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Best activities to do in the cold winter days!

WINTER ACTIVITIES

When it comes to winter most people either hate it or love it – there is no inbetween. Sometimes you can hear the standard ‘I like winter, but I would like only a month of it.’ If that’s how you feel, you might not really love winter as much as the holiday season, and doing a few winter activities. Maybe that excitement lasts a few weeks before you start getting those winter colds that keep you coughing for a month, your skin starts breaking because it’s freezing, and you find yourself dreaming of summer.

Whether you absolutely love winter, sort of tolerate it for a while, or are the winter Grinch, there’s still ways you can enjoy this Season and hopefully make it pass sooner. We’ve compiled a list of activities you can give a try this winter, in case you’re out of ideas.

 

Outdoor activities.

Build a snowman or have a snowball fight.

Now wait, don’t roll your eyes yet! Building a snowman or having a snowball fight doesn’t have an age limit, and you can only do it during those few months of winter! Make it a family event, or invite your friends and make teams. Make it a healthy and fun competition, where everyone is the winner. The bonus is that jumping and running around is also good exercise, so don’t forget to wear your Leaf and track those steps!

Winter activities

Try skiing or snowboarding.

If you already know how to skii or snowboard, what are you waiting for? A Google search will likely reveal the closest location for you where you can go and do those sports. In case you never learned, but always secretly wanted to and postponed learning… well, there’s no time like now! Make this winter memorable by trying skiing or snowboarding and learning a new skill.

 

Go ice skating or sledding.

Maybe you just don’t like either of those winter sports, or can’t manage your time enough to fit them into the schedule. Luckily for you, there’s also ice skating or sledding. Equally fun winter activities, that you can do with your family or friends.
Winter activities

Indoor activities.

 

Read at least one book every week.

When the weather is nice, and warm, you can always find better things to do outside, rather than staying cooped up indoors. In winter however, it’s the exact opposite. You dread opening the front door, feeling that brisk winter air blow into your face, and leaving the comfort of your warm house. Well, if you opt for staying home, why not grab a good book? You can make yourself a promise to read at least one book every week during the winter days. A good book can definitely make the time fly faster.

 

Join the gym or make a home-workout plan.

It’s easy to slip out of your workout routine during winter. Maybe you just convinced yourself you’re going to start again in January – but really, we know January actually means March once it gets warmer. However, winter is the perfect excuse to leave your house for something productive and good for you. And in case you don’t feel like joining a gym during the holiday season, you can find several free workout options on youtube. Find one that resonates with you, and promise yourself to do it at least 3-4 times a week.

 

Sign up for some online classes.

No better way to spend those cold winter days than by learning some new things! Make the most out of staying indoors and enroll in one of the many available online classes. Depending on your interest you can find anything! All it takes is a bit of Google magic, and you’re on the patch of learning a new skill.

 

\Plan your future vacation.

Ah, those perfect summer locations. Just thinking of them makes you feel warmer. Well, why not try and plan a vacation? Plan the budget and how you can reach it, research the destinations, and figure out a doable vacation, and plan everything. Of course, it’s possible things change with time, but planning a vacation to a warm place and seeing that it can be done on a budget might motivate you and help the winter days pass faster.

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December 13, 2017
ACTIVITY WOMEN'S HEALTH

Why you shouldn’t compare yourself to others

Why you shouldn't compare

When it comes to fitness, we’ve all found ourselves gazing at all those fitness models or trainers trying to image our heads on their bodies instead. Sometimes this can be a strong motivation, but other times it can have the exact opposite effect. Especially if you notice that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t look the way they do.

Competitions and contests are often used in fitness for the purpose of community – you’re aware you’re not the only one working on your health and this inspires you to continue and work hard! But then again, this can have the opposite effect both on your motivation and your self-esteem.

 

There is one very important thing to remember – not one single person on Earth is the same. You don’t have the same metabolism, body shape, or needs as anyone else – so comparing yourself to someone doesn’t really make a lot of sense when you look at it like that. Comparison puts the focus on another person, when the focus should be on YOU. What you need and what your body needs.

