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Rest is the starting point, not the backup plan.

Breaks are not just beneficial in all areas of life, but essential in making the most of them.

Example A:

People get more done when they exercise using predetermined rest periods!

First of all, you don’t start your workout after you complete 2,000 jumping jacks. Although it’d be kind of humorous to watch you go from that to burpees, it would certainly set you up for failure.

Additionally, if you attempt to do an entire 45-minute workout at 100% effort, you will inevitably crash into the wall of fatigue a multitude of times. It’s much wiser to cushion the workout with rest periods to fend off total self-destruction!

Example B:

In the workforce, 9 out of 10 employees will perform more efficiently when given shorter, more spread out shifts than trying to cram 70 hours of labor into each 7-day period.

You can try to argue that by presenting various outliers, but realistically, it’s not sustainable. Besides, when a restful employee retires, he or she will have their health to enjoy the time off.  

In general, you can fall into two major categories: either you rest too much or too little. Either you tend towards being a couch potato, or an energizer bunny.

It seems the hardest part is finding the happy medium regardless of your tendency! 

For example, I (Anna) fall 90% into the couch potato category by default. 

Seriously, you can safely bet a lot of money that I will be lying on a beach all day every day on my vacations.

And on my days off, I’ll be sitting on the couch reading a book or watching a movie. (After Hiking Group, of course!) 


I LOVE to sit and relax.
 
Because each one of us has particular defaults, finding the happy medium isn’t always easy; we must first understand the purpose behind rest, and what it IS NOT...

You know you’re truly resting when...
1. There is a reason behind it

2. You are doing it to better yourself, to prepare your body mind and spirit for the challenges ahead 

3. You know it’s the best thing for you in that moment

4. What you do actively refuels you

Additionally, you may not be truly resting when…
1. You are just there by default

2. You don’t have a plan of action

3. You don’t see why/how your resting will benefit your next activity 

4. You feel more numb than refreshed 

Essentially, true rest yields energy, excitement, and restoration. It allows you to be MORE productive in the end, but eliminates wasting time. Even if you choose to do nothing all day in order to rest, that is still considered being proactive if it truly helps you in the long run. 

So with that being said, take some time this weekend to find what refuels you, enjoy it without guilt, and be rejuvenated. 

And if your fitness hasn’t been “going your way” recently, you might look into making rest your starting point.

-Anna

P.S. Find a fitness rhythm that actually works. Reach out to us and see how we can help!






I Don't Get It.

How do people work out so much??

Spoiler alert! It’s not because they’re perfectly motivated. 

I asked our members what drives them to be so active, and here are the most common responses I got: 

#1
The need to set a healthy example for their kids is more important than the desire to lay around.  

#2
The need to invest in their personal health and joy is more important than the desire to take the easy road.

#3
The need to experience their body's amazing physical potential while they still have opportunity is more important than the desire to let it become sedentary.  

#4
The need to appreciate their body and continue celebrating it is more important than the desire to  hate their body image and avoid it altogether.

Just think about that—our most dedicated members don’t always look forward to going to the gym! Sometimes... they actually DREAD it.  

But that doesn’t stop them.

They know that more often than not, they won’t be in the right mood to exert themselves.

So they drive to the gym, work out despite how tired they are, and believe that in the grand scheme it will help them achieve their goals and simultaneously resist a lifestyle of living simply from moment-to-moment desires.

Those who choose to be disciplined, not those who are perfectly motivated, are the ones who make the most lasting lifestyle upgrades.

Personally, it seems the only times I have much motivation to work hard in the gym (or outdoors) is when I'm too busy working from my desk, or coaching others. 

A fitness professional shouldn't struggle with motivation to do FITNESS, right!?

I’m just keeping it real. When I do have the time to train my body, all too often I’m not super eager. 

But you know what? The more I press in, the easier it becomes to remember just how necessary working through the barrier of "deflated motivation" is. 

Isn't that part of why we exercise in the first place? Each time we train, we should expect it to be difficult. Otherwise, it's not doing us a whole lot of mental, physical, or emotional refining.

Sure I have a preference on what time I would like to exercise and for how long.

But those conditions are not always going to be met.

Yet I still make the most of what I have, and am thankful that I did something—every single time, without fail. 

So what does this mean for you? 

If you struggle to find time or energy to work out, welcome to OutFit. Woohoo!

Don't wait until you’re in the right "inspired" mood. That comes and goes! 

