Active August was designed to encourage every body and everybody to make a conscious decision to change their lifestyle to be more active!
We often wait for the perfect day to make changes to our lifestyle. - Every day is the perfect day. Start today! We also find all the excuses in the world: too old, too big, too inflexible, not enough time to exercise. - Believe me, I have used all of them; however, I learned that it is a matter of changing your unhealthy self-talk and a change of priorities. Understand that if you are caring for others or if you need to perform at a high level in your profession, you need to look after yourself in the first instance.
A healthy lifestyle integrates physical activities into a daily routine. - The goal is to get at least 30 minutes of activity per day. It also means to be mentally and socially active.
To be physically active, find a way to increase your daily activities: Park your car further away from work and walk, walk in your lunch break, every time you go to the toilet do 20 squats, encourage your employer to facilitate fitness sessions at lunch time, before and after work, join a gym, find a personal trainer to keep you motivated, join a small group fitness session in your community. The options are endless.
Make activities your priority!
An active lifestyle will help you to
Maintain a healthy weight
Have strong bones and muscles
Improve your balance and flexibility
Have a healthy heart and blood vessels
Improve self esteem
Active August is not a challenge. It is the start of a new lifestyle. I observed that most challenge participants are focussing on the end of the challenge to go back to their ‘normal life’. In my experience this means, you are going to regain the weight you lost in a challenge, you will go back to the same problems you resolved in the challenge.
Start a new lifestyle! Learn to accept that you will have days, when you go off the straight and narrow. Do not see yourself as a failure when this happens, see it as an opportunity for a new start.
Active August – Start today and keep it going! Life is a journey keep going onward and upward!