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Why Can't 2016 be the Happiest Year of Your Life?

Why Can't 2016 be the Happiest Year of Your Life?

We all want to be happier.

Whether it’s eating better, making new friends, saving money, travelling more often, or anything else, the driver behind resolutions is personal growth and increased happiness in life. Here's the one trick that you need to increase your happiness.

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.

How to Make Healthy Decisions (And Stick to Them)

How to Make Healthy Decisions (And Stick to Them)

Every successful outcome will require hard decisions. You make decisions, then set up your schedule to support those goals. For example, if I have to leave for work at 7 am, I set my alarm for 4:30 am so I have time for a 20-30 minute workout, teaching prep, breakfast, a shower, lunch prep, and a quick study to support my inner, spiritual life. I don't focus on how tired I might be, but how I will feel about myself if I succeed.

25 Success Quotes to Help You Stop Procrastinating

25 Success Quotes to Help You Stop Procrastinating

You know the drill: you commit to a resolution with fierce dedication (for about a week) until things slowly begin to fall off track. Refuse to start over this time. You are in charge of your own health, today. Whether your goal is to bounce back after over-indulgent eating or to think positively about yourself, these 25 success quotes will motivate you to stop procrastinating and start working on your health and fitness goals now.

Angela proves that a positive mindset changes everything

Angela proves that a positive mindset changes everything

Where do you turn to when your motivation is low? At the start of her fitness journey, Angela was too intimidated to push herself to the next level. She couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without struggling for breath and was hesitant about joining a gym. "I've always been a jack of all trades, but a master of none in all aspects of my life," she revealed. "Why? Because I was scared. Scared of failing, hard work, and commitment."

The Ultimate Wellness Guide : 10 tips to get your mind on the right track

The Ultimate Wellness Guide : 10 tips to get your mind on the right track

We all know that being healthy can improve the quality of our lives. Sometimes, we need a little bit of a push to get into the right mindset. This Ultimate Wellness Guide will help you to change your approach to health and fitness. You'll be able to maintain positive changes, regardless of what your circumstances are.

Quotes About Courage That Will Inspire You To Take The Next Step

Quotes About Courage That Will Inspire You To Take The Next Step

There's a mystical realm that lies beyond your comfort zone. That's where the magic really happens. Sadly, it isn't Narnia and it certainly isn't Hogwarts. You won't be able to enchant your way to a healthier you, but you can mentally prepare yourself to take the next step. Having a positive and supportive fitness community to encourage you along the way is an extra (and often, necessary) bonus. Here are a few quotes about courage that will certainly inspire you to dip your foot into fresh waters and take the next step in your fitness journey.

4 Do-Able Strategies For Staying Positive During Big Transitions

4 Do-Able Strategies For Staying Positive During Big Transitions

During big transitions, it's pretty common to feel like you're drowning underneath a waterfall of feelings. They can be positive or negative – excitement or anxiety, for example. Most of the time, you're overwhelmed by emotions. At the start of big transitions, you should try your best to remain as calm as possible. Don't consume yourself with other problems or tasks. They may leave you feeling completely drained in a short amount of time. Things have their own way of falling into place. They will just run their course, no matter what our actions are. Take a step back and remind yourself where you are.

11 quotes that will convince you to believe in yourself

11 quotes that will convince you to believe in yourself

There's a saying that self love often seems unrequited. It doesn't have to be. With a bit of positive thinking and fierce determination, you'll be surprised about how much you're capable of if you take the time to believe in yourself. Self-belief has transformed hundreds of lives and it can transform yours. Here are a few positive quotes that will convince you to believe in yourself, forever.

Why Ina finally feels proud of her body

Why Ina finally feels proud of her body

"I was unhappy with myself but [never considered] working out. [My friend] recommended PumpUp as a source of inspiration." When Ina joined PumpUp in the summer of 2014, she began to develop a more positive relationship with exercise. "My journey basically started when I [began] to use PumpUp," she confessed.

9 pin-worthy fitness quotes about motivation

9 pin-worthy fitness quotes about motivation

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When the going gets tough, the tough keep going. They get stronger, they try their hardest, and the learn to thrive in challenging situations. You are tough today. Develop thicker skin and pick yourself up with these quotes about motivation from the PumpUp community.

