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Erik's Weekly Fitness Tip: Mindset Over Matter

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Erik's Weekly Fitness Tip: Mindset Over Matter

The Right Mindset
 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

How many times a day do you let the people in your life <co-workers, family members, social media followers, your inner voice> dictate how you feel? If the answer is “too damn many”, please keep reading. 

Having the RIGHT MINDSET is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Too damn many of us usually let our surrounding environment dictate how we feel, when in reality we should always be the ones in control. The RIGHT MINDSET is your best defense against the obstacles that life will inevitably throw your way.

So what does it mean to have the RIGHT MINDSET?

  • Remaining optimistic
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Staying in control of your emotions
  • Being proactive (rather than reactive) 

Learning to control your thoughts, emotions, and actions at all times puts you in a position of power. Becoming less occupied with the opinions of others will leave you more time to focus on actually reaching your goals. The naysayers (there will always be naysayers) will no longer have any say in your level of success.

OK I’m ready, but how do I get the RIGHT MINDSET? 

Just like everything else in life you want to be great at, this behavior will not be mastered in a day. Instead, it requires lots of patience and even more practice. That being said, I do have one tip for you on how to get started: become aware of your own thought process. If you feel yourself going down the negative rabbit hole—pull yourself back into the position of power. Pay attention to the triggers that tend to lead you astray and then tell them to go away. Remember that YOU are the one in the driver’s seat. Don’t be afraid to grab that wheel and steer yourself back into the position of power. If you can learn to control the six inches between your ears, the rest of your life will get a hell of a lot easier, I guarantee it.

Have a great week :)

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Erik's Weekly Fitness Tip: Find Your Tribe

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Erik's Weekly Fitness Tip: Find Your Tribe

team work
 

I have been fortunate enough to have been a member of some pretty amazing teams in my life (some of them even with hall of fame coaches at the helm.) There is something really special that happens when you are a part of group;  every individual is making personal sacrifices for the greater good while giving 110% of their will, energy, and effort. 

Though it is common to find this shared attitude amongst athletic team members, it’s much harder to find in the real world. This week’s challenge is to find your team, your tribe, your support system. Find a group of people who have a similar fitness goal as you and watch how much faster you achieve success. Not only will your team members hold you accountable, but they will also encourage you to push limits. They will be there to give you tough love as well as help you celebrate once you’ve reached your goals. 

As a team member, I learned some pretty valuable lessons that will last me a lifetime. Turns out, everything in life is easier when you have a supportive team. Whether you are trying to lose weight, run your first marathon, or start a new workout routine—it always helps to have someone by your side, even if he or she is just there to help motivate you out of bed. 

Don’t think of your team members as competition. Instead, think of them as something much more--your comrades, compadres, companions.

*image by Jim Sorbie 


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Erik's Weekly Fitness Tip: The 90 Day Challenge

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Erik's Weekly Fitness Tip: The 90 Day Challenge

New You
 

Think about something that you’d like to improve or change in your life, then pull out your calendar and highlight this date:

Wednesday September 16, 2015

What is so special about this day? Well, it is exactly three months from today. Studies show that if you do a daily activity for three months straight, it will eventually become a habit. 

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, we live in a society that expects immediate results. Unfortunately, this isn’t realistic. Cutting sugar out of your diet for a week is not going to get you a body like Gwen Stefani. Not only is this expectation detrimental to achieving your goals, when you don’t start seeing the immediate results you crave, you may start to feel discouraged and give up. 

DON’T GIVE UP.

Creating new and positive changes in your life takes commitment, effort, and most importantly — time. Challenge yourself for 90 days. For 90 days straight put of all your energy into that positive change that you are trying create.

  • Keep a food/fitness journal.
  • Announce your progress on social media so that your friends and family hold you accountable.
  • Only put food in your cart that will help you meet your goals.
  • Recruit a friend to do the 90 day challenge with you.

Whatever you need to do to keep your head in the game— DO IT! 

If you stay focused during the these next three months, eventually “the challenge” won’t be a challenge at all. The habit will be so engrained in your daily life that you will no longer dread it. Instead, you will crave it. 

As my wife likes to remind me, Rome wasn’t built in a day — but, if you lay a few bricks every day, you will be amazed at how much progress you can make in a few months. Are you ready up for the challenge? 

*image by Julia Caesar, Unsplash


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