Archives for Mental Blocks


5 Ways to Make Exercise as Painless as Possible

As a fitness writer and coach who has been training consistently for over a decade, I can confidently say that I don’t like exercising, and that’s okay. -- Dick Talens

Bet you that's not a statement you'd ever expect to hear from a fitness writer and coach, but that's exactly the message Dick Talens sends in his latest Lifehacker piece, "You Might Never Love Exercise (But Do It Anyway)."

Well, that and the "do it anyway" part, of course.

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Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others

I had the MOST fun yesterday!

My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had to sign up.

However, I didn’t venture into the studio alone yesterday.

When I saw there was a beginner yoga class scheduled for yesterday evening, I had to talk a friend of mine – who’s never tried yoga, not even using a video or yoga app – into going with me.

I figured because it was a beginner class, she’d be less intimidated.

Boy, was I WRONG.

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Top 5 Fitness Myths (And the Facts That CRUSH Them!)

During my journey to get physically and mentally fit, I’ve run across several myths that held me up, and I’ve noticed I’m not the only one.

More often than not, these “myths” are just ways to talk yourself out of getting moving. Generally, getting fit isn’t easy peasy (no matter what all these workout and diet gurus tell you); it takes hard work. Still, it’s doable, and it benefits you both physically and mentally.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths about fitness, and the (sometimes brutal!) facts that can crush them in their steps!

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Body Image

Before and After Pictures: A Portrait of Your Mind

A few weeks ago, I published a post on my thoughts about before-and-after pictures of our bodies.

Since then, I've been thinking about how that idea relates – perhaps more positively – to before-and-after pictures of our minds.

I've always dabbled in exercise and healthy eating, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I got serious about it; not just for my body, but also for my mind. My "before picture" was horrendous, to say the least. I was extremely out of shape, both physically and mentally. I couldn't stand to look at it, much less let others see it.

Now that I'm more serious about how I treat my body, I have a healthier, more glowing "after picture." I feel a sense of pride when I step back and look at all the positive changes I've made in my life (again, both physically and mentally), and I don't mind showing others and helping them work toward beautiful after pictures, too (hence, the birth of "Your Body, Your Mind"!).

So, if you could take before-and-after pictures of your mind, how would they look?

I'll go first!

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3 Super Simple Tips to Get Out of Your Rut…FOR GOOD!

As some of you know, I started working out at a gym in January. For nearly four months (and with the exception of a few setbacks), I've diligently gone to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I’m proud of myself. I really am.

Yet, last week I wasn't really feeling it. My heart wasn't in it. My mind was elsewhere.

I was so “not feeling it” that one of my new gym buddies noticed and asked what was up.

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Body Image

POLL: Before-and-After Pictures: More Harm Than Good?

I have to admit: I love before-and-after pictures off all kinds. Home renovations, furniture restorations, even makeup transformations -- you name it, chances are I love looking at it.

Except when it comes to before-and-after pictures of our bodies. I’m a bit on the fence about those.

On the one hand, it’s inspiring to see someone get in great shape; it can make you feel like you, too, have the power to be your fittest self (not to mention, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for the person who’s succeeding his or her goals).

On the other hand, it could make you feel as if you’re not measuring up.

If this person can look this way after this period of time, why can’t I?

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National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease

Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red -- and it's not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease -- starting TODAY -- even if you're new to the game!

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How to Stop Feeling Guilty Over Others’ Accomplishments

Wait, what? How to stop feeling guilty over others' accomplishments?

Aren't we more commonly jealous, envious, or resentful over other people's success?

Maybe. However, when we see others succeeding while we're NOT succeeding, we feel a little guilty, too -- especially if we feel there's something we can do about it. After all, if that person makes the time, energy, and determination to accomplish their goals, well...why aren't we?

Well, there is something we can do about it, but we have to get rid of the guilt, first.

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