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Drop the New Year’s Resolutions and Find Your Exercise Joy!

 
 
If you find yourself making excuses not to exercise and move, you may not have found your exercise joy.  Take notice of when you find yourself making excuses about your exercise routine.  Some of your excuses may include:

  • I’m too tired to exercise.
  • I have too many things to do, I don’t have time.
  • I’m too old to start exercising.
  • I’m not athletic and I’m overweight.
  • I don’t have the right outfits or clothes to start exercising.
  • Exercise is boring.
  • The kids have homework.

If you find yourself making excuses, look for ways to turn these excuses right around.  For example, if one of your excuses is that exercise is boring, find activities you love to do.

If you love nature and being outdoors, hiking and playing tennis may be the exact exercise program you’re looking for. 

If you hate going to the gym, most likely you won’t be able to maintain a gym membership and get the most value for your money, no matter how good it may be for you.
 
On the other hand, if you love nature and being outdoors, hiking and playing tennis may be the exact exercise program you’re looking for.  Design your life and build your exercise routine around the activities and places you love and enjoy.
 
Have you ever noticed that when you love to do something, you don’t spend time trying to figure out how you’re going to fit it into your schedule?
 
Harvey MacKay, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and syndicated columnist says it best when he says, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
 
Creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle is about figuring out what makes you happy.  The problem is, we forget to give ourselves permission to be happy and joyful.  We lose ourselves in all of the advice and easily get confused about who we truly are.
 
Getting to know yourself is key in making exercise and movement a life-long habit.  And this is a key you want to hold.
 
Finding exercise you like and enjoy simply means you’re having fun doing it!
 
Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Fear is there to protect us, but it can also keep us stuck.
 
Are you afraid you can’t keep up or will make a fool of yourself? Or that you don’t know the gym machines or hate asking for help?
 
Many people have this pre-conceived notion that the gym is filled with people with perfect bodies. This simply isn’t true.
 
People visiting the gym and even those holding gym memberships are just like everyone else and everyone’s goal is to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Even if you’re really out of shape, don’t worry about it and don’t obsess over your appearance.  You’ll find many supportive people every place you go.
 
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be the real you.  Never forget that you’re not alone.  Asking for help and assistance is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. Don’t hesitate to ask a gym employee or trainer for help. That’s what these people are there for and they are happy to assist you.
 
You might also consider working with a Wellness Coach or becoming one yourself! If you’re curious about a career as a Wellness Coach and what it might look like for you, don’t miss our complimentary training: “The 7 Secrets to Create Success as a Wellness Coach”. In the meantime, give some thought to the excuses that might be holding you back and where you might find your exercise joy.
 
Love, Health and Success,
 

 

 
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

The Only Diet Plan Right For You Inner Wisdom Eating

It’s that time of year when many holiday parties and gatherings are ahead. Plentiful food, buffets, drinks, and sweets pack on pounds this time of year. It’s not uncommon to gain ten or more pounds by the new year. Not only is that extra weight gain unhealthy, it could even send your self-esteem into a downward spiral. So, let’s think about this and create a plan for health instead!

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Consider the fact that no two fingerprints are alike. It’s amazing to think no one in the entire world will ever share your same fingerprint. Your fingerprint is your identification, your unique marking, your signature. Just as your fingerprint is one of a kind, so is the rest of you.

Just as your fingerprint is one of a kind, so is the rest of you.

No one thinks exactly like you, no one talks exactly like you, and no one is you! Even if you have an identical twin, you are still an individual with an inimitable soul, body and mind. You are the one who holds the answers to your perfect health.

When it comes to your health and eating, it’s easy to forget that you are a unique being. In your quest for the perfect, flawless body, you assume that the latest fad diet advertised on the newsstand must be the way to a better looking you.

The truth is: There is no one right diet that will work for everyone. Despite all of the dietary information available today – Vegan Is Victorious, Macrobiotic Is Marvelous, Low Carb Conquers, Raw Food Rules – you’re probably utterly confused. You are left with only one tool.

