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Do you know what it is in your life that you’re deeply passionate about? If you’re living a life filled will activities you love, it may be the key to living a long life.
According to Greg Hicks, there are actually nine universal secrets to health, happiness and longevity, which he chronicles in his book Choosing Brilliant Health: 9 Choices That Redefine What It Takes to Create Lifelong Vitality and Well-Being. Greg says research has shown that positive emotions play a fundamental role in maintaining wellness.
Here are a few of the ways we can create positive behaviors and attitudes that will help us live longer.
Live with positive intentions. While we can't always choose our circumstances, we can always choose our attitude, reactions and intentions—which in turn affect every cell in our body, Greg says. Not surprisingly, he says people who live longer give themselves positive "commands" for the day, beginning the moment they wake up. "The more we can be successful at choosing these positive attitudes, the more our brain creates these new neuropathways that make it so they become more our automatic responses than whatever our automatic responses [were]," Greg says.
Be accountable to yourself. Greg says people who live long tend to have a sense of competency and control that helps them tackle life's challenges, including disease or illness. On the other hand, people who don't have a sense of accountability tend to view themselves as powerless victims, he says. "Even though we may be victimized in life, if we panoramically see ourselves as a victim, we have shot ourselves in the foot because our body does not like this," he says.
Think about the things you love. Because thoughts have such a determining role on our health, Greg says it's important to identify your passions, envision them in your mind, journal them and share stories about them on a regular basis. "Just thinking about something that you love or a passion of yours activates the same part of the brain that's actually experiencing that thing," he says.
Do the things you love. In addition to thinking positive thoughts about what gets you excited and happy about living life, Greg says you have to do those things too. To the degree that you can, make those activities central in your life if you want to live a good, long life, he says. "Living [your] passions is not debatable," Greg says.
These steps sound simple when you read them. But even simple tasks can get overlooked and ignored in a busy life. The most important message to remember is that we all have behavioral choices and with a little dose of intention.... the results can be just what you’re looking for
I love this picture because it’s a great reminder that everyone needs to find his or her own peace and happiness during this holiday season. For years, my husband and I have stayed consistent with keeping it simple and that makes us happy. But I still see a lot of people working hard to have the most beautiful decorations and find the perfect gifts for others.
No matter how you choose to celebrate this time of year, I hope you will do at least some of things you want to do. Being authentic to you will bring out a joy that will be celebrated by those around you.
Martha Beck recently posted these 6 Steps to Holiday Sanity. I think many of them can be used year-round to help create boundaries and help you be true to yourself.
List Your Holiday Traditions: Take a few minutes to write down every holiday custom you feel you should follow. Start with family patterns, but don't end there. Offices and friendships have their own traditions.
Choose to Enthuse: Looking over your list, visualize each activity. Notice how your body reacts. Do you tense or relax, feel like smiling, snarling or weeping? What creates a genuine sense of enthusiasm? True enthusiasm makes us feel divine, whether we take that as a religious reality or simply a wonderful emotion. The holy days are the best times to focus on real enthusiasm, the inner source that lightens and sanctifies our lives all year.
Apply The Three Bs: Once you've figured out which traditions you love, eliminate the ones you don't. I suggest the Three Bs: Bag it, barter it or better it. Bagging is simple: If you don't love to do it, and you don't have to do it, don't do it. To barter a task, find someone who loves doing what you hate, and who dislikes something you like; then swap services. Traditions that can't be bagged or bartered can usually be bettered. If you're tired of shopping but really want to choose gifts yourself, use catalogs or the Internet.
Manage That Uneasy Feeling: As you read over the preceding paragraphs, you may have felt resistance. This is what I call social dissonance, the conditioned reaction to breaking a group rule. It's the primary force that keeps us obeying the demands of others. Tolerating this dissonance without reacting is the key to maintaining control of your life during the holidays and beyond.
Be Yourself, Don't Explain Yourself: You don't have to prove that your preferences are right, theirs wrong. Differences are inevitable and acceptable—attempting to persuade someone to value the same things you do just perpetuates conflict. Simply hold your ground. Kindly tell everyone that you're observing a set of customs that work for you.
Wait 'Em Out: Every group has its own form of punishment. It may be that you are one of the unlucky minority of humans whose social groups are so rigid they won't tolerate your decisions, but this can be its own gift. You'll be free to create and follow traditions that take you to the places where you'll find your tribe. Far more likely, though, using the season to practice living authentically will transform your holidays without causing too much ruckus in your world
What’s your motivation level? Are you feeling as though you want to throw in the towel and pick up this whole health and fitness initiative after the holidays? After a long weekend that may have been filled with too much indulgence and a few days to sleep a little longer, maybe some demotivation has settled in and you need to think about re-booting.
I would never want to see someone take any extended amount of time off from CrossFitting. It’s the frequency and rhythm of a few days on and 1 day off that is a key reason the WODs work as well as they do. And when times get tough (and I think we can all agree that the holidays can get tough), there’s no better time to work out to keep your energy level high and make you feel empowered so you can begin to flourish again.
Living a healthy, active lifestyle is a tough gig at times, because each day comes with a new set of challenges. But an unexpected (or expected) challenge doesn’t need to sabotage you. In fact, it can be the reason we stay on track. If something or someone is zapping your motivation, remember how invigorated you feel post-WOD. And that feeling of having conquered what was on the white board is much better than surrendering.
I know the holidays can be a time when the pressure is on, and I don’t want to add any…But, I do want to motivate you. I want you to remember all you have learned about yourself from CrossFitting. Live in the present and keep focused on what’s important. Dig deep over the next few weeks and make time for your workouts. Trust me, when 2014 gets here, you will be so happy and proud that you ushered out 2013 in such a positive way.