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Jennifer Bagwell

No matter who you are or what you do, you must move your body every day. There is a force inside us that tries to make us better and worse at the same time. Every day we battle with this force. What is it that makes us successful? A large part of our success can be attributed to how we set ourselves up. Here are some tips for keeping yourself on track to meet your fitness goals.

Mind Body Connection—or your heart’s desire. This means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are. This also applies to the self-talk we have with ourselves. The practice of positive self-talk is often the process that allows you to discover the obscured optimism, hope, and joy in any given situation. Practicing repeating a daily affirmation such as “I am enough” or “I am grateful for all that I have” will help give you a focus but also ensure that your self- talk is positive and uplifting.

Daily Movement—Doing something that you enjoy is essential for creating a habit. There are many types of exercise that we can do each day; yoga, walking, running, lifting weights, and playing games. It is important to choose a form of exercise that you enjoy and then stick with it. Picking a time of day that fits into your schedule when you have the most natural energy will help ensure that you stick with your plan. Treat your daily movement just like you would an appointment, put it on your calendar and make it happen.

Daily Writing—a daily journal gives us a road map for where we have been and where we intend to go. Journaling daily is the most potent and powerful keystone habit you can acquire. If done consistently, you will show up better in every area of your life. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on what worked well, what needs improvement, where you were able to find joy, and what are you dreaming of for tomorrow.

Setting Intentions—intentions are heartfelt. They come from a space of feeling and not thinking. Learning how to connect with your heart’s desire is how we make certain to live an authentic life. An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. You may even want to include this in your daily writing. It is fun to look back over your journals and see just how many intentions, dreams, and goals have been achieved.

Yoga—yoga is one way to move our bodies and connect with our intentions. When we take time to practice mindfulness, we take time to listen to our internal guides and create a more harmonious environment for ourselves and others. Yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness. Here’s to a lifelong practice of keeping your mind and body healthy!


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