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Healthy Life: Beyond Fitness and Nutrition, Its Mental Too


What do you think of when someone says points out how “healthy” someone  else is?

 

Do you think about their fitness level? Dietary habits? Aesthetics? Knowledge? Overall lifestyle? Or do we just think about their ability to lift heavy weights?

 

In America, we tend to think about being “healthy” in an external way. The reality is, health is also mental.

 

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Too often we look at the outside of someone and deem them “healthy” when they may be physically or emotionally decaying inside. Hand-in-hand with physical health, is mental, spiritual and emotional health (to name a couple others).  We have this unhealthy view of what health is. We tend to think people who are skinny are healthy. We also think those who carry an extra 20 pounds are unhealthy (not always), and we judge those who eat ice-cream, but glorify those who drink every weekend because their life is “care-free” and “fun.” We tell women who lift heavy weights that they’re “bulky” or “husky” instead of glorifying their strength. We crave social attention, and are addicted to our technology – phones, laptops, computers, etc. We even go as far as to call things “healthy addictions” (like working out ‘too much’). In America, we forget what our bodies really need, and over-stress ourselves into disease, anger, anxiety, and obesity.

Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight, and 40% are considered obese. There is new scientific research that claims that a calorie burned is a calorie burned, but a calorie consumed is NOT a calorie stored (Dr. Robert Lustig).

 

So how do we live a truly healthy life? Here are some of my tips!

 

  • Focus on your positive qualities, and set goals to learn and build in areas that need improvement.
  • Move everyday! Some call it exercise,  but really it’s all just about movement! A walk, bike ride, hike, swim, the gym. It all counts.
  • Smile 🙂 Smile every chance you get (plus you`ll get less wrinkles)
  • Listen to your body. When you need to rest, rest. When you need to move, move. When you need to sit still, sit still.
  • Meditate/Pray in silence at least 20 minutes per day.
  • Disconnect from technology.
  • Dance to music.
  • Find ways to laugh a lot! Watch a comedy, hang out with friends, or just be silly.
  • Embrace love. Too many people in today’s society reject potential love for fear of being hurt. Stop hurting and start healing.
  • Engage in relationships every single day. Make that overdue phone call, send a post-card, go on a coffee date, and just BE.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits & veggies, healthy fats, moderate alcohol, and eliminate chemically processed foods.
  • Do what you love!

 

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Building A Team

[box] “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” -Henry Ford[/box]

Entrepreneurs know that it takes a team effort to build greatness;hence the importance of “circles” and “networks.”But how can we selectively build theses groups of people?

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There are 5 basic tactics I have used to intentionally build my personal, grass-roots, circle of people.

1. REMEMBER YOUR BRAND. My brand is Inspired By Purpose – it’s self explanatory really – I am inspired and aim to inspire others because I know I have a purpose, and I help others find theirs. This means that everyone I choose to associate myself with must be someone who is inspiring, and someone who has a clearly defined purpose; when you know your purpose – you become passionate. It’s essential to only associate with individuals and companies who truly stand for their brand, and that your company has some sort of overlap with.

 

2. INTENTIONALLY SEEK RELATIONSHIPS WITH PURPOSE-DRIVEN INDIVIDUALS. Both in life, and in business, it is important that we seek out, cultivate, and flourish in relationships with others. Who we associate with can either make us or break us, and relationships with purpose-driven individuals can also help us drive forward with our purpose. Not only do purpose-driven people help us remember our “WHY” but they also help us generate ideas – one good idea breeds another, and another. When you cultivate these relationships, you can easily reach out for help, an opinion, council or just someone to relate to.

 

3. ALWAYS BE 110% ENGAGED AND PREPARED FOR A COFFEE MEETING. Set the time. Be on time. Dress nice. Comb your hair. Wear some heels. Bring a notepad and pen to jot down ideas. Be willing to fully engage in conversation (put your phone away)!  It’s inevitable that when brilliant minds come together that there will be free-flowing ideas for your next blog post, collaboration, or big event – write it all down! Whether you’re the CEO of your company, or an intern hoping to learn, you must be fully engaged if you want to recruit talent, and find loyalty. Being 110% engaged shows the person sitting across from you that you’re willing to listen – not just talk, and that is a skill. Showcase your skills and be more productive  by showing up prepared.

 

4. SMILE AND ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS. When you smile, you are inviting someone into your space. You’re more likely to have a positive conversation, and you help the other person be more open with you. In addition, make eye contact, nod while you’re listening, and be genuine. If you are meeting with someone you idolize or you see as an expert in your field, don’t forget to ask lots of questions, and jot the answers down! Treat the person you’re meeting with with the respect, engagement that they deserve for giving you their time. Most of all, have a good time and help your new colleague do the same.

