Did you know May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? In honor of this, Michelle Pino, from a spa in upstate NY called Skana, asked if she could share her thoughts on the importance of a motivational fitness board.
Creating a fitness inspiration board for yourself can be an incredibly important tool for your new healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it; it is difficult and incredibly time-consuming to make healthier choices. There are so many obstacles that we all face each day that can turn our otherwise healthy habits into unhealthy ones. The best way to make healthier choices concerning food and exercise is to continually be motivated. There is no better way to accomplish this than by creating a board for yourself that has a variety of inspirational quotes, images and other things to keep you motivated every single day.
Find Images for the Board
Your first step is going to be to find images, quotes and sayings that you can paste onto your brand new board. You can find these quotes and images either online, in fitness magazines or even by writing them down yourself on a piece of paper. These images and quotes need to be inspirational and motivational to you in some way.
Create an Anchor for the Board
One thing you need for your new fitness board is an anchor. The anchor is going to be either an image or quote in the center of the board that will be your main focus. It could be a simple quote in capital letters or a picture of your favorite fitness guru out there. It needs to have some significance and meaning to you so that you find motivation by looking at it.
Connect Your Board
Connect your board from its main anchor so that you have a theme going for the entire thing. You might focus the entire theme of the board on healthy eating choices or you could make your main theme strength training on a more regular basis. Whatever it is, it is a good idea to theme the board and make connections using images and quotes.
Get Used to Your New Fitness Board
Leave the board in a commonplace in the home and look at it regularly. If there is a quote or image on there that you find is starting to annoy you or is not as motivational as you think it would be, don’t hesitate to make changes to it. You need to feel comfortable with your fitness board so that it continues to inspire you months after it’s been finished.
Make Changes Regularly
As someone who is transitioning into a healthier lifestyle, there are going to be times when you make major changes to yourself. You might start off your journey with a focus on eating just salads and fruits, but you might change that over the course of time to healthier meat options for dinner. Don’t be afraid to change things on the board to keep things motivating.
Put the Board in a Good Spot
The new fitness board you’ve created needs to be put in a spot where you’ll see it every single day. This might be in your bedroom or in the kitchen near the refrigerator. Don’t be afraid to change its location from time to time.
It is quite easy to get motivated when you have a fitness board with quotes and images that you find comforting. Even if you’ve been living a healthy lifestyle for months now, it is still a good idea to get some source of motivation so that it keeps you going each day. A brand new fitness board might be just what you need in your life right now.
An example made by Michelle…
1.) Love this quote; so simple but so true! Source: Eatthewords
2.) & 3.) I’m really inspired by yoga for a number of reasons and is the core of my inspiration board. Yoga focuses the mind and body, teaching ourselves to find a spiritual balance. I also love that yoga can be done anywhere, even the beach! Simple yoga poses are simple stretches that can be done in the comfort of your own home or when traveling. Yoga is great for beginners and the more advanced athlete. Source: Yoga Class & Yoga Mat
4.) I’m new to golf, but I find it very relaxing. I’ve been learning at the Turning Stone Golf Academy, which is a New York resort. They’ve got great instructors, and several courses to practice on. Source: Turning Stone Resort
5.) As part of my personal mission to live a healthier balanced life, I need to get better at taking care of my body. I’m taking more precaution to protect myself from harmful UV rays. Problem is, I love the sun: to compromise, I bought a floppy beach hat (similar to the one pictured from Wet Seal) to help shield my face and eyes. Source: Floppy Hat
Michelle encouraged me to create my own board, so here it is.
1. I need that body, and I will work my ass off to get it. Credit
2. I love the quote “Focus on what you can do everyday.” It’s hard to stay motivated when you focus on everything you can’t do yet. Do what you can today and go from there. And I also need to get my butt back in the pool! Photo from lululemon.
3. When I reach my goal weight of 150 pounds, I will buy myself a 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in black. No doubt about it.
4. I saw this quote the other day on Bikram Yoga Lynchburg’s Facebook page, and it has stuck with me since. It’s my new mantra when I’m running, and it can be applied to so many other facets of my life. Don’t use excuses. You’re better than that.
5. Crow. I will get myself into this pose one of these days. It will happen. Photo credit.
6. I just need more yoga in my weekly schedule. Plan and simple. I gain so much insight into my own mind when I’m practicing yoga. I need to focus more on relaxation, balance, and meditation, and yoga helps. Photo credit.
7. I’m training for my third full marathon, and I have no doubt I will ROCK this one. I’m putting in the training, and I’m going to work my butt to also incorporate yoga and swimming into the training mix. And I chose this picture to be my “anchor” because knowing I’ve already completed two full marathons gives me the boost of confidence I need, but it also gives me a good kick in the rear to make myself improve. (you can purchase this sticker from Raw Threads)
8. I really need to adopt “Eat Clean. Train Dirty.” I need to cut out the processed foods and fake sugar, and I need to get in that gym and own it like a boss. (photo found on Pinterest but I can’t find the original)
Have you ever put together an inspiration board before? I’m going to be writing a follow-up post to this, and I’d like for you to share your inspiration boards with me for that post. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and blog URL if you have one. I can’t wait to see them.
A huge “thank you” to Michelle for writing this post for me and for inspiring me to create my own fitness inspiration board. Thank you!