Friday, June 26, 2015

The Fit Mindset

The fit mindset can be described as the philosophy that healthy living is not a series of must-dos but instead about curiosity, participation and celebration. When you're in the fit mindset you know that making a 7am yoga class isn't a hassle but an opportunity - for mental clarity and physical well-being. It's not just a task to be crossed off a daily list but a personal reward.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is viewing healthy living from the point of view that there's an endgame: "For this period of time I will give up this food group until I reach this number on the scale." And while goals are important - without them we remain static, frustrated or just plain stuck - when you're in the fit mindset, they shift to being about empowerment, not recrimination.

All of us have some aches, pains and limitations. But there is so much our bodies can do. Celebrate the movement that is good for you and within your ability.  I can park far away and walk into the mall. I can hike up the hill at Stough Canyon. I can bend & stretch and play with my dog.

Enjoy the summer opportunities you have to move this week. A beautiful evening offers the option of a relaxing walk after dinner. An early sunrise is a chance to wake slowly with gentle yoga and meditation. Feel strong & powerful in strength class.

Enjoy the foods you eat this week. Summer fruits are juicy and satisfying. A cold glass of tea quenches on a hot day. Savor a dripping ice cream cone shared with a friend.

In the fit mindset, it's not about what you can't have but what you can. It's living fully and completely and engaging with life. Good food choices and opportunities for movement are a personal reward. Reward yourself this summer!

Focus on the Fit Mindset, Keep Moving and Enjoy Your Food

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