How To Do Better For Lasting Change

Hi Loves! In last weeks post I shared that I’m focused on doing better than I did yesterday. My own little way of leveling up each day, with small little mindfulness shifts towards doing what I want to do better in. The instant question that pops up is, well how do I do that? Here are just a few to get the brain thinking and moving a bit, with what may work for your specific life goals.

Skin With Love

If your goal is to clear your skin or create a skin care routine, start by just washing your face. Seems simple, but if you aren’t washing your face every night, just doing it some times or not at all, well that’s a great place to start. Doing this simple action every day, will build over time to a full grown habit. The key to skin care and getting great skin is all about consistency, that is instantly seen for years to come, so keep at. This supports being able to say “wow my skin looks amazing”…goal achieved!

Living With Love

If your goal is that you want to improve your sleep, start with winding down 10 minutes by reading a book or magazine. Put down any electronic device, no more touching until the next day! This time of letting the brain calm and just chill is important in supporting more sound sleep. Reading forces you to focus on the words that you are reading, and you will find over time, the chatter that you may find pops up for you starting out starts to settle down. You can increase the time a little each day, and will notice that you will go right into sleep more easily and wake up much more refreshed.

Food With Love

If your goal is to eat healthier start with eating something green everyday. By adding in foods that you want to eat, that support a healthier eating pattern, they take up the space that you would normally be eating something that was not so healthy. It is the concept of Crowding Out! When you crowd out the space with good things, habits, and such you push out those things and not so great habits. The space becomes filled with, crowded out, with healthier foods and creates a healthier eating habit.

Fit With Love

If your goal is move more than start walking a bit after so much time goes by. If you don’t have a smart watch that vibrates your wrist with reminders to move every hour I will share what I have been doing for the past few months. I call it 90 on 15 off. I work for 90 minutes and then take a 15 minute break to get up, take a walk around and drink water. This helps me stay productive in a realistic timing in getting things done but also not getting caught up in getting things done. This timing really allows for that with the needed benefit of taking a step away and re-calibrating. I find I have more energy and focus afterwards and have gotten some much needed steps in!

Those are just a few, and I do mean a few, ideas on how to do better than the day before. This practice at its core is being mindful. Being mindful is taking the time to take a look at what you are doing and what you want to be doing and, well doing it. Cheers to a year of doing better each day towards doing better all together!

Much Love, Nic ❀️

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How To Simply Move It More At Work

Hello loves! How are you doing with moving your body each and every day? Yeah, I know it can be the hardest thing to do sometimes but let me tell you that every little bit helps. You just have to have a plan of action and that starts with some suggestions for consideration and to try out. Here are a few ways that I myself know works to get in some movement time while stuck at work.

Climb Those Stairs – Take the stairs instead of the elevator all the way up. If you work on floor 12 work you way up, say to taking at least 2 flights of stairs up. If you are the 3rd floor try to take the stairs all the way up, its only three flights right. The goal is to use your time efficiently and taking the stairs is just that. You have to walk to your desk to start your work day so why not take the path less traveled, or maybe not, you may make a new friend while taking the stairs. Just take it one step at a time, and take your time doing it and overtime you will notice your endurance increase.

Track Your Steps – A pedometer is a great tool that can help you get to moving more because knowing is the start of all great habits. You can get a simple tracker, or you could even use your phone if your phone has that functionality to tack your steps. There are also a ton of really stylish fitness watches that can keep track of every step you take, as well is keeping you stylish and on time for meetings.

Walk It Out – Schedule a daily walk outside, so bring your walking shoes to keep under your desk. If you have a co-worker that you like ask them to join the walking party for an added level of accountability that will help with sticking with it. Try to keep the walking positive with some space for letting it out but be sure to keep it positive and a happy walk. Whether solo or with friend by your side the fresh air and change of scenery will help you be more productive and the perfect mid-day pick me up.

Clean it up – Clean up your desk while standing. Take the time to put things back where they go. File papers away or recycle paper as needed. Wipe down and dust your desk, moving aside everything, getting every neglected area. and dust area by putting things where they go.

