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LET’S GET REAL… HEALTHY! Realistic Steps to Living the Fit Life (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted Part 1 of “Let’s Get Real” a guest post from my friend Erin Berry Scott! She is on the blog sharing some tips on living a healthier lifestyle with advice that we can all use and implement! She’s already shared that we need to set priorities, educate ourselves and find what moves us, and to get help and engage others. Read below to check out her final tips!

HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR
This is a biggie! In fact, this is where I spend most of my time and energy when it comes to living the fit life! Deciding to begin and commit to a new workout when you are not in the habit of working out regularly is HUGE. For some, that kind of commitment level tends to bring people to a pretty serious place mentally and emotionally: “I have no other choice but to make this change…my life depends on it.” That is a LOT of pressure! The wellness journey is a life-long one. Having an attitude of lightness and positivity will make the journey all the more pleasant. Having a sense of humor about your fitness journey is helpful in two ways:

1) laughing is a stress-reliever!! The simple act of smiling almost always puts you in a good mood!! Stress is one of those, what I call, “silent saboteurs” to fitness and wellness goals. I know so many people work really hard in their workouts, stay hydrated, keeping an eye on their eating habits and portions and… nothing. They feel stuck. They are stuck. Upon further investigation, it is the stressors in their lives that are contributing to their slow crawl towards their goals.

2) Having a sense of humor and laughing at yourself along the way actually helps you stick with it!! Believe it or not, I have students in my fitness classes that come to just have fun (and I believe to hear my jokes!) and realize only after the fact, they got an incredible workout. Did they nail every punch and kick with precision and power? Probably not every one. But they stuck with it, continued to get better and better until their form and coordination had improved. Because they are able to just let go, not fret over the errors and just have fun with it, they automatically improve. For some people, their lives are SO FULL this is the only time in their day they have to experience joy! That blows my mind! They come to my classes consistently and that yields results. If someone were to get all hung up on thoughts like, “oh, I have two left feet. The moves are too fast. I’ll never nail it like you. I missed that punch. My jumping jacks are lame. Squats are haaaaaaaard,” they would see little success. If, however, they approach their workout with an attitude of “Haha! Did you see that 1-legged jack I just did?! I just invented a new move for ya, Erin!” or “Squats = jello legs!!” it puts a positive spin on, what can often be, a tough journey.

ONE STEP AT A TIME
Know that all of these steps are realistic and effective–when addressed one at a time or in a step-wise fashion. Did you ever try to hop with two feet up a flight of stairs? Pretty challenging…but when you place one foot on each step at a time, you were able to climb the flight of stairs with much more ease.
Changing too much at once is a recipe for disaster. Determine your priorities first and figure out when and for how long you are free to commit to fitness. Do some homework and find what kinds of fitness styles work for you. Once you’ve nailed down a program/system, get help sticking with it. Support is huge–people will be able to better help you stick with it once you know what it is you’re doing. Lastly, protect your positive attitude and outlook. Belief–or lack of–can surely guarantee success–or failure. The benefits of having a light-hearted attitude about it all go far beyond simply sticking with a program that will get you to your goals. A little bit each day is sure to realistically move you towards a healthier, happier life!

THANKS to Erin for her expertise and advice. I’m all about living a healthier lifestyle and these tips were just what I needed to fulfill my goals!!

About Erin: Erin Scott (BSc, cPT) lives in Boston, MA with her husband, Steve, and 9 year old dog, Angel, who are the center of her world. She is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, teaching high-energy classes such as Turbo Kick and PiYo Strength throughout the Boston-area. Erin is the founder of SillyFit and enjoys being an Independent Team Beachbody Coach–helping others become physically and financially fit. She also holds an ACE Personal Trainer certificate and is listed as a certified fitness professional with IDEA FitnessConnect. Erin has always had a passion for lifting others up and helping people see their fullest potential. She is always looking to learn more, improve and grow…and pass it on! When she’s not teaching, training or coaching, Erin is a neuroscientist–researching psychiatric disorders, spending time with her friends, family and loved-ones, serving her neighborhood and community, dancing, bowling, enjoying music and cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams–especially the Red Sox. You can connect with Erin by EmailFacebook, and Twitter.



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LET’S GET REAL… HEALTHY! Realistic Steps to Living the Fit Life (Part 1)

I have a confession. I desperately want to be in super awesome kickass shape…but I’m lazy when it comes to working out. Juggling being a single mom, employee, and women I always put myself last – which means I don’t put in the time to exercise and eat healthy. Oh I need to work out. Oh I should be eating better. Oh I shouldn’t have that second cupcake. These are the various things I tell myself, knowing that I need to be working out and eating better, but it seems like my health and wellness gets put aside,  after a long day at work the last thing I want to do is exercise! I want to kick my feet up and crack open a bottle of wine! While this is awesome, it’s not going to help me live a healthy lifestyle!

