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Afraid of Risks? Read These 15 Quotes About Daring

Afraid of Risks? Read These 15 Quotes About Daring

Goals are individual, not universal. Even if another person is “stronger” or “faster", your effort is just as valid. Work toward your own goals and defy your own limits. These 15 quotes about daring will challenge you to be a risk taker rather than a risk hater.

5 Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself

5 Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself

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We each have to find our own way to motivate ourselves towards our goals. Human beings have to struggle with lethargy in general, so no matter how much we want something sometimes, we can still have those days (which sometimes turn into weeks) where we struggle to work towards our intention. In the world of health and fitness, there are easy ways to motivate yourself consistently:

Easy ways to motivate yourself

Document your journey.

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Do this by taking photos, writing down what you ate, keeping a journal, joining fitness communities (especially the PumpUp app, which can be a huge positive support family) and sharing whatever you’re comfortable sharing with other people.

Watch motivational YouTube videos.

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As soon as I watch a few videos of Heidi Somers working out, I’m pulling on my workout gear and kicking butt.

Follow amazing people on social media.

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I found several inspirational beauties on the PumpUp app. I just scroll through my news feed and I’m dying to join them on my journey to getting stronger. Look for @limitlesstyle, @kelliem887, @momma_j, and many others who they follow or are followed by them. I almost guarantee that you’ll find some motivation to go pick up some weights or go for a run.

Go outside, visit a beautiful place in nature and allow it to impress itself upon you.

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Let go of worries, mistakes, how you feel about yourself, and simply look outside of yourself. It’s soul nourishment. Inspiration. Nature doesn’t look back and say silly things. It’s simply alive and itself. We can learn from that.

Practice confidence.

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Roll your shoulders back, look straight out ahead of you, keep your butt and stomach tucked properly straight-posture makes a world of difference, for confidence and for health. Say hello to strangers. Learn something new. Be fearless if you can. Enjoy your food-it will go to the right place if you aid your digestion with positivity and hard work. Don’t punish yourself. We’re learning. You are on a path of never ending improvement. Have fun on the journey.

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This post was penned by PumpUp member @bodysoulspiritfitness, a teacher and movement artist with a passion for healthy living and adventure. It was originally published on her own blog. Follow her blog here.

Why I'm actually getting fit for real this time, and so can you

Why I'm actually getting fit for real this time, and so can you

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I was not born with the athletic/sporty gene at all. All my life, I’ve been pretty average when it comes to athletics. When I was younger, I did tap and ballet dancing which was a bit of a work out each week. The most I’ve ever been active was in high school, when I did color guard and winter guard. Both of these activities were intense and gave me mad muscles, yo. Nevertheless, when I graduated high school, I was not inclined to work out. I would get little itches to be fit after looking at myself in the mirror every once in a while but I wasn’t serious. My mind wasn’t ready for what it actually took in order to get the body I wanted and to maintain it. Needless to say, I slacked off quite a bit in the fitness department up until 2013 when I was a junior in college. I had a fear of being the chubby girl, so I started working out. But the workouts I was doing were not up to snuff. I started that journey by walking on the treadmill at a fast pace because I felt like I wasn’t good enough to run yet. I slowly started to get up to jogging and, to my surprise, I was able to jog a 5k on the treadmill. I was doing well.

 

I don’t remember what happened but I got complacent and started working out less and less. I think it was the fact that every time I looked in the mirror, I saw no difference in my body. I was looking in the mirror expecting to see an ab or a bicep or something and I saw nothing. I gave in and stopped working out altogether. I kept on this track for a while. Sure, I’d work out from time to time but it wouldn’t be anything intense. During Christmas time last year, I started researching exercises, foods to eat, and running techniques. I wanted to get in shape, for realsies. Finally, on January 5th, 2015, I went to my school’s gym and just started working out with HIIT on the treadmill. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