 

5. GET INVOLVED. Spend time actively pursuing a common business goal, hobby or travel together. Book a motivational convention together, or better yet – set one up yourselves. Relationship-building tasks will help you go to a deeper level of trust, loyalty, extended networks and circles, and prime you for future opportunity. Don’t neglect getting involved in your local and national communities. At the end of the day – we’re all in it together.

 

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Local Gyms offer Free Fitness Classes: Channel 2 News

City of Reno, Local Gyms Offer Free Fitness Classes

Posted: Jun 24, 2014 3:28 PM PDTUpdated: Jun 24, 2014 5:03 PM PDT

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The City of Reno is offering free fitness classes to help people get in shape this summer. “Shape up Reno” is a partnership with local gyms and instructors which started three years ago. Tuesday the program held a fitness boot camp at Wingfield Park, which is a perfect place for people who work downtown. “They’re sitting at their desk all day, they’re wanting to get active but maybe they can’t find the time, or they have to run their kids somewhere, so this is a great way to eliminate that excuse,” explained Channell Holmgren, who teaches a free one-hour exercise class on Tuesdays. “I thought it was a great way to give back to the community, so this is my third year doing that,” she added.Andy Bass, the Recreation Manager for the City of Reno, says it’s a community effort. “It’s not just the City of Reno it’s really these local businesses that are donating their instructors and their space to make it happen,” he said.The classes are meant for all ages, and all fitness levels. Rossy Cardenas was invited by a friend last week and showed up again for the boot camp class. “It’s hard but it’s also easy. It depends on how hard you want to go,” she said. “Anybody, even first-timers, they’re going to feel right at home,” she said.

Classes vary from Pilates to boot camp to yoga, at different locations during the summer. “The whole focus is to try to remove the barriers to fitness. So the first barrier is money, the second is trying to find a place that they feel comfortable,” said Bass.

Those who show up say they also meet new friends. “It’s really easy to get locked in a building during the day and so this is a nice way to have a relationship and have some fun,” said Holmgren.

Click here for a complete list of locations and classes.

Shape Up Reno: News 4 Today

Shape Up Reno 2014

 

City of Reno’s “Shape Up Reno” offers free fitness classes

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ShowImageShape Up Reno, a free fitness series organized by the City of Reno, has returned and is now being offered through various local businesses.Individuals or local gyms have agreed to offer one or two classes per week. In the past, Shape Up Reno has been offered during the spring through fall months. This year, the City of Reno would like to see it become a year-round program.

One of the many classes offered is every Tuesday during the lunch hour. Channéll Holmgren teaches a “boot camp” at Wingfield Park from noon to 1 p.m.

“Shape Up Reno offers something for everyone,” says Addie Vivas, Recreation Assistant for the City of Reno. “From yoga to intense cardio, people can get out and enjoy a nice workout that is right for them.”

For more information, call 775-334-2262.

Motivate U Participant Finds Hope & Results while Undiagnosed

Teresa came to Sierra Strength and Speed through Motivate U in October 2013 –  a program offered by Hometown Health. She has been struggling with an undiagnosed medical condition since May 2009.

As a result, physicians had her on more than 1,000 mg of medication daily. She experienced nearly 20lbs of weight gain in 3 short months. She was unable to drop the weight even after she was taken off the medication.

Her goal was to strengthen her body and lose some of the unwanted pounds, with the hope that some, or all, of her pain that comes with her condition would subside. Within 6 short weeks, she became reacquainted with her body and lost 3.5% body fat. Her transformation was due to 5 hours of weekly exercise and minimal changes to her diet.

Rashes & Swelling all over.

 “I was told I had folliculitis, or inflammation
of the hair follicles. Even with my very limited medical expertise, I questioned T HAVE HAIR FOLLICLES ON MY PALMS OR THE I was given more steroids and Benadryl and sent on my way.”

While, she continues to struggle with her medical condition and pain, she continued on with us at SSS after her #MotivateU program ended. She currently attends circuit training classes 4 times per week and continues to see results. As of today, she is 3 pant sizes smaller!

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I’m am proof that anyone can do anything when they set their mind to it! Love yourself enough to LIVE through your challenges!

From Teresa ~

I had an opportunity in October 2013, to join a wellness challenge through my employer. It was 6-week exercise challenge focused on diet, exercise and overall healthy living. I was selected to go to Sierra Strength and Speed. I was nervous and excited at the same time.

The first night, I had to do the preliminary tests, which included; push-ups, sit-ups, weight and body fat ups and 11 modified in one minute, 18 sit-ups in one minute, and body fat over 20%. I began the program and met some great people. I worked hard attending 5 to 6 classes per week and became reacquainted with my body. I won a fitbit for trainers pick of the week for working hard in class and that felt great. Everyday was a new challenge and I didn’t  see many changes until I got on the scale.

I increased my pushups to 10 plus 13 modified in one minute, and 36 sit-ups in one minute, and a mile in 9 minutes and 21 seconds.