So here are some suggestions that might help you stop yourself when you start comparing yourself to others.

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Make Goals that are attainable for YOU.

The first goals you set should not be something you will work weeks to achieve. Whether that is setting up your Activity Goal in the Leaf app, or deciding on a weight loss goal if you are working on losing a few pounds – make sure it is something you can reach within 1-2 weeks. Start small. Just seeing the progress you make, and knowing you managed to reach the first goal you set up will give you an additional boost to keep going. Once you reach the first goal you set, keep enhancing it further. Keep in mind how long it takes you to reach the goal you previously set when setting up the next one. If you reached it faster than usual, enhance the goal more than you normally would.

 

Accept yourself.

Working on your fitness, or health and trying to do better means that there are certain aspects of your life that you aren’t happy with. However, by focusing on these bad or negative habits you are trying to get rid of, you won’t feel as high in spirit or ready to take on everything. The best way to prevent that is to accept yourself. Even with the flaws, and the bad habits you are trying to erase. Accept yourself as unique, different and flawed. Acceptance doesn’t have to mean resignation to stay the same – acceptance can mean motivation. How? If you’re okay with who you are but aware you can do better – and determine to do better – you won’t feel as discouraged or give up as easily.

 

Remind yourself of your accomplishments and determination.

If you ever feel down because of someone else – you feel you haven’t worked as hard, or gotten as many results, or you’re just simply unhappy remind yourself of what you have achieved. Make a list of things you have accomplished thus far in life through hard work and determination – no matter how small you may think the victory was put it down there! It will serve as a reminder of all you can achieve when you put in a little determination.

 

Create a mantra you can repeat if you feel down.

Pick a sentence you can repeat to yourself for a quick pick me up. Something that inspires you on a personal level. It has to mean something to you, not to anyone else – so if they don’t work for you, don’t opt out for a classing mantra. Think of something that always makes you smile and pushes you to try even harder.
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It’s hard not to compare yourself to others. We’re used to it from childhood – magazines and TV always gave us unattainable ideals that everyone was supposed to match. But you’re not just a picture in a magazine, or a smile on a screen. You’re a person all of your own, and don’t let anyone devalue that – even if that someone is you!

November 29, 2017
ACTIVITY

Willpower – Restored!

Wellbeing restored

What’s in a word? According to dictionaries, willpower is energetic determination. It is the strength of will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, and plans. Now that’s all fine and dandy, but it doesn’t always work that way in real life. This is how things (usually) go down:

You start off doing something full of zeal and self-assuredness and can’t wait for the starting pistol to fire. You start sprinting, the ball gets rolling aaaaaaaand nothing. Very soon you lose momentum, start stumbling, getting distracted, feeling tired… well, you get the gist.

Why does our willpower become weaker or even fade away over time? What can you do to keep a good fire going?

Simply put, willpower is fueled by a reason. The “Why” behind why you want to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. It can be as banal as going to the grocery store or calling your friend, to finding a new job or moving out of your parent’s house. If the reason you are doing something is blurry, contradictory, forced upon you or a spur-of-the-moment whim, chances are you’ll give up on the count of… one. You’ll find excuses in no time, just take your pick: the bathroom could use a good scrub so you can’t go for a walk with your dog, and lunch won’t cook itself, now will it? Let’s not forget about the new movie with beautiful Ryan Reynolds and his torso – that surely beats starting a Pilates class, you’ll agree.

Before you know it, you start dedicating your time and energy to everything but the goal in mind, procrastinating and sabotaging yourself. Your initial idea will eventually be forgotten (except for a sting of guilt here and there).

Get clear on your “Why”

If you’re reading this and feel like “this is so you”, despair not! There is a way to re-energize your willpower, but it is going to take a bit of work. Finding the reason why is the starting step, and here is a technique that places success within your reach.

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Step 1

Take something you want to change and drill down until you find the core of what you’re trying to attain. Let’s do it together. Maybe you’re low-spirited about starting exercising, even though you know it’ll do you good. Pretty straightforward, right? Then why are you still stuck on your couch?

