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AFFIRMATION APRIL

Positive affirmations are more than just words; they are tools for rewiring your mindset. When we repeatedly affirm our goals and desires, we send powerful messages to our subconscious, which in turn influences our actions and behaviours.

The Challenge:

Each day in April, we invite you to commit to the daily affirmations. Repeat them aloud or write them down, allowing them to sink into your consciousness and guide your actions. Choose one or more affirmations each week to say aloud daily.

Additional Reinforcement:

1. Visualization: Along with affirmations, visualize yourself achieving your fitness goals. Imagine how it feels to be healthy, strong, and full of energy.

2. Morning Ritual: Incorporate your affirmations into your morning routine. Repeat them as you wake up, setting a positive tone for the day ahead.

3. Journaling: Keep a fitness and affirmation journal. Write down your affirmations daily and reflect on how they make you feel.

Week 1: Getting Started

  1. “I am capable of reaching my fitness goals. Each day, I am getting closer to my ideal body.”
  2. “My body is strong and resilient. I nourish it with healthy food and exercise.”
  3. “I release all negative thoughts about my body. I love and accept myself as I am, while working towards my best self.”
  4. “I choose to prioritize my health and well-being. Taking care of myself is a top priority.”
  5. “Every workout brings me closer to my goals. I enjoy the process and celebrate my progress.”
  6. “I am disciplined and focused. I easily stick to my fitness routine and make healthy choices.”
  7. “I attract positivity into my life, including a fit and healthy body. I am grateful for the progress I’ve made.”

Week 2: Building Momentum

  1. “I am committed to my fitness journey. Each day, I am becoming stronger, healthier, and more determined.”
  2. “I welcome challenges as opportunities to grow. I overcome obstacles with grace and perseverance.”
  3. “I trust the process. Every small step I take is progress towards my ultimate fitness goals.”
  4. “My body is a reflection of my hard work and dedication. I honor it by giving my best effort every day.”
  5. “I am in control of my choices. I choose nutritious foods and activities that nourish my body and mind.”
  6. “I radiate positivity and attract success. My momentum is unstoppable, and I am on the path to greatness.”
  7. “I am motivated by progress, not perfection. Each day, I am getting closer to the best version of myself.”

Week 3: Overcoming Challenges

1. “Every challenge I face in my fitness journey is an opportunity for growth. I welcome them as stepping stones to a stronger, healthier me.”

2. “I am more resilient than any obstacle on my path to fitness. I push through difficulties with determination and strength.”

3. “Setbacks are temporary. I use them as fuel to propel me further towards my fitness goals.”

4. “In the face of challenges, I remain committed to my health. I find solutions and alternatives to keep moving forward.”

5. “I release all doubts about my ability to succeed. I trust in my body’s capability to overcome any fitness challenge.”

6. “I am a champion of my fitness journey. I tackle challenges with a positive mindset, knowing they make me stronger.”

7. “I am on a path of continuous improvement. Every challenge I conquer brings me closer to my optimal health and fitness.”

Week 4: Celebrating Success

1. “I am proud of how far I’ve come. I celebrate every milestone, big or small, on my fitness journey.”

2. “Success is my natural state. I deserve all the achievements and victories that come my way.”

3. “I am grateful for the progress I’ve made. Each step forward is a testament to my dedication and hard work.”

4. “I honour my body and mind for their strength and resilience. I treat myself with kindness and appreciation.”

5. “I radiate confidence and positivity. I attract success and abundance into my life.”

6. “I am the architect of my future. I create the life and body of my dreams with each positive choice I make.”

7. “I celebrate myself as a work in progress. I am constantly evolving and improving, and that is worth celebrating.”

March into Fitness: Happy Feet Challenge

In the pursuit of fitness, we often devote considerable attention to sculpting our muscles, improving cardiovascular health, and enhancing flexibility. However, amidst our rigorous workout routines, one crucial aspect of our body often goes overlooked – our feet. Despite being the foundation of our every movement, the strength and health of our feet are frequently neglected in gym settings. Yet, neglecting our feet can lead to a myriad of issues, from decreased athletic performance to chronic pain and injury. It’s time to shift our focus and recognize the importance of foot health in our overall fitness journey. By incorporating targeted foot strength workouts into our training regimen, we not only fortify the foundation of our body but also pave the way for improved stability, agility, and resilience. Let’s embark on a journey to prioritize our feet and stride towards a healthier, more balanced approach to fitness.

Incorporate the following into the balance, stretching or breathwork part of your workout or daily routine:

1. Toe Raises:

   – Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.

   – Lift your toes off the ground while keeping your heels on the floor.

   – Hold this position for a few seconds, then lower your toes back down.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

2. Ankle Circles:

   – Sit or stand with your feet flat on the ground.

   – Lift one foot slightly off the ground and begin to rotate your ankle in a circular motion.

  – Perform 10-15 circles in one direction, then switch and perform 10-15 circles in the opposite direction.

   – Repeat with the other foot.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets per foot.

3. Calf Raises:

   – Stand with your feet hip-width apart, keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed.

   – Slowly rise up onto the balls of your feet, lifting your heels as high as you can.

   – Hold this position for a moment, then lower your heels back down to the ground.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

4. Towel Scrunches:

   – Place a small towel flat on the ground in front of you.

   – Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the towel.

   – Use your toes to scrunch up the towel towards you.