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I tell this story because I feel like all those times I “worked out” and “wanted to get fit for real” led to this time in my life. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been since leaving high school and I’ve been doing this not to just look better but to feel better. There have been two things that have helped me out so far during this journey:

  1. Taking weekly progress photos instead of judging my progress by what’s on the scale. If I went by what the scale says (which is between 180-185 pounds for 3 months now), I’d be severely disappointed in myself right now. I do go by what I can see and I see that I’m gaining a butt, losing back fat, and my stomach is shrinking slowly. The body is an amazing thing and watching myself change each week brings me joy and motivates me to keep going.
  2. Giving my mind the strength to move me in a positive direction. Whenever I’d start these fitness journeys in the past, I’d give my mind strength to lead me down a negative path. I’d listen to the excuses I made up for myself and I’d give up so easy. This go round, I’m harder on myself to keep going with the workouts and it works out for me (no pun intended ;)).

I say all this to say getting into a healthier lifestyle should not be done for the short term goal of looking good because that implies that once you reach that point, you’re going to stop. Getting fit for real is a long term lifestyle choice. It's an ongoing thing. You may fall off from time to time but get back up. You’ll be happy you did.

This is a post by PumpUp member @ohmyitschels. Check out Chelsie’s YouTube page here

How I began to motivate others after losing 3 stone (42 lbs)

How I began to motivate others after losing 3 stone (42 lbs)

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Spring is a beautiful time of the year to motivate you to get up and commit to a healthy lifestyle. I struggled with my weight for many years and never genuinely thought that I’d ever have an interest in working out. There was a point where I had lost all my motivation. As a result of comfort eating and my dissatisfaction with life in general, I gained 3 stone.

Ever since I committed to get back on track in January 2014, I haven’t looked back and lost all the weight that I gained. My Spring Into Action goal is to have more defined muscles in my arms and abs. A goal really helps to motivate me, and I have the support of my PumpUp Family and the followers on my fitness page on Facebook. I have achieved all of my dreams and more: after I became a qualified gym and fitness instructor by the end of 2014, I now have an occupation that helps me through both good and bad days.

I created my Facebook page for this exact reason: to help others to achieve any and every fitness goals, be it weight loss, an increase in muscle mass, or motivation to be active. I received on email that I’d love to share with you. It brought tears to my eyes and really evoked the theme of Springing Into Action:

Hi Debbie!

I know you get these mails all the time but I also know you like getting them. I’ve actually wanted to mail you for a long time. I just wanted to say how fantastic is has been to read your posts on a regular basis. I’ve been struggling with stress and anxiety for a long time.

Anxiety has especially been such a big part of my life. I stopped even noticing it for what it was: it became just a fact of everyday life and I just sort of carried it with me. For the last two years, it has been getting a lot worse and I’ve been struggling with irrational bouts of depression. I’ve never really made the mental-physical connection before, crazy as it sounds! I’ve been trying to get fit and eat well just because I figured I could use the exercise, shed a few pounds and tone up a bit.

But since I started reading your posts and really trying my best I’ve found the anxiety and depression is so much easier to deal with, and I get so much joy out of my body now, the fact that I have a fully-functional body that I can do so much with is something I’ve never been grateful for, and now it’s something I appreciate on a daily basis. I want you to know that this is very much because of you. My negative days just keep getting less, I’m getting better at keeping calm. Thank you so much!

This mail cheered me up so much and helped motivate me more to keep at what I am doing! I helped change her life and she in return changed mine.

If anyone had told me over a year ago that I would be helping motivate people and helping them with their problems, I wouldn’t have believed you. I want you all to know that no matter how bad you feel now, you can change your life and in turn, help change other people’s lives.

Everyone should get up and get out in the fresh air, go for a run with your friends, go to the gym, whatever it is that you have to do, just do it, use the ‘spring into action’ theme to get you motivated.

Best of luck,

Debbie x

This is a post written by PumpUp member @debbiemc1232. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.