I am one of those weird people who actually enjoys exercising, but I understand I am probably the exception to the rule. Many people do not like the act of exercising, so why do they do it? They like the results.
The benefits of an active and healthy life are many and include, but aren’t limited to:
-Reducing blood pressure and chances of heart disease
-Decreasing bad cholesterol and boosting good cholesterol to prevent clogged arteries
-Increased energy to do the things you love
-Better sleep to give your brain the rest it needs to recharge
-A high quality and quantity of life
The key is to not only focusing on these benefits but finding the “why” you should exercise. For me, I am beating the odds of dying young, which runs rampant in my family. Even though I love to exercise, I have days where I don’t feel like it. How easy it would be to skip it, but I don’t. One day can lead to two or three, and before you know it, you are out of the habit. Getting back into a groove takes more work. And the older you get, the harder it is to regain what you lost. I rather keep at it and maintain!
Find what works for you and stick with it. Movement is essential for life, and I wish you a long and healthy one.
We are in the season of summer, and in Phoenix, August can be the hottest month of the year. For us, this is our season of hunkering down and enduring until the heat breaks. We spend more time indoors awaiting cooler temps.
Life has its seasons, too. I can look back at moments in life that felt like they would last forever but of course didn’t. Everything went smoothly, and it seemed everything I touched was successful, personally and professionally. Alas, all good things must come to an end – how else would we know that they were good times?
Life is about balance, and it will include seasons of frustration and discouragement. Delays, sets backs and struggles will prevail…for a season. I have had my fair share of stormy, wintery seasons where the sunshine is amiss, and I have learned to trust the all things come to an end…good and bad. I also know that good things come out of all circumstances if we will just look for them.
You may not have asked for patience, but your trying times are building your endurance muscles up that will serve you well. You may have all sunshine and rainbows right now, and I celebrate and rejoice with you! Enjoy those times to the fullest as you might need them come winter. If anything, you can remind others that the seasons do change, and after the storm comes the rainbow.
Have you looked at your company reviews lately? What do they say about you? We’ve become a society who checks reviews and reads about products, services and companies before we spend money. In theory, reviews should be helpful, but unfortunately, they are becoming detrimental. When we pay for five-star reviews, how can customers trust anything said? When reviews can be bought, they become irrelevant.
No one wants a bad review on their website, especially those coming from a place of malice from your competitor or simply someone who has nothing better to do than trash others for the attention. However, nothing can be all five-stars all the time – that isn’t realistic nor accurate. I personally discount most five-star reviews and look at the three and four-stars as they will be more legitimate with honest feedback. People who take the time to actually review accurately often provide the best insights.
Don’t be afraid of four-star reviews. Certainly, strive for the five-star experience and product, but no one can please everyone all of the time. Focus on meeting the needs of your core customer and pay attention to what they are telling you, not some random bot trying to skew the rating system.
We are more than half way through the year, and the holidays will be here before we know it. This is the perfect time to get a grip on your eating habits so that you can obtain your ideal, healthy weight. I always tell clients that trying to lose weight during the holidays is insane. Rather, that is when you aim for maintaining. I have a great tool to help you track your food and habits: The Fitness Discovery System. Get your copy today!