I have a great new exercise for you to try if you are feeling low energy and you can’t get motivated . The first step is to ask yourself if you really want to feel better. Second, rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on your present state and then pick a number on that scale that you want to move up to and be as specific as you can as to what you would be feeling and acting like if you met that goal. For instance, you might say: I am tired, I don’t feel like doing anything, all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch TV and eat cookies. On a scale of 1-10, I am a 4 because I am not really sad, just feeling low energy and lazy.
I learned a little something about myself this month. I was hired to create workout program with a partner and one of the requirements of being a part of this collaboration was that I had to run 3 miles under 25 minutes and had only 2 weeks to train for it. It may not sound like that big of a goal, but I haven’t gone running in about 10 years so I was nervous. All of these crazy thoughts went through my head like: I can’t do it, I will hurt myself, and it’s going to be too hard. I was really nervous about even going for my first run. I was noticing how absurd — but real– the feeling of fear was. I really wanted to find any reason at all not to do it. I even started thinking, “I don’t want this job anyway.”
I would like to share about one of the hottest topics in the U.S. today — weight loss. How does one lose weight and keep it off? What is the best way to melt away those unwanted pounds of fat that impact the quality of our life from our health, our confidence, our relationships and our self-belief? I am not going to give you advice from a nutritionist point of view. I am not even going to give you advice from a fitness professional point of view. I am going to share with you from my personal experience and my training in spirituality and life coaching.
There are many ways to intensify your workout. Adding an element that you don’t usually add can bring up the calorie expenditure. Here are three of my favorites:
1) Add an empowering affirmation when you’re doing your cardio workout. I love this technique because it engages you on a physical, mental, and emotional level. The biggest challenge we have when training is to stay engaged at a level that will increase our strength and endurance.
As you may or may not know most of my fitness background is in dance then I added martial arts and yoga to my practices. I found that the new skills I practiced enhanced my ability in all other sports and activities and each sport, dance, or workout brought out a different part of my personality. When I am doing kickboxing I feel strong and focused and intense. When I dance I feel sexy, playful, and passionate. In yoga I feel centered, energized, and connected to grace and power. It is amazing how each sport or activity can unlock or awaken a different feeling within us.
Cross training is a way to work on more than one aspect of your physical fitness at the same time. It’s doing something other than your “favorite” sport or exercise and doing another that complements and adds to your overall fitness level. There are so many good reasons to cross train — the real question should be: if you’re not cross-training, why not?
One of the excuses people so often think is a “good” excuse for slacking off is “I don’t have enough time to exercise.” The problem with that is, it is just an excuse. And all excuses do is build a wall around us and what we say we want — by allowing us to believe that circumstances out of our control define what we choose to do in our life.
Can you finish this sentence? I really want to….
One of the power phrases I use in my intenSati workouts is; I want it, I want it, I really, really want it. It’s purpose is to focus your attention to what you really want for your life. We habitually focus on how our life is in the present moment. We are often thinking about what is not going well or what might go wrong in the future. If you believe that what you focus on you get and what you think, you become then can you see how complaining and worrying will absolutely lead you in the WRONG direction?
How many times a day do you look in the mirror and wish you didn’t look how you look or worry about how old you are getting? Do you ever stand there and point out all the things you don’t like? Do you ever walk down the street saying how stupid you are or how you wish you were prettier or smarter?
Five years ago I began a spiritual journey. I wanted to know, how can I be happy? Why am I so unhappy? I am always struggling and fighting with myself to “get better”. I had just ended a 7 year relationship and I sold my company. I had so many questions about what to do and whom to love. Whom do I want to become? I felt scared to make the wrong choice and I felt excited about rebuilding my life. In the midst of all this questioning I began to get answers and signs. I want to be happy. I want to make a difference and help others. I want to like myself. I want to wake up! What came out of all that questioning and searching were many teachers, many books, many tears, sessions with healers, and conversations with friends. The product of that searching was the creating of my new business and personal development program, intenSati. I think the best way to describe it is to say it is the practice of self love and appreciation put into an exercise class.