Fitness: Feast On Fitness, by Sandra O’Brien

Feasting, according to the dictionary, is a time of celebration, commemorating an event or person. The dictionary also suggests that feasting can mean “to experience something with gratification or delight”. I especially like this definition!

In the past, my thoughts about feasting related only to overindulgence in food or drink, which left me feeling stuffed, lethargic and having had more than my fair share. But these days, I view feasting differently. Feasting daily on all life has to offer is an abundant and appreciative way to flow through life for me. And it’s a great way to think about your fitness journey.

Approaching your workout with the idea that you are feasting on life can be very supportive of your big picture plans. It can get you through the days where you just don’t feel like doing any kind of workout. This is true even if you’re in a rough patch and it’s been days since you felt like getting your workout in. For me, thinking of my workouts as a celebration of all I am, of all I am able to offer others, helps prevent me from skipping them. As a fitness instructor, if I do not take the time to celebrate me, to put myself first, to find joy in my ability to move, how can I possibility install in others how important it is for them to honour and take care of themselves? So I celebrate my workouts and I invite my clients to do the same.

What if you viewed each workout as a feast? A feast of gratification, a feast of celebration for all you have the ability to do. A celebration of You. Yes, You. You are worth it! Each workout you do is like a mini birthday celebration for yourself. Your ability to move, to bend, inhale, exhale, lift, and stretch is something to be very grateful for. Feasting and celebrating your awesomeness with each workout is good for your mind, your soul, and your body, as well as those around you. And you will burn a bunch of calories and make space to feast on some chocolate as well! Feasting, after all, does come in many forms!

Sandra-photoSandra O’Brien is mother to the world’s three most fabulous children. She is also a Law of Attraction Life Coach, Personal Trainer, yoga instructor, published author and Reiki healer. Her work has been featured on CityLine Television, and The Toronto Star. She is owner of Muskoka Hot Yoga, and Muskoka Goddess, offering hot yoga, tabata bootcamps, personal training and coaching. She created the Goddess Creation system, a female fitness program to blowtorch body fat, sculpt sexy lean muscle and empower women everywhere to be the best version of themselves, inside and out. She enjoys dancing, reading, hiking in the forest, meditation.
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