Define your goals

Define your goals. Know the reason you want them is for you alone // Quotes about motivation from the PumpUp Blog

"My best advice would be to have clear, precise, achievable goals written down, and to know that the reason you want them is for you alone. If it’s to prove something to someone, then they have that power over you." - @balancingforlife

Make sacrifices

You will need to make sacrifices. Rise above the doubt in your head // Quotes about motivation from the PumpUp Blog

Sacrifice time each day to get to the gym, and sacrifice foods you know won’t help you reach your goals! You have to install these habits and even then, it won’t be easy. Once you decide to change, it will be the best decision of your life! Day in and day out, do it no matter what, until giving up isn’t an option anymore! You have to rise above the doubt in your head. Making this a lifestyle will take time, so don’t get discouraged when you have a setback. Take it one day at a time and you will do great things. - @fitlisa

Notice the small things

Notice the small things that get better. Small victories will conquer any odds that stack against you // The PumpUp Blog

Notice the small things that get better. It may be something no one else will notice, but maybe you sleep better, maybe you’re able to get up from your chair easier. Your small victories can conquer any odds that stack against you. - @feat

You don't have to hurt to be healthy

You don't have to hurt to be healthy // Quotes about motivation from the PumpUp Blog

You don’t have to hurt to be healthy. Take it easy. Start with small steps. It is okay to fall off the wagon. Just step up there again! - @inakarr

Be patient for change

Be patient for change. It will come in a matter of time // Quotes about motivation from the PumpUp Blog

Be patient for change. Your head will tell you to stop, give up, and quit, but your body is capable of things you could never imagine! Change will come—you just have to keep going or you will not see the change. Change will come in a matter of time. - @dolphzigglerfan

Don't cheat yourself

You are only cheating yourself if you don't give 100% every time // The PumpUp Blog

You are only cheating yourself if you don’t give 100% every time. But remember: you will be more likely to stick to a routine when changes don’t occur all at once. - @kamailereed

Remember: the brain is a muscle

Remember: the brain is also a muscle. Tell yourself that you 'can'. // Quotes about motivation from the PumpUp Blog

The brain is also a muscle that you have to push. If you feel like you can’t get that last rep out, tell your brain, ‘I CAN’ and you will. - @missmolly83

Take ownership of your fitness journey

Take ownership of your fitness journey // Quotes about motivation from the PumpUp Blog

Getting started is the hardest part. Once you see results, that will be what keeps you going. So set reasonable goals (no matter how small) and work towards achieving those and setting new ones each time you achieve them. Above all, take ownership of your fitness journey. It’s your journey and no one can make you do it. You have to want to do it for yourself and not for anyone else. - @kelliem887

Incorporate exercise into your life

Incorporate exercise into your life for the rest of your life // The PumpUp Blog

Find ways to incorporate exercise into your life for the rest of your life. Find something that you love and just do it. Think about what you want the most versus what you want right now and remember why you started; the time will pass anyway. - @lanalanex3


 

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Hannah's progress proves that weight is just a number

Hannah's progress proves that weight is just a number

'Healthy' isn't a weight - it's different for every body. Although Hannah always had a smaller frame, people judged her for it. Comments about her weight gradually undermined her confidence and aggravated her anxiety. "I've had anxiety since 2010, so setbacks aren't uncommon, but they're something I've learnt to overcome with the right mindset and support," she mentioned. 

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.

5 easy ways to motivate yourself // The PumpUp Blog

 

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.

5 easy ways to motivate yourself // The PumpUp Blog

 

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.

5 easy ways to motivate yourself // The PumpUp Blog

 

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.

5 easy ways to motivate yourself // The PumpUp Blog

 

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.

5 easy ways to motivate yourself // The PumpUp Blog

 

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.

5 easy ways to motivate yourself // The PumpUp Blog

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.

How Erica's weight loss journey is inspiring others on PumpUp

How Erica's weight loss journey is inspiring others on PumpUp

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Erica's body. She had already been on her weight loss journey for a year before she joined PumpUp, but decided to take a break from exercising. "On a good week, I was going to the gym three times a week before the break," she shared. Erica decided that the PumpUp community could help her to get back into the habit of exercising more often. 

