Create a pain free Push-Up!

What’s up Epic Fitness Rockstars, Ben here! I just wanted to take a quick 3 minutes to give you 2 great tips for fixing your push-ups! What we see more often than not is the “elbow flare” – or where your elbows drive outward and not towards the body which can cause shoulder and neck pain. We also see this create a poor position of the head and neck, so this video addresses those 2 common faults.

Here are the 2 fixes you can give a try today to make your push-up awesome:

Fix #1 – Use small plates to put your thumbs on. What this actually does is forces you to use your hands more and to drive your thumbs and fingers into the ground more! This will in-turn keep your elbows more “tucked in” and in a strong position to perform a push-up!

Fix #2 – Have a focal point in front of your head 1-2 feet to create a little extension in your neck so your head and neck don’t lead during your push-up. What this will do is keep your neck in alignment with the rest of your spine and create great integrity through your entire back during a push-up!

Watch this very short video and give these 2 tips a try next time you perform your push- ups, and let us know how they go!

 

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Create a pain free Deadlift!

What’s up, Epic Fitness Rockstars!!  Ben here over at Epic Fitness. I wanted to share 3 tips to perfect your deadlift, and how to not hurt your back from a deadlift again!

This is something that our entire team is super passionate about – we know the reason you workout is to get stronger in this game of life, and to avoid injury, and the deadlift is probably one of the “biggest bang for your buck” exercises that will help keep your back healthy and strong!

Here are the 3 tips we use at the gym to make your technique feel great when you deadlift!

TIP #1 – Elevate your toes – This small change can make a big impact in finding those “hamstrings” and muscles you want to find when you first start to deadlift. Also, elevating your toes will also give you great feedback to push your hips “back” and not just “down” like a squat.

TIP #2 – Use a dowel to find a neutral spine – The dowel will give you instant feedback on if you are keeping a neutral spine and to keep from flexing your back. The goal is to keep the dowel on your butt, upper back and head during the entire movement.

TIP #3 – Use a Sandbag and load your deadlift in front of your body to start. This really makes you focus on bracing, keeping a great spine position, and pushing your hips back to create a “maximal hip bend, minimal knee bend” position that is so important to create before trying to lift heavy weights!

Check out the short video below and give these 3 tips a try, and let us know which one works best for you!

 

Tenille U. Shares her Epic Transformation!

Epic Fitness Rockstar, Tenille U. recently completed our last 8 week challenge and we wanted to share her amazing journey! Tenille was able to really connect with her body and her mind during this challenge.  Besides being able to zip up her jeans and Drop 2 Sizes, Tenille also describes the power of having community support and people that are there and who are just like you!

Here is some of what Tenille shared with us:

“I have enjoyed the journey over the past eight weeks and it has helped me feel more connected to my body and mind.  Reconnecting with myself through the love letter we wrote and also with my community (Epic teammates).  I enjoyed hearing others share their experiences along their journeys.  Watching and listening to us talk about our jeans at try on day was also eye-opening.


I felt great being able to zip up my own jeans and also felt such excitement for my fellow teammates.  Seeing them working so hard and achieving their own goals was awesome!  This journey felt much more emotional than I thought it would be.  I really noticed a change in my moods with the different foods I was putting into my body.  I feel I didn’t take the time before to realize and write down all my emotions.  I started journaling again after our Destress Techniques class and it’s helped me to notice all my mood swings and how much I needed to focus more on destressing for myself and my family.

Kindness is simply helping some feel less alone and the kindness Madison and my fellow teammates have shown has been priceless.  I have read a few quotes on this journey that have really stuck with me:

“if you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”

“Many have an image of me, few get the picture.”

“The vibes you put out into the world is a reflection of who you are inside.  Make them kind.  Make them loving.  Make them bright and filled with rainbows.”

“If you quit now, you’ll end up right back where you first began.  And when you first began, you were desperate to be where you are right now.  Keep going!!”

Thank you to the Epic Team for all of the love and dedication to us getting 1% better every day!”

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Tasha G. Shares her Epic Transformation!

Epic Fitness Rockstar Member, Tasha G. recently completed our last 8 week challenge and we wanted to share her amazing journey! Tasha’s journey was as much mental and emotional as it was physical. She realized in the first week how much weighing herself every day was mentally holding her back from long term, sustainable results. Once she turned in her scale to us, she found it to be one of the most freeing things she could do to get her mind right!

