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Why You Want to Be an Athlete

why you want to be an athlete
an athlete’s core is mental strength

How Identifying as an Athlete Improves Your Life: The Mind Body Connection at Its Best

Being an athlete allows you to go after what you want. This is why you want to be an athlete. The stories you tell yourself are the thoughts that fuel your decisions. The decisions you make every day lead to the actions that shape your life. By strengthening your identity, you can improve the trajectory of your life.

Sometimes the story you tell yourself is full of self-limiting beliefs. You can try to change each thought and emotion over time. If you want to change negative thought patterns focus on your identity. It’s a shortcut that can bring about quick positive change.


Your new identity will override perceived shortcomings, and replace them with beneficial behaviors. Best of all, you will begin to exhibit these positive characteristics automatically. If you have the identity of a cat, you are not going to bark, eat bones or look for fire hydrants.


One identity which benefits every area of your life is that of an athlete. Having an athlete’s mindset makes you a healthier and better version of yourself. Here are a few reasons why.

What It Means to Be an Athlete


1. Athletes are driven. You have a desire to win and to achieve great things. You set goals and always do your best.


2. Athletes are focused and self-disciplined. You have a growth mindset, knowing that you can always get better through hard work and that hard work pays off. You have a good work ethic because you know that consistent practice leads to success.


3. Athletes find a way to make it happen no matter the challenge. You have the mental toughness to dig deep and persevere. You can overcome any obstacle because you never give up.


4. Athletes are more relaxed and content. You manage stress well, and are less likely to be depressed or anxious. Working out releases endorphins which make you feel good. This makes you calmer, happier and more even tempered.


5. Athletes are more confident. Confidence is beneficial in the workplace as well as in relationships. It makes you a better leader and a happier person.


6. Increased blood flow to the brain gives athletes cognitive advantages. You have better memory, concentration, creativity and problem-solving skills.


Life isn’t always easy but being an athlete teaches you that you can do hard things. The Health Coaches at Golden Home Fitness can bring out your inner athlete. Whether you’re just starting out or you need to up your game, we can help. We will put you on the right path and help you continually improve. For your free Golden Home Fitness in-person or virtual workout click here.

5 TIPS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

1. AVOID TOXINS

While most of us don’t purposely ingest bug repellent or Drano, we may very well be putting things in our body which are detrimental to our health. Here is a cheat sheet of foods we want to AVOID for good health, as well as for weight loss or weight maintenance:

ADDED SUGAR (cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, Maltose, Dextrose, rice syrup, molasses, caramel).

HIGHLY PROCESSED FOODS (crackers, cookies, cakes, pies, biscuits, muffins, white bread, white rice, regular pasta, ice cream and most dry cereals)

           TRANS FATS (fast food, fried foods, doughnuts, creamer, margarine, vegetable shortening, refrigerated cinnamon rolls, frozen pizza)

PROCESSED SOY (found in many protein powders, nutrition bars and diet foods)

SUGARY DRINKS (such as fruit juice, soda, diet soda, sports drinks, cocktails) dates or celebrations instead of mealtime ones;  explore new activities such as indoor climbing, spinning, hiking or dancing;  play tickle tag with your kids;  park further away at Golden Home Fitness can get you on the fast track to an active lifestyle.

2. STAY ACTIVE:

Fit quality workouts into your weekly schedule;  plan active meetings dates or celebrations instead of mealtime ones;  explore new activities such as indoor climbing, spinning, hiking or dancing;  play tickle tag with your kids;  park further away from where you need to be;  take the stairs instead of the elevator.  The Health Coaches at Golden Home Fitness can get you on the fast track to an active lifestyle.

3. EAT WHOLE FOODS

Money-hungry corporations will continue to manufacture caloric fake foods containing obscene amounts of sugar, trans fats, and sodium.  These foods can be tempting until you realize they are robbing you of what you really want:  to feel energized, focused, and more than able to tackle your passions.  Fortunately for us, the world is also full of delicious and nutritious real foods which will keep us full, satisfied, happy and healthy.  Why not explore new ways to nourish your body:  eat a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, try a new type of cuisine or a new way of preparing your favorite flavors, experiment with spices, and find what fuels you best. Why not think of rather than tasty poison. 

Here are some of the almost  infinite HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES you can make:

VEGETABLES:  spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets,peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, eggplant, peas, edamame, mushrooms FRUITS: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapefruit, acai, sour cherries, berries, melons, pineapple, bananas, coconut, apples, oranges, lemons, limes, pears, grapes, figs

PROTEIN: (ideally Organic, free range, cage free, Omega-3 containing, pasture raised, wild caught, or grass fed):Beans (red, kidney, garbanzo, black, pinto),  fish (such as salmon, tuna or sardines),  Eggs, Cheese (Parmesan, Feta, Goat cheese, Neufchatel), Yogurt (with no added sugars), Shrimp, Oysters, Lobster, Crab, Mussels, Clams, Wild Game, Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Pork, Tofu

HEALTHY FATS: avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nut butters, coconut oil, nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds, macadamias, cashews)

STARCHES AND GRAINS: quinoa, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, whole grain pasta, brown rice, whole grain bread (such as ezekiel bread), Amaranth

MISCELLANEOUS: 70% dark chocolate, apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, flax seeds, fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir), green tea, WATER (lots and lots of it!)

