How do you find time from the hustle and bustle of modern life to work on your mental and physical health? We all know that health and fitness are crucial for our longevity and overall well-being. But scraping a few minutes from our increasingly fast-paced and chaotic world to focus on ourselves is a whole ‘nother hurdle—which is why I welcomed Amanda Jane to our podcast today.
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Mindset Coach and Group Fitness Instructor living in the busiest city in the world (i.e., Brooklyn, New York), Amanda has a few nuggets of wisdom to share with anyone looking to manage life and maintain optimal health without compromising on either.
Amanda: If we're not in the right state of mind, then essentially, we can't really achieve any of our goals…a lot of people have limited beliefs going on in their head…Exercise routines or regimens are great, but if you don't believe that you can do it, then you're never going to take the action to get there.
For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, start by asking: What does someone who runs a marathon do regularly? What is their identity? What are their day-to-day habits? And then how can you adapt those habits? So, by adopting those habits and starting to create that identity, then we can become a runner who runs a marathon.
Amanda: No person is born being really good at something…It takes practice, it takes consistency, it takes putting in the effort and dedication…achieving your goals is about putting in the work and creating habits, systems, and routines around these goals.
Kim: It's not just about how you look, it's how you feel, and how all of this ties back to your confidence. What do you think about that?
Amanda: There are so many more benefits to exercise, aside from just looks. There’s the health, longevity, wellness, and showing up in the world. When we're taking care of ourselves first, we're better able to take care of our family and friends; we're better able to show up, even in our careers.
Kim: How do you encourage people to either get started or make time for exercise and nutrition?
Amanda: Every single time we say we're going to do something, and we don't, we're telling ourselves that it's okay to break trust. We should build a foundation of trust within ourselves and show ourselves that we can show up and hold ourselves high; in the same highness that we would hold our job. Again, it all starts in the brain. So have that mindset shift that we are important; your goals are as important as your job, as your best friend's baby shower, etc.
We also touched on topics such as injury prevention, the role of a coach/trainer/group in holding you accountable, leveraging tips from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear, staying motivated, and how to gradually work your way into your desired identity.
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