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When it comes to fitness, luck and chance aren’t really part of the equation. Apparently, you can’t just chase rainbows and pots of gold in hopes of magically becoming fit (even though that sounds like cardio to me). It may not be as easy as we’d like, but it’s not impossible either—nothing a little hard work and dedication can’t accomplish. After all, life is about making your own luck, right?
Here are five tips you can use to make a little of your own luck in getting (and staying) fit.
They say abs are made in the kitchen and, to be completely honest, sometimes my abs are made of Cheetos. But it’s true—to get the best results out of your body, you should put the best food into it. While this is great in theory, it’s not as easy to put into practice once the week starts getting hectic. That’s where meal prep comes in.
It’s the part that takes the most planning and commitment (ugh, I know), but it makes the biggest difference in watching what you eat. Pick a day at the beginning of your week and make it your dedicated prepping day. You can even make a party out of it by inviting a few coworkers or friends to join. Pin and plan your meals, go bulk shopping and get cookin’. This is definitely more work upfront, but will be a life-saver when hunger strikes and you have nothing to eat but Lifesavers. Not sure where to start? Check out some tricks from the prepping pros.
Another way to build your own luck in staying fit is to create a routine that you like—and then stick to it. Map out your week with which workouts you’ll do each day, and at what time. Write it down in a planner or calendar so that it becomes real, not just an idea. Hold yourself accountable and commit. And when life happens, you can still be flexible and make changes, just try to replace rather than remove everything you reschedule.
When it comes to routines, the MINDBODY app is a great tool you can use to book weekly classes or appointments. Pick a day (oh hey, maybe do it on meal prep day) and schedule your classes for the week. You can see the schedules of your favorite businesses, or try something new each week using the Explore and Deals Near Me features. It even syncs what you book to your calendar—no more excuses.
If you’re anything like me, you try to pull the busy card every chance you get to justify missing a workout day (or week). Instead of bailing, find some time in your day-to-day to incorporate fitness, even if it’s in small ways. Maybe you make a point to take more walks throughout your day, or do living room workouts while you binge-watch your shows. You can even do living room workouts while you binge-watch your shows. You don’t have to make it to the gym every single day, but you can still do a little something to better yourself anytime you get the chance. It’s all about the little things.
Often when we think of fitness, we think of gyms and dumbbells and lots and lots of sweat. (Just me? Oh, okay…) But there’s a whole other component to fitness that can’t be ignored: being mentally, in addition to physically, fit. Take some time each day to reflect and focus on yourself and where you’re at mentally. Breathe. Amidst all the noise in your life, find some peace and quiet. Whether it’s meditation on your own or a weekly yoga class that helps you chill, don’t skimp on the mindfulness workouts. Your brain (and your body) will thank you.
Once you’ve become a meal-prepping, routine-planning, mindful machine, it’s important to look back at where you started. Throughout your fitness journey, keep a log or journal to track your efforts. Even if it’s as simple as writing down what you did each day and how you felt, it will show how far you’ve come. It’s hard to feel the small daily changes, but check in each month. You might be surprised at how much you notice you are growing and changing. Celebrate your milestones and be proud of your accomplishments—and use them to motivate you to be even better.
As much as we’d love for getting fit to be about luck, it’s really all about preparation and dedication. Start small and work your way up. You’ll eventually make your own luck and see real results, and that’s better than a pot of gold any day.
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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