Why Women Love to Spend Big Money on Athleisure Outfits

Why Women Love to Spend Big Money on Athleisure Outfits

Previously fashion used to be an exclusive thing, made to appear extravagant, lavish & uber appealing, but come today, fashion is not just the demand of the ultra-rich or incredibly stylish, it’s a phenomenon that pervades every sphere of our lives. We are a more conscious generation who wants to look good where it be. Category clothing has gone under the same transformation and the most prominent among this category has been the tremendous growth of gym/fitness clothing, or more popularly known as athleisure.

Athleisure took the world by storm. It’s defined as comfortable, stylish clothing that can be used for exercise and be worn casually as well. We didn’t think that yoga pants could make it to Vogue but they have. Consumers have responded to Athleisure so positively that it has prompted designers and big fashion brands to release their own Athleisure lines. Brands such as Lululemon Athletica are spearheading the movement and consumers are loving it!

Millennials have emerged as the most health conscious generation so it’s no surprise that they make up the majority of Athleisure sales. Although Athleisure is thought of as clothes primarily for women, 40% of Athleisure consumers are men; women do spend significantly more on athleisure products – hundreds and thousands of dollars’ worth. You see, Athleisure doesn’t come cheap, an average cost of branded yoga pants from one of the major Athleisure outlets can cost between $75-$100 dollars.

Are women actually wearing all these Athleisure outfits that they buy? Turns out they aren’t – but what is it that’s keeping them hooked?

Athleisure is comfortable

The biggest reason behind the growth of Athleisure is the fact that these outfits are incredibly comfortable. Maybe we just desperately needed to get out of our skinny jeans and needed to slip into something breathable and lets us move freely, which could by why we’ve accepted Athleisure with so much veracity. The comfort and practicality of Athleisure cannot be matched with those of our favorite jeans – combine that with some cute styles and you have outfits that you don’t want to take off.

Pressure to stay fit

pressure to stay fit

Psychologists and sociologists have delved into the matter and come up with their own answers that can explain why women continue to invest in Athleisure.

Over the years there has been a shift in what is considered the ideal body for women. Earlier, thin bodies were considered perfect for women – this has now changed. Today, it’s not just to do with how slender you are, it’s to do with how toned you are. Michelle Obama’s toned arms made headlines for a reason. Celebrities are posting videos and photos of themselves working out on social media for the same reason. There’s an evident shift in attitude when it comes to fitness and health. Those that do adopt healthy lifestyles are generally deemed as successful individuals, who’re making good choices in life. Being fit is ‘trendy’ at the moment, which explains the emergence of popular diets (gluten-free, organic, veganism etc) and the diversity in the types of workouts people can choose to do.

Women are expected to be fit, just a thin body won’t cut it. Due to this pressure to stay fit, women are drawn to Athleisure for what it represents. Whether or not they stay fit or not, just being in the clothes makes them feel like they are fit. Because women assume that they will be perceived as more attractive if they project themselves as someone who stays fit, they buy athleisure outfits.

Your clothes reflect your lifestyle therefore being in workout gear suggests that you are someone that looks after their health. Through Athleisure you are letting people know that you’re healthy. You could be a lazy person but that’s not what people see.

Enclothed Cognition

enclothed cognition

The term “enclothed cognition” was coined in 2012 by scientists who found that clothes had the ability to influence your psychological processes. In their