The Wise Decision…5 reasons to motivate you…Even in January

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Look, I get it. It’s cold, you’re busy and you don’t feel like exercising.

Not today. Not on a Monday in January.

So I’m here to remind you of just how important exercise is and how great it makes you feel. Even on a Monday in January. Especially on a Monday in January!

These 5 Reasons to Motivate You will help you to stick with your exercise routine so that you’ll begin the New Year feeling energized and excited.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer for motivation, since different things motivate different people, so explore all 5 motivators below…

Motivator #1: Health
Have you looked at the long list of health benefits that exercise delivers? Pretty impressive. Not only does exercise help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, it also helps lower bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, while improving the amount of good cholesterol in your body.

Additionally, exercise strengthens your bones and muscles, lowers your risk of cancer, decreases stress, helps you battle depression, and even improves your sex life.

Motivator #2: Enjoyment
If exercise hasn’t been enjoyable for you, it’s time to find a way to make it fun. Everyone likes doing things they enjoy. You might hate running but enjoy swimming or riding a bike. Perhaps you don’t like being alone and would rather be social. So join a team! Or maybe you don’t like the idea of driving all the way to the gym, changing out, and exercising with a crowd. Find out when your local gym is least populated, and hit the weights then. Do what’s most fun for you and you’ll be less likely to stop.

Motivator #3: Increased Confidence
If you’re out of shape or overweight, it can take a lot of courage to start an exercise routine. Remember to be confident in who you are, no matter what size or shape. Don’t compare yourself to the skinny, toned figure strutting her stuff through the gym. Keep your eyes on your goal and don’t expect perfection after just a week of exercise. Strive to have your best body—not someone else’s.

Motivator #4: Goal Achievement
If you’re just getting started in the world of exercise, or if you’ve simply gotten stale, a good place to start is by setting goals. How much weight would you like to lose? How far would you like to run? Working towards a goal is a great motivator. However, don’t set up for failure by striving after unrealistic goals. Do this and you’ll soon feel overwhelmed and give up altogether. To avoid this, set realistic milestones. When you reach them, enjoy your accomplishment and then set new goals to take your good health even further.

Motivator #5: Rewards
Rewards are a great motivator. In fact, much of what you do in life is motivated by a reward of some kind, whether intrinsic or extrinsic. When it comes to exercise, a good reward probably shouldn’t be an ice cream sundae, but it may be that new pair of jeans you’ve been eyeing, or perhaps a night out with friends. Maybe for you, weight loss and lowered blood pressure are reward enough. Just know that your hard work is paying off and deserves to be rewarded.

I would love to help you find the motivation to create a healthier life for yourself and your family. Call or email today and I’ll let you know how simple it is to get started.

Together we will figure out exactly what motivates you!

Only The Back Label Counts

Never, ever trust the claims on the front of a food package. Claims like: heart healthy, whole grains, or fiber-filled are often smoke and mirrors to prevent you from reading the actual ingredient list.

The real truth about a packaged food item is hidden in the ingredient list on the BACK label, not in the bold claims on the front.

Scan that ingredient list for high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils – if the food contains these items then put it back and choose something healthier.

Chili Spiced Nuts

chili nuts

A warm bowl of these chili spiced nuts make a fantastic appetizer or snack.  Servings: 20

Here’s what you need…

1 cup raw pecan halves
1 cup raw pepitas
1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup raw almonds
3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil.
In a large bowl combine all of the nuts with the coconut oil. Toss to coat.
In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Mix well and then sprinkle over the nuts, mixing until fully combined.
Spread the nuts over the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 10 minutes until golden and toasty.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 168 calories, 14 fat, 78mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 5g protein.

Wouldn’t you like all of the healthy rewards of being fit? Simply call 313-444-9348 or email me (sterling@thewisedecision.com) today to set up your personal training and/or Skype program, or if you are in the Michigan area you can come out to my FREE Fit Club in Oak Park. Web: http://www.thewisedecision.com

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