30 motivational notebooks that will inspire you all day every day

30 motivational notebooks that will inspire you all day every day

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Write things down to make them happen. It's a practice that transforms your thoughts and intentions into something tangible. It brings clarity and perspective to your goals. Simplistic and specific objectives are much easier for your brain to process, clearing away the mental inhibitions that are often associated with larger and more vague goals. Remove the barriers to your success. Still working on that New Year's resolution? Make a written plan of action. Thinking about tonight's reps and sets of push-ups? Write them down and cross each set off as you finish them.  Use these motivational notebooks to help you kick your mind into gear for good.

Do more of what makes you happy

Motivational journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Too legit to quit

Too legit to quit - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Do all things with great love

Do all things with great love - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Write with wild abandon

Write with wild abandon - Motivational journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

This is the beginning of anything you want

This is the beginning of anything you want // Motivational notebooks that will inspire you - The PumpUp Blog

Today is yours

Today is yours - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Never never never give up

Never give up - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

It's good to have a good day

It's good to have a good day - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Be happy! Be fabulous!

Be happy. Be fabulous - Motivational journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Today is my day

Today is my day - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Wander often wonder always

Wander often, wonder always - Motivational Journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

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You can never have too much happy

You can never have too much happy - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Carpe the heck out of this diem

Carpe the heck out of this diem - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone - Motivational Journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

The little book for big ideas

The little book for big ideas - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed: there is so little competition

Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

The grass is green enough!

The grass is green enough - Motivational notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

A tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep

A tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep - Motivational notebooks and journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

I'm doing my best

 

I'm doing my best - Motivational notebooks and journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Choose joy today

Choose joy today - Motivational notebooks and journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice

Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice - Motivational Notebooks and Journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph - Motivational Journals and Notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

I take to the open road healthy, free: the world before me

I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me - Motivational notebooks and journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy

There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy - Motivational Notebooks and journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Yes is always a great idea

Yes is always a great idea - Motivational Notebooks and Journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Breathe.

Breathe. - Motivational Notebooks and Journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well - Motivational Journals and Notebooks that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Always bring your own sunshine

Always bring your own sunshine - Motivational notebooks and journals that will inspire you // The PumpUp Blog

Shine bright like the moon and the stars

 

Shine bright like the moon and the stars - Motivational notebooks and journals // The PumpUp Blog


Were you inspired by these motivational notebooks? Let us know what your favorite ones were in the comments below! Share photos of anything that inspires you on PumpUp using the #MotivationMonday hashtag.

 

A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

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Although it can be difficult at first, self-love is something that everyone should invest in. It’s similar to coming out of a dark place and into the light. Though it may hurt your eyes at first, you soon realize that the magnificent view was worth it. My journey to self love started when I decided that I could not move forward without making peace with my past. I tried to jump on the road to happiness several times, but I always stumbled and fell whenever I encountered the tiniest cracks, not knowing why and blaming myself for being weak. I realized then that I owed myself to stop for a moment. I needed to look back just long enough to understand and learn where I came from and where I was heading. I stopped being selfish and started being generous instead: with my time, energy and, most of all, patience. It’s something I have always neglected. That’s how my journey to self-love and self-improvement finally began.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

It’s a never-ending road. It’s a road that’s meant to make you finally understand the deepest layers of your soul. I have learned so much since I adopted this lifestyle and became a much happier and healthier person. I read somewhere that “being happy is a very personal thing, and it really has nothing to do with anyone else”. These words still resonate in my mind. Every single day, they remind me that I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I owe it to myself to be genuine.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

I still get angry, sad or frustrated sometimes, but I have learned to accept these emotions. I no longer run from them or repress them. Feeling that way doesn’t mean that you are failing. It means you are still on this amazing journey and you are not willing to give up even if you stumble a little. Be gentle, be honest to yourself and allow yourself to feel everything.

