Good morning friends! I have a special guest post today. Michelle contacted me a bit ago to write a guest post on helping people find out what inspires them in life. She works at a Spa in a small town in Upstate, New York. Though she does not have a blog of her own, she reads lots of them, and wants to share her knowledge of health and fitness with others!
How a "Fitspiration" can put you on the path towards fitness
Inspiration boards are a popular yet highly effective way to organize your thoughts when taking on a new project. They are commonly used to plan weddings, home improvement projects and vacations, so why not use one for your fitness goals? A “fitspiration board" can be used to visualize your goals in a tangible form, enabling your mind and body to come together more effectively to create the changes you want to see in your physique. Here are some easy steps to help you get started.
1. Begin collecting images of people, places, experiences, or things – anything that inspires you to lead a fit lifestyle. If you follow a particular sport and a certain player amazes you, include a picture of them. Perhaps there is an outfit you want to be able to wear after losing enough weight – include a picture of that as well. Will you reward yourself with a trip once you’ve reached your goal? Are there certain song lyrics or a famous quote that inspires you to work out? Are there activities you’d like to participate in that your weight is preventing you from enjoying? Any image that will inspire you to continue striving towards your fitness goals should be clipped. You can save digital pictures from the internet to Pinterest or cut images out of magazines to create a physical board to display in your home. Take several days to accumulate images for your board – you might be surprised at some of the things you’re attracted to. Have fun and try not to discredit any image that you find motivational, even if you think you don’t have the time, skills or money to embody that image.
2. Look through everything you’ve collected and choose an anchor image. What themes do you notice in your collection? Perhaps it’s a certain sport, a quote, or just a picture that somehow embodies how you would like your life to look or feel once you’ve attained your fitness goals. Make this image the centerpiece of your fitspiration board.
3. Begin placing the other pictures you’ve selected around your anchor image. Your images may be very similar or all over the place depending on your style, and that’s ok. Everyone is different! Don’t judge what you have created or try to make it perfect. Certain images may inspire you to go look for more related images, or you may feel you have enough to work with already.
4. Reflect on what you have created. How does it make you feel? If it’s in a digital format, make it your computer’s wallpaper so you see it every time you log onto your computer. If you’ve made a physical board, place it in your home where you will see it often throughout the day. Make note of your observations, but don’t make any changes to your board for at least one week.
5. Look through your notes and make adjustments to your fitspiration board accordingly. There might be an image or two that really don’t feel right, or you might have found a more inspirational image to use instead. Make some changes and then reflect on your board for a few more days.
6. You’ll know your board is "fitspirational" when you haven’t wanted to make any changes to it for at least a week. All the images on the board embody the sense of achievement and happiness you will feel when you’ve reached your goal. Make sure to keep it in a prominent place so you will see it often.
I’ve made a personal goal for 2013 to create a healthy balance in my life. I don’t want run a marathon or lift heavy weights, I just need to improve what I eat and add more exercise to my daily routine. It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of life and I felt that my health was taking the back seat.
Nutrition is also something I need to work on for sure. Eating poorly is taking an effect on my energy levels during the workday. Crash diets are not for me, because those I feel those are an unhealthy approach. I’m looking for a long-term improvement, not a temporary fix. I’m looking to experiment with healthy recipes and swapping bad snacks for healthier options. As part of improving what I eat, I plan to cut back on those tempting sugary cocktails, and opt for a “mocktail” version instead. I found a great mocktail recipe from Bar10der. Makes for a fun alternative to water or soda. I may even try them as an afternoon pick-me-up, or a power breakfast. Part of eating better is being open minded to new foods and recipes. Luckily in this day and age the resources for recipes and healthy eating are endless. Take this Mexican pizza recipe for example from The Clothes Make the Girl. It is a Paleo friendly recipe, but it looks good enough to try for myself!
An easy way to feel motivated is to buy some bright colored workout gear. If you feel good wearing it, you’ll be more excited to wear it when you exercise. I love this motivational quote tank from The Hunt. It’s a great color and humorous! As part of my initiative to spend more time doing activities outdoors, I’ve started to learn to golf at a New York golf center near my work. I don’t usually golf all 18 holes but it’s nice to be able to spend most of the time walking. What I like about it is that it’s a leisurely sport, nothing too strenuous. I truly enjoy the outdoors, so I decided that the “great outdoors”, so to speak, would be my anchor for my board.
The bottom line is that finding balance is the key in making your healthy lifestyle a permanent one.
As you move towards your fitness targets, your goals may change or expand. Take time to update your fitspiration board whenever it feels out of alignment with your aspirations. Make sure what is on the board is what you really want. Taking the time to create and maintain a fitspiration board is a fun yet powerful way to keep you motivated on the path towards the fit lifestyle you’re yearning for.
Would you ever make a Fitspiration board?
Does having a goal in mind help you to achieve balance in your life?
What can you change in your life to make you feel better?