Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Newletter

We made it through January!  Only one more month of winter before we start dreaming about spring flowers.  There are some things to look forward to this February! The 21 Day Fix Extreme will be released at about 12 PM PST on February 2nd! This program is a game changer just like its predecessor the 21 Day Fix.  It combines intense muscle-building exercises with simple super clean eating programs (you get two!) to get crazy results. If you have ever wanted to push your body and mind just to see how fabulous you could look and feel, this is for you! 

You will get the motivation and accountability with a challenge group :) I will be starting our 21 Day Fix Extreme challenge group starting February 16 so make sure you get yours next week! The challenge pack will be discounted for the month of February for the low price of $140.  The other discounted programs in February will be the 21 Day Fix in English and Spanish for $140.

Another game changer is Beachbody on Demand.  It comes out the end of March and will be available to everyone with a Team Beachbody Club membership.  It is $2.99/week and will initially include: P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity, Les Mills Pump, Les Mills Combat, Ten Minute Trainer, ChaLEAN Extreme, Asylum Vol 1, Tony One-on-One (vol 1) and Hip Hop Abs.  I am super excited for finally try ChaLEAN Extreme and P90X3!   Les Mills Combat and Pump are two of my all time favorite programs :)  Sign up now to get the low rate on club membership HERE.

Keep working! Everyone starts somewhere :)  I am here to help you reach your goals.  Let's start today!

Three Ways to Get Back on Track
By: Dr. Haley Perlus

It happens to the best of us. A few great days (or even weeks) of following your fitness and nutrition plan and then—BANG—life happens. A late night out with friends, a last-minute business trip, a sick child at home, or something as simple as a bad mood can force you off kilter. Maybe you’ve missed your fitness session. Maybe you simply don’t have the energy (or desire) to prepare a healthy meal. Regardless, you’ve hit a wall. You’re having an “off” day.

Sometimes an off day is just that: one day off track. You wake up the next morning back to being motivated and focused on your goals. Other times, it can take several days to regain your fitness mojo. At these moments, off days can be vicious—but they can also be stopped.

As an expert of sport psychology, one of my objectives is to help my clients quickly recover from these off days. Here are three tips from my personal playbook you can use to not only get switched back on during an off day, but also limit the amount of off days you experience altogether. The end result is that you’ll give yourself the greatest opportunity to stick to your daily intentions and get the body you deserve.

1. Change the internal conversation: undervalue the bad times and overvalue the good ones.

We have been conditioned to harp on our mistakes and gloss over our successes. It’s time to change the internal conversation and pay more attention to the things that bring us confidence so that we can continue to live a fun, healthy, and energetic life.

In sports, professional athletes and coaches often say that the person who wins is usually the person who can best recover from errors. Top athletes have learned to identify their mistakes, but instead of dwelling on them, they quickly learn from them and move on. They also take the time to pat themselves on the back for all of their achievements, both big and small.

When life gets in the way of sticking to your training or nutrition plan, take one minute for positive personal reflection. Identify the key things you could do better next time to prevent this off day. Then, focus on at least one achievement you have already made that day (or perhaps yesterday). Use your past achievement to give you the confidence and energy you need to make your very next meal or training session a positive one.

2. Change the environment.

Having an off day can cost us the motivation to exercise and eat healthy. Instead, we crave instant gratification in an unhealthy, overflowing bowl—or carton—of ice cream or an extra hour on the couch. Fortunately, there is a quick fix to this problem.

Research continues to prove that motivation and productivity increase with a change in environment. In fact, a commonly used phrase in sport psychology is: “A change is as good as a rest.”

Any type of change, such as stepping outside for some fresh air, turning on motivational music, or finding a new healthy recipe, can spark some motivation to move forward toward achieving your goals.

Whenever you feel a lack of energy and inspiration, change up at least one aspect of your environment and experience what it’s like to have your batteries recharged and motivation restored!

3. Use the five-minute just move rule.

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is get up and start to move. However, once you start moving, it releases feel good, motivating hormones like dopamine and endorphins. When this happens, you’ll find it much easier to keep going.

During off days, make a deal with yourself to commit to five minutes of fitness. Most often, five minutes is all it will take to get the heart pumping and the energy flowing, inspiring you to stay for the entire training session. Also, it’s okay if you don’t have 100 percent effort to give that day. If you only have 50 percent, do your best to exert all of it. I guarantee you’ll be proud of yourself and your off day will be long gone.

For nutrition, if you don’t feel like spending 20 minutes in the kitchen preparing a healthy meal, commit to grabbing something simple to eat, such as a glass of Shakeology, that’s satisfying yet still healthy.

Off days do not have to completely throw you sideways. With these three tools, you can quickly recover from an off day and keep moving forward with the confidence and excitement you need to live the life you want.


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