The title says it all! We are well and truly underway with 2018 and some may still be reflecting on the year of 2017 and what happened. Over the Christmas break I was lucky enough to have some real down time; some time to reflect on 2017 and all that I learned from the year.
Like a lot of people I know, it was filled with some ups and downs but the most important lessons I have learned this year are that I have some amazing people in my life, and that I could take better care of myself.
Now if you’ve been following the blog for a while you might be perplexed to hear that I haven’t been looking after myself as well as I could have been. It’s true, I stopped consistently eating watermelon in the summer time and since then I’ve found myself delving deeper into the comfort foods of yesteryear. I have put on a few kilos in unwanted fat which is annoying but not the end of the world. Like most people over the Christmas period I probably ate more than I needed to and was less active than I would have liked to be. The way I look at a slight bit of over-indulgence for myself is that as long as I am still moving each day and positive about the direction I’m heading in, then that is good.
With that said, life is about balance, for the most part I was going hell for leather in 2017 with training, building a new brand with We Move Fitness and building up my business again at Virgin Active in Solihull. Since slowing down for Christmas I remembered that sometimes it is not until you stop that you realise how fast you were going…
I sat in the car the other day and said to my girlfriend, “Imagine if we had absolutely no filter on our thoughts, imagine if our thoughts just flowed out of us every time we had a new one.” That launched us into a discussion and we concluded that we believed the world might be a more negative place if that were the case. Our conclusion was that a lot of people hold a lot of stress and tension and angst when they should learn to let things go. Over the last few days that brought me back to thinking about what is important to me and what was important to me when I started Raw Motion Fitness in 2014.
It is vitally important that I bring out the most positive thoughts and positive things to keep being better each day, not only for me, but for everyone that I interact with, meet or train as a client. I’m not saying we all need to wander around singing happy songs all day, but think of a more 80% good, 20% bad ratio. I lost sight of that somewhere in 2017...
Sometimes when you slow down and take a step back from things you can find a solution to the areas of your life that might be more complicated than others.
That brings me to the point of today’s blog post… There is never a better moment to try and better yourself than right now. In my opinion this is the best time to be alive, simply because we are more connected, more advanced than ever before. Every minute we have a chance to make a positive impact in the world like never before, we have a chance to think about the filters that we have to put on our thoughts each day, we have a chance to make them positive thoughts. We have a chance to project positivity out into the world and receive the same energy back.
I wish you a wonderful start to the year and remember, YOU HAVE THE POWER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS IF YOU FOCUS AND BELIEVE!
As always, Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
The last week of the year is upon us and the festive season kicks up a lot of stink in the fitness industry. With some coaches around the world urging clients to 'stay the course,' whilst other coaches have said to throw caution to the wind and enjoy yourself.
I'd like to say that I fall into the first category, and in years gone by I would probably urge towards staying the course and being completely focused during the holiday season, especially with clients facing tough choices. The reality is that the festive season is about family and loved ones and with good times, comes good food!
I now fall somewhere in between the two categories and I encourage you to take a look at the video at the bottom of this post for some Christmas advice.
Whilst I train clients face to face at Virgin Active in Solihull I also run an online training company for people looking for help with their fitness and health but can't get to a gym, lack confidence or who need to supplement their training on the go.
I made the video this week for the We Move Fitness followers and also to crossover into the Raw Motion Fitness motivational Monday!
The video below encompasses my advice and Kate's thoughts on approaching Christmas and keeping the holiday weight at bay.
Kate is a mum of two and a very inspirational woman to many people. Kate is doing the workouts in series 5 of the We Move Fitness catalogue. Kate is not a fitness professional, whilst being a mum of two she is also a music teacher and hearing her thoughts on how she plans to deal with Christmas can be very relatable to a lot of mothers and parents out there.
Kate has proven to herself and others that your body can be pushed beyond it's limits but has also learned a lot about not being too hard on herself; have a listen to her thoughts on Christmas time and see if you can apply them to your holiday routine. There will be more on her story in another video soon!
If you haven't seen We Move Fitness before then get yourself over to the website and check it out. There is a 30 day free trial running at the moment and it there are also gift options available for Christmas!
I'd like to take this time to thank you for following this blog, whether you are a client at Virgin or you found me online it is great to be able to reach people with my ramblings week in and week out.
This week will mark the last blog post of the year, with the 1st of January landing on a Monday you'll see a new motivational post on the first day of the new year!
Have an awesome Christmas and a very happy new year and I'll write again in 2018!
Stay strong and keep moving!
With winter well and truly here in the UK and the dark mornings keeping people in bed longer it is easy to forget about the simple things in life, like going outside. Depending on the time I leave the house I normally catch the first glimpse of daylight peaking over the horizon.
This is my view (below) when I get out the house in the mornings.
Now, that is often the view on nice days and considering there is a lot of rain in England that is not the view most days. Having grown up in Africa I can categorically say that any glimpse of sunlight makes me yearn for warmer weather.
It’s normally in those moments that I become very thankful for the ability to enjoy being outside and walking outside in the early mornings. Even if it is a short walk to the car and a drive into work in the early hours of the morning. Why am I thankful you ask? Well, up until a few years ago the only time I ever saw 5am was after a late night out or coming home from a crazy late shift in a bar where I completely hated my job.
I would never be getting up to exercise and certainly wouldn’t want to move from bed unless it was to go to work or the shops for cigarettes and crisps.
Every time I walk out my doors and the sun is shining I take that little bit longer to get to my car, I sometimes take a walk when I can, or I simply stop for a moment and appreciate the fact that my life has changed for the better. I’m, thankful that I'm not lying in my bed every single day off, smoking 20 cigarettes, letting food comas kick in to ‘get extra rest’ and hoping against all hope that I don’t have to get out the house.
This month is important for a lot of people, for most, it is about family and spending time with loved ones. I'm here to say that you should make this month count for the better by keeping active. Keep yourself moving, don’t put things off until the New Year because you could miss moments like the one that I saw the other day, blue skies, fresh air and sunshine!
Stay active this holiday and encourage others to be active too. It just might help save someone’s life. I know that movement saved mine!
Have a great week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.