Here is some of what Tasha shared with us:

“I learned that the scale did not determine my weight loss journey.  I was completely focused on what the scale number was and not on how I was feeling.  I was allowing the numbers on the scale to determine how I was feeling for the rest of my day.  I can’t begin to tell you how freeing it was to turn in my scale.  After turning in my scale, I started to focus more on my food and my program.  I then started to notice my clothes were getting looser and my body started to get stronger.  I started to realize that the numbers on the scale didn’t define who I am.


Another huge turning point for me in this challenge was when we had to write a positive letter to ourselves. Whoa, what a huge eye-opening experience that was!  I didn’t realize how negative I was being to myself.  Once I started replacing my negative thoughts with some of my positive thoughts from my letter everything started to shift for me.  I was able to catch myself from saying and thinking negative things about myself.  I started to believe in myself again!”

Tasha is a perfect example of taking something as simple as the scale out of the equation for measuring progress, and instead using how she feels and how her clothes fit as a true indicator of success!

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Whitney T. Shares her Physical and Mental Transformation!

Epic Fitness Rockstar Member, Whitney T. recently completed our last 8 week challenge and we wanted to share her amazing journey! Not only is Whitney one of our most consistent members physically (she also hit 100 workouts in the last 6 months!) she also found that in order to get sustainable results she had to dig deep mentally as well.
Here is Whitney’s story:
“Wow!  What a journey!  The last 8 weeks were great, and I feel like I could’ve accomplished more – but I am proud of what I accomplished.  I feel that it kicked me into a mental and physical state that I have not been in in a while. The last 8 weeks have made me more accountable with my food choices.  I feel like because I had a goal in mind it was easy to stay on track.  Although that may be the case, I feel like it helped me create good habits and kick bad habits.I feel like it helped me create a habit of consistency in the gym.  Because of that consistency it led me to see results, which made me want to keep going harder.Of course, the physical changes and nutritional accountability was helpful, but over the last 8 weeks I have been able to mentally dig deeper.  Sometimes there are so many mental barriers that stop me from being my best self and I have learned the importance of de-stressing and being nicer to myself. All of this combined are habits that will help me going forward on my transformation journey to being a better me!”
We are so grateful to have members like Whitney who share such amazing stories! Ready to make 2020 your year of sustainable change?! We would love to be in your corner!

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Amy P. Shares her Emotional Transformation

Epic Fitness Member, Amy P. recently joined our “Drop 2 Sizes” program and to say she had some amazing results is an understatement. Her transformation was more mental and emotional, and that gave her the ability to have a physical transformation as well. Besides dropping two sizes, losing almost 8 inches off her waist and hips, she also got her confidence back with her goal to truly love herself for who she is!
Here is some of what Amy shared with us:
“I grew up hiking, playing soccer, volleyball, water polo, being on swim team and surfing.  Being active became part of who I was and not just something I did.  Over the last 10 years I have struggled with my weight, strength, endurance, etc. due to health issues and not always being able to be active.  This was such a blow to me not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.  When I’m not as active I really start to get down on myself so much that I start hating myself.  I feel like I’m not worth anything and that I’m never going to be good enough.  There are other contributors to these feelings but they get darker when I have to “take it easy” or take care of myself in some way other than being active.
When the opportunity came to do D2S, something inside of me nagged instantly to sign up and make that commitment.  I just kept thinking that this challenge would help me with the mental and emotional aspect of my struggles and not only the physical.  I couldn’t be more grateful that it has!
I had gotten to a point where I sincerely, truly and deeply hated myself.  For me there has always been a difference between what I feel and what I know.  Recently it seems that what I felt started to become what I know instead of the other way around.  Some of the weekly topics really hit home for me and were so hard that I couldn’t even write anything down to do the activity.  However, those were the topics I could use the most.  I still have good and not so good days, but I’m grateful that when the not so good days come my mind seems to automatically jump to what we’ve discussed throughout the challenge and I’m able to see the light better than falling more into the darkness.
This challenge has also helped me better combat my feelings of being worthless.  It has been hard to admit that I do matter (which was my mission statement).  I chose that as my mission statement because I wanted to at least start believing it by the time this challenge concluded.  I’m happy to say that I am starting to believe that!!
While this challenge has definitely helped me physically, I am more grateful that this challenge has uplifted and changed me both mentally and physically.  I know that has been the bigger success.  I still have hurdles to jump, but they don’t seem so discouraging anymore.  My goal to truly love myself seems attainable and I am well on my way there!

