The Great Excuse… “I Didn’t Feel Like It”

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When you think there is nothing left in the fuel tank, go one more round! I got up this morning and was due to go for a run (only 3 miles) but ‘didn’t feel like it’. How many times has that stopped you from doing something; how you feel?

Then I asked myself a simple question – so what? Going for my run has nothing to do with what I feel like doing and more about doing what I want to do to get the health & fitness benefits I desire. What’s more important; the great excuse ‘I didn’t feel like it’ or my health? Easy win!

Dressed, trainers on, headset in place and off I went. It was a slow start, I could feel the emotional resistance but I kept pushing until eventually, one mile in, it felt comfortable. I had pushed through the barrier and was now entering ‘happy’ land. You see, there was no valid reason for me not to run, it was just a ‘feeling’. By simply questioning the feeling and its validity I could make a firm decision that was aligned with my health goals…

Just because the emotional tank says ‘no’ or you ‘feel’ like you’re on empty, you don’t have to stop. Sometimes you must dig deeper and push through the barrier to test your mental and physical capabilities because they are usually far greater than you ‘feel’ they are.

Boom! Lean in and ‘just do it’!

One Life, Live It Well

YvonneB

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Suck It Up Or Change…

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It’s not every day you get to publish a book and share your thoughts about how we get stuck in life and the need to get unstuck before we completely ruin our health.

Today, however, I had some of my thoughts on the topic published on Amazon and it’s available right now for £0.99!

Grab a copy & share your thoughts, experiences and of course, thank you for your support!

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Be Your Best You, Living Your Best Life…

YvonneB

Life Lessons From The World Of Sport

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One of the reasons I love the world of health & fitness is that it is so much more than about getting fit, physically & mentally. I had the pleasure of listening to the story of the amazing legendary UCLA Coach, John Wooden, a coach who taught essential life lessons to his team in the world of basketball.

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His pyramid of success lives on, encouraging, inspiring people inside and outside of sport and I wanted to share it here as a reminder to us all that we have unlimited potential if we are prepared to believe it, even before we see.

The key motto: Do the best YOU can.

If you give 100%, your 100% not anyone else’s, then you have given it all… 30-minute lesson you don’t want to miss… Watch, listen and learn!

Coach: The Life and Legacy of John R. Wooden

Live the life you were meant to, find a framework that means something to you and commit to living it every day.

Be your brilliant best!

Live Blissfully

YvonneB

And The Fitness Guru of 2016 Is…

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Pokémon!! Can you believe it?

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Not only is Pokémon smashing app sales it is also getting people off their couches, away from the TV screen and onto the streets.

And it would appear Pokémon has been transformational for some. Take Sam Clark for instance, he claims to have lost more than 12 kilos. Hitting the streets to catch the 142 Pokémon creatures got Sam walking some 141 miles over 20 days. That’s some going; apparently the equivalent of 5 marathons!

Now, that might just be one guy’s lucky story but other stories are popping up. And let’s look at the facts about this amazing fitness guru’s ability to mobilise a crowd:

On the first day of the apps release 3 million active users were recorded in U.S and on July 12th 21 million daily active users were recorded; I’m pretty certain no other fitness company has matched that J

And on a global scale, by July 15, approximately 1.3 million people were playing the game in the Netherlands even though the app had not been officially released in the country! On Japan’s release date more than 10 million people downloaded the game (including 1.3 million in the first three hours) and by 26th July, the intelligence system estimated the game had been downloaded 75 million times worldwide. Nice numbers!

Pokémon is being seen as a fun interactive ‘active’ game and it is making its way into people’s fitness regime. I must confess, it is not for me but if it helps people get moving then I tip my hat to it. And, of course, if Pokémon is your thing you can travel and explore the world, much less your country, catching Pokémon; it is an international sport (hopefully not a 2020 Olympics event though!)

