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Finding Motivation to Exercise – The Power of Streaks

Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation To ExerciseFinding motivation to exercise (or motivation for anything really) when you are tired, burnt out, busy, stressed, depressed, you name, it can be HARD.

Even though it happens to me too, believe it or not, I have always found a way to overcome any lack of motivation that I have with one simple method.

The Power of Streaks!

What the heck do I mean by streaks? You know, when you have done something for a long period of time without stopping? I hate to use it as an example, but it’s an excellent example – but you know how in AA a person gets a chip symbolizing how long they’ve gone without a drink? That’s a streak.

You can also have streaks that aren’t good. Like not exercising for a long time, you’ve started a negative streak. Or maybe you go on a candy or coffee streak and have one or the other, or both on a regular basis.

In this case, however, we are going to use Streaks to our advantage by letting a streak motivate you to keep yourself on track.

Maybe this won’t work for everyone, and just like with AA, where you can “fall off the wagon”, it is possible to slip up. But the beauty is, you can always start a new streak over again.

Why do streaks work for me?

Ever since I can remember I have always had routines. They’ve changed throughout the years for what I do, but having a routine keeps it clear in my mind what I need to do, what I need to accomplish. And accomplishing my goals makes me feel good!

Not accomplishing my goals makes me feel bad πŸ™

Streaks keep me honest. They keep me motivated because if I fail to accomplish one of my goals – most likely that means I have ended one of my streaks and I hate it when that happens.

I think it’s a big deal partly because I know deep down that we humans are creatures of HABIT. And if I suddenly fall into the habit of breaking my habits…my streaks, then I won’t be accomplishing my goals and I might end up starting a new streak, a BAD one. This, would not be good in my mind because my current streaks are keeping me healthy, fit, happy and well-balanced.

Yes, I do have days when I don’t feel like exercising either. And I can say this even though exercising usually ends up making me feel better. Still, some days…it’s just hard.

So what do I do? How do I get motivated to run on days I’m just not feeling it? I push those negative thoughts aside and I go put on my running clothes. Getting past that initial, “I don’t want to”, feeling is all it takes for me to get going.

I actually exercise a lot, it’s just part of who I am and what makes me feel human. I do tons of different things, I keep it interesting and I make sure that my exercise is well-balanced for my body’s health. On days when I don’t feel like doing something, I also just say to myself, “I’m lucky that I CAN actually go do these things!” I try to never take it for granted that I’m healthy enough to get up and exercise.

Not everyone will enjoy the same activities, some people are just NEVER going to be runners and there’s nothing wrong with that. Find something you enjoy to do, and you will be more willing to go do it without any of the negative thoughts.

I realize not everyone is like me, and that’s okay. But if you came here, then you were looking for ways to get motivated. This is one of the best ways I can share with you.

Start a new streak. Make a decision for how many times you want to exercise each week. Pick a day, always (if possible) exercise at the same time on the same days.

Why?

Habit. Routine. Streaks. You will be more likely to keep your exercise date if you have one pre-scheduled rather than trying to fit it into your already crazy day. That being said, BE FLEXIBLE! Be flexible because LIFE does have a tendency to get in the way and there will be times you will have to move your exercise day. So move it. No big deal. Your goal is a certain number for the week. Pick your best days, and then when necessary, move your day from time to time – always coming back to your normal routine when possible.

You have to make time for it. If you’ve done so, guess what? Your mind will be on your side most of the time. It will be telling you, “Look, you said it’s time to exercise, so…go do it. No excuses!”

If your mind is telling you otherwise, turn the negative thoughts into positive ones.

Remind yourself how much better you feel during and/or after you exercise. If you have a weight loss goal or fitness goal, remind yourself that every time you exercise you are getting one step further to reaching your goal.

If you need additional motivation to get going or you don’t know what it is you would like to do, please contact me and I’d be happy to help you πŸ™‚

Pick something you really enjoy doing, this will go a long way in keeping you motivated to stay on track.

Start your streak today if possible. If today isn’t possible, start it tomorrow and then keep yourself going. The longer you have kept your streak, the harder it is to break it!

And by the way, this idea works for everything. Finding motivation to study, clean, work or read, all you have to do is set yourself a goal and then stick to it.

