Food for thought

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05 Jul: Gratitude

With the hustle and bustle of life in the 21st century, it’s easy to see what needs to get done, where we are lacking, and how successful other people appear to be. There are so many incredible benefits with the technology we have today from the internet to cell phones to social media. But often these things create a gap between where we are and where we think we should be. This can lead to guilt, anxiety, stress, and even depression. If we feel like what we’re doing and where we are isn’t ever good enough, it’s not surprising. So, we continue to focus on what’s missing from our lives. Instead, I suggest implementing a daily gratitude practice. Write down 5 things in your life that happened that day that you’re grateful for. These can be huge events or just small things that make you appreciate life.

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04 Jul: Ab Exercises Don’t Give You Abs

I am asked all of the time how people can get better, flatter, and more visible abs. It’s the #1 area people want to improve. Go into any gym and you’ll see thousands of crunches, situps, ab machine whatevers, and so on. Do those people have visible abs? Usually not. Abs classes are prevalent in almost any commercial gym, and members flock in search of the six pack that will never be. You see, getting abs comes from OVERALL reduction in body fat. You already have abs – you just need to lose the fat on top of them to see them! While fun, ab specific classes are a farce…no matter how much it burns. So then how do you get great abs? Here are the secrets:

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30 Jun: It’s Who You Know

It’s been said that you are the average of the top 5 people you spend the most time with. When people first read that, they’re typically either invigorated or concerned. You may have noticed that families who have positive habits and mindsets seem healthier and happier. Conversely, families who always talk about the things that are wrong, view life as a challenge or never seem happy often also struggle with their health and fitness. So pause here…how does your family, those people you spend the most time with, impact you?

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14 Mar: WORKOUT SMARTER NOT HARDER

No doubt you’ve heard this phrase before because it’s relevant and powerful in every area of life: “Work smarter not harder.” You wouldn’t want to work more hours for the same amount of money, so why would you workout longer in a way that produces a lesser result? I’ve seen it over and over again in a gym: the cardio machine people head to their machine of choice for 45 minutes to an hour. The upper body people (usually guys) do their same curls and bench press routine. Yogis go to yoga. All of this is fine, no judgement here. But if the goal is a combination of health, a lean body, confidence, stamina, strength, and flexibility, there’s a better and more efficient way. Traditional workouts tend to take 60-90 minutes to get through all parts of a circuit including cardio or something like a yoga class. I believe ALL…

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13 Mar: Why We Have Negative Emotions

No one likes the experience of feeling negative emotions. Whether it’s stress, uneasiness, unhappiness, or disappointment – it just feels bad. And it’s supposed to. You see, negative emotions serve a purpose in our lives. They are a CALL TO ACTION. When you feel those negative emotions coming up, carefully evaluate what they are occurring around. What is causing you to feel that way? Negative emotions are there to drive you do something differently in life. If you sit in your negative emotions and do nothing, they will linger. If you take action toward changing the situation, you can exchange the negative feelings for positive ones. Let’s look at an example. People often come to us here at Movimento Fitness with negative emotions around their bodies. They avoid mirrors, having their partners see them unclothed, or they feel a general need to cover up. There can be shame, disappointment, self-doubt, or…

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25 Feb: 6 Strategies for Healthy, Quick, & Convenient Dinners

The biggest obstacle I hear from the people we coach is that they “just don’t have time.” People are SO busy today with work, families, managing a house, and the million other things that come up. So it’s too often that they find themselves grabbing food for convenience – food that not only doesn’t serve their bodies but that also ends up negatively impacting the family and their waistlines. This leads to further guilt and a vicious cycle begins. So, I’m here to help! Check out my strategies for ​healthy, fast, and convenient ​dinners (or whichever meal you choose!):

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21 Feb: Do You Have Impossible Goals?

One of the things we are most passionate about is helping people achieve things they thought were previously impossible. The amazing thing about working with people in fitness is that once they start to achieve those “impossible” feats, it trickles over into other areas of life. Someone who loses 50 pounds or conquers new feats of strength for the first time suddenly gets a promotion at work, gains the confidence to do something they have been dreaming about for years, or starts a new relationship (or even leaves a relationship that was making them unhappy). It’s truly incredible to witness these total life transformations over and over again. And I believe it comes down to following these 6 steps: