You Want Me To What? Active Rest!

For many of us the idea of resting is something that only exists in fairytales. Some of us even refuse to give our workouts a rest. We go hard seven days a week. Or, we balance it out, cardio, strength and stretching…. seven days a week.

However, here’s why rest is important. When you workout you are creating tiny tears in your muscles. When the tiny tears repair, you become stronger. You can probably guess that the road to repair is rest.

Okay, so now some of you might be thinking “Great a cheat day!” maybe you’re already blocking off your calendar for a date with the bag of chips and your couch. On the other hand, some of you might be coming down with a severe case of FOMO, (Fear of Missing Out) at the thought of you resting and your friends lifting.

However, neither should be the case. Consider setting aside time for active rest. Active rest is where you flow through a light activity so that you are still moving, just not at the same level of intensity as the other days of the week. Active rest activities include things such as: hiking, biking, walking your dog, playing with your kids, or going for a swim.

Active rest is not a date with your coach, and it doesn’t mean everyone else is at the gym getting stronger behind your back. Active rest is important because it allows your muscles to rebuild, your mind to relax and depending on the activity you choose, can either allow you to connect with nature or allow you to spend quality time with your family or friends.

Enjoy Your Journey

You’ve heard the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Consider applying that same mindset towards your health journey. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight or rid back pain by strengthening your core, or transform your diet to include more greens and less processed foods. Whatever it is you’re seeking to achieve it won’t happen over night.

When you were younger you probably were told to set a goal and to work towards it. Goals have their time and place but if you take an honest look back, being fixated on an end result might have actually set you back even further. When you get mentally, emotionally or physically attached to specific outcome, it can be easy to forget that health is a journey, it has no definite end.

Often times just as we think we’ve got it figured out, our bodies change, we age, or life finds a way of throwing us a curve ball. We suffer disappointment when we fail to see that our original “goal” probably isn’t even realistic to our current circumstances. Focus your attention instead on the bigger picture. A lifetime of feeling good at all stages and ages. Remember than any step, no matter how small, in the right direction is its own success.

Contact me, together we’ll learn about what it is your body needs to be healthy for where you are at today. We’ll explore fitness and training options and create a customized nutrition plan that works for your current situation so you can enjoy your journey!

Excuse Me

We all have our excuses as to why we don’t eat right all the time or exercise a few times a week. We are masters at justifying our excuses to make them seem valid. For example: “ I don’t have time to work out, any time spent working out, is time away from my family.” Or there’s the ever popular, “I’m too old for that stuff.” By creating those excuses what you are really doing is limiting your potential to feel your best, both for yourself, and for the ones you love.

I hope to inspire you to take action. No matter how small the action may seem, such as a five minute meditation for stress relief in the morning, or a 20 minute walk a day. As a personal trainer I mostly use CrossFit methods during my sessions. Despite the rumors you may hear, CrossFit is not a one-size fits all exercise. It’s customized so that you can achieve your personal best.

Here are some examples of individuals just like you, who are not making excuses but rather, are achieving their personal best.

Client #1: A busy mother of three boys who works out at 5am. Her reasons for working out? Stress management and overall health.

Client #2: A 62-year-old doctor who works out with me during his lunch hour. His reasons for working out? He’s post heart-attack and for stress relief.

Client #3: A retired 70-year-old. Her reasons for working out? To stay healthy and strong.

Client #4: A high school athlete who works out before school. Her reason for working out? To improve her performance and concentration.

The list goes on and on. I train everyone from young, to middle age, to older men and women. Some are stay at home moms and dads, some hold down high stress, long hour jobs. What do they all have in common? They don’t make excuses. They are committed to their health. Think you have an excuse? E-mail me. I’ll help you problem solve and together we’ll work towards your personal best. MotivatingHealth@gmail.com.

Embrace Change

I’m not talking about the change in your pocket or the stuff that’s lost between the couch cushions. I’m talking about the act of change. I’m not the only one talking about change either. Many people talk about change, quote wise things about change, and even run entire presidential campaigns off the idea of change. However, when was the last time you actually embraced change?

Many of us are comforted by routine. We get up the same time each day, eat relatively the same things, drive the same way to work, and so on. This routine becomes so habitual we barely have to think about it. We continue on with our “comfort routine” even when the actions within it, do not serve our higher purpose or fulfill our greatest desires.

For example, you may truly desire to be a healthier more active version of yourself. Yet, the thought of changing your daily routine to accommodate time for working out, along with the thought of changing your diet might cause you anxiety. Rather than embrace the change, you bury what you truly desire for the sake of comfort.

The Dalai Lama said this about our ability to change, “There isn’t anything that isn’t made easier
through constant familiarity and training. Through training we can change; we can transform
ourselves.” This is comforting all on it’s own. Just like you train to become better at playing the piano or a better volleyball player, you can train yourself to embrace change.

Stepping outside your comfort routine or comfort zone allows you to see what you’re really made of. The first time I embraced change was when I went from a college student to a college student raising a son. The second time I embraced change was when I went from working a secure nine to five job to fulfill my desire to become a personal trainer and now, I embrace change as I begin training clients full time at CrossFit Chippewa.

I encourage you to serve your higher purpose and to fulfill your greatest desires. If this means making changes in your life which revolve around health and fitness, come see me. I can put together a customized training plan so you can start embracing change today.

The 120 Day Challenge

Learn how you can be a part of a new 120 day health challenge. Contact me at motivatinghealth@gmail.com today! Win prizes from local businesses, a cruise and even cash! Current sponsors include:

Lucy’s Deli
Sokup’s Market
Celebrity Video & Tan
Crimpers Hair Design
CrossFit Chippewa Falls
Acupuncture for Wellness
New Day Yoga and Wellness

Listen to this short audio clip to learn more about the Isagenix 120 Day Challenge. Click here.

Top 5 Reasons to Join Me at the Excite Wellness Expo

On Saturday April 13, 2013 the first annual Excite Wellness Expo will take place at the Sleep Inn Suites, 29 Pines Ballroom from 10AM – 4PM.  Here are the top five reasons you should come and visit the Isagenix booth I’ll be running. Warning: this blog contains many references to free stuff! If you’re okay with free stuff, continue reading.

1. Be informed. You’ll gain valuable information from leading industry professionals. Being informed is the first step towards making your health a number one priority.

2. Free samples. Visit my Isagenix booth and try some of the free samples. Quantities are limited to be one of the first to stop by!

3. Free goody bags.  If free samples were not enough to entice you, then maybe an entire goody bag full of coupons and samples will! Every visitor gets a free goody bag at the expo.

4. Family fun. Bring your whole family.  It’s never too early to start teaching your kids the importance of eating right and getting enough exercise.  Show them healthy living is fun, not a chore!

5. Free classes and prizes. That’s right try a yoga or Zumba class for free and enter to win prizes!

Purchase a 5 Minute Guided Meditation

How you manage stress contributes to your overall level of health.  It may seem impossible or even feel selfish to carve out time for yourself, especially if you lead a hectic, on-the-go lifestyle. However, when you take to rest you create yourself as more available for action, and you will have the ability to serve others in an even larger capacity.

Meditation is a proven, effective tool for stress relief.  Download this 5-minute guided meditation for just $3.99.  Listen to it as often as you can.  You may find in the beginning you have a hard time following along, or you don’t complete the meditation and that is okay.  The important part is that you are taking time out of your day to focus on your emotional well being, to relax and to experience the benefits of self inquiry and meditation.

Click here to learn more about meditation.

Click here to download a 5-minute guided meditation which focuses on connecting your passions with actions. 

About the Author of this guided meditation: Jill Plourde is a certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher. She has studied and experienced how a mind body connection can lead to powerful life transformations for the past 11 years. Her approach to healing is to first access the physical body as a pathway to healing the mental and emotional self.

By: Jill Plourde