Top 30 ways to keep fit, focused and fearless
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh
Are you able to keep fit, focused and fearless all throughout the year? That’s a tough ask, especially during 2020. I think we all started out with high hopes for a memorable year, but it certainly is turning out differently than we all expected.
As we progress through the second half of 2020, I thought to share thirty ways to do just that. Now, why would I do this? I think we all need encouragement to keep our chins up and move forward; me included. Therefore, for each area, I offer you these suggestions.
Consider it an invitation to conquer fear, fight for joy and a way to thrive.
TEN WAYS TO KEEP FIT
We all know that keeping fit is essential to health, managing stress levels and our overall mental wellbeing. Sometimes it’s easier to think it than getting dressed for action. But, this I know, keeping fit is one of the best ways to live a healthy life.
What’s the reason?
After the armed robbery, when I was struggling with the trauma, getting fit was key to my healing. It was one avenue that I prioritised and still do. A thirty-minute cardio workout three to four times per week is incredibly helpful for your life.
Did you know that a cardio workout is a natural mood stabiliser, natural antidepressant and anti-anxiety all in one?
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. – John F Kennedy
- Clean your home – yup, you read correctly. Get moving, mopping and dusting. A few hours of substantial housework involves many squats, stretches and some cardio too.
- Do some gardening. There’s nothing like digging up a bed, weeding or planting to build strength. Download a fitness app and follow the instructions by signing up for an online class or programme.
- If you’re like me, find a friend, and begin an accountability fitness plan.
- Walk, run, cycle, or hike. Get some fresh air and vitamin D for the win.
- Chase a toddler around the house or garden. That’s sure to get the heart rate moving.
- Play a game of tennis, squash, or kick the soccer ball around.
- If you’re a parent and have a trampoline at home, jump on that one like you did when you were a child.
- Enter a virtual race and begin training. The Women For Change Virtual Race is a good one to try. The proceeds go towards raising awareness of Gender-Based Violence.
- Set a goal, put it up where you will regularly see it and get going. Don’t forget to celebrate every victory as that will keep you motivated.
- Hire a personal trainer or coach.
When I run, I do my best thinking and praying. Maintaining fitness is an innate gift and great joy.
Consequently, if you have some more ideas, please send them my way. I’d love to share them.
TEN WAYS TO KEEP FOCUSED
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar
With all that’s going on, it is easy to get distracted and discouraged. These ten ways to remain focused might be just what you need to take the next step in your life. The words of Bruce Lee are simply inspiring, “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
- Learn to say ‘no’. So much of life is about saying no to certain things so that you can say yes to very best. Focus is often about saying ‘no’.
- Download an app to help you focus. Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? Tucker Cummings had this to say in her article on the Pomodoro Method, “[It] is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue. The process is simple: For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically.”
- Schedule a session or two with a coach to help you set goals and direction.
- Plan your day and establish a routine that is helpful and life-giving.
- Meditate on the Word of God and take time to pray.
- Go to bed a little earlier and wake up earlier. Have you considered that if you wake up 30 minutes earlier, you will gain 3,5 hours per week? This adds up to 14 hours per month. And around seven extra days per year. Imagine what you could accomplish during this time.
- Figure out what keeps you distracted and take stock of your life.
- Because we are tripartite beings, we need to focus on body, soul and spirit. The one affects the other so cultivate self-control and discipline in your life.
- Make sure you have something fun to look forward to. Celebrate life.
- Decide on your priorities and keep the main thing the main thing.
TEN WAYS TO A FEARLESS LIFE
- Confront your past and reconcile yourself to what happened.
- Face your fears and seek allies to help you conquer them and move forward.
- Decide that you won’t let “False Evidence Appearing Real” affect your life any longer.
- Live in your own lane. Be content with where you are headed. Don’t look at anyone else and what they are up too.
- Seek first God’s Kingdom and trust Him with your life.
- Build relationships in your life that are encouraging and loving. Invest in the right places.
- Embrace sound thinking because a fearless life is one where wisdom abounds.
- Dream big.
- Fear and laughter are never friends, so lighten up and laugh. Choose joy because when you do, it infuses your life with courage and hope.
- On this last note, cultivate hope. Keep faith alive in your life because hope, by nature, is future-focused. Hope breeds a fearless life.
“I think I’m like most people – we fear the unknown and the things that have yet to come to pass, which are the very things that don’t deserve to be feared. When you give God complete control, it’s very hard not to be fearless.” – Rihanna
So, dear friends, please let me know which one of these tips stands out to you. Better yet, which one will you implement today?
Who am I?
I’m passionate about inspiring people to live courageously. As a speaker, mentor and author, I work with families and women around the globe to help pursue their dreams and raise children with love and courage. As a mother of two, I long to see families restored and equipped. I serve locally in our communities and regularly speak on the radio on Courageous Living. Read more about my latest book here.
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