MAHALO so much for giving me additional tools to help me on my journey.  Most of all, thank you for believing in me and that I was worth it when I didn’t.  I will never be able to thank you all the way you truly deserve.  My life is forever better now.”

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Charli G. Shares her Epic Story!

We are so excited to be able to share Epic Fitness Rockstar Member, Charli G’s amazing transformation since she started with us.  She has shown up every day in the gym full of gratitude and a willingness to learn and improve 1% every day, and we have been so grateful to be on her team!

Here is more in Charli’s own words:

“This was truly a great experience.  It was a perfect amount of success with a mix of the perfect amount of challenge.  The most enjoyable part for me was the group and the classes.  I gained motivation and energy through the group support system.  While I wanted to improve for myself, it’s my coaches that I also didn’t want to let down.  This accountability is very powerful!

The biggest challenge for me is drinking alcohol.  Working out wasn’t a challenge for me but the alcohol was very difficult for me to give up.  Instead, I improved 1% and drank significantly less than I was prior to the challenge.  My area for improvement the next go around will be to drink even less, in fact, not at all.

The other obstacle for me was journaling.  During this challenge I went to NYC, Moab and Casper WY.  I stayed pretty strong eating and snacking and working out with some weaker moments.  Routine really helps with consistency and traveling added a significant “challenge” to a “challenge.”Despite these challenges, I feel like a new person.  I feel happy, I feel strong, I feel empowered.  I feel confident in my clothes and I feel confident in my own skin.  I will continue with the positive habits I developed, and I’ll continue on a positive path in my life.  I’m grateful for Epic Fitness, and all the staff for encouraging and motivating me.  Not only did I drop 2 sizes, but I dropped a lot of stress and grief along with it.  Thanks for coaching and cheering me on this journey.”

Thank you, Charli for sharing your amazing story!!

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Bored From Success

By: Ben S. Fogel

Bored From Success

Being in the fitness industry now for 15 years and seeing hundreds, if not thousands, of fitness “trends” and health “hacks” come and go, I am going to make a bold statement and say the greatest threat to your success in health and wellness is not failure, but boredom.

Bored from Success

Boredom from those workouts your coaches keep putting you through – push, pull, hinge, squat, carry and everything else!  You keep asking “Isn’t there something more sexy than this?”

Boredom from that nutritional plan that actually WORKED.  Eating protein, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, healthy sources of fats.  You aren’t sure if it will work long term, so you want to try something else.

Here is my theory – We get bored from these habits because they literally stop delighting us.  The outcome becomes more expected while our habits become ordinary and mundane.  We lose the weight, we get our jeans to fit, and we reach our goals but then we start derailing our progress by seeking novelty.

Novelty may be the biggest hinderance to achieving long-term, sustainable results.  It is also known as “shiny new object” syndrome, and it is literally killing our progress.  Perhaps this is why we get caught up in a never-ending cycle, jumping from one workout to the next, or one diet to the next.

As soon as we experience the slightest dip in motivation, we begin seeking a new strategy, even if the old one was working!  As the old Italian Philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli noted:

“Men desire novelty to such an extent that those who are doing well wish for a change as much as those who are doing badly.”

 Companies are turning these “novel” ideas into multimillion-dollar ideas.  I never knew that our muscles needed to be “confused” until Beach Body came out with P-90X!  Who would have known that the Paleo diet was going to be all the craze in the 21st century – like eating animal protein, fat and vegetables was some new nutritional strategy – when it was really popularized with our ancestors thousands of years ago!

What is the best solution to the problem we find ourselves facing then?  How do we get rid of all the clutter around us, all of these new “novel” ideas that are being thrown down our throats by the marketing machines of the 21st century?  Honestly, I don’t think I have a solution to this. We are going to be constantly bombarded by crazy ideas that so-called “professionals” throw out there every day, just to try and make a buck.