4. SLEEP WELL

Put 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep per night at the top of your priority list.

Here are some tips for improving your sleep:   figure out where your teens are and touch base with them BEFORE you go to bed;  accomplish as much as you can during the day so you are satisfied by the day’s end;  stick to the same sleep schedule every day of the week;  don’t do difficult or draining tasks such as taxes right before bedtime;  find a soothing way to wind down (such as a warm bath or reading);  exercise during the day;  keep your room light and noise free and 60-67 degrees;  write down a to-do list or mental purge prior to bedtime so you can discard distracting thoughts;  limit alcohol and heavy meals in the evening; don’t smoke before bed (or ideally ever).

5. AVOID STRESS

Have a plan for your year, month, week and day;  learn to think of problems as challenges that will make you stronger;  exercise;  get regular massages;  give meditation a try;  practice yoga;  find activities that refuel you by relaxing your mind such as reading or writing in a journal;  ask yourself what the true cause of your anxiety is — if you’re a procrastinator think of the first step to take to get the ball rolling; don’t be so hard on yourself –change negative self-talk to personal encouragement;   have a sense of humor –life is full of mishaps which will eventually turn from a headache into something you can joke about;  and remember that you have survived 100% of your toughest days.

No one is perfect but if you arm yourself with the right information, you will be able to: reduce or maintain your weight;  look and feel younger than your age;  and reduce your risk of getting a chronic disease such as Heart Disease, Cancer or Diabetes.  A happy, peaceful, healthy life is yours for the choosing.  We hope these tips will get you on that coveted path to wellness.

Endnotes

  1. Toxins and Sugar:  healthline.com
  2. Trans Fats:  WebMD.com;  heart.org (American Heart Association)
  3. Soy: health.harvard.edu;  Well&Good.com
  4. Fermented foods:  healthline.com
  5. Cheese: thehealthy.com
  6. Sleep: SleepFoundation.org (National Sleep Foundation)
healthy holiday recipes

Healthy Holiday Recipes: Damage Control with Delicious Winter Salad

Healthy holiday recipes are important for your overall health and enjoyment of the holiday you celebrate.

While many holiday recipes will use peppermint or feature decadent desserts to impress your friends, family, and colleagues, we’re going to focus on the part of the holidays no one talks about: the rest of your meals!

When you’re eating nutritious healthy holiday recipes, the “damage” that holiday parties cause will be much less. So we’re focusing on three things missing from most holiday recipes that will keep you healthy all winter long: Protein, Fiber, and Micronutrients.

Additionally, this time of year everyone is in a rush, who has time to cook healthy meals? We’re keeping the prep time on this one to under 10 minutes!hea

Ingredients Healthy Holiday Recipes: Winter Chicken Salad Edition

Total Prep Time: < 10 minutes

Quantities Listed Serves 4-6

Ingredient List:

– 2 Packages of Pre-Grilled Chicken Breasts

– 2 Bags of Pre-Washed and Cut Leafy Vegetables

– 1 Cup of Organic Seedless Raisins

– 1 Tub of Organic Hummus

– 1 Cup of Sliced Almonds

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Preparation Instructions for this Winter Recipe for Fitness Success:

  • Heat chicken in a large skillet for 2-4 minutes
  • Empty the greens mix into a mixing bowl
  • Add the raisins and almonds, followed by the chicken
  • Add several large dollops of hummus throughout the bowl
  • Add butternut squash to large saucepan and cook on low to medium heat until soft to the touch (6-10 minutes)
  • Serve, adding cinnamon to the butternut squash with salt as desired, and enjoy! Bon Appétit

This healthy holiday recipe for fitness success was developed by Coach Will H. Hansen and has been published here by the author. Want to save time rushing back from the gym in time to prepare dinner? Try out exercising at home with a complimentary workout where we come to you! Call (844) 704-9477 or click here to reserve a time that works for you!

chicken and butternut squash

Chicken and Butternut Squash – Winter Recipe for Fitness Success!

After our last recipe highlighting the often overlooked Sweet Potato, now we’ll work it’s component Butternut Squash! This winter recipe with chicken and butternut squash is both delicious and healthy to help you maintain fitness success.

It will also keep you nourished, warm, and fit through the holidays! Be sure to check out our other healthy recipes to keep the variety going all year long.

Ingredients for Chicken and Butternut Squash Winter Recipe

Total Prep Time: < 20 minutes

Quantities Listed Serves 2-4

Ingredient List:

– 1 lb chicken

– 1 large bag of Kale

– 1 bag of Butternut Squash Cubes

– 1 tbsp Avocado Oil (for Kale sautée)

– 1 tsp of Himalayan Salt

– 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning

– 3 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
  • Place chicken on a tray, add Italian seasoning and bake for 15-25 minutes until fully cooked through
  • Add avocado oil, kale, and a splash of water to a large saucepan
  • Sautée Kale for 2-5 minutes, according to taste
  • Add butternut squash to large saucepan and cook on low to medium heat until soft to the touch (6-10 minutes)
  • Serve, adding cinnamon to the butternut squash with salt as desired, and enjoy! Bon Appétit

This chicken and butternut squash recipe was developed by Coach Will H. Hansen and has been published here by the author.

Want to save time rushing back from the gym in time to prepare dinner? Try out exercising at home with a complimentary workout where we come to you! Call (844) 704-9477 or click here to reserve a time that works for you!