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Staying In The “Here and Now”

Rendering of human brain.Image via Wikipedia

What does it mean to stay in the here and now?

Being present with whatever you’re doing. It’s as simple as that.

When you are present you are not thinking of anything other than what is going on right now. This is a place most people spend little or no time in at all, we are all either thinking of the past or the future and often we miss the present entirely.

How does it help you with your fitness levels?  By focusing on what you are doing, how your body is going and your technique you create a cycle of awareness that leads to a better workout and therefore more bang for you buck, so to speak.

One of the most important things remaining in the here and now does, is to prevent your mind wandering into old habitual patterns, often negative thought patterns which can also hamper your workout by encouraging defeatist attitudes like tiredness, soreness or those thoughts that form words like: can’t.

So try to remain in the here and now, by focusing on your breath, your timing, your posture and your technique and you will find it much easier to train more efficiently.

Try applying this kind of awareness to your daily life. When you remain in the here and now, you are a better driver, a better person and you are aware of opportunities when they appear. Opportunities to listen, to hear, to help, to be grateful, to show kindness, to open yourself to adventure and to live.

Stay in the here and now, because there is no other time that is truly relevant to who you are and what choices you are being offered. Conscious awareness is key to creating your life, and being fit and healthy here and now in the present.

live a balanced life…

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August 11, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter: Give Yourself a Break!

Are you one of those people who is constantly hard on yourself? Do you say nasty things to yourself like “You’re too fat”, “I going to get fat ’cause I didn’t get to the gym this week,” basically anything that begins with ‘can’t, don’t, won’t or a sentance that uses the words ‘never or always’, “I’ve always been fat,” or other negatives about yourself or your body in some way? This way of thinking about yourself is all too common, but unhealthy! Healthy habits of mind begin with you.

I am a registered life coach and one of the things I teach people about their thoughts is that they eventually affect the way they feel and their actual physical body. Basically you will become what you think! Mind over matter! If you think you are fat, and you say it to yourself for long enough – you will become fat.

Now, it seems they are proving that what I have been saying it true: a study in the American Journal of Health has suggested, “the less satisfied people [in the study] were with their size, the more unhealthy they felt regardless of how much they weighed.” If you consistently perceive a negative about your body it will eventually manifest in some way.

How can you stop ‘dogging’ on yourself? My advice is to do what I do:

  • start to monitor your thoughts, we have around 20,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day and 80% of those are usually unconscious thoughts, (you are not aware of them) they happen automatically
  • when you catch yourself having a negative thought say, “I take that back! what I meant to say was…” and say something more positive about your body or you.
  • Get yourself a wellness or life coach – good for people who have a hard time believing nice things about themselves or have very poor self confidence

If you would like to read more about this subject, checkout this full article on this subject here:

http://balancenoosa.com.au/page/healthyhabitsofmind//default.asp/

live a balanced life!

May 21, 2008 Posted by | Wellness | , , , , | Leave a comment