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Have You Heard the Good News?

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Have You Heard the Good News?

Lifting weights not only reshapes and defines your body, but also improves your mood and confidence!

There is a strong link between physical activity and improving your mental state (i.e. “getting your mind right!”). Aerobic activities such as running and cycling usually receive the most publicity when it comes to exercise causing a natural endorphin release, however weightlifting does the same thing!

Endorphins are the 'feel-good' hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system, causing reduced pain and a boost in pleasure that ultimately results in a feeling of well-being. This 'natural high' reinforces habits and yields significant improvements in your mind, body and spirit.

Although cardio is the preferred method of choice when it comes to chasing this 'natural high,' the latest research shows a positive correlation between weightlifting and improving your mood, while decreasing symptoms of depression. In as little as two sessions per week you can cut symptoms of the blues in half by lifting weights at the right intensity.

Additionally, the more muscle mass you add to your body, the more these symptoms diminish. So what are you doing for your health & fitness? Are you training to lose weight, become healthier, build confidence, increase muscle mass, reduce pain or just feel better?

More and more people experience depressed moods on a day-to-day basis and unfortunately turn to the streets and prescription drugs, which leads to addiction and possibly even death. If you feel anxious or down, consider lifting dumbbells, Kettlebells, sandbags, barbells, medicine balls, or anything else that's somewhat heavy for you and start moving it properly.

Lifting weights is a healthy alternative that offers wonderful side effects such as increased energy, mood and confidence along with a good-looking body. So get your lift on today and get your mind right!

Heather Binns Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Instead of Resolutions, Set Some New Year RESULTS!!

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Instead of Resolutions, Set Some New Year RESULTS!!

Ah the New Year! This is always such a wonderful time of year to set new intentions. I know there is always some backlash against "Resolutions" because many people don't keep them past February... So don't call them "Resolutions" if you associate not following through with that word, instead call them New Year RESULTS!

There is something about the blank slate of a New Year to decide what you want to make happen! It is exciting, motivating and worth taking advantage of. What will your 2018 New Year Results be?

Set some goals that you know you can commit to. Here are 20 suggestions for new micro-habits that could add-up to some big transformations in 2018…

  • Drink ½ your bodyweight in ounces of water every day
  • Take 3g of high-quality fish oils every day
  • Download and use the HeadSpace meditation app for 10 minutes every day
  • Get to bed by 10:30pm (or earlier if needed) 3 nights a week
  • Write down 3 things you were grateful for during the day, every evening before you go to bed
  • Write down 3 “victories” you achieved during the day, every evening before you go to bed
  • Read for 15 minutes every day instead of watching television
  • Walk/run 10,000 steps every day
  • Do 20 push-ups every morning
  • Stretch and/or foam roll for 5 minutes every morning
  • Spend 5 minutes planning the day within the first hour of waking up
  • Have a veggie-based protein smoothie 3 times a week
  • Every 3 months write down 10 people who have supported or positively influenced you and write them a personal note to say thank you
  • Declutter your inbox by unsubscribing from any emails you no longer read. Including this one if applicable, although you’ve just got to point 14 so I’m guessing you have at least half an interest in what I’ve got to say ;)
  • Avoid caffeine after 12:00pm
  • Turn-off social media after 9:00pm
  • Plan and prepare your meals for the week every Sunday evening
  • Commit to strength training at least 3 days a week
  • Set yourself some exercise-related targets, then plan monthly non-food-related rewards for following them
  • Eat breakfast everyday

Now how do you make sure to keep yourself on-track with your New Year Results (micro-habits)? I started using an app called Productive to help build new daily habits. You put in whatever you want and it gives you a reminder when it's time to do it. Take some time this week to sit down and write down your goals for 2018. Remember to consider goals in all areas of your life - health & fitness, financial, career, family, spiritual, experiences... Or make a vision board with pictures reminding you and keeping you focused throughout the year.

Whatever you decide to change in 2018, I hope it brings you the success that you’re looking for. Here’s to you in 2018!

Heather Binns Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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