Moving your body is so vital to living a long, healthy and happy life.
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Are you that person who hopes to retire one day and see the world? Or do you hope to be able to run around with your grandkids? You must incorporate physical activity into your daily life. This does not mean you have to immediately join the nearest CrossFit gym or start running 5 miles a day, but you do need to move your body. I used to loathe working out.
Partly because I was embarrassed to be seen, partly because I had no motivation and lastly because I had no idea what I was doing. When I was in my twenties and started learning about food. I also started to learn about the importance of exercise. Growing up I was active in sports on and off but I never worked out regularly. In my twenties, I finally put myself out there, joined a gym and started taking classes. It took some time to find what I actually enjoyed doing.
Now, I love fitness.
I love group classes. It creates motivation and accountability. It may take some time to find the right group class you mesh with, but I promise there are great people are there just like you, non-judgmental and ready to welcome you with open arms. You just need to be willing to, again, step out of your comfort zone.
I have also found that I enjoy weightlifting, in the gym with my headphones in, in my own world. Maybe neither of these are your type of workouts. There are so many different ways to move your body, such as yoga, walking, dance, swimming, and outdoor activities. Put yourself out there and find what moves you. You not only better your body, but better your mind.
Embrace progress, not perfection in every single area of your life. This is so important for living your free life.
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Instead, strive for progress that makes you feel better from the inside. Absolutely no one is perfect. So if you strive for that in any area of your life, you are automatically setting yourself up for disappointment. We are our own worst critic and tend to focus in on what we consider to be imperfections, instead of focusing on what we love about ourselves.
Shift your focus and magic happens. If anyone tries to hold you to a perfect standard, then they clearly are not looking in the mirror. Progress is what you should be striving for. We all have room for progress in our lives. Appreciating the progress, or climb to the top, makes the view or accomplishment that much sweeter. If you do you will be constantly chasing something unattainable.
Progress, on the other hand, is something that you have the ability to proudly achieve on your own. You might like: Upgrade your health mindset. I was, for a long time, like a punching bag. Life, on the other hand, comes at you like a boxer. Throwing jabs, hooks, and uppercuts. A few short years ago is when I finally started to glove up, and for the first time, swung back. I stopped putting blame on myself or anyone else for failures and obstacles I encountered.
Be a boxer. Powerful in your battle, prepared to defend yourself when needed, having the courage to stand up to anything against you, focused on your goals, continually in the practice of becoming better and graceful in your defeats. You will not always be the champion in what you are faced with. When you are in control of yourself, you will always win. The main event you will be continuously matched against is your own mind, never stop winning. These are things that I incorporated into my life, that I am always working on improving.
They led me to a happier life filled with purpose, achievement, pride, love, growth and even more that I am not good at putting into words. I hope that these are areas you can also use in order to better yourself, for you, not for anyone else.
Everyone deserves to be free from the power of negativity, self-doubt, fear, unhealthy habits and living for others. You deserve it! There is no time like the present to start creating and living your best life. She is a teacher, blogger, and world wanderer. Her passion for holistic health led her to complete her M. Her blog allows her to combine her love of travel and health. She aspires to help others create their best free life through a healthy lifestyle, self-acceptance, job freedom and seeing the world. Thank you for this wonderful post.
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I was and am still in search for peace and happiness. In part because I tell myself this often and in part because I thought I would find myself, find peace and find happiness on this 1-year sabbatical.
Another key point that hit home were your recommendations on refraining from negative thoughts! I consider myself a strong extrovert who a ton of confidence, yet at the same time I am constantly super hard on myself. I am constantly comparing myself to my successful, well educated friends.
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I am constantly thinking I should be in a better place in life. These are all things that I have to daily make a conscious effort not to do, because I am great!
I have accomplished a lot and I am constantly learning, growing and evolving and that is all that matters! All of your 10 steps to living your best life resonated with me!