First of all, I wanted to say thank you.
Thank you for stopping by my website at this moment when you could be on over a billion different health and fitness websites.
Which gets me thinking…
Why is it that there is so much help out there, but obesity and health issues are still on the rise?
Over one-third of the U.S. population is obese and increasing. (Sourced from the CDC)
There could be an infinite number of reasons why obesity numbers climb.
I believe a major contribution to declining health is the way we live with technology, convenience, and cheap, unnatural unhealthy foods at our fingertips.
Reality can be brutal. It’s hard in our world today to be healthy.
Our way of living has become easier with the help of technology and our lives can be blessed with it.
However, because of it, our health can easily be put on the backburner and forgotten.
Now, you’re probably wondering what makes me so different than those billions of online fitness gurus.
As I grow this blog and my business I hope you will continue to stick around to see what I have in store.
For now, I will write a little bit about my philosophy on health.
My husband likes to make fun of me because sometimes I can sound like a “hippy”.
I like to find the simple, natural answers to health. Because well, frankly, they work.
Time and again, health and fitness “results” rely on good ol’fashioned hard work and discipline.
And in today’s world, it can be a LOT of hard work.
However, I also believe the more we practice consistency and self-discipline the easier it gets.
I want to share with you the three principles that I promote with my way of health and fitness training.
Working out just to have the “perfect” body or to look skinny will not be enough motivation to get healthy and will not make you ultimately happy.
And usually you’ll find yourself sitting on machines or “spot reducing” when you have those goals.
When you work out for functionality, meaning training for the natural movements your body is supposed to use, then the quality of your everyday life will improve.
You will be challenging your body in a totally different way.
Lifting a child, cleaning your kitchen floors, standing in a long line, getting out of bed comfortably, walking up and down stairs, pushing doors open, and having enough energy are just a few daily activities that can be taken for granted if you are not in shape.
Functional or natural movements (such as planks, squats, push-ups, jumping rope, balancing on unstable surface) that focus on your core, cardiorespiratory health, balance, flexibility, and much more will help you to not only make your body look and feel good, but to improve your quality of daily life.
Along with functionality comes strength. Physically, strength is important to keep up with daily tasks.
Building muscles keeps your bones and your body healthy and burns more body fat.
Having muscle adds shape to the body making it appear healthy and attractive.
Physically, having strength will make you look good and in turn make you feel really good.
When you start a workout program that focuses on strength, you start to gain confidence.
You’ll gain confidence in what your body can accomplish physically, but then you’ll also gain confidence in yourself mentally.
Having strength doesn’t always mean you can lift heavy weights.
Strength means sticking to your goals, realizing your potential, honoring your beliefs, being humble, and being kind and sincere.
Those things are hard. The best things in life are most often the most difficult.
Improving strength will improve your life.
The last principle to my training philosophy is to have joy. Sincere joy. When you learn to truly enjoy being healthy, then will it only become a habit and a way of life.
No, you will not be happy everyday. Just like my toddler doesn’t make me ecstatic when she misbehaves, she still brings me sincere joy in my life.
You will not always be ecstatic to put your workout clothes on, head to the gym, or eat another plate of veggies.
However, you will learn that continuing to make daily decisions that push you towards your goals will in turn bring you satisfaction and happiness because your health will be improving.
When you start to enjoy being healthy, which may take longer to see than others, you will find that it becomes a habit and a lifestyle.
Don’t believe it will get easy, just easier to make those decisions when you already know how it feels to make the right one.
Please realize no one is perfect and no one will have completely perfect health.
I believe joy can still come into play at this point by being able to be real with one another. Help other people. Giving service, being kind, and giving love is what brings the greatest joy.
When you are healthy you are able to help others with their own issues because you are strong enough to lift them up either physically, emotionally, spiritually, or mentally.
I believe health is everything.
Of course, we can’t control everything that happens to us in our lives.
God will put trials before us for a reason. It’s up to us how we handle and look at the situation.
It’s up to us to make the best of it, and give it all we got.
Then, God will do the rest.
You are here for a reason. Start living the healthiest you can today.
I’m here to help you improve these three training principles, because I believe they are what will get you to your goals of living the life you truly desire.