This tends to be a time of year that we reflect and have a reality check on our lives. I feel many of us have been doing that as a result of the global pandemic all year. I'm digging into 2021 differently and I'll tell you why.
Whether the pandemic has affected you in a profound way or not I'm sure that its effect on our world as we know it will be a significant piece of history.
The trajectory of my life has changed - closing a gym business in August that had a successful 8 year run was not anticipated just one year ago.
Although the year has held so much and so little for me it is proving to be profound in both difficult and exciting ways. Challenging my personal and professional grit I share my new found optimism and possibilities that lie ahead.
I invite you to look at your own challenges of the year and feel touched by my words that we are not alone. We are connected and so are our struggles.
With this feeling we can also collectively grow and bring more strength, peace, joy and love to each other.
In my experience and in research making New Year's Resolutions have not proved to be the best way to make improvements in your life.
As a personal trainer I spend my whole year alongside clients to generally improve their lifestyle. I have grown tired of the classic SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) goal setting, habit changing methods I have learned in the past.
I'm looking for new ways to cultivate a lifestyle that feels good and is sustainable long term. My commitment to this for myself as well as my clients has never been stronger.
When I say dig into the New Year I mean dig deep into what you can control. Put yourself into the #1 position to be and bring your best self always.
In my opinion the best way to make all things better in your life is "movement." You can start and end there.
Movement will make you feel, sleep, think, eat, and be a better person.
Movement will give you hope according to Dr. Kelly McGonigal, PhD, Stanford Health Psychologist as heard as a guest on the Rich Roll Podcast Episode 491.
Have you heard of Hope Molecules?
Dr. McGonigal encapsulates and explains what they are and why movement is amazing. When you use your muscles in any kind of movement they are secreting chemicals (Myokines) into your bloodstream which is great for every system in your body such as heart health, immune function, and cancer prevention.
The Myokines cross the blood brain barrier and have a profound effect on the brain. In your brain they help with anxiety and act as an antidepressant, improve motivation and can make you more resilient to stress.
The only way to become our best selves is to use our muscles! These molecules are giving you Hope in these difficult times.
"I think this is how we should choose to frame movement. It's something that you can choose to do to powerfully influence your mental health and resilience," states Dr. McGonigal.
Your Legs are a pharmacy of resilience and hope! Did I hear Squats?
With evidence as powerful as this on movement I encourage you to dig into your schedule and find more ways to make moving everyday a priority for your health. It gives you the hope you need and us all the hope our future and world needs.
Cultivating a lifestyle that includes movement everyday is my Hope for you.
Written by: Sheila Hamilton
Copyright Jan 2021
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568. Best of 2020 Part One: The Rich Roll Podcast