The best advice I can give you is to form your own wellness principles based on ordinary habits that you can actually do 80-90% of the time.  These principles will act more like your “north star” directing you towards long term, sustainable health and wellness practices – and when practiced daily can lead to some pretty dramatic results over the long term!

To come up with these principles, I would suggest asking yourself the following question as you come up with your own unique principles:

Will I be able to replicate this principle daily in my life and make it a sustainable habit over the long term?

 If the answer to this question is “Yes”, then you are well on your way to building some pretty amazing principles to guide your daily habits.  Strength Coach Dan John likes to call these principles “Pirate Maps.”  A pirate map would look like this:

 “Fly to St. Johns Island.  Drive 2.5 miles south until you see a large coconut tree.  Walk 7 paces east of the tree and start digging.”

Think of a pirate map as all of the daily repeatable habits that you can do to get you closer and closer to your own defined goal or finding your “buried treasure.”  Some ideas of principles that you can add to your own “pirate map” may include:

  • A sleep hygiene strategy – something you can repeat each night to get yourself ready for the next day (like having a “to-do” list!)
  • Carving out time in your day for taking care of your own health and fitness
  • Committing to eating certain food groups (like more vegetables)
  • Having time built into your day for mindfulness

It really depends on where you are at in your journey, but what we suggest are habits that you can also “stack” onto other things you are already doing.  For example, since you are already brushing your teeth at night, why not place your time of being mindful (meditation, writing your gratitude for the day in a journal, etc.) and stack it with that habit that you are already performing.  This will help the new habit “stick” and become a daily part of your routine.

Remember, the hardest thing that will happen once you start to apply many of these new habits is you will get bored.  You will want to try something “new and shiny.”  DON’T DO IT!  Stick with your plan, stick with the pirate map that you have created, and before you know it you will be achieving things in your life that you once never thought possible! 

**PRO TIP**  Here is a little secret about habits sticking.  They will ONLY stick if they become repetitive, have a stable context, and elicit positive emotions.  As James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits” has said the 3 things that help habits stick are:

1) Repetition.  Habits form based on frequency, not time.

2) Stable context.  If the context is always changing, so is the behavior. You need a reliable environment.

3) Positive emotions.  If it feels good, you’ll want to repeat it.

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3 Tips to own the holiday “hustle!”

It is already the first week of November, and I bet you can already feel the seasons are changing and winter is about to be in full swing!  With that said, we only have 8 Monday’s left in 2019 and so many holiday celebrations crammed in such a short period of time!

How do you keep your sanity during it all?  With family commitments, work parties, and overly busy schedules to get ready for it all we want to help you simplify these next 8 weeks so you can keep your sanity and stay happy (and healthy) over the holidays!

Here are 3 quick tips to own the “holiday hustle!”

1.)  Schedule “Me” time!

 Yes, you heard that right! What would benefit you the most during the busiest time of year is to schedule “Me” time.

The best way to do this is to pull out your calendar (I prefer one I can write on, the old fashioned way!) and mark on your calendar every commitment you already know about – every party, event, meeting, etc. that are non-negotiable and that you can’t miss. Once you have those all scheduled, now schedule your “Me” time!  Now is not the time to skip workouts or just say “I am too busy and I am going to take the week off.”

Instead, schedule this very important time just like you would a doctor’s or dentist appointment.  Place it in your calendar and make sure you hold yourself accountable to it by either letting people know that are close to you (like your family) that you have appointments with yourself on these days and times.  Or even better, stay accountable to your coaches here at Epic Fitness by scheduling your coaching appointments and sticking to your plan.

2.)  Prioritize your day with the ONE thing that is non-negotiable to get done each day.

After diving into a ton of time-management books and the like, the biggest aha I got was after reading “The One Thing” by Gary Keller was this:

Time is the most valuable non-renewable resource that we all have the exact same amount of.  It is the way in which we use it that becomes the issue. 

What Keller recommends (and what I find super fascinating) is actually making a “to-do” list with just ONE thing on the list.  Yep, you heard me right – ONE THING!  This leads to what they call in the book the “focusing question”, which is:

 “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

This reflects back another important concept known as the Pareto Principle.  20% of your effort will produce 80% of your results.  So, instead of having a never ending to-do list that will leave you even more stressed at the end of the day when you don’t even have half of the items complete, find that ONE thing and focus intently on getting it done each day.

