10 Reasons You Should Start an Exercise Hitlist

For those of you who are following this blog you may have missed my earlier posts on the reasons why I started my own Exercise Hitlists.  You can read about that here and here if you wish.  I also thought I would give you 10 reasons why you should start your very own hitlist!!

1.  Stop Procrastinating

Don’t be a should’ve, would’ve, could’ve person!  A hitlist is all about writing down those things that you have always thought of doing.  “I would like to run that loop around the river, it looks amazing”  Well put it on the list along with the things that you will need to do it.  ie Buy shoes, Start a running program, Begin a basic strength program.  BAM, you are already up to 4 items.  You can read my basic Hitlist Rules on this page, but don’t forget they are only a guideline do what works for you.

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2.  Commit to your Goals

The very act of writing your goals down is a powerful way of committing to them.  A study completed by Dominican University of California has proven that by accountability, committment, and writing your goals down, you are 33% more likely to be successful.  An exercise hitlist can give you a very clear plan on how you (and your family) are going to become more active.

3.  Be a Tourist in Your Own City and Surrounding Areas.

Stop waiting for your next holiday to do something exciting.  I guarantee people actually travel to your home town for their holidays (amazing right?).  Have you checked out all the popular tourist spots?  What does your local Visitor Centre recommend for ‘Things To Do’ in your area?  Every visitor centre I have been to are very helpful and often have maps on walking and biking trails that you can do.  So much fun to be had without going anywhere!

All of these spots are within 20 minutes from home.

All of these spots are within 20 minutes from home.

4.  Get Stuff Done.

I have completed about 5 hitlists in total.  On some lists, I have a couple of things that I didn’t quite get around to, whether because I lost enthusiasm for that item, or other factors came into play.  But that’s OK, the positive thing is that I managed to complete 8 other items that may otherwise have been lost in the craziness of everyday life and not even attempted.  I find that I am now much better at finding reasons why I can fit something in, then automatically saying that I couldn’t possibly do that.

5.  It Inspires Others

Don’t underestimate your ability to inspire others.  Put it out there, take photos and share them.  Not only will you have people wondering where you are, you will have them wondering whether they could do more, and then before you know it they are doing more activity too.  In a nation that is high up on the obesity stakes, we can all do with a little inspiration.

6.  Quite Simply, It……Is……Fun.

No really, it is.  My hitlist, or your sister’s hitlist may not look that exciting and that’s OK.  Make it exciting for you.  Sometimes you have to try a few new things before you find the thing that floats your boat.  That’s the whole point.  Go on, try it.

7.  You Will Do Things You Didn’t Think Were Possible.

Ask me 12 months ago whether I could run 5km and I would have laughed myself silly and told you that I couldn’t run and wouldn’t be trying it anytime soon either.  It starts with you asking a question of yourself about whether it is possible?  It is a little spark of hope and belief that opens up a whole world of opportunity.  Because when you start believing in yourself anything is possible….and that is an amazing feeling.

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8.  Your Family Will Thank You

My husband and I have four beautiful boys, one 8yr old, twins who are 6 1/2 yrs old, and one 4 1/2 yr old.  Kids need to be active and benefit from exploring and being outside, surrounded by nature.  We have done quite a lot with the kids just by starting with a basic plan and the desire to try new things.  Check out some of the fun, simple, things we have done with the kids.

Lesmurdie Falls and Why All Kids Should Get Out and Explore

Indoor Rockclimbing

John Forrest National Park and The Troll Tunnel

9.  You May Lose Weight….Or You May Not.

To be honest you won’t hear me going on about weight loss too much here, although I am a girl and reserve the right to whinge about my weight occasionally.  The reason I don’t want the hitlist to be about weight is that successful weight loss is about a combination of factors coming into play such as nutrition, consistent exercise, stress levels, sleep quality, and gut health.  I have seen weight loss attempts being foiled by just one of these things not being right.  The Exercise Hitlist is about finding enjoyment in exercise, trying new things, being a positive role model for your kids or those around you, and its about making exercise a habit.  Hopefully by starting a hitlist you will be empowered and start to feel capable of tackling the other factors if your goal is weight loss.

10.  You Will Feel Awesome

Start ticking a few items off the list and you will start feeling awesome.  Complete a whole entire Exercise Hitlist and look back over what you have done, trust me, you will feel like a Rockstar!!  Don’t believe me, go on I dare you to try it…..

What would you put on your Hitlist??

 

 

 

Blogging 101 – Why am I Blogging?

I am fairly new to this whole blogging thing and it is a case of ‘the more you know the more you don’t know’ for me.  I decided to register in Blogging 101 hosted by The Daily Post as a chance to learn more about blogging, discover some new blogs, and get some feedback on my blog and what is and isn’t working.  For those of you following my blog, I really appreciate it and hope you learn a bit more about me throughout this challenge and I would love your feedback too!

So without further ado here are my answers to the first task set for us….

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

The reason I decided to blog publicly was that I felt that I had a story to tell.  I also felt that I had the knowledge and a passion for my topic (exercise of any sort) which would hopefully encourage other people to come along for the ride and join in where they could.  Oh, and I will admit that I like the accountability factor….it feels like once I have posted my goal that I then have the whole world watching to make sure I follow through.  Usually its just a handful of family and friends…..Hi Guys!! I also have a great supporter that I met through Word Press and he has a fantastic photography blog over at The Ouachita Shutterbug.  Go check it out you won’t be disappointed.

