Posts Tagged 'motivation'

Healthy you, happy 4th

Happy 4th of July to everyone! I hope you are all planning to spend some quality time with loved ones today. As we spend today celebrating our independence day, we must keep wellness in mind, just like any other day. It’s a great day to get in some exercise or spend some time cooking a delicious, healthy meal for the holiday. The weather is supposed to be beautiful all day today here in Milwaukee, so make sure to enjoy it!

When it comes to holidays, it’s normally a lot harder to keep ourselves active and well since there always seems to be tons of unhealthy food around and plenty of excuses to put off exercise until later. But I encourage you to instead use those very reasons as motivators to get up, get in some exercise, and take pride in eating something healthy. Do something for the wellness of your mind and body. If you have some extra free time on your hands, that’s exactly why you should do something good for you.

Since you may already be spending time with family and friends, you can easily make it into a fun group activity. If you want to do something fun and active, get in a bike ride or a swim, or pick up a ball and toss it around for a game of catch. If you just want to relax, do some yoga and mindful meditation. You’ll feel more relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards. Cooking or putting together a healthy snack can even be a relaxing activity, and you get to fuel your body with plenty of vitamins and nutrients at the same time. Berries are a healthy, delicious, and easy snack to make into a 4th of July themed appetizer, but there are an endless amount of options for eating something healthy. 

Most of all, it’s good to keep a positive attitude and know that just because it’s a holiday, that’s no reason to forget about taking care of your health and well-being. 

Wishing you a safe and healthy 4th of July!

Alicia Diedrich

Inspiration for the Journey

By Sara Harvey – If you have committed to fitness and exercise on a regular basis, congratulations!  With every workout, you are improving your health and wellness.

Many people are lucky enough to see improvements almost immediately, such as increasing their walking time from 30 to 40 minutes in the first two weeks.  Unfortunately for others, progress may come more slowly, like taking a little longer to graduate to higher weights.  In these cases it can be challenging to keep your motivation high and avoid being discouraged.  One resource I have found is an inspirational blog called Reasons to Be Fit.   This visual blog is a great resource and inspires me every day.  A few samples:


This is such a good reminder, especially when we perhaps focus a little too hard on the upcoming swimsuit season!  Another great one:


I get a real kick out of seeing my reflection when I run…who is that fit person?  Oh yeah, it’s me!  OK, one more:


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