   – Hold the scrunch for a few seconds, then release and straighten the towel back out.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

5. Finally, let’s don’t forget the significance of moisturizing your feet, as proper hydration is essential for maintaining their health and preventing issues like dry, cracked skin and fungal infections.

Remember to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercises as your foot strength improves. Listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort. This routine can be done 2-3 times per week as part of your overall fitness regimen.

RED FEB – HIIT for Heart Heath

This month we are focusing on heart health, and specifically, the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This form of training has been associated with several cardiovascular benefits and heart health. These are:

Improved Cardiovascular Fitness: HIIT is known to enhance cardiovascular fitness by improving the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently. This can lead to increased stroke volume and cardiac output, which are indicators of a healthier cardiovascular system.

Reduced Resting Heart Rate meaning that the heart becomes more efficient at pumping blood.

Lower Blood Pressure and improvements in the inner lining of blood vessels.

Increased levels of good cholesterol leading to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Enhanced Insulin Sensitivity leading tooverall metabolic health and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Reduced Inflammation: HIIT has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing inflammation markers in the body.

Weight Management: HIIT is effective for burning calories and promoting weight loss or weight maintenance, reducing cardiovascular risk factors.

Download the attached file for YOUR CHALLENGE for the month! (Also available at the Gym). 

Remember to adjust the intensity based on your fitness level and listen to your body. If you experience any discomfort or pain, it’s advisable to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider.

It’s important to note that while HIIT offers numerous benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. Individuals with existing health conditions or those new to exercise should consult with a healthcare professional or fitness expert before starting a HIIT program. Additionally, a well-rounded exercise routine that includes a mix of aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises is generally recommended for overall cardiovascular health.

Jump into January – Harness the Power of a New Year

At Kyogle Community Gym we love to encourage people to think about living in a way that will help not only live longer but live better, right now, with more energy and less illness. 

Many of us think about health goals at this time of year.  A new week often brings a sense of a fresh start, as does a new month or new season, but even more so, a new year! So, let’s harness the power of a fresh start with this new year by getting ready to make some small or large changes to areas of our life that need adjusting for enhanced health and wellbeing.

To help you, we have a SMART goals worksheet, with an example, for you to download.  SMART goals help you narrow down vague ideas about getting fit, losing weight etc, into actionable steps.  So, get ready to start this January with a new set of exciting goals so that by February you are setting those habits in concrete, ready to carry you through the rest of the year.

Check your goals are SMART:

1. Specific: Clearly define what you want to achieve, rather than being vague.

2. Measurable: Establish criteria to track your progress. – numbers, percentages, or measurable ways to gauge your achievements.

3. Achievable: Ensure that your goal is realistic and attainable. While it’s great to aim high, setting objectives that are too far-fetched can lead to frustration and lack of motivation.

4. Relevant: Align your goal with your broader objectives and values. Consider why the goal matters and how it fits into the bigger picture of what you want to accomplish.

5. Time-bound: Set a specific timeframe for achieving your goal. Having a deadline creates a sense of urgency and helps you stay focused. It could be a target date or a time frame within which you aim to accomplish the goal.

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Dive into December – Healthy Skin Challenge

Welcome to “Dive into December – Healthy Skin Edition,” a month-long challenge focused on promoting healthy skin through a holistic approach. This challenge combines the power of sunscreen protection, nutrition, and exercise to help you achieve a radiant and glowing complexion. Get ready to embrace a healthier lifestyle that not only benefits your skin but also boosts your overall well-being.

No-Junk Food November

Welcome to the “No Junk Food November” 30-Day Challenge! This month-long journey is all about making a positive change in your life by saying goodbye to unhealthy junk food and embracing a healthier lifestyle. Are you ready to take on this empowering challenge? Let’s get started!

The Challenge:

The goal of the “No Junk Food November” challenge is simple: avoid consuming any junk food for the entire month. Junk food includes those tempting, but unhealthy, treats high in sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed ingredients. By eliminating these foods from your diet, you’ll be paving the way for better health, increased energy levels, and positive habits that can last a lifetime.

You may also choose to limit your junk food intake down to only one portion per day if you currently have a diet high in junk foods.

How to Prepare:

Before we begin, take some time to prepare for this transformative experience. Clean out your pantry and fridge of any junk food temptations and make space for nourishing alternatives. Plan your meals ahead of time and stock up on wholesome fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to fuel your body throughout the challenge.

Guidelines and Rules:

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the guidelines and rules of the challenge. This includes defining what qualifies as junk food, setting a start and end date for the 30-day challenge, and considering any special circumstances, like social gatherings, that may arise during the month. **Check out the ranges of foods that are considered junk food from the cheat sheet, sourced from the Australian Eat for Health Dietary Guidelines at this link: 

Healthy Eating Tips:

We’re here to support you with a wealth of healthy eating tips! Check out the sample menu that you can download from the link at the bottom of the tracker. These are nutritious foods and meals to satisfy your cravings for every day of the week. Remember, balance is key, so aim for a diverse range of nutrients to nourish your body.

Tracking Progress:

To help you stay on track, use the tracker to record your daily food intake and exercise. Or go the next step and purchase one of our Mindful Eating Journals to celebrate your achievements and embrace self-reflection – even small victories are worth acknowledging. Purchase at the gym or online:

Kyogle Together Inc. acknowledges the Gullibul, Githabul, Wahlubal and Banjalang people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters within the Kyogle Local Government Area, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.