So there you have some ways to make sure that you are moving it at work since that is the place that most of us spend most of our days. By adding in a little bit throughout the day it will increase you energy, endurance, which leads to being happier and more productive at work. A win win for everyone involved, so get moving.

Much Love, Nic

Fitness Fitout Like Pizza Toppings

Hi loves, and a Happy Feeding You Friday!!! Do you get your body moving how you can move it for YOU! It’s just like how you like to order a meal, make a sandwich, or what toppings you do or don’t like on your pizza. That pickiness that you enjoy should be used when it comes to working out in the exact same way.

Personally, I always find that the best way to stick to a workout is to figure out what it is that you enjoy doing that you won’t have an issue with sticking with doing. With that, the first step in the process is to embrace trying new things and being okay with walking away from something that you just are not enjoying. Yes it is quitting and what is the point of doing something that you are not enjoying that can be replaced with something that you do. I think of quitting as realizing that something is not for me or meant to be…thank you next!

So what are some ways to get the body moving that you may enjoy you ask? I know for my own personal experience I just DO NOT enjoy boot camps. I am not competitive like that and it has the opposite affect on motivating in that it makes me want to rebel against what everyone else is doing. For others, like a good friend of mine, she thrives in that type of working out and it works for her.

I always like to help provide people with tools that come with options. With that I came up with 5 types of exercises that you can start out trying to see what feels right for you. Remember that you don’t know what you do like or don’t like if you never try it and see.

Dance Cardio

Perfect for those that like to not feel like they are working out. It is less about getting the steps correct, although that is the ultimate goal, but mostly focused on having fun, enjoying the music and moving your body. This is a great cardio workout and depending on the style of dance you can be sure that every angle of your body will be worked out all while having fun.

HIIT Training

Perfect for those that like the challenge of intensity in a short amount of time. HIIT training is all about getting the greatest impact in less time. It will have you push your body both physically and mentally, while improving your endurance, strength and agility. If you like intensity that doesn’t take hours on end, this is the one for you, but remember it is INTENSE because it is done during a shorter period of time focusing on maximum impact.

Kickboxing

Perfect for those that like to feel powerful and in control. To me kickboxing is all about connecting to that inner core power, engaging through mental stamina, and maintaining proper form and protection. This is an amazing cardio workout that builds endurance as it continuously engages the core. It is also a great way to get some much pent up stress out all while getting a great workout in, with both actions benefiting both your body and mental state of being.

Walking

Perfect for those that like to take it slow and easy on the impact scale. Walking is the one type of workout that anyone can do anytime that requires nothing more than somewhere to walk, even if in place where you are standing at any given moment. This is a great way to improve stamina while working on strengthening the heart through moderate cardio. Walking is highly underrated as a great way to workout, but it is moving your body, getting the blood flowing, increasing your mood towards happy.

Pilates

Perfect for those that want controlled and conscious movement on purpose. Pilates is all about control, form and moving on purpose. It is based in healing and providing therapeutic movement to dancers bodies, a form of dance therapy. It may be slow movements but the impact is felt providing a great cardio session, toning session, as well as stretching session all in one. Don’t let the small movements fool your eyes because those small movements are felt and engaging your muscles, even for days to come still feeling that engagement.

There you have a few styles to try out how it feels while doing and if you can continue with committing to moving your body. Or maybe you will find that you like them all and will want to sprinkle them throughout your week because they all feel right to YOU. Whatever it is that you find that you like doing for your fitness be sure that it is something that feels great and right to YOUR body needs at any given moment.

Remember how you like certain things on your sandwich or pizza? Well those same choices that you are allowed to make apply to your fitness, how you workout for YOU! It is individualized to each person and what others enjoy you may just NOT. Once you learn to embrace that, then you become open to the idea of trying out various workout styles regardless of the latest trends telling you otherwise. Finding that sweet spot of getting the body moving and enjoying it in the process, see that is the whole point that benefits your whole being in the best way possible.

Much Love, Nic

Do you need help with making changes to your skin and body health but not sure where to start or how to?  Schedule a one on one session with me–> πŸ’Œ