Minimum Amount of Exercise | Why Muscles Tingle When Stretching | Meal Prep Ideas

Were more than halfway through 2021. Did you have a New Year's Resolution? How are you progressing with it? Was your resolution a transformation of some sort (physical, mental, spiritual, emotional)? If you are struggling with it or have struggled in the past with such resolutions, it's completely normal. This "New You" you're striving to be has a lot of unknowns that scares the "Old/Existing You". The fact you are trying to better yourself or your situation is irrelevant, the fact that it is different and unknown and hence scary is what your brain finds relevant. We as survivors are hardwired to protect ourselves from danger. The issue is that our brain can't distinguish, due to its primal instinct, that bettering ourselves is quite different than true life-threatening danger. So what often happens is that a tug-of-war occurs. You try to adopt a new habit, diet, exercise routine, but these changes of the norm cause the old you to become uncomfortable and self-sabotage begins to occur (thus the phrase "to get in your own way"). You may begin to tell yourself that "Now's not the right time", "I need to concentrate on ___ instead", "I just need to take a break because of ___". Whatever the rationale is, it always makes sense because most of the time it's your brain hiding FEAR by giving you what your brain has already determined to be LOGIC. I know this sounds crazy that our own brain would work against us, but think of it from this perspective: the current behavior, the current you, has been around for a while and has become powerful. It is predictable, it is safe (hasn't killed you yet), and most importantly it is the "You" your brain knows. If you're having trouble becoming the "New You", there are 3 important things needed for the "New You" to have a chance: Recognize what's going on Decide that your NEW GOALS are more important than your OLD COMFORTS GET HELP TO STAY THE COURSE! *mentor, coach, supportive community There's a good chance your primal brain will see those 3 things as a threat. The key is to learn to ignore that initial fear (fear of change, loss, failure, and even success). When you're able to do that (this is when #3 can be crucial) you can make that necessary leap to the "NEW YOU".

Here's How to Protect Yourself Against the 5 Biggest Regrets People Have at the End of Their Lives, According to a Psychologist

According to motivational speaker Bronnie Ware’s 2012 book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, most focus on authenticity, enjoyment, and community:

  1. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
  2. “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
  3. “I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.”
  4. “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
  5. “I wish I had let myself be happier.”


What's the Minimum Amount of Exercise Necessary to Maintain Your Fitness?

Asking for a friend, right? Yeah, us, too. We had a pal who wanted to know: what’s the least I can do and still maintain my fitness level? Good news. Far less than you probably think. Researchers examined the frequency, volume, and intensity to maintain performance. BICYCLING

This is Why Your Muscles Tingle When Stretching and How to Prevent It, According to a Physical Therapist

Stretching is an important element to any workout routine and will help prevent injury, loosen up tight muscles, improve your flexibility, and make any soreness you may be feeling go away. But sometimes weird things can happen, like feeling your muscles tingle while you’re stretching, and chances are you might be wondering if you should be concerned or not. WELL+GOOD

6 Meal Prep Ideas You Can Do on a Sunday to Help You Eat Healthy All Week

Here's how I meal prep for a week of good eating—plus 60 recipe ideas. SELF

34 Healthy Baking Recipes Full of All Kinds of Goodness

Inspiration for working a little extra nutrition into your muffins, cakes, cookies, and scones. SELF