I’m so so happy to have a guest blogger and friend, Erin Scott,  for  part one of “LET’S GET REAL… HEALTHY! Realistic Steps to Living the Fit Life.” Over the course of 2 posts Erin will share 5 tips to get up, get active, and start living a healthier lifestyle. I met Erin last year and I was so drawn to her amazingly positive personality and outlook on fitness and exercise, and knew I wanted her to share with us all some tips about being healthy. Erin isn’t about any quick fixes, she is about LIFESTYLE changes, and knows that you have to put in the work to get the results you want. Erin reminds me when I’m feeling discouraged that my fitness goals ARE attainable, and I dont have to feel alone on the journey. So welcome Erin, and take it away!!!

Let’s face it… Life is… FULL. So how the HECK do we even begin make it all work?

Fantastic question and “make it all work” is not exactly the question I wish to answer here. I will, however, share how we can start to take the steps that will help us lead healthier, happier lives.  Happiness looks different to every person. One of the ways that we can have room for the things that bring us joy is by focusing on our overall health and wellbeing (hey, doctors visits, trips to the pharmacy, sick days from work, can add up to a lot of time lost!).

It’s been my feeling for quite some time–and remains my belief–that fitness and wellness is for everyone. Not just any ol’ fitness & wellness, but FUN, ENJOYABLE lifestyle choices and habits that can lead to a healthier and happier life!

SET YOUR LIFE’S PRIORITIES, SCHEDULE THOSE FIRST… THEN SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUT
In her New York Times Best-selling book, PUSH, my fit-life mentor, Chalene Johnson has a fantastic approach to helping busy people not only live the life they deserve, but also really help them organize their lives based on their priorities. Determine your priorities (i.e. time with family, time for work, time for yourself), schedule them as best as you can into your life first…then identify the time to incorporate fitness activities. This will take some time and adjustment, but you’ll find that you will stress less, while still managing to make time for exercise and eating well.

EDUCATE YOURSELF & FIND WHAT MOVES YOU
The workout that you enjoy is going to be the workout program you stick to. Whether that means motivating yourself with high-energy music to get you pushing harder or total silence so you can focus on your form, find what motivates you to move. Try different fitness classes. Read articles on the hottest new fitness trends. Check out fitness-related meet-ups in your area that might give you an opportunity to try something new. Explore home-workout options. This, too, will take a little time to adjust and experiment with, but well worth doing the initial homework and research.

GET HELP, ENGAGE OTHERS, TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Through my facebook page and my website, one of the many things I do is regularly host fitness and wellness “challenge groups” and virtually coach people to achieving their fitness goals. Participants are personally challenged (it is not a competition with other members of the group) to commit to a workout, focus on certain aspects of nutrition, check in with me and the group regularly and track their progress. My challenge group challengers have found incredible success with this formula. Why? Because they are not alone in the journey and they also become motivated by the progress they are seeing. As you embark on a fitness and wellness journey… avoid becoming an island. Seek out people who are either professionally in a position to help or people in your life who care about you and will be willing to hold you to the goals you set for yourself.

Yes, yes, yes! I love that Erin’s first 3 tips are completely doable and all about finding what will work best for YOU! Stay tuned for LET’S GET REAL… HEALTHY! Realistic Steps to Living the Fit Life (Part 2) coming tomorrow!!

About Erin: Erin Scott (BSc, cPT) lives in Boston, MA with her husband, Steve, and 9 year old dog, Angel, who are the center of her world. She is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, teaching high-energy classes such as Turbo Kick and PiYo Strength throughout the Boston-area. Erin is the founder of SillyFit and enjoys being an Independent Team Beachbody Coach–helping others become physically and financially fit. She also holds an ACE Personal Trainer certificate and is listed as a certified fitness professional with IDEA FitnessConnect. Erin has always had a passion for lifting others up and helping people see their fullest potential. She is always looking to learn more, improve and grow…and pass it on! When she’s not teaching, training or coaching, Erin is a neuroscientist–researching psychiatric disorders, spending time with her friends, family and loved-ones, serving her neighborhood and community, dancing, bowling, enjoying music and cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams–especially the Red Sox. You can connect with Erin by Email, Facebook, and Twitter.



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Together Counts Twitter Party

Together Counts: Across the country, families and their children are pledging to become more active and healthy together. They’re eating meals with each other; they’re being physically active together. We’re helping them track their progress.
I was delighted to be asked by Leah Segedie, the woman behind Mamavation, to become a panelist on the Together Counts Twitter Party tomorrow. I’ve participated in a few twitter parties before, and for those of you who haven’t they move fast! I mean so fast! But it’s a fantastic way to connect with tweppole and there are often prizes to those who participate!
I’m really excited to be a panelist, because Together Counts is pretty awesome. They are a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind their program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. Calories in, calories out. It’s that simple. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015.
Join us Tuesday, June 14th from 8-10pm EST as we celebrate Together Counts, a fantastic program that encourages families to get more activity and eat meals together as a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. The key is doing it together!! I made the pledge and you should too! 

To participate in the twitter party be sure to use the #togethercounts hastag! To find out more about the twitter party (and awesome prizes you can win like a $200 gift certificate to Sports Authority) click HERE!
Hope to see you tomorrow!


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