Whether it is a project at work, some cleaning you have been putting off at home, or anything in-between, the power of the ONE thing is real!

3.)  Say “No” more than you say “Yes”

As I just wrote that, I know this may be wildly unpopular.  I have been a “yes” man most all of my life, until I realized that respectfully saying “no” gave me freedom that I never thought I had the ability to have.

You will be asked by many people if you can do many, many things over the holidays.  This is where you should be hyper aware of the amount of commitments you are making and how it actually affects your life and your stress levels, especially during the holidays.

We have all been there – you just double booked yourself for that holiday party – and you need to go to both events!  Isn’t that one of the worst feelings?  Showing up for a half hour only to leave almost as quickly as you came.  Gracefully saying “No” can be hard, especially if you have said yes in the past to similar things.  But it also helps you avoid this awkward feeling.

One of the best ways to get your sanity back during the holidays is to not be afraid to say “no.”  Don’t even think that you have to give a reason why, it is ok to just say “thank you so much for the invite, but I will be unable to make it.”

One of the worst ways to respond is to say, “I will try to make it.”  The word “try” presupposes the likelihood of failure by about 110%!  Honestly, say it in any sentence and put yourself in the shoes of the receiver.  “I will TRY to make it to your party.”  Or, “I will try to pick you up from the airport.”  How would that make you feel if you were stuck at the airport and that is the line your friend pulled on you!  As Yoda famously said (make sure you recite this with the accent!):

“Do or do not.  There is no try.”

 I know this habit will be a tough one, but once you start to say “no” to little things, you will see the amount of freedom and time it brings back into your life!

Most importantly, enjoy this holiday season with your friends, family and the people that mean the most to you and that lift you up!

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Fitness to Finance – 4 concepts you can’t ignore

There are 4 simple concepts we are going to talk about today that will help not only your fitness, but also your finance.  Maybe you have heard of some of these concepts, maybe you haven’t.  In any case, when you put these 4 strategies into action some amazing things can happen not only to your fitness and health, but also to your fiscal finance and wealth!

I wrote this after listening to best selling author of “Profit First” Mike Michalowicz speak at a seminar and his turning point in his career was when he learned these 4 concepts!

One of the best things a client ever said to me when he signed on the dotted line to start a membership with us was “I realize now that my health is my wealth!”  Wow!  Now that is a powerful one liner, so powerful it bears repeating:

“I realize now that my health is my wealth”

What he realized was that no amount of money would give him a healthy body or give him the ability to perform at the level that he wanted to perform at.  He knew he would need to work on his physical fitness and improve his health, and that in turn would turn into his newfound “wealth.”

We are going to talk about not only physical wealth but also fiscal wealth and how closely tied together they are in these 4 concepts.  Here is what you can start to incorporate into your life right away that will not only make an impact on your health, but also on your wealth both physically and financially.

Concept #1 – Small Plates

About 200 years ago, our dinner plates were actually the size of a dessert plate (does anybody even have these anymore?!).  In all seriousness, our plate size has over DOUBLED in the last couple of centuries.   Back then, we were taught to “clean off our plate” and that mantra has continued as we grew up and now as we raise our children.

Want the solution?  Use a smaller plate. Using a smaller plate is the best way to subscribe to “forced portion control.”  Actually, only have smaller plates in the house.  Then, this really weird thing will start to happen – you will actually start to eat LESS!  This will help us force portion control in the right direction and give us the ability to eat less without even thinking about it, as it is an almost automatic habit you don’t need to put much more thought on once you replace your plates with smaller ones.

In finance, you can do the same thing by controlling the “serving” of cash you have available to use.  By separating the money into “smaller plates” or separate savings or investment accounts, and “carving” out that money before it even hits your primary cash or checking account, you have in essence “paid yourself first”.

Then you will end up with less in your “serving” dish of cash, and that is ok as you will learn how to deal with this very quickly, just like you did with the small plates.  This is also known as “Parkinson’s Law.”  The concept of Parkinson’s law leverages this behavior of being able to “make due with what you got.”  If there is less in your account, you will be forced to spend less and not make those silly purchases!