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Exercise, health, and the great outdoors of course.  More than that, it is also about family, motivation, life, travelling, and that eternal struggle to find the balance between all of the above.

  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I would love to connect with anyone who has thought about living a more active life, those that love being outdoors, those training for a particular event, the super fit, the super unfit, basically anyone who is trying to be better than the person they were yesterday!

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  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Over the course of a year I would love to have experienced and shared many adventures and many firsts.  I would like to have improved my writing and developed my blog into something that is easy to use and interesting to read.  One of the biggest accomplishments that I wish to achieve is to have at least ten people say to me “Hey Beth, I have started a Hitlist and am doing things that I have been wanting to do for ages!!”.  Why ten? Well I would have been happy for just one person to try something different but a few people have already let me know that they have started a hitlist, very excited by that, so I had to aim a little higher.  If I have more than that get involved then I would be a happy little blogger!!

 

What Inspires You?

I am currently in the process of getting back on track in terms of eating well and training hard.  It has been a fairly chaotic six months as most of you know.  For those who don’t, in a nutshell this is how my last six months have read:  husband received job offer on other side of country in January, got house ready for sale, moved to Perth four weeks later, found a rental and school for kids in one week, sold house in Queensland, adjusted adjusting to FIFO lifestyle, bought new house, cleaned and moved house…..which about brings us to present day.  I also survived a wet and chilly winter which I haven’t experienced in years.  There is just something about a cold winters night, a fire, a good book….and chocolate.  Needless to say a few sneaky kilos and some bad habits have crept up over winter and I am feeling ready to tackle them!

My first step for getting back on track is to get my head on straight.  I am trying to gather my inspiration and use it to gather momentum.

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To get the ball rolling I thought I would share my thoughts on what inspires me.

1.  Family

Family inspires me in the good and bad kind of way.  You know how it goes….you are forever grateful and thankful for the family you have and think you have the best family in the world (cause I do), but then they can be so incredibly annoying and stupid that you just want to head slap them.  Take for example my parents (Hi Mum, Hi Dad).  They gave my sisters and I the best upbringing.  We grew up on a dairy farm and had so much room to roam and explore.  Think creeks, dams, acres and acres of paddocks, tree climbing, horse riding and lots of animals.  Of course we thought we were hard done by, we had to get the cows in and put them away in the dark most nights, feed the calves, help with milking, and hose the cow poo away from the yard.  OMG, shock horror, we had to help out.  Turns out we didn’t die and had a pretty good early foundation for an active childhood.  They also valued sports and we participated in netball, gymnastics, swimming, and any organised after school items like athletics and cross country training.

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Dad had a love of the outdoors, and we were surrounded by some of the most amazing rainforest in the world on the Atherton Tablelands.  Dad would often go trekking through the bush and come back with lots of interesting stuff….the biggest moth I have ever seen, the biggest earth worm, and glowing mushrooms…I kid you not!  Dad even took my sisters and I, and a group of my friends from school on an overnight hiking trip to the Russell River leaving from the bottom of Mt Bartle Frere, when we were in high school.  So I have a lot to thank my parents for, as all the things I love about exercise was founded right there.  I am inspired to be that for my boys and want to stay fit enough to do that.

And in the head slapping kind of way….my family, more so on Dad’s side, have struggled with being overweight and the health issues associated with that.  My mum and dad both stopped playing sport sometime around my high school years and never picked up anything else.  They were really active with working on the farm but now that they are doing other work I worry about their health.  You are never too old to start and I keep nagging them.  They have worked hard and physically all their life.  They have always wanted more for us than they had….well I want more for them.  My dad has lost over 10kgs recently and I am hopeful that one day in the future he might take my boys and their cousins on an epic hiking trip also!  I don’t ever want to stop playing so I use this as a little inspiration also.

2.  YOU -my friends, my family, the people taking the time to read this blog, the everyday people around me.

So much inspiration comes from the people who surround me.  These are a few of the people who have inspired me recently:

  • My sister-in-law competing in her first figure competition at 42,
  • A good friend who has fought thyroid cancer, changed her life, raised 3 kids on her own, took her health into her own hands and lost over 30 kilos by eating well and training hard
  • A uni friend, mum of 2 boys, who ran her first 10km race since having kids.  Not only that but she ran it under 60mins and took out her category.
  • A friend’s Dad, who at 62 hiked Mt Bartle Frere (the tallest mountain in QLD) with us and put us all to shame.
  • A 68yrs young lady at the gym I used to work at who realised her own strength and fitness after meeting friends her own age that she hadn’t seen for some time.  I still remember that moment, when she looked at me and she just got it.  She just said “Beth, I am strong.  I can do anything I want, my friends looked old.”

I could go on, but you get the picture.  These inspirational people are everywhere we just have to take the time to notice and to let them know how wonderful they are.

3.  Me (But not in the “I’m so awesome” kind of way)

I am inspired by the person I want to be.  I want to make myself proud.  I want to keep plugging away, keep trying new things, learning, doing things I didn’t think I could, failing at times but always, always moving in an upward direction.

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 What inspires you?