I lost 3.5% body fat and lost under a pound.

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Shape Up Reno – Free Fitness Classes

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MAY 2014

Shape Up Reno is a free fitness series offered by the City of Reno and local partners. Fitness sessions last one hour.

 

Dear Participants,

As a Fitness Expert and Coach I am honored to be a part of the 3rd Annual Shape Up Reno Program in it’s the 3rd Operative Year.  Each year Andy Bass, Recreation Manager of the City of Reno, has invited me to participate in this program to FIGHT OBESITY in our local community.

My passion is helping other succeed by providing the proper tools and resources for them. For many, cost is a huge factor when it comes to gym memberships or private training. Shape Up Reno has been one of the best programs I have been involved in.

Each week, I donate one hour of my time to help reduce costs for participants, and give back to the community. It is not only a great way to meet new people, but also an unconventional way to help inspire the city of Reno to get moving!

Reno is rated as the number one most alcoholic city in America. This is not surprising with the casino industry. With fast foods everywhere, casinos, alcohol, and sedentary lifestyles, I am to inspire others to get moving by showcasing our class in the park.

If you wish to attend, please feel free to contact me directly or contact The City of Reno. You may find other class information on The City of Reno Homepage.

Most Sincerely,

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HELPFUL INFORMATION:

  •  Anyone can show up to any class, anytime, for FREE.
  • There is absolutely no cost involved, and fitness regimens are progressed or regressed for all participants — Anyone at any fitness level is welcome to join.

 

  • My “BOOTCAMP” class meets in the heart of downtown at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater from 12-1 on Tuesdays. A typical workout consists of: A jog around the Truckee River, a dynamic warm-up, mobility exercises, strength and cardiovascular training, and a yoga style cool-down. This structure teaches the importance of proper warm-up and cool-down, and encourages participants to use this structure within their at-home-workouts.

 

  • Equipment is varied and includes everything from: Bosu Balls, jump ropes, medicine balls, kettlebells, TRXs, agility ladders, speed ropes, etc.

 

Please call the City of Reno at (775) 334-2262 or Channéll Holmgren at (775) 400-8333 for more information.

 

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GOALS & GIRLFRIENDS

Are you interested in a women’s group to help each other stay accountable & give back?  Forget the GOSSIP.

Let’s focus on GOALS.

Today we are more connected than ever, but also less personal and overly-consumed with busy-ness. I have been long-pondering a women’s group for those of us who want to make a difference. Not just getting together for coffee & cocktails (although we will do that too) but also impacting our communities in a positive way.

Solicitation is not welcomed. The goal is to give back and look outside of ourselves. However, this is a strong & powerful network of women building relationships who all encourage and  support each of our personal and professional lives.

 

How We Give Back:

Large Groups

Small Groups

Accountability

Goals & Girlfriends is one large group of women aiming to make a difference. Amongst our large group, we break into smaller groups that have individual special focuses within the community.

Goal Setting

Amongst each large group meeting, each Girlfriend will receive a coaching worksheet, and be coached on how to set achievable goals. As a large group we focus on our quarterly and yearly goals. It is the role of the small group leaders, and accountability partners to assist each other in achieving monthly goals.

Small Groups:

Each small group is assigned a team leader who is in charge of: Mission, Delegation, Purpose Focus, and Contact Information. This person will also assist in delegating additional roles in each team.

Accountability Partners:
We meet in small groups, and with partners to goal set with our girlfriends for our personal and business lives. Over lunch, dinner or coffee. Members are encouraged to help each other stay accountable to goal achievement, and action plans.

Guidelines for Operation

Small Group Monthly Meetings:
Each small group has a different focus. Serving our community is our main focus and topic of each meeting. This may be by serving at the homeless kitchens, or meeting with battered and abused victims. We may also decide to clean our closets and go down as a group to somewhere like the Reno Gospel Mission, or even send out anonymous cards with cash.

Large Groups Give Back Quarterly: 
Each quarter we will choose one day as a large group to donate to our community here in the Reno/Sparks area. This could be park clean up, joining a not-for-profit in their community efforts, etc.

The possibilities are endless…

Mission

Mission:

Provide a common place for growing and aspiring leaders who aim to positively impact the lives of others through their purpose, and develop relationships with like-minded individuals.

Our community will serve as a networking base for individual and group leaders in: speaking, coaching, mentoring, and the fitness industry. We believe in body, mind and spirit. Hand selected affiliates who genuinely represent our brand, will be connected to like-minded individuals via Inspired By Purpose. This will provide not only a community, but new opportunities to showcase talent to the world by sharing experiences and gaining exposure. Inspired By Purpose aims to solely provide the opportunity for affiliates to excel in the motivational market place by providing a pathway to impact as many lives as possible.

Vision

Vision:

To inspire professional and personal growth by sharing individual contributions, and positively influencing as many lives as possible through community socializing.