Emotional Health, It’s time! A Must To Achieve Progress
By Quincy Martel, MA, Life Coach
Emotional health, much like physical health and wellness requires work, discipline, and practice. Just imagine if someone didn’t take care of their personal grooming such as brushing hair or teeth and not showering…we’d be quick to take notice at an unkempt appearance. We may even confront the person, and or attempt to help them. We recognize whether an individual takes care of their body, by looking at their shape and size. The physical is something that is outward and can be visually or apparent to the other senses. On the other hand, emotional health is not visible even though it may become apparent over time. Emotional health is often times neglected and many don’t pay attention to it. In order to have a better quality of life, mind and body, it’s important to work on emotional health in conjunction with physical health. Here are some tools to help work out the limbic system and develop and improve the emotional wellness.
It’ important to protect and develop emotional and self-care by working on self- esteem. Words have power and negative words may be weapons. Self-esteem is affected by how we value and talk to ourselves (internal dialogue) and people whom we surround ourselves…there’s and old saying misery love’s company. In the emotional world negativity attracts and feeds off negativity. It’s important to curb and catch self-criticism and negative self-talk.
The internal thought process and dialogue greatly affects the limbic system in the brain. Beliefs are based in thoughts. It’s important to choose those thoughts wisely and keep them in check. Negative self- thoughts beget negative self -beliefs that may affect self-esteem and self worth. Practice positive self-talk, affirmations, and surrounding yourself with positive supportive people. Just say “No.” Most people who are emotionally taxed do not know how to enforce boundaries within relationships. It’s ok to say “no” and enforce healthy boundaries with family, friends or coworkers. It may take practice, but setting healthy boundaries will reduce stress, and resentment. Journal. Active writing goal setting and journaling has emotional therapeutic value. Thoughts become reality when pen meets paper.
Find peace. Peace takes work…seems odd but true. Peace takes an emotional discipline that will help the individual detoxify from failure, resentment, rejection, hurt, pain. Letting go of emotional turmoil takes work, but hanging onto it is much harder and usually negatively impacts the individual’s behaviors and physical well-being. Letting go and finding peace is a discipline requires and individual to look at variables the may be able to control, and wisdom to discern the variables they cannot control. Attempting to control things we cannot control like being stuck in traffic threatens the emotional health of an individual…stress.
Stretch more stress less. Stress unless there is a bear in the woods…does the body harm. Keep your emotional heath in check by staving off stress by meditation, yoga, breath work and prayer life.
Find meaning and purpose in life. Emotional health and wellness is tied into purpose and meaning. A great man once told me the best way to help yourself is to help another.
There is no time like the now to take care of yourself by taking care of your emotional health.
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The time is NOW! BREAK IT DOWN and SHED THE POUNDS
At Live in Fitness we’re huge fans of breaking it down to break a sweat. Not only is dancing a blast, but research has shown it can boost your mood, improve your body image, and cure anxiety. And if there’s one truth every person can agree on it’s this: The best kind of workout is the kind that doesn’t feel like work! And few exercises get as fun as this.
Today Alyssa and Amber will be walking you through one of our great cardio-dance workouts.
If you’re not much of a dancer and not ready to hit the club or the gym with these moves yet, don’t worry. You can easily follow along and do this workout in the privacy of your own home. This beginner cardio workout will get your heart pounding, strengthen your whole body, and even bust a bad mood in a matter of minutes. And you need zero coordination to reap the benefits! Just crank the volume and press play!
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This exercise is part of a giant vault of videos given to you when you complete our program. It’s just a taste of the kinds of fun and effective workouts we do at our fitness retreats. We provide a multitude of classes including dance, boxing, hiking, spin, yoga, and much much more! Check out our AMAZING DEAL and join us at one of our beautiful locations in Hilton Head or our newest location in Los Angeles!
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5 Ways To Help You Stay Fit During Winter:
It’s getting colder and colder outside. Christmas is right around the corner and your town may already be getting some snow. Feeling the temperature drop can make us all feel a little lazy. Before you break out the hot cocoa and snuggle up we have some great tips to help you stay motivated and keep fit this winter.
1. Avoid sugary coffees. It’s tempting to head to your local coffee shop day after day for the extra boost and warm sugary goodness. But instead of taking in all that sugar and caffein try a hot tea. Tea is cheaper and much healthier and it does a great job warming you up on a particularly cold day.
2. Eat the occasional sweet. It seems counter productive but lets be honest with ourselves: It’s the holidays and we are going to eat sweet treats. It’s just how it is. Instead of torturing yourself and eventually binging at a holiday party on snacks, pace yourself. Allow yourself a treat every once in awhile. Candy canes are low in calories and dark chocolate is much better for you than milk chocolate.
3. Ice Skating Getting out and going for a jog can be particularly tough when it’s cold outside. But if you make your outdoor cardio part of a funner, winter based sport, it can be extremely rewarding. Get your loved ones out of the house, bundle up and head to the local ice rink. Focusing on sports you can only enjoy during winter can help motivate you to get out and get active.
4. Work out videos. Live in Fitness, as well as running a world class weight loss camp, we have great online videos via FitClub.tv. We have great motivational, nutrition, and work out vids covering a wide range of exercises you can do at home with little to no equipment. Check out our YouTube channel for more information.
5. Swim If you have a local gym or YMCA that has a pool, swimming is another great form of cardio when jogging isn’t an option. It’s refreshing and gets you out of the house and back in the gym. If you manage to make it a weekly part of your exercise routine you can develop a great habit to carry into the warmer months.
As difficult as it can be, cold weather isn’t an excuse to be lazy. Save those snuggles for when the work is done. Get up, get out, and get going. Be person out of your friends and family who didn’t put on winter weight and looks better than ever.
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The term Fat Camp has been around a long time. In recent years it’s become a taboo term. In reality there isn’t much difference in Fat Camps vs Fitness Camps. So you shouldn’t let the name scare you off. Most modern camps serve the same function: achieve the body you desire in the healthiest way possible. Here are 5 misconceptions about Fat Camps.
1. Fat Camps are for kids. Though the term “Fat Camp” or “Fat Farm” once referred to camps for over weight children this is no longer the case. The majority of people choosing to travel and stay in fitness camps are adults. Adults are making the choice to get healthier in a controlled setting together in record numbers.
2. Fat Camps focus on beauty rather than health. In the 1970s this was very much the case. Children and adults signed up for camps that focused on how to make you as skinny as possible in the least about of time while many of the time sacrificing the clients health and mental well being. This is not how modern camps work. Camps pride themselves on finding the best, healthiest solution for getting each person the help they need to lose weight.
3. It’s only about exercise. This is also not true. Though a large percentage of the time spent at camp is to exercise a big portion of your time will be devoted to nutrition and behavioral development. You have to get your mind and your eating right if you’re going to keep the weight off.
4. It’s like boot camp for civilians. Though it is important to push you to your absolute limits at times to get to that next level we will never shame you or bring you down as a attempt to motivate you. Our job is to inspire and encourage you to do your best.
5. It’s only for people who are over weight. Fat Camp doesn’t mean FAT PEOPLE CAMP. It’s for people who have weight they want to lose and to become a healthier human being. People who aren’t necessarily over weight still frequent fitness camps to get healthier, stronger, and get the body they envision themselves having.
Remember the most important thing about choosing a camp isn’t what it’s called but that it helps you reach your goals in a productive, healthy, and satisfying way. Live In Fitness prides itself on doing that and much much more. Check out our testimonials and Youtube for more information on what we have to offer!!