But beware ye ‘non Pokémon players’. There is a real chance you might get trampled by the crowd. I have already had a near miss with a Pokémon hunting cyclist who, in his haste, nearly rode over me on the pavement. He did stop to apologise… very briefly! And that’s even with this warning from Pokémon:

For safety’s sake, never play Pokémon GO when you’re on your bike, driving a car, riding a hoverboard, or anything else where you should be paying attention, and of course never wander away from your parents or your group to catch a Pokémon.

Not sure if that will be warning enough but whatever happens 2016 Fitness Guru of the year has to go to Pokémon… Unless of course you can beat those stats!

Go Pokémon Go!

YvonneB

Tennis – Hard Work & Dedication Pays Off

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Hi & Happy July to you!

This month’s blog is all about Wimbledon and I am Soooo happy. Andy Murray did it again, Serena Williams and Andy Murray wimbledon prize moneySerena Williams did it again and Heather Watson did it for the first time in the mixed doubles… Wimbledon Bliss! And to top it all our British wheelchair champs claimed their place in Wimbledon history too: Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Jordanne Whiley. Just brilliant. Their hard work and dedication paid off.

It has been a pleasure to watch Andy Murray blossom into the consummate professional he is today. I felt so proud watching him handle that game on Sunday 10th July. He expressed emotion openly and he was focused; the perfect game. Serena, as is usually the case, played like a powerhouse. To have spent so many years at the top of her game is truly amazing and as a woman of sport she has got to be one of the best role models out there; congratulations.

I could go on and on about many of the players I watched but the underlying point is that with hard work (and I mean real hard work), a great team to support, motivate and kick your butt, alongside a developed talent or skill, dreams can come true. The question is how committed are most of us to go all out? What are we willing to risk? Who do we have in our corner?

These are important questions for all areas of our life. If we want to get fit, work alongside those who are doing the same or who have been there, done that. If we want to progress in a career or build a business, same rule applies; find the team, put in the work consistently and grab every challenge that takes us outside of our comfort zone so we can grow.

Don’t just dream it, do it!

YvonneB

The 7 Minute Workout… Are You Serious?

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As a gym rat and running enthusiast I have to say, working out for less than one hour has12well_physed-tmagArticle never felt like enough of a workout. I know that it’s not about the time, it’s the quality of the workout that really matters but we are constantly being told we need to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes every day just to maintain a relatively decent health.

So where did the 7-minute workout come from? And seriously, what can you achieve in 7 minutes?

The story of the 7-minute workout seems to have come out of The American College of Sports Science. It is a scientifically based high-intensity circuit training workout using body weight.  The approach combines aerobic and resistance training into a single exercise bout lasting approximately 7 minutes.

My Reality: Having tried and tested out the 7-minute workout for the past 2 weeks, doing workouts between 7 and 21 minutes long (1 – 3 circuits) I can honestly say I have achieved some decent results:

  1. Abs are beginning to appear again – thank you!!! It’s been a while and there is still some work to do but by combining this workout with my gym sessions and weekly runs the desired abs are on the horizon J
  2. My short distance runs feel easier. I am only running once or twice a week for 4-5 miles per run but my times have been faster with no effort to up the pace and I am pretty certain it’s that mix of explosive and strengthening work in the 7-minute workout that has had an impact.
  3. The 21-minute workout feels much harder than an hour in the gym – OMG! Although I opted for the HARD level I thought, being 21 minutes, it would be okay… mmmm, well, no point in doing it if I don’t challenge myself right? And I am saving time.

What I love most about this workout is:

  1. It’s free! You can download an app to your phone so no excuses. Take your kit and get the workout done – simple.
  2. I can fit in 7 minutes any day of the week and 21 minutes most. No more ‘I just couldn’t get to the gym’ syndrome.
  3. I can do it at home or, when I’m travelling, in my hotel room. No equipment required other than my trainers – sweet joy!

Highly recommended if you like to get more done in less time and highly recommended if you want to mix up your routine.

Check out some 7-minute workout app reviews at Narrato and the official 7-minute workout app by Johnson & Johnson.

Because I’m ‘Appy… Have fun, get fit!

YvonneB