Archive for January, 2015

Your BEST Retirement Investment

January 29, 2015

IRA? 401K? Stock market? Bonds?? Your health? Most of us already started planning for our retirement on some level. In that planning process, you probably sat and figured out what percentage of your income you could realistically save and how many years you will work before enjoying your retirement! After looking at your desired retirement investment, you probably mapped out your long term plan with short term goals. Do you reference this plan on a regular basis to determine your progress? Are you on track? If not, what do you need to do to get back?

In all this planning for financial security, where and when do we plan for our health during retirement? Do we spend as much time planning for our physical fitness as we do our fiscal fitness? How can we plan to have financial security and good health? Is one more important than the other? How can you plan your eating and exercise with a lifetime goal in mind?

Having all the financial security in the world cannot make up for poor health. Make changes now and keep referencing your plan and reasons for these goals! Remind yourself of this when you want to skip that workout or start eating poorly.

Redefining Hero

January 23, 2015

hero quoteHERO:
“A mythological creature or legendary figure with great strength or ability, a warrior. Also, a man admired for his achievements and qualities, one who shows great courage.”

Who comes to mind for you when it comes to a hero? It seems we often find athletes, movie stars and political figures idolize. Has this always been the case or something new to our society of social media? Are they truly heros? Why do we look there for our heros?

When looking to these individuals as heros or role models, we need to remind ourselves that they are people too; people that make mistakes. Often these people are born with traits and a genetic ability for what they do, but success still always comes with hard work. Sometimes they simply happened to be in the right place at the right time. Like many of us, the traits that build success often are the very traits that create trouble too.

Can we redefine who our children view as heros? Absolutely we can… As adults and individuals our youth look up to and admire, we need to do a better job showing that these people exist. People that live ordinary lives, out of the limelight yet still hero worthy. We need to talk to our children about how to enjoy the abilities of athletes and movie stars with regard to what they do in their profession and what draws the child to that particular figure or person. Is it their “on screen” achievements or something else they accomplished?

As adults, do we pick out non celebrity individuals to admire and talk about? Can we discuss more what traits we admire in a person and how you use these to influence your own life. Why do we even have heros to begin with? What do you do if your hero lets you down?

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

January 15, 2015

by Lynne Olsen

Recently, while getting acquainted with a new personal training client, they told me that they have a history of self-sabotage. The comment got me thinking; what does “self-sabotage” mean, how common is it, and why do we do it?

The dictionary definition of sabotage is an act or process of “undermining a cause, plan, or effort.” If we apply this concept to our treatment of ourselves, self-sabotage occurs when our conduct conflicts with our goals, aspirations, or our own wellbeing. It’s like one part of us wants one thing while another part, for various reasons, wants something entirely different. It is not limited to the physical realm of exercise and eating but can include any of the choices that we make on a daily basis, including the people with whom we spend time, how we spend our money, and the choices we make about what we eat.

Do you do anything that impedes your own wellbeing? Start by choosing a behavior that serves to improve your wellbeing. It can be something that you already do or something that you would like to do. Then, take a moment to consider whether or not you do anything that hampers or impedes the first behavior. That’s the first step. The second step is to ponder the “why.”

As an example, Joe works with his personal trainer 3 days a week for 45 minutes each time. He and his trainer talk about his nutrition and his activity outside of their sessions. He knows what he should do, yet, Joe eats fast food every night, drinks several sodas a day, and remains sedentary at home and at work. In this example, 45 minutes of physical activity 3 day per week is the positive behavior. Joe hampers the benefits of the first behavior by eating poorly and remaining sedentary for the remaining 166.65 hours of the week. Why?

Is fear a common cause of self-sabotage? At one point, I held a job that negatively affected nearly every aspect of my life. For over a year, I considered leaving, but fear of the unknown kept me from acting. The action of staying in my job (or rather, lack of action) resulted in stress and unhappiness that translated into my life outside of work. Other forms of self-sabotage include inaction, like failure to try another occupation, holding negative beliefs about yourself, or negativity in general, and maintaining harmful relationships.
Do you do anything that sabotages your own wellbeing? If so, why? If you were to imagine yourself accomplishing your goals, desires, or aspirations, what would it mean for you? Would things be different? And if things were truly different, how would it make you feel?

Resolutions: Are they Out of Style?

January 8, 2015

Or are we just doing them wrong??

Does anyone out there makes New Years Resolutions anymore??  Why or why not?? Or do you call them something else?

Fitness and healthy eating resolutions typically sound something like “I want to lose X pounds” or “I’m going to the gym every day and not eating any desserts”.  The first lacks a plan and tangible action items and the second may not necessarily be realistic, depending on your current routine.

How could we reframe how we set goals/resolutions to give them more chance for success? What if we mapped out a plan for the year?  How could you make changes by adding things instead of taking them away?

What if we planned our health and fitness goals around making our souls healthy instead of our external appearance?