That tool is your body’s own wisdom. The answer to what and how to eat lies within you, not on the cover of your favorite magazine.

The answer to what and how to eat lies within you, not on the cover of your favorite magazine.

It’s fascinating to think of everything you learn in your life. You learn to wake up on time and arrive at school before the bell rings. You learn to either get good grades or fail. You learn to operate bikes, automobiles, computers and more. But when it comes to your own health, you may never take the time to learn how to operate your own system.
It’s your body’s wisdom that will tell you when you are hungry, what you should eat, and for how long you should sleep. You just need to learn to listen to what your body is saying to you.

You may be wondering, “Then why can’t I hear any of this?” Well, your body speaks to you every day. It whispers to you quietly, though, and if you’re not listening, you may miss it.

Somewhere deep inside, as you are craving that hot fudge sundae, your body is talking to you. Perhaps it’s really saying that you are scared, lonely, tired, depressed, happy, angry or sad, and that what it really needs is some physical touch or a listening ear. But the hot fudge sundae is easy; it will work to cover up your feelings…until the next craving.

So how can you begin to listen to your body’s inner wisdom in order to achieve your perfect health. How can you learn to listen to your body, so you can enjoy the holiday season without regret and without additional pounds?

There four simple steps to getting in touch with the inner wisdom of your body that will send you on the path to a healthier you.

 

The Four Step Slow Eating Process

There are four steps to begin listening to your inner wisdom and slowing down when it comes to eating. The steps might sound simple, and they really are very basic. But for most people, these four simple steps are not a part of their daily routine. Due to our fast-paced lives and the fast food we’ve become accustomed to, slowing down and taking notice of what we are eating may seem like a luxury to some. With practice, you’ll soon find its a necessity for your health as you notice your digestion and your relationship with food improve.

  1. Slow down– Consider that the world is not as fast-paced as you think it is. By changing your belief about the world, your view of it will change. Begin to picture your world as slower and calmer.

When you begin to experience stillness throughout your day, your body will thank you. Take a few moments to meditate during your daily routine. Most people avoid stopping to reflect because they are fearful of what they might discover within themselves.

When you step out of your daily routine and take even just a moment for peace, you quiet the endless chatter in your head and allow your body’s wisdom to speak up. Pick two times during the day to stop what you are doing, breathe, reflect, and give thanks for your incredible body that breathes, sleeps, and operates each day.

    1. Chew your food– If such a simple step sounds insignificant, think again! If you come to the table in a rush, your body will remain in the stressful state of the fight or flight response.

 

Imagine your body as it tries to digest food, thinking that it is going to fight a war. It’s impossible! Your body will choose to store the food for later. (Huh – so that’s how all of those extra pounds got packed on!)

Chewing your food allows your digestive juices to do their job by helping you properly assimilate food and absorb nutrients. And, chewing your food and experiencing the taste, texture and smell of each bite will lead to a more enjoyable experience.

You can be eating the best food money can buy, but if you are disconnected from the process of experiencing your food, you will never be truly satisfied. When you relate with your food in this way, you will be less likely to go looking for something else in the pantry an hour later.

  1. Eat and listen– Now, this is not your everyday food journal. Keep a log of what you eat every day and how you feel two hours after eating it. Are you still hungry? Are you too full? Are you satisfied? Is your stomach settled? What are you craving?

By listing not only what you are eating but also how it makes you feel, you will begin making a connection to what you eat and how it affects your digestion, your energy levels and your mood. You are learning to turn on your inner radar so that you can listen to what your body is telling you. Most importantly, you will create the mind-body connection that is often missing in today’s dining experience.

  1. Honor your body– Start by making your health and body a priority. Try a new exercise routine, go for a brisk walk, or participate in a yoga class. When you take time for your health and well-being, you send positive messages to your body, such as, “I honor you and my health. I am in touch with you, so that you can be in touch with me.”

