Daily Checklist for Better Health

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you may have noticed that I talk a lot about healthy habits and creating sustainable change that fits your life. That probably sounds great in theory, but you might be wondering what that actually looks like.

First and foremost, everyone is different. We all have different goals, interests, strengths, and weaknesses, and even more importantly, we all lead incredibly different lives. The demands of our daily lives and our stress levels have the most significant impact on the habits we form, and the decisions we make. These individual differences are why I choose to take a different approach with each of my clients, to find what best suits their life.

Forming new habits can be challenging and time-consuming. If you think about how long it took to get to where you are now, and form your current habits, it makes sense that changing would be a process; unfortunately, in our current society where everything is available to us at the touch of a button, it’s easy to be discouraged by things that require a longer process.

I want to help prevent you from getting discouraged throughout this process, which is why I’ve created a daily checklist for better health. Here you’ll find a few simple habits to try to incorporate into every day, that will help improve your health, without adding extra stress. (more…)

Intentions for the New Year

Happy New Year!
Over the last few days, I have been thinking a lot about New Year’s resolutions and I’ve decided something, I’m not making any! This isn’t to say that I think that New Year’s resolutions are a bad thing, setting goals, and working towards achieving them is wonderful; but when it comes to New Years resolutions, I think we often put too much pressure on ourselves to do a complete 180 because the calendar happened to roll over. That’s why this year, instead of setting resolutions, I’m going to be setting intentions.

Setting Intentions - BalanceWhat do I mean by that, you ask?

You often hear yoga instructors talk about setting an intention for your practice, but setting intentions are not limited to what you do on the yoga mat. Intentions are different from goals in that they are less tangible and aren’t something with which you can attach a value or expectation. They are ideas of how you want to live your life, a purpose or attitude that you wish to commit to.  Instead of saying “I’m going to diet and exercise” your intention might be “practice loving my body and myself”.

I thought about setting goals for 2018 like, grow my business by X%, workout four times per week, learn to cook a new meal every month, etc. And although I believe all of these goals have value and I would like to accomplish them, I have chosen not to allow my success in 2018 to be defined by my achievement of specific tasks. (more…)

New! Health as a Habit

I started Work of A.R.T. Fitness almost three years ago with a specific vision in mind, to teach people how to live their healthiest, happiest life. Health is about so much more than simply diet and exercise; it’s about living a balanced lifestyle that, of course, includes exercise and eating well, but more importantly, is fulfilling and enjoyable! Diet and exercise should compliment your life, not control it, and the best way to achieve this balance is to take the time to learn what works for you. I  believe that achieving and maintaining optimal health and wellness is a gradual process, and sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s this belief that inspired me to create my new program, Health as a Habit.

Health as a Habit is a 12-week, habit-forming program that is designed to help you set and achieve realistic goals that will contribute to your healthy life, long-term! Other programs that ask you to do a total overhaul of your diet and lifestyle overnight can be exciting and can definitely deliver results, but the problem with these programs is that once your ‘challenge’ is complete, you’re often left with no guidance as to how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. On top of that, restrictive programs can leave you feeling deprived and can foster an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. Both of these problems can lead to a major rebound and excess weight gain after the fact. (more…)