This is a lot like a tube of toothpaste.  We all have been there before – where we either have a full tube of toothpaste or an almost empty tube of toothpaste.  We will use that toothpaste differently depending on what end of the spectrum we are at!  I love a full tube of toothpaste because I can just lather up that toothbrush with a huge amount and care less (a lot like over-spending when you get a raise/bonus/etc).  I also love working with a smaller tube of toothpaste – it forces me to use muscles that I never knew I had to squeeze out that very last little bit of toothpaste!  Think of your primary account just like this tube of toothpaste – if you are almost out and can’t pay your bills then you can’t afford those things you have been buying!

Concept #2 – Eat your “Vegetables” first!

How do most of us eat dinner?  Maybe if we are out to eat, we may start with an appetizer then move on to the main course, then dessert.  What about at home?  I would always start with the “meat and potatoes!”  In all seriousness, the process is pretty much the same for all of us.  We will almost always start with the most savory, tastiest part of our meal first – then go on to eat the most of that!

What if we didn’t change us, but merely changed the process of how and what we ate first?

What if we ate the vegetables first off of our plate, then we proceeded to the rest of our meal?  This forces us in a good way to eat the most nutritious part of our meal first, and that way we may even be fuller a little sooner once we get to our main part of our meal, maybe even full enough to not even eat dessert!

In finance, the vegetables are the “profit” that we pay ourselves first with, and place in a retirement or savings account.  The saying “pay yourself first” is very true, and taking your profit first is just like eating your vegetables first!

Concept #3 – Remove the temptation!

This may be one of the most undervalued concepts of all.  I have a confession to make – I LOVE chocolate chip cookies!  I know, you may have never believed it with me being a fitness professional and all!  But in all seriousness, I love freshly baked gooey chocolate chip cookies.  I would actually eat them every day if I had them around.

But here’s the secret – I remove the temptation!  I don’t have fresh baked cookies inside my house every day (ok, maybe just on the weekends!)  Here is something that I learned after a very long time:

You can’t use willpower to avoid temptation

If you remove the pure accessibility of whatever item/s it is that you are tempted to eat (mine just happens to be chocolate chip cookies!) you will be 100% less likely to dive into whatever it is that tempts you.

In finance, let’s go back to these “profit” accounts where you pay yourself first.  In order to remove the temptation, we recommend setting up these accounts in a very “inconvenient” place – like a completely separate bank.  This is where it is so hard to transfer any money back, and it removes that temptation to do so.  It is also “out of sight, out of mind.”  This can be a game-changer since you don’t see the account balance daily, and this account will continue to grow and grow without you making the mistake of putting your hand in that damn cookie jar and taking anything out!  I heard a story once of a businessman doing this for about 20 years, and he never checked the balance of this savings account.  After 20 years, he accumulated over 1 million dollars!  Wow, now that is avoiding a lot of temptation!

Concept #4 – Eat 5 meals a day

This concept of eating smaller, but more frequent meals during the day does several things.  The most important of which is it regulates your appetite throughout the day, so you don’t have those huge peaks and valleys.  You all know what I am talking about.  It is 3pm and you haven’t had lunch yet.  You are so hungry that you could eat anything in front of you, and what is usually in front of you is a fast food stop!

What if you were able to plan out your main 3 meals of the day, along with a small morning and mid-afternoon snack that was easy enough to take with you (non-perishable) that kept you in sync during the day?  Do you feel like you would be in more control?  The answer is yes.  When we start to split our large meals that we normally only have once or twice a day into smaller more manageable meals (think small plates here) we keep the peaks and valleys at bay.

In finance, there will be peaks and valleys in your income.  By making your savings automatic, and also automating the day these funds get transferred out of your account – like 2 times per month instead of one – you will start to be able to self-regulate your finances much, much easier.  For example, if you wanted to start saving $100/month and that just sounded like such a large amount, what if you were able to break that up into two $50 transfers that occurred on the 10th and 25th of the month?  Would that feel a little less hard and not break the bank?  This concept of splitting up your savings to twice a month can be a game-changer.

Give these 4 concepts a try in your fitness and finance to become more physically and financially free!

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