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Defining priorities

Posted December 31, 2014 in Advice Column, Urbandale

It’s a new year. You tell yourself that it’s time to start. This year’s New Year’s Resolution is different. You’re actually going to do it. Join a gym, lose weight, get in shape, eat only the right foods, and force your body into obedience. But that’s what you did last year and the year before, and the year before that and nothing changed…Cover Dec 14
I’ve found that Newton’s 1st law of physics is generally true for me…”A body in motion tends to stay in motion…unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” Unbalanced forces? Oh, yeah! Life happens. Work. Kids. Family. Friends. Responsibilities. Deadlines. Stresses. They can all make you want to hide or sit in front of the TV and eat a bag of potato chips.
So how do you make fitness a priority? By redefining it. There are many definitions of health and physical fitness out there. But mine is a little different than what you might expect from a fitness studio owner or find in the dictionary. My definition of physical fitness is joy. Joy in movement. Joy in doing something you weren’t even sure you were capable of doing before. Joy in camaraderie and working out with other like-minded people. When you consistently exercise with people who are focused and goal oriented, it pushes you a little farther, a little faster, and it’s fun!
So how do you get moving? Focus on what feels good. Finding something that makes you want to move more than you want to sit still. To push you a little harder. To make you a little stronger. To move you from your comfortable space to a place of possibility. Joy in improving and reshaping your body…your mind…and your spirit. You’ll be amazed at the results if you really start paying attention to how your body FEELS after working out.
Where do I find joy? In movement and fitness. Would love to meet you and share the joy of health and fitness with you in this New Year.

Information provided by Julie Bautista of Orange Theory Fitness, 2171 N.W. 111th St., Clive, 515-207-3430.

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