but you also want to have pizza with your kids on Friday nights, your ideal weight is that where you can do both of those things and feel good about it. Because while being at a healthy weight is important, so is living your life.
Virtual fitness training has been around for a long time. But when the coronavirus pandemic closed gyms for several months in 2020, people sought alternatives that allowed them to work out at home. And even though most facilities have reopened, a large percentage of people have decided they really like the convenience, privacy and cleanliness that home-based fitness offers. That’s probably why various forms of virtual fitness training were ranked at the top of the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021, a poll conducted annually by the American College of Sports Medicine.
According to Forbes Magazine, 92% of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions, and 80% of people fail by the end of February. The good news is, you can beat the statistics. It requires a different way of thinking about goal setting. Read on to learn more.
The problem is not in having high standards or in working hard. Perfectionism becomes a problem when it causes emotional wear and tear or when it keeps you from succeeding or from being happy. The emotional consequences of perfectionism include fear of making mistakes, stress from the pressure to perform, and self-consciousness from feeling both self-confidence and self-doubt. It can also include tension, frustration, disappointment, sadness, anger or fear of humiliation. These are common experiences for inwardly focused perfectionists.
Aging is something that most of us would like to deny. But really, it’s not growing old that kills us. Instead, it’s usually one of many “lifestyle” diseases such as certain types of cancers, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, most of the research dollars go to finding ways to fix these diseases (with pharmaceuticals and increasingly, unregulated nutraceuticals) instead of preventing them from occurring in the first place. So what happens to our bodies as we age, and what can we do to turn back the clock?
Human beings are creatures of habit. Most of us find comfort in consistency, at least to some degree. Making exercise a consistent habit is one of the best things you can do for yourself. But – when it comes to exercise, having a habit is good, but repeating the same workouts over and over often isn’t. The solution: try something new!
It’s time to re-think what it means to have balance in our lives. Not everything has equal importance at any given time. Here are some strategies for implementing a more balanced life.
Consistency is one of your most powerful tools. It helps power you through the day-to-day so you can reach your goals. It can also make tougher routines become more automatic, triggering action, which in turn boosts motivation. But only through new challenges do we become stronger and more resilient.