1. Get your walking boots (or Vibrams!) on a few times a week. One of the simplest activities with one of the biggest pay offs!

  1. Find your reason to Move. For your health, your sport, your kids, your confidence! Whatever the reason is, find it and hold on to it to help when you’re struggling for motivation.

 

  1. Get Squatting, Bending, Twisting, Pulling, Pushing & Lunging. The body is meant to move in a variety of ways and mastering these will make you pretty well equipped for most activities.

 

  1. Make moving well a priority. Stop avoiding the things that are causing issues and get them looked at. That aching knee when you run, shoulder pain when doing pull ups or any other niggles, let’s get them sorted. 

 

  1. Get Stronger! There aren’t many things that being stronger doesn’t help. Make your 2019 self the strongest version yet!

  1. Add in some stability training here and there. You’re gonna need it to use all that new strength you’ve got this year!

 

  1. Choose exercises that are most applicable to what you do. What does your sport or hobby require? Lunging, twisting, pulling? 

 

  1. Have fun and experiment with movement. Try combining movement patters. How about a squat to push, bend and pull or a good old lunge with a twist!?

 

  1. Get your blood pumping! Play some sport, take a class, anything to give your heart and lungs a bit of a workout. Great for health, energy levels and even recovery.

 

  1. Keep your body mobile. 70 year old you will love this! Get all those joints moving. 

  1. Challenge yourself / get uncomfortable / work hard. When trying to achieve anything awesome you’ll have to be prepared to put in some time, effort and good old fashioned hard work! Expect to make some sacrifices and get challenging yourself, it’s where all the good stuff happens!

 

  1. Include some new movement into your life every so often. Variety being the spice of life and all that!

 

  1. Treat yourself to a new water bottle (Klean Kanteens are a great choice) and then get drinking!

  1. Eat natural wholefoods at most meals. If it walks around or grows from the ground you’re probably on to a winner.

 

  1. Reduce Alcohol Intake a little. Give your body a break every now and again and see how you feel.

 

  1. Vegetables! Red ones, green ones, orange ones, purple ones! Eat them, eat them all!

  1. Eat slower. Only air should be inhaled. Take your time, enjoy your meal and stop when you are no longer hungry. No surprise food babies in 2019 for you!

 

  1. Fall in love with cooking this year and home cook as much as you can. This will also make going out for meals / the occasional take away all that much sweeter.

 

  1. Experiment with meals, especially breakfast. Variety….spice of…etc.

 

  1. Do you remember when you were younger, no younger than that, and you spent loads of time outdoors playing? Yeah! Do that more. 

  1. Embrace the belly! Belly breathe as much as possible so the body feels calm and soft.

 

  1. You’ve had a manic day at work, been to the gym and posted about it all over social media, how about some quiet time as well this year?

 

  1. Play more! Remember it’s ok to take a break from all of the super serious adult stuff.

 

  1. Sleep 7-9 hours most nights. You will feel SO much better.

 

  1. Try some Body Care at the end of the day. Been sat at a desk all day or maybe you’ve been out adventuring? Whatever you’ve done to your body try doing something to unwind it and restore some balance. You’ll feel good and sleep better too.

 

  1. Make sure to rest and recover – don’t trash yourself. If you don’t rest your body will burnout, you’ll likely get ill and have to rest anyway. We’ve all done it. Multiple times. Make 2019 the year with less burnout.

 

  1. Try different methods until you find movement, nutrition and rest strategies that work for you. Never give up! You just haven’t found your way yet, but it’s out there. Promise.

 

  1. Be consistent, but not too serious. If you’re awesome 80% of the time there’s no need to panic about the rest.

 

  1. Be nice to yourself! When was the last time you paid yourself a compliment?! How about trying one now. Go on do it!

 

  1. Have as much fun as possible! Find the things you find fun and do them often, you won’t ever regret it.

Until next time,

Keep Being Awesome,
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