What you should do is ask yourself why. Is it to lose weight? Why? So you could become stronger and fitter. Why? Because this will help you gain confidence and register for a marathon. Why? So you could prove yourself you’ve got what it takes and let go of the trauma your PE classes once caused. Why? So you could be happy with your looks and be healthier inside out, from now on out.

Why do this? Because at some point you’ll see you can’t go any further and find your “why”. And even if it turns out that the reason is always along the lines of “to become a happier, more peaceful and loving me”, you will have a list of reasons to encourage you through this transition. In the end, you do deserve to be happy and healthy, that should be your ultimate goal!

Step 2

Now that you got your “why”, you need to determine the “when”. The problem is, people tend to live their lives outside in. This means that you keep waiting for external circumstances to perfectly align, for your ideas to find fertile soil and for things to fall into place.

Let’s take a look at another example. You want to start eating healthier, but you have an important business meeting next week and you know the client will take you out to dinner. Besides, it’s your niece’s birthday party on Saturday and there’s bound to be cake. Oh, and that new froyo flavor? You’ve got to try it before you decide to go healthy. Bzzzz! Wrong answer. Why? Once this is over, you will find a new excuse, feel too discouraged to start or realize something’s missing (such as no healthy food in the fridge and the rest will go bad if you don’t eat it).

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In it to win it!

Instead – go straight for the gold! Stop and refocus and work on your change inside out. Think about what you can do right now, and go out and do it! Acknowledge small wins throughout the day and notice any changes in how you feel as a result. Looking to lose weight is no easy task, but if you start with taking the stair instead of the elevator, you’ll have a firm ground to build upon, not just an elusive want.

Appreciate each success and re-assess to see what didn’t quite go to plan. Keep a note of your daily results and focus on your “why” day after day. The clearer it is, the more confident you’ll feel. The greater your confidence, the more courage you’ll have to do things outside your comfort zone and break set patterns. And the more successful you become at achieving this, the more will your inner willpower grow and see you through to your deepest desire.

November 8, 2017
ACTIVITY

A little bit of activity goes a long way!

A little bit of activity

We’re sure you’re aware that exercise is good for your mind and body – it’s one of those common sense things that everyone is aware of. Even though we all know it, sometimes it can be hard to put your knowledge into action. With a busy day to day life balancing work, spending time with your loved ones, and still dedicating some time to yourself and the hobbies you enjoy, exercise will often fall to the back burner.

It can also be discouraging when you read articles about how much activity you ‘should’ have to benefit health, and you just don’t think you’d be able to dedicate enough time every day to make a difference – so why bother right?

 

Well we have some good news for you. As little at 15 minutes of activity can lower the risk of heart disease by 14%. That means that making time to take a short walk each day, or do a 15 minute exercise, could already be enough to improve your health! Consistency is key, so all you have to do is persist. When you feel yourself thinking “I’ll just take a day off today and bond with my couch”, give yourself a mental push, get up, and get those 15 minutes in. Once you’re in a steady routine, you’ll find it easier to slowly enhance the duration of your activities as well as increasing the health benefits that come with it!

 

Here’s a few ways to keep yourself motivated, even on those days you’re really not feeling it.

A little bit of activity

Remind yourself why you’re doing this.

What does health mean to you? Why do you want to be the healthiest version of you? Whether your motivation is being able to spend more quality time with loves one, achieving your dreams or improving your quality of life to reach certain goals, always keep what motivates you in the back of your mind. Write it on a piece of paper and stick it to your mirror, somewhere you will always see it. Think of all the things you will achieve by leading a healthier lifestyle, and remind yourself that all it really takes is just making those few minutes a day your daily routine.

 

Listen to music, an audiobook or podcast.

Make your exercise playlist with all your favorite songs that motivate you, and promise yourself to only listen to it when you’re exercising or doing an activity. That way you’ll look forward to jamming to all your favorite songs while hitting your health goals. As an alternative to this, find a podcast or an audio book you love, and make the same promise to yourself – you can only listen to it when you’re being active. That way you’ll create additional motivation for yourself to get moving – possibly even for longer periods – as well as make exercise something you’ll look forward to.