Thanks for reading!!

Kat
NurturingYourBody.com

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Benefits of Drinking Tea – Discover The Many Health Benefits of Tea

Benefits of Drinking Tea – From Black to White and Don’t forget Green

Benefits of Drinking Tea

Tea has been regarded as a key to good health, wisdom and happiness for thousands of years in the East – why it took so long for the West to catch up to this knowledge I’ll never know, but the benefits of drinking tea are undeniable.

Drinking tea has been shown to help with cancer, heart disease, weight loss, diabetes, lowering cholesterol and bringing mental clarity and alertness. An added benefit also is that tea has antimicrobial qualities.

What Are Antimicrobial Qualities You Ask?


Well, quite simply having the capability of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, virus, etc.).

Unlike with Coffee (and yes there are some health benefits to coffee as well – we aren’t dissing coffee here!), but unlike coffee, there is no downside to tea (as coined by American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RA, LD.)

“I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”

What Are The Benefits of Drinking Tea Daily and What Kinds Are Best?


Any tea is good tea, however nutritionists prefer brewed teas over bottled so you avoid the extra calories and sweeteners. The main teas to be steeping in your cup for maximum health benefits include green, black and white tea however, oolong and pu-erh are wonderful as well. These teas are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant (a shrub found in China and India that contains unique antioxidants called flavonoids.)

And an important note – the main four: green, black, white and oolong are the only things considered real tea. Anything else, such as herbal tea, is an infusion of a different plant (other than Camellia Sinensis) and isn’t technically considered tea.

The Health Benefits of Drinking Tea Include:


– fighting free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries
– heightened mental alertness (thanks to caffeine and theanine)

Green Tea Benefits: (when made with steamed tea leaves)
– high concentratation of EGCG
– antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancers
– prevents clogging of arteries
– helps burn fat
– counteracts oxidative stress on your brain
– reduces the risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
– reduces your risk of stroke
– improves cholesterol levels
– improves bone mineral density and strength

Black Tea Benefits: (when made with fermented tea leaves)
– highest caffeine content and may protect lungs from damage caused by cigarette smoke
– may also reduce the risk of stroke

White Tea Benefits: (uncured and unfermented)
– most potent anticancer properties when compared to more processed teas

Oolong Tea Benefits:
– possibly lowers bad cholesterol levels
– Wuyi also heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement (not backed by science…yet)

Pu-erh Tea Benefits: (made from fermented and aged leaves)
– In an animal study, those given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea:


1. The antioxidants in tea help protect your body from aging and effects of pollution.

2. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee. Coffee tends to have two to three times the caffeine than tea. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains about 135 mg of caffeine; whereas tea only has between 30-40 mg per cup.

3. Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke – blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets can cause heart attack and stroke. Tea can help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free.

4. Want Stronger Bones? Studies have shown that tea drinkers who drank tea for 10 or more years had stronger bones than non-drinkers.

5. Great for your teeth! Tea contains flouride and tannins that help keep plaque at bay.

6. Raises your immune system so you can fight off infection and stay healthy!

7. Protects against cancer. Polyphenols, the antioxidants in tea are cancer fighters!!

8. Helps keep you hydrated. Although in the past tea used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to your daily fluid needs because of the caffeine – more recent studies show that caffeine is only an issue if you drink more than 5 or 6 cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.

9. Calorie free! Tea doesn’t have any calories unless you add sweetener or milk. So drink up! And lose weight πŸ™‚

10. Increases metabolism. If you have a slow metabolic rate or are having difficulty losing weight, green tea has been shown to increase metabolism.Benefits of Drinking Black Tea

So as you can see, the list of the benefits of drinking tea is long. The health benefits of tea are undeniable and from personal experience, having been a long time tea drinker, I can tell you that I always feel better when it is included in my diet. I’m not a big coffee drinker, never was because the caffeine either made me jittery or sleepy, weird I know.

For me, knowing that I’m doing my body good while drinking a nice hot cup of tea just makes me smile πŸ™‚ It’s a great part of my day.

Are you a tea drinker yet? If so, what’s your favorite kind? If not, are you going to start? Please leave your comments below!

Thanks πŸ™‚

Tess
Owner, NurturingYourBody.com

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