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Mindful Fitness

Mindful Fitness

Mindful Fitness
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Mindful Fitness is full of tools and tips to help you become stronger in body and mind. Transformational coach Alison Morgan offers practical advice and activities that work on your mind and body together to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to mindful fitness

As a transformational coach and learning professional, I have a passion for health, fitness and wellbeing. I help individuals and organisations learn, grow and transform through tackling mindsets and behaviours, uncovering what’s holding them back so we can all improve our lives and become better versions of our unique, beautiful selves. We all know the importance of being fit and healthy, but finding the right approach and sticking to it isn’t always easy. We focus on a diet and exercise plan, but often still struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Mindful Fitness offers tools, tips and ideas to help you become stronger in body and mind. I will help you to understand how your mind can help but also hold you back, and guide you on your journey to physical and…

3 min.
principles of mindfulness

Awareness of the present moment This is being really focused and paying attention to the present moment, both externally and internally. The former could be focusing on sounds, smells and what you can see in the environment around you. The latter is about recognising your thoughts, how you’re feeling, any sensations happening in your body like butterflies in your stomach and your heart beating fast, and the actions you’re taking. We often ask how other people are feeling, but how often do you fully stop and consider how you’re feeling? This could be really focusing on feeling the tension in your muscles working when lifting weights rather than just going through the motions and not really paying proper attention and focus. Awareness of thought patterns Even when you’re not aware of it, your…

2 min.
why we fail to achieve fitness goals

You expect fast results In a world of instant gratification and having everything at our fingertips, we want to see change as quickly as possible, or see it as a short-term fix. Unfortunately, long-term change, and doing it healthily, does take time, and if some diet fad seems too good to be true, it probably is. Steady and consistent wins the race – be patient, be kind to yourself and stick with it. You don’t have a clear plan You may know your final destination but lack a plan of how you’re going to get there – you don’t know what you need to do day by day with your nutrition and exercise. If your daily actions aren’t aligned with your goal and you’re not tracking your progress, then the odds are stacked…

1 min.
who is this book aimed at?

You just don’t know where to start with getting fitter Your motivation goes up and down – you’re either completely focused or have zero motivation You’re just going through the motions with your exercise or getting stuck in a rut You often eat emotionally, which affects your progress and how you feel about yourself You feel you’re doing all the right things, but you’re not seeing any progress You’re getting physical results, but still not happy with your body, and constantly criticising yourself You jump from diet to diet and try all the latest fitness crazes, but feel nothing works You’re constantly comparing yourself to others, and strive for the perfect body You know you’ve got a few bad habits that you’d like to change…

17 min.
first steps

Before you start creating a plan to work towards a fitter you, it makes sense to spend some time exploring what’s happening at the moment in your life. Think about the things that could be slowing down progress towards your personal goals. Simply taking some time out to stop, think and reflect on your current lifestyle, and how you’re honestly feeling about yourself, will help you to figure out which areas to start focusing on first. This reflection can help to remove any obstacles standing in your way, so you’re free to move forwards positively. For some people, it might be changes to nutrition that will make the most positive impact on your health and fitness. For others, it may be looking to change a key habit that’s holding you back. You…

2 min.
where are you heading?

Do you know what you’re aiming for and what results you would love to achieve? It could be to take up running and enter a 5K race. It might be to lose weight, reduce body fat or gain muscle. Perhaps you need to get fitter for specific health reasons, or want to find an exercise that makes you feel better mentally, or helps you to de-stress or feel more confident. Your goal is totally personal to you; it’s what you are choosing to work on. Focus on how you can become a fitter, healthier version of yourself, and try not to get caught up in comparing yourself to other people. Remember, we are all different human beings with different physiques and mindsets, and the only thing you can control is your…