Acknowledge every emotion and question why are you feeling it. When it’s possible, do something about it. It’s not too late for anything. It’s never late to become who you want to become. If you need to apologize, apologize. If you need to thank someone for a gesture they made months or even years ago, don’t waste any second longer. If you feel like it’s the right thing to do and it will make you feel lighter or happier, do it.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

But burn bridges if you must. Eliminate the negativity and cut it out of your life without feeling guilty. It can be scary, but it is worth it. You need to protect yourself and immerse yourself in a healthy and positive environment that allows you to grow and blossom, just like a cute little plant. That was a very important step for me. Once I did it, I felt so much better. Sooner than you think, your energy will attract similar positive energies and will slowly distance itself from the negative ones. Surround yourself with good people, listen more and learn. Never stop learning, never stop growing and don’t let anyone ever take away from you the chance to do and be better.

Last but not least, I am here to tell you that no matter how many times you give up or fall and feel like you hit rock bottom, there is a way to get back on your feet and stand back up again. As Beau Taplin said, ”(…) Your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” Rely on your bones, flesh and blood, but most of all, your mind. Every tiny cell in your body is working so hard to keep you alive and your mind – your mind can do wonders. Love each of them back, as they unconditionally love you. Love yourself and become invincible.


This journey to self love was shared by PumpUp member @sophievcr. Follow her blog on Tumblr to keep track of her journey!

PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

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Take care of how you speak to yourself. You are not a mistake or a problem to be solved. You're capable! Rather than focusing on what you dislike about your body, focus on what you do like. Your capabilities and small achievements will propel you further than you could have ever imagined. We asked the PumpUp community about their best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem during their health and fitness journey and here's what they had to say: Hate versus Love. Take care of how you speak to yourself // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

Hate: "I am stupid for making this mistake." Love: "I am human, I make mistakes. I'll make an effort to do better next time." Remember, you are worth it.  - PumpUp member @millybedilly

You have an infinite power that can make or break you. Control your emotions and be the champion of your own life // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

You have this incredible, infinite power within you that can literally make or break you. Confidence starts from within and not from external things. Once you realize that you have the choice to control your emotions, you will be the champion of your own life! Tap into your power because you can do amazing things! - @plantbasedbabe

You are still beating the old you // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem
Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward. Don’t beat up yourself trying to be like somebody else! Your progress is yours and nobody can’t take that away from you. There’s no place to go but forward. You’re still beating the old you, the one who always had an excuse; the one who said 'Tomorrow, I’m eating healthy'; the one who said, 'I’ll hit the gym next week, next summer, next year'. You and only you have the power to make your life extraordinary. Don’t wait for somebody to tell you this and make you see your potential. It’s all on you! Don’t give up. - @daphnec
No matter how fast you run, you're still lapping everybody on the couch // PumpUp's best advice for anybody with low self esteem
Even if you go slow, you’re still lapping everyone who’s on the couch. No matter how heavy you lift, how fast or slow you run, how many squats you do, or how often you exercise, it doesn’t matter. you’re trying and making an effort to better yourself, which is a huge step that so many people don’t take -@karak
Every downhill has an uphill // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self esteem
Be patient, just stay positive about life. Life is hard if you think everything is going to be about and rainbows and happiness. You’re thinking wrong. Change your attitude. Remember that every downhill has an uphill. You just need to change directions and put a little more effort so that push through anything you’re going through. - @marianarobledosegura
Take all the negativity from your life and make it your strength. Follow your dreams & make them a reality. Most of all, believe in yourself because if you don't, no one else will.  Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. Do not strive for perfection but strive for greatness. Write your own story and keep your eyes on your goal. You never know who you are inspiring.
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If it doesn't lift you up, ditch it. - @hisroyal10ness
Thanks for all of these great pieces of advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem! Contribute to the discussion by letting us know your best advice in the comments below!

Aicha's journey from deprivation to strength

Aicha's journey from deprivation to strength

When Aicha returned from her study-abroad term in the United States, she made up her mind: she no longer wanted to remain at such a low weight if it meant that her health was being compromised. "In September 2014, I started using PumpUp and in one way or another, it's been so supportive," she shared. "I never had a lot of confidence in myself, but I kept going because other people were motivating me. Posting pictures became a habit."