Motivation should be cherished, but isn’t foundational for fitness. But a willingness to push yourself—especially when you’re not feeling it—and a determination to choose health every day certainly is.

After all, the greatest work ever completed was achieved by The One who pushed Himself in the face of unparalleled temptation not to.
 
—Anna


"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself" -Andy Warhol 



Give Thanks

The holidays are here!!!! Can you believe it?! 

For me, tons of emotions flood my mind when considering this time of year: excitement to see family, Christmas cookies, movies, making memories, exchanging gifts...

But sometimes it creates anxiety to schedule it all. I have to buy gifts, eat everything in sight, and struggle to make time for exercise and relaxation.  

On top of it all, I sometimes start to reflect on the goals I didn’t reach the previous year and where I “should” be by now (emotionally, physically, and spiritually), to then feel discouraged for the upcoming twelve months. "Will I ever make the progress I want to see?"

Hold on, I thought the holidays were supposed to be full of positive thoughts? 

Why are thoughts like “My squat isn’t close to where I want it to be” and “I didn’t read all the books I had on my list” polluting my joy??

Friends, it is well past time to change this way of thinking. Focusing on my life’s negative aspects will not yield the positive outcomes I desire, and neither will it for you.

While being honest with ourselves about unmet goals being necessary and good, our new aim must be to truthfully examine the whole year—complete with failures AND successes! 

Here are some thoughts: maybe you didn’t lose all the weight you were hoping to, but tell me, did your body change?

Do you feel more energetic, strong, or healthy?

Perhaps you didn’t hit the PR you hoped for, conquer your reading list, or get the job you hoped for, but did you make an attempt?  

Join me this November with a new outlook. Not one of defeat, but of gratitude. 

Thanksgiving, although accompanied with its own baggage, is a day to remember our blessings and to give thanks for the life we have been given.

Christmas is also a day to rejoice in the greatest Gift ever given to mankind, and applying those principles to our own lives may well just yield the most fruitful year yet. 

So, my challenges to you over the next few days, weeks and year are to:
1. Never let your actions or habits proceed from fear. 

2. Identify the victories you have seen in your life, and let them inspire you to continue working towards your goals.

3. ENJOY the holidays!

4. Share your successes with a friend, and in turn reflect what growth you have seen in their life recently. 

One more thing: you may be thinking to yourself, “This is all well and good, but I can’t think of a single thing I improved in this year.”

Maybe your health has worsened, or you moved farther from your goals. My response to you is this: acknowledgement of where you are is the first step to growing. It’s never too late to move joyfully towards the person you were designed to be!

May your holidays be blessed and full of joy. Happy Thanksgiving! 

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” Eleanor Roosevelt

-Anna Justus



Calling All Selfless Exercisers

I have observed that most individuals have had different experiences with fitness. Personally, I sometimes feel I don’t have time for anything, and even if I do, it seems like it would be selfish and would come at the expense of a different obligation being shirked. 

In other seasons, I have enjoyed exercise so much that it became a top priority in my life causing me to focus on myself and my appearance rather than allowing wellness to take its true place in life as a tool, not my identity.

I have been on both ends of this spectrum, but recently have been amazed to see the amount of people who come through our doors and want to be fit for other people. 

This has been a concept I have been relearning over the past several years, and has been a huge gift to enjoy exercise with no pressure on myself. What is even MORE amazing is getting to see how many people share that idea with me! We see parents, grandparents, spouses and friends from ages 12-62 coming through our doors to get better not only for themselves and their own appearance but more importantly for their families and loved ones!

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a grandmother strengthen her arms so she can energetically and easily play with her granddaughter, or a high school athlete work hard so they can better perform and serve their teammates on the field. 

I get to see moms push each other to strengthen their hearts and muscles so they can be role models for their children, and husbands and dads step up to the challenge to model hard work and boldness for their boys. 

Exercise was designed for so much more than just reaching a specific number in weight or body fat. In fact, it can include those things, but was created as a tool to help us to live out our purpose more fully. 

Soldiers use their training to serve their country and fight for a greater cause. Without it, they would likely not succeed in their missions.

If you are an educator and you don’t study the materials you are to instruct others in, you will never get your lesson across to your students.

In the same way we are called to be parents, grandparents, and friends enjoying each other, and with that comes a responsibility to steward our bodies joyfully and to the best of our abilities. And tell me: what about that is selfish? If we use our fitness to grow together, to learn, and enjoy life more fully, don’t you think it would be the least selfish activities we could do? 