Begin to talk to your body as the home of your soul. Eliminate the negative messages that you subconsciously send to your physical body. Try this exercise: Begin by standing in front of the mirror naked. (Yes, in the buff, that’s right.) Stand there for five minutes and notice what you love about your body. Then state it out loud. Repeat this several times a week until you feel connected to both your physical and emotional self. When you concentrate on the beauty that you have, you will by law, attract more beauty.

When you slow down, chew your food, eat and listen, and honor your body, you will reconnect with that inner voice that tells you each day all you need to know about what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. There is no one, single miracle diet that will tell you what your own body needs in order to be happy, fulfilled and healthy.

You are your own guide for healthy eating and living. So, listen to your body and create a plan on how you will navigate the rest of the holiday season by practicing inner wisdom eating!

 
Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

Congratulations! You’re a Wellness Professional. Now What?

If you’re a new wellness professional, you may be struggling with what it really takes to build a sustainable wellness business while staying in alignment with your true purpose. You may still be working your “day job” while trying to make your heart-centered business take off or you may have ditched the day job and now your anxiety is growing as you wonder how you’ll pay the bills.

Having Second Thoughts?

It’s not that you’re not trying, but you’re tired of trying to convince people to work with you. You’re tired of trying to figure out where to get your next client. You’re tired of feeling salesy. You feel overwhelmed, alone, and wondering if you made the right decision. You’re not alone.

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In fact, the four most common concerns we hear from new wellness professionals struggling to build their business are Information Overwhelm, No One “Gets” You, Internet Envy, and Lack of Real Expert Support. Let’s look at these areas a little closer.

Information Overwhelm

You love to read, research, learn and take every course you can find. You have a lot of great ideas but never seem to get started. When you feel stuck, you go back to do more research. Instead of taking action, you hide in adding more information and ultimately more overwhelm and information overload.

No One “Gets” You

You feel like no one really understands the path you’re on. The people in your life are probably working at jobs that are not fulfilling and don’t understand why you want to follow your passion. You feel alone in going after your dreams. You don’t feel supported but know that deep down you’ve got what it takes to have a successful wellness business. You just don’t know how to make it happen…yet.

Internet Envy

Internet envy occurs when you find yourself watching what other entrepreneurs are doing online. You spend countless hours looking at their blog posts, websites, and social media. You’re looking for the magic combination of answers, but there aren’t any. Like information overload, you continue to research and research until you start feeling like you’re not good enough, like you’ll never get it all figured out.

Lack of Real Expert Support

You know what you want to do and where you want to be but have no idea of how to get there. You know you need help, you’re passionate about your vision but passion isn’t enough. You know you need to learn from real world experts who have successfully paved the path to your field of dreams.

So, how can you turn all of this around? How can you overcome the fear, that feeling of being stuck, unsupported, and not good enough? How can you ignite the flame of passion within and run a successful wellness business?

Change Your Course Forever

We believe there are two things that will change your course forever. These two things make the difference between staying stuck and building momentum to take you to the next level. The first is surrounding yourself with like-minded people and the second is real life mentorship.

Community

Surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you when you’re feeling down and help you not feel alone. When you belong to a community of like-minded people, you have others who can support you. You have others who can offer suggestions, feedback, and ideas. You can learn from collective research and life experience rather than just what you’ve come across yourself.

Expert Advice

Finding support, advice, and mentorship from someone who’s been there and can show you the way is invaluable. Having someone in your court helps you learn quickly about what it really takes to build a sustainable wellness business. When you learn from experts in your field, you’ll be inspired to go further and to make a deeper contribution to the world.

Combining community and expert advice is a winning combination. That’s why we created the Wellness Professionals Thrive Mastermind and why we invite you to join our tribe.  This is an exclusive mastermind group where you’ll receive ongoing training, tips, and tools. You’ll get real support and guidance. You’ll get real world expert advice and mentorship.

As a member of this mastermind, you’ll be able to connect with others to help you stay on track, receive feedback, encouragement and support. Isn’t it time to stop feeling stuck? Isn’t it time to join a community of like-minded professionals that “get” you and want you to succeed? Join us here for just $1.
Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.