By Samantha Fox Olson
The simple tips I will be sharing will change your life for the better. But you know what they say, “Easy to do, easy not to do.” So chances are, you know the importance of these tips, but are not following through.
Fitness is a lifestyle. Living a fit lifestyle should be fun. It should ring with inspiration; not kill you, but move you. So please, never underestimate the power of simple yet profound actions that will infuse a spring in your every step.
Below are 10 tips you can easily integrate into a busy lifestyle. They will help you feel more energized, burn fat more effectively, be a happier person and become stronger and feel lighter.
10 — Move your body consistently during the day. Park at the back of the parking lot and get that body walking. This will add up and contribute to your health greatly if practiced daily.
9 — Drink more water. Water makes up about two thirds of our bodies! It is an essential element to our health and every single cell and organ relies on water to function. If that’s not inspiration to drink up, I’m not sure what else is. On the average, experts say eight 8 oz glasses of water a day is good. However, if you are an athlete and are sweating and exercising your body the way we do, up to a gallon a day is great!
8 — Mindful breathing. Breath in out deep and long, consistently. Deep mindful breathing changes our internal chemistry and diminishes the stress hormones that keep fat on our bellies. In any yoga class you take anywhere in the world, you will hear reference to breathing from the teacher throughout the class. It is the forefront of a nourishing yoga practice. Additionally, breathing techniques have proven to increase a runner’s time, a swimmer’s performance and an athlete’s strength.
7 — Get outside! Go hiking. We have the most magnificent trails in the world on Kaua‘i and some of the most pristine beaches. Be inspired by nature. It touches more than our physical bodies. It is fitness for the spirit to hear the birds and the ocean and feel the wind. This is a great time to practice mindful breathing too.
6 — Diversify your weekly exercise routine by weaving yoga and fitness. This will increase your body’s potential by working every muscle fiber, will get your heart pumping and cardio vascular system strong, keep your muscles supple, your body awareness high, and your nervous system nourished. It is also great for injury prevention, it keeps things exciting and fresh, and keeps your body from plateauing.
5 — Take a rest day one-to-two times per week. Rest days can keep you from over-training, which can lead to injury and pain. Rest days keeps us from feeling burned out and uninspired, and restore and rejuvenate us. Yay! Take at least one rest day from exercise a week, but never more than two days off in a row.
4 — Set goals and make a plan to reach them! A goal without a plan is wishful thinking. Create a fitness goal and map out a strategic plan. Not sure how to map out your plan? Find an online coach or a personal trainer to support you. Getting support speed results.
3 — Drop your excuses. If you want to feel amazing, stop buynig the lie that you are too old, too broke, too tired and too busy to take care of yourself. Just stop.
2 — Get consistent! Fifteen minutes a day, six days a week is better than one hour a day, once a week. Consistent efforts will keep you feeling on point and energized. Put your exercise time on your calendar! Prioritize and schedule it as a non-negotiable appointment.
1 — Celebrate your breakthroughs. When was the last time you told yourself how proud of yourself you are? We can get so hung up on where we want to be that we forget how far we have come. If you are following the above tips, there is no doubt you have plenty to be celebrating. Acknowledge yourself with a simple pat on the back, a loving cheer of appreciation and an encouraging high-five. And do so often.
This energy will propel you forward and keep you on point.
- Samantha Fox Olson leads body, mind and energy transformations locally and globally, helping her clientele to achieve amazing results. Contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kauaiyogaandfitness.com for a gift certificate.