Why be Fueled by Facts?

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Why invest even five minutes a day to get the facts? Isn’t fitness petty straightforward? You know what to do, you just need to find the time or the motivation to do it. Well, what I have learned over the past thirty years of talking to people about exercise is, it’s often not a lack of time or motivation that gets in the way. What gets in the way are the myths that have become infused into our ideas about how to exercise and what it means to be fit. Once those myths are cleared away, uncovering how doable and life enhancing fitness can truly be, exercise becomes a resource for enjoying more of life every day.

If you enjoy reading blogs or listening to podcasts, you will love the format of this online course. The information is condensed, because I am pretty sure you don’t want to waste a lot of time listening to “filler” information. Each video session of the 30-day course takes less than five minutes and can be viewed on any device.

Because I know how easy it is to lose track of courses and programs you sign up for, we have made this easy to complete. Each day for the month of February, you will receive an email with the link for the topic of the day. Simply click the link wherever you read email and you are taken right to the video.

A new session of Fueled by Facts, my FREE online course starts February 1, 2018.

Click here to enroll—the rest is easy! Enrollment closes at midnight on January 28.

Get a better return on your resolutions

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In the last blog, I talked about taking time in January to be sure your exercise goals for the new year are based on facts rather than energy-draining myths.  However, what do we do with that natural drive to set goals and get back on track this time of year?  Let’s  take a look at what can we do instead of diving into action.

Check out this article by Beth Benatti Kennedy, a career coach and close friend who is full of wisdom when it comes to finding a career you love and achieving work/life balance. Although this blog post is from a couple of years ago and is directed toward career goals, the message is timeless and crosses all areas of well-being. She proposes three questions to ask yourself each January instead of setting resolutions. Why not set resolutions? Because January is a great time for recovery from the holidays and reflection of the year past. December is no time for resolutions and goals when heads are still spinning from the end-of-year holidays.

Here are the questions revised for this year and for reaching your health and well-being goals.

• What went well in 2017? What accomplishments are you really excited about?

• What did you learn in 2017?  What worked when you did stay motivated?

• What would you have done differently? This third question will begin to prepare you for having some 2018 goals that are based on what you learned last year, rather than just a reaction to the holiday stress.

So, enjoy a January free of the pressure to set resolutions. Take a walk to help your brain learn and be creative as you ponder these questions.  When you return, jot down the answers.  Let them “simmer” a bit until February 1st. You will be ready to set goals for 2018 that are well-thought out and meaningful.

Remember to sign up for my FREE 30-day fitness myths cleanse called Fueled by Facts.  Cleanse yourself of the myths that drain time, energy, and motivation for exercise and you will be ready to set goals for 2018 that are based on facts.

Avoid “wind-up toy” motivation

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The holidays can certainly wind us up, can’t they? More treats, less exercise. More to do, less time to do it. More things put off until after the end of the year, which is full of excitement, entertainment, and emotion. When it is over, we can be raring to go like one of those wind-up toys. We experience a surge of motivation to “get back on track.”

But, like those wind-up toys, that big burst of motivation does not last.  Why? Because its “fuel source” is not lasting.  Let’s put that energy to better use this year.

Nothing drains motivation faster than not seeing ‘results.’ In the vastly unregulated fitness industry, it takes a very savvy consumer to weed through the myth-based marketing and create a plan that will be sustainable. So one important source of lasting motivation is to be sure you base what you are doing on facts, not myths.

This is why my new free online course is called Fueled by Facts. It is a 30-day fitness myths cleanse. Sign up now and starting January 1, you will receive a link to a brief (five minutes or less) video that clears away different energy-draining myths and gives you the facts.  I don’t want you to waste energy on those sneaky myth-based approaches to fitness in 2018.  Let’s be Fueled by Facts!

Stay tuned! In the next blog we will look at a handy replacement for resolutions that adds to your long-term fuel source for motivation.