Don’t believe the lie that exercise is selfish. It absolutely can become that with the wrong purpose behind it, but can also equip us and strengthen us to live the life we were created to. 

So come, join me and this amazing community of driven people!

-Anna

 P.S. Snag your free workout session with us! Call at (765) 893-2311



"You should try it!"

Acquiring the drive to exercise is tough. Exercising alone? Much harder.

Before starting a wellness business, I spent a large part of my life inside various arenas of physical fitness. 

From football, to training for CrossFit, to strenuous labor to make ends meet, my life’s story has been riddled with physically demanding experiences.

And what did I take away from each one? Success requires community. No people, no sustainable forward progress. Without community, we’re bound for failure.

Over time, I’ve come to appreciate teamwork in the middle of grueling practices, workouts, and work days—even though I’m a self-proclaimed purebred of an introvert.

Listen very carefully: Needing others is not a weakness. It is a confession of your original design.

Let’s go back to the beginning—you know, that whole Adam and Eve thing. Why do you suppose humanity called for two, and not one?

We need each other. Even the greatest athletes in the world will quit if there are no people to share the victories with.

But seriously. Michael Phelps never would’ve trained the way he did if nobody cared.

Rather than simply adhering to the simple knowledge that we need others, let’s take action. 

How do we gain good company in our attempt to live healthier, more meaningful lives?

I’ve seen lots of failed attempts at getting people together to workout. Apparently, it takes a little more than body shaming and lofty promises to win people over.

If you’ve ever navigated the “Will you do this with me?” conversation, you probably know just how polarizing, and even damaging it can be to the person you’re addressing.

For this reason, I’ve decided to jot down a few of the major “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of inviting others into your fitness journey that I’ve picked up over the years. 

1. Don’t just assume they enjoy exercise.

Odds are, they aren’t particularly fond of taking multiple hours out of their week to sweat, strain, and grunt in front of a bunch of strangers. In fact, the thought of failure might paralyze them before you finish your “Will you do this with me?” pitch.

With this in mind, always approach others with the understanding that they may genuinely struggle with the fear of being judged.

Try leading with something like, “I’ve noticed how hard you work at your job. You seem to be really driven. Would you like to set some exercise goals with me?” 

They need to know you actually care about them and value their work ethic before agreeing to take on an uncomfortable challenge, like, say, Outdoor Boot Camp in the middle of Summer.

2. Do assume they have a busy schedule.

How many adults have you ever met that replied with “I’m super bored” when asked “How are you?” I’m willing to bet a very small number. Nine times out of ten, people are gasping for more rest time amidst their busy lives.

This is where you get to be their breath of fresh air: Listen to them.

Ask them about their week. Ask them about their lack of sleep. Ask them about their hard times. Show them you care. And don’t pretend. Really listen—you might gain more respect for them, and an even greater desire to enjoy recreation with them through fitness to help ease their hectic struggles.

Then share your personal experience. Share the benefits of scraping together a couple hours every week for personal health. Tell them about the disappearance of your lower back pain once you started doing a weightlifting class. Talk to them about the better sleep you get on the days you train. Extend them the invitation to join you—and let them set the day and time of the session.

Remember, one positive experience with exercise is far more effective than one hundred negative ones. Kindly ask them to try one workout, not twenty, and trust that they’ll unearth the same treasure you did when you first began.

3. Don’t superimpose your goals onto theirs.

Just because you want to have giant biceps, doesn’t mean Helen does. 

Talking too much about the physical changes you hope to see in your body may very well deter someone from joining in the fun for fear of their body shifting into something they don’t feel too fond of.

What they need to know is that the coaches of, let’s say, the Weight Loss Group, want everyone to experience success—based on what success looks like to them. Good coaches understand that each person has different aspirations, and will tailor the workouts accordingly. 

4. Do accept “no” for an answer.

It’s okay. Don’t forget why you're asking them to accompany you in the first place: You care for them. 

Even if you’re faced with a no, you should still check in with that person to see how they’re doing on a regular basis. Frequently sharing healthy recipes and the workouts you do may, over time, inspire them to do it when the timing is right.

And they, too, will come to understand that acquiring the drive to exercise is tough. And doing it alone? Much harder.

Pretty soon, they’ll be asking their friends to workout with them.

After all, needing others is not a weakness. 

It is a confession of the original design.

-Luke


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