Cultivating Self-Love and Positive Body Image

Challenge

swc fitness walking shoesToday I want to talk about my favorite form of exercise, it’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember.  From a teenager to this very day I’ve loved to walk.  Now there are days where I don’t feel like putting on my walking shoes, I just want to sit on my pretty butt and do nothing.  I can even talk myself into believing that me taking a day off from my regular walking routine might be good for me, no need to be so rigid with myself after all.  But then I think of the obvious reasons why I love to walk.

1. Walking does my body good

2. Walking does my mind good

3. Walking nourishes my soul

I’ve always had a lot of internal energy and walking has helped me burn some of that energy.  Not all my walks are the same, depending on my different needs my walk differs.

Music Escapism

Sometimes I go out with my mp3 player/smartphone and listen to music, I load up my player with my favorite songs and when I do that I can walk for what seems like forever because I get lost in the music.  There is nothing like your favorite songs to help you keep up the beat and move forward.

Book Escapism

I love stories, I love to read a great book, I think I would be lost if I couldn’t escape by reading or listening to a great book.  I am now in the process of re-reading a book from Diana Gabaldon (Outlander) one of my favorite stories ever.

Positive Affirmations

I love listening to positive affirmations during my walk and what a wonderful form of escape it is for me as I nourish my soul with positive thoughts as opposed to some of the heartbreak songs I  like to listen to.

Self Connection

Sometimes I don’t listen to anything at all, the walk is a time for me to reflect on my life, sometimes it’s about decisions that need to be made or I play a gratitude list game with myself and start thinking of all the things I am grateful for.

Body Awareness

Sometimes I don’t think of anything at all but I choose to concentrate and feel every muscle in my body as I move while I walk.  It’s a really great feeling to tell you the truth, the whole body awareness, that body connection, I can feel my body thanking me for every movement.

Then there’s the obvious fitness, I walk for good health, but I add one of the above points and the walk ends up being a huge benefit to my body and soul.

If you want to share what your favorite thing about walking (or any form of exercise) is please share in the comments, I love to read how people implement different ways to do things that benefit their health.

Please remember it’s not too late to join our fitness challenge, all you need to do is join our Facebook group and we do our best to keep ourselves accountable.  You don’t need anything to join, you can either walk in the fresh air or do one of Leslie’s videos which she has online for free for people to do.

Last week I offered a free strategy session and  so many of you took me up on the offer and it went really great!  So if you missed out I am offering the free 15 minute strategy session again, we can work on tweaking some of the things that are holding you back from feeling good about yourself click here to schedule:  http://www.vcita.com/v/robynbennett/online_scheduling

That’s it for me for today!  Have a great week and don’t forget to comment below or send me a message if you have any questions or if there’s something you’d like me to talk about in a future post.

To your health with love

~Robyn

Simple Wellness Coach Challenges AheadAs I sit here typing today’s post my doxie Harley is lying on my lap as my two cats Caramel and Chloe are off plotting something wild and crazy to do at 3am, I’m feeling really blessed right now.  I’ve been really busy this weekend; I went to my nephew’s 5th birthday party, I got my hair done, I worked on my free video series and got hooked on a Netflix show called Orange is the New Black.   This weekend flew by and it flew by fast…

Today’s post is about challenges, I feel the need to regularly challenge myself. I’ve always liked to set goals albeit short term goals since I find those a lot easier to stick with and it’s what I recommend to my clients as well.  I’ve been looking online and found three fitness challenges that really interest me.

1. Walk Away the Pounds Walk it Off in 30 Days.

One of my favorite exercise experts is Leslie Sansone and her Walk Away the Pounds Series.  I own an easy dozen (or more) of her DVD workouts my favorite being Walk away the pounds for abs with the belt.  She is set to host a month long challenge starting October 1st called Walk It Off in 30 Days.  I love her workouts and I know this is my type of challenge and I can literally mix up the videos since I have so many different ones of hers or I can stick with what I love.

2. The 200 Squat Challenge

This is a six week challenge where we move up to doing 200 squats.  I can already feel the delicious burn and I love squats, I can do squats and would love to see the results on my body after six weeks, I believe all that is required is 30 minutes a week for six weeks to achieve the 200 squats.  I mean seriously I know I can easily devote 30 minute a week to becoming fitter and healthier.

3. The 100 Pushup Challenge

Out of everything I’ve mentioned above this is the one that will pose the real challenge for me.  When I did pilates I had built some upper body strength and could do pushups but I stopped doing pilates in 2005 so my upper body strength can use the challenge.  The requirements here are again 30 minutes a week, which I’m guessing is 3 days at 10 minutes.

I’m really excited about challenging my body for the next 30 days, I think I can commit to doing all three since at most it’ll require anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes a day.  How about you?  Are you up for the challenge?  Do you feel like joining me on this adventure?  I think it’s all doable, I think we can do the 30 day Leslie challenge and add 10 minutes a day 6 times a week to do the squats and pushups and for those who don’t own Leslie’s videos she has some on her website so you can still follow along without having to purchase anything or you can simply go for a walk every day.

C’mon, it’ll be fun!  I’m even creating an FB Group where we can discuss the challenge .  If you want to be part of the challenge here’s the link to join the group :https://www.facebook.com/groups/simplewellnesscoach/ I will need to approve your request which will be done by the end of day every day.

Woohoo let’s do this!

To your health with love!

Robyn

xo