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Find your exercise buddies.

The best way to not just start being motivated but keep the motivation going is to find a motivation buddy! If you have a friend who is also trying to kickstart their new healthy life try and get them to join you on your journey. Schedule daily runs, walks or exercise sessions. In case no one really pops into your mind that would stay determined about being active, you can ask one of your loved ones to keep you in check. Someone you can text or call when you don’t feel like moving an inch from your couch, and they’ll make sure to change your mind. All you have to do is choose someone you know won’t take no for an answer or let you falter.

 

Make it memorable.

The best way to create a good exercise experience is making it memorable. If you decide to take a daily walk or run, try the scenic route and take a picture. Make an Instagram dedicated only to the pictures you take during your exercise, and post one a day. Create a memory for that day that will make each time you do your activity a whole new and exciting experience.

A little bit of activity

 

November 7, 2017
ACTIVITY AIRI

AIRI’S GOT NEWS FOR YOU

We've got updates

This just in! Your favorite Mind & Body coach has carefully been gathering your feedback over the past few weeks, and we decided to take her coaching to the next level.

 

In case you still haven’t met her, here’s a quick introduction. Airi is the revolutionary wellness app, your personal coach, and friend in need. And now with the latest update, Airi syncs with your Leaf to give you personalized plans based on your user data and the extra push you need to get results faster. Give her a try today. The first 7 days are FREE, and give you plenty of time to fall in love with her wellness advice and easy-to-complete suggestions.

And that’s not all. We are happy to hear all feedback you have to give, and we are thrilled to implement new features that will make your health journey even more personalized and inclusive. This is why we are jumping for joy to present updates now available in your Airi app! There are quite a few, so let’s get started.

 

What’s your favorite?

What's your favorite

Airi keeps her Content Library in check and surprises you with special edition content each month. To speed up looking for your favorite recipes, workouts and meditations, we introduced the Favorites section. From now on you can save all the items you like and quickly access them by tapping on the 💜  icon in the Airi app. It’s that simple!

 

Airi and Leaf in sync

 

As you already know, Airi syncs the meditations you complete to your Bellabeat app so you don’t have to input them manually. This time around we took it one (okay, maybe a couple) steps further! Airi now syncs the workouts you complete to your Bellabeat app as well, and makes those sweat minutes count. But wait, there’s more!

Airi now acknowledges each and every activity you enter in your Bellabeat app and sends you an encouraging message whenever you press save. We say – The more the merrier!

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Goal-getters ahead

 

Updates don’t stop here. Airi also keeps track of your goals – and pushes you to do more. Taking in account the number of times you reached your activity, sleep, and meditation goals, Airi will suggest you to adjust them so they suit your lifestyle better.

 

Not only that, Airi can also deliver your statistics from data your Leaf gathers. Interested in yesterday’s stats – you got it. Maybe you want to know how last week went – fine with us. Everything Leaf tracks in your Airi app – we’ve got you covered. Health is always under construction, and seeing all the numbers side by side will show you which aspects need the most of your attention.

 

Party like it’s your birthday

 

Last, but not least, Airi closely watches you even when you’re not breaking a sweat or chugging gallons of water. From now on, you can expect a birthday message, because that’s what friends do. Airi is here to celebrate your day with you and make those 24h a bit more special!

 

Happy birthday!

*click picture to see a short example of a Birthday conversation you can now have with Airi!

Healthy living comes from small efforts repeated day in & day out. Chin up, show yourself love and appreciation and keep taking steps on your road to health, no matter how big or small. With Airi by your side, the journey will be an enjoyable one – we know it!

 

We can’t wait to hear what you think about our new features, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for new, brilliant ideas you have. Don’t think twice before you leave us a comment, you are the ones that make our products better. We hope to continue developing them with your help and inspiring you the same way you inspire us, day after day.

 

 

October 17, 2017