Summer Health and Fitness Series
Health and Fitness Series
As we head into Memorial Day weekend and the official kickoff to summer, one thing in the back of your mind is likely, "fitting into summer". That's a pretty general statement that covers a lot of ground. Are you ready to hop on your bike and hit the trails with your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews? Are you ready to shed some layers of clothing and slip right back into those cute shorts or summer dresses you put away last fall?
What about digging out that swimsuit for the beach or the boat? I'm pretty sure a lot of honest people can say they get a little worried that everything will fit. It really doesn't matter if you are in great shape or not, we almost all feel it and its okay. With that being said, it helps your confidence knowing that you have kept yourself active and continue to eat healthy...or maybe not.
I'm really excited to spend some time this summer sharing my experiences and thoughts about health and fitness with everyone. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I've studied the physiology of the body and health in depth. As a woman, mother of three, and nearing 40 years of age, I have a little bit of experience to throw on top of it all. Getting healthy and fit or staying healthy and fit is a lifelong process. One of my favorite quotes, "Success isn't owned. It's leased, and rent is due every day." ~J.J. Watt
This summer I will bring to you my knowledge and experience with becoming a better you and more knowledgeable you. Nothing is an exact science and every single person on this planet is different. So open yourself up to learning about what YOU need to make YOU a healthier version of you. You only get this life once, don't miss out on the best parts of it because you have let yourself go. Let's get started!
The first step to making a change for yourself, is love yourself. The process of getting healthier has to start with caring enough about yourself. Stop punishing yourself for past mistakes. Let go of the mess behind you and focus on what is in front of you. You should know by now that you can's go back and change anything, but you sure as heck can use those hardships to fuel the new you. Forgive yourself first, love yourself, and respect the process without comparison to others.
Listen to this closely, you cannot compare yourself to anyone but yourself. This is one of the best examples I can give to you, I've seen a heavy set person (maybe 20-40 lbs overweight) destroy a half marathon, and I've seen a shredded lean person not be able to run 200yds. So which person is healthier? I am not going to get into the nitty gritty with that one, but I know I'd much rather be overweight and able to run with my kids then a skinny couch potato.
Success is measured at so many different levels. Personally I think absolute success is someone whom is 100% confident in the way they feel, look, and function.
FUNCTION: "Can you pick up your bike and go for a ride with your friends or kids without any hesitation of your physical stamina?" "What about doing a summer 5K with you kids or friends?" "Can you simply stay active and moving at your job without feeling exhausted by the evening?"
LOOK: "Do you feel confident pulling the summer clothes back out?" "What about throwing on that swimsuit for this weekend?" Super personal question, "Do you feel confident in your birthday suit?"
FEEL: "Do you feel successful?" "Have you accomplished all of the above?"
If you feel you are succeeding, then I am so proud of you. You are doing great and a wonderful inspiration to others. "Is it time to step it up and make a few or a lot of changes to make a better you?" Let's not wait anymore and get moving.
Next post I am going to go over some basics. There are hundreds of different trends and philosophy's out there that try to suck you in without really teaching you the basics of health and fitness. The actual process is not rocket science, but knowing how to weed out the junk is far more work.
Challenge of the week: Find a journal and be ready to use it. Write down 5 things you love about yourself and 5 things you want to improve on for our future journey.
Dr. Kallie Wegmann
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