Simplifying Active Living

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You know I love all things simple. It’s kinda why I HAD to include the word simple in my blog title. Simple just makes sense. It keeps things light, fun, fresh, and delightful! When things are the opposite (aka complicated), life is one big ball of goo. And I am not a huge fan of goo.

Since i clearly love the simple life, it is no wonder I also like things simple when it comes to active living. Having a healthy lifestyle is NOT complicated. There is no 500 word prescription for it. In fact, we get to create our own prescription. How freakishly awesome is that?!?!?!

In fact, writing my own active living prescription is how I have sustained the healthy lifestyle. It truly is a way of life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But, here is the thing. This prescription changes. And it changes often. That’s okay. Reading someone else’s book on how cutting out certain foods and doing loads of crossfit led to X amount of weight loss is not my cup of tea. I know my body and I know what moves me. I currently have a triple threat. You can read more about that in detail here, but the triple threat is yoga, PIYO, and walking outdoors. I look forward to these activities and thrive when I fit them in on a regular basis. Just a few months ago I was into running so that was in the mix somewhere. And even before that I liked Insanity DVD’s. I like to think I change with the seasons.

In terms of nutrition, I have done the restrictive thing in the past. I have followed someone else’s diet. More than once. And it always backfires. Diets create a disconnect with the mind and body. Diets create a negative relationship with food. I refuse to diet or be restrictive ever again. Sure, I can cut down on sweets every now and then because they cause a sugar rush or give me a headache, but I never remove them altogether. And I focus on how I feel. I don’t reduce them because someone told me to. I also refuse to follow the latest trend. Speaking of this, have you seen the gluten-free vid from Jimmy Kimmel? I laugh every time. Check it out.


 Back to active living, so here are my quick tips to keeping it simple AND sustainable for you:

  • Find what moves you. And do more of those activities. These activities will make up your fitness tool belt. And don’t be afraid to try new things. A new tool on that tool belt can lead to a whole lot of joy and opportunity!
  • Listen to your body when it comes to nutrition. If your stomach feels bloated every time you eat a certain food, that is a good sign it may not be for you in excess. Ditch the diet books and focus on MORE fruits and veggies, nature’s gift to all of us.
  • Motivate yourself on the regular. What motivates you? Keep that in the back of your mind always. And be your own cheerleader. It’s okay to kick ass and take a few names. You got this, girlllllll!
  • Love your body, every ounce of it. I know unhappy skinny people and unhappy chunky people. Your body can do some AWESOME things. Embrace that. If you don’t love yourself, being skinny ain’t gonna make you happy. Love yourself first. Then allow awesome to enter. Truly!
  • Learn to be okay with a little 50 shades of grey. No, not like that. Well, it can be if you want, but that’s for another blog post. 😉 What I mean here is that active living does not need to be black or white. It ain’t all or nothing, my friend. If you have an inactive day, you can be active the next day. Enjoy the middle ground and leave the perfection for sweet baby Jesus.
  • Embrace your support system and share the love. How good does it feel to be supported? Like really supported? Pretty darn good, right? Turn to those you love when you need them. And pump others up too. I love this quote and it is right on… thank you Mother Theresa, “Peace begins with a smile.” Smile a lot. And put a smile on someone else’s face too.

So there are my quick tips for keeping active living simple and sustainable. This post was part of the Fit Dish link up with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers. Feel free to join in on the #fitfam action!

What is one way you make active living simple and something you look forward to on the regular?

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  • Jessica Joy @theFitSwitch

    Oh how I loved reading this. You got spirit, girl! Ok, I know that is a dorky, old-fashioned way to put it, but you have energy and spunk, and I love it. I love the idea of writing your own simple prescriptions, and being happy. Thanks so much for sharing. I needed to read this!

    • I love that you think I’ve got spirit, thank you! And thanks for stopping by. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  • Runnin Rocker

    The video made me LOL especially since I also jumped on that train for a little while and I did lose weight but only because there was nothing left I could eat! I feel for people that have to medically watch what they eat, but I was just taking all the fun out of food for no good reason! Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • I feel for people that have to watch what they eat medically too. It is HARD! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  • Great tips! I agree with a lot of them especially finding what moves you and embracing your support system. Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  • Lori Musselman

    I love that you know that it is ok to go with life’s ever changing rhythms. That is huge!

    • Thanks Lori. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Lori Musselman

        Hi!

        Thank you for contacting me.

        I usually check and respond to my emails once per day with the exception of weekends and holidays.
        I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can.

        All the best,

        Lori

  • jillconyers

    Bri I love this! I think it’s ok for the host of the link up to say this is my favorite of all #dishthefit posts this week 🙂 The restrictive thing? Done it and I owe my body an apology. Love the #fitfam!

    • Thank you so much Jill. That means a lot to me. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Dominique Stockhaus

      I agree, Jill. Simplicity is something that we all need to remember in our own lives. And the restriction thing is silly. Not that we shouldn’t watch what we put in our bodies but really restriction only results in poor results and feeling bad!