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Daily Fitness Focus 1/2/09

Posted by on Jan. 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM
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Commit to Get Fit: 10 Ways!

By Calabrese MS, CSCS Kelli
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Have you ever noticed that when you truly decide to do something, you become relentless about it and pursue it at all costs until you attain it? Maybe you wanted to get a college degree, buy a certain car or travel to a particular place. "To decide" in Latin (desidre) means to "cut off" or" to not accept any other outcome except success."

Yet how many Sunday nights have you decided to start exercising only to roll over and hit the snooze button on Monday morning? So where is the disconnect between deciding to exercise and actually doing it regularly?

If you are stuck in a non-exercise rut, it means you have no power. You know you should exercise, but unless you get the momentum going, your commitment has no energy -- and neither do you. Commitment is your foundation to change. It's the difference between knowing and doing.

Commitment is the foundation for your transformation. How can you go from knowing to doing? Here are 10 ways:

1. Visualize how you will look and feel in three months if you continue on your current path. Then visualize in detail how you will look and feel in three months if you begin a regular exercise program today. Keep the future in the front of your mind.

2. Figure out what matters most to you. If you truly want to have a fit body, cut out thoughts of the old you. The past does not equal the future. You can only affect the present decisions you make. Your body is an amazing organism that responds to both positive and negative stimulus (exercise or sedentary lifestyle) every day. The choice is completely yours. Exercise is not something anyone can do for you.

3. Have commitment in areas that matter the most. If your health and fitness are a priority to you, keep your exercise appointments the same way you would keep a doctor's appointment. Know you are worth the 20-60 minutes you take for exercise. Keep fitness high on your priority list.

 4. Catch yourself before you steer away. For example, if you miss one workout, don't make it two. Immediately plan to get in your next exercise session regardless of life's events. You will feel so much better if you do. When two missed sessions becomes three, the weeks then become months, making it more challenging to build momentum again.

5. Look for evidence that your workouts are working. Notice that you're moving better, you're feeling less bloated, your pants are getting loose and your energy levels are going up. Continue to reinforce the positive results by engaging in regular exercise.

6. No matter how far "gone" you feel, get up and get moving! It doesn't matter that you have not exercised in weeks, months or years or that you had three slices of pizza and chocolate cake for dinner last night. What matters is that every day you have a new opportunity to make improvements in your body. It's never too late. Even at 90 years old, you can build muscle and get stronger.

7. Commit without judgment. This is not a race or a competition. This is your life. Do your very best at each workout and each meal. Discipline is an important success-building component. Just the fact that you are getting up and exercising at all is both important and effective.

8. Be true to yourself about your lack of commitment. You are only fooling yourself if you are justifying missed exercise sessions. You make the decision to exercise (or not to) emotionally and then justify it logically. Of course, your life is full and demanding. But wouldn't you be better able to handle all of life's events in a fit and strong body?

9. When you miss an exercise session, it affects other people! I'll say that again! When you miss an exercise session, it affects other people. When you don't exercise, you feel guilty for the rest of the day. Since your mind can only hold one thought at a time, that anger and guilt reflect your actions throughout your day. Maybe your husband, child or co-worker gets to feel or see the end result of your not exercising. Maybe it comes out at the drive-thru or in a bar after work. On the other hand, performing your exercise routine can have very positive effects on your entire day and everyone in it.

 10. Missing your workout creates darkness in your life. That darkness expands, disempowers and grows. It disempowers you and pushes your energy down. Some people get so far pushed down that they need medication. Coming back to your senses and getting your body moving is always the positive way to turn your body and life around.

You have options to live your life in the present or in a story filled with excuses. Exercise moves you closer to leading a fulfilled life. Get unstuck today!

Shift your vision to being a person who exercises regularly and feels great all of the time. Get rid of the blame and the fault and become the cause rather than the effect of your life. Choose to express your good genes and be responsible for your own body.

Life is a conscious choice or an unconscious accident. Bring your commitment to the conscious level. Remember that what you resist persists. Commitment is a matter of choice: practice, practice and practice. Think about what exercise can do for your life. When you want to quit, stay! It builds character and will help your body -- and life -- transform. Commitment to exercise is a practice. Share it with someone and help them get fit, too.

Kelli Calabrese, CSCS, is an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, lifestyle coach and certified nutrition specialist. She is committed to helping people make health, fitness and wellness a permanent and positive part of their lives. Kelli is the author of Feminine, Firm & Fit: Building a Lean Strong Body in 12 Weeks.

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averillholistix
by Group Owner on Jan. 2, 2009 at 3:31 PM

This is a great post, Mama!

What are some of the ways You personally commit to get fit?

What makes you feel committed?

I think personally for me, doing gets me going..

I will put out a great effort, and once I have the momentum, I will let that keep me going...

nacherluver
by on Jan. 2, 2009 at 8:41 PM


Quoting averillholistix:

This is a great post, Mama!

What are some of the ways You personally commit to get fit?

What makes you feel committed?

I think personally for me, doing gets me going..  Oh I so agree with this one! The other way for me is to always look at the small picture. Set short-term goals with possible outcomes. If I look at an entire year it seems too daunting and long. If I set shorter term goals (week, a month) it's much more do-able. Small chunks. 1lb. per week instead of 30 lbs. Ya get the gist !!!

I will put out a great effort, and once I have the momentum, I will let that keep me going...


averillholistix
by Group Owner on Jan. 2, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Very cool, Mama!

I hope we all get the jist, eventually! :)

Quoting nacherluver:


Quoting averillholistix:

This is a great post, Mama!

What are some of the ways You personally commit to get fit?

What makes you feel committed?

I think personally for me, doing gets me going..  Oh I so agree with this one! The other way for me is to always look at the small picture. Set short-term goals with possible outcomes. If I look at an entire year it seems too daunting and long. If I set shorter term goals (week, a month) it's much more do-able. Small chunks. 1lb. per week instead of 30 lbs. Ya get the gist !!!

I will put out a great effort, and once I have the momentum, I will let that keep me going...



CinnamonScallop
by Group Admin on Jan. 3, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Both of you are so inspiring!  Thats wonderful-  so much of what we do is mental, it is amazing what we can do with the power of our thoughts... Thats so true about getting into the right mindset.  I did self hypnosis for labor and swear by it.  I am so glad a friend mentioned it to me- when she said it I was a little skeptical- but truly in the opening of your mind you connect with your entire body.

Quoting averillholistix:

Very cool, Mama!

I hope we all get the jist, eventually! :)

Quoting nacherluver:


Quoting averillholistix:

This is a great post, Mama!

What are some of the ways You personally commit to get fit?

What makes you feel committed?

I think personally for me, doing gets me going..  Oh I so agree with this one! The other way for me is to always look at the small picture. Set short-term goals with possible outcomes. If I look at an entire year it seems too daunting and long. If I set shorter term goals (week, a month) it's much more do-able. Small chunks. 1lb. per week instead of 30 lbs. Ya get the gist !!!

I will put out a great effort, and once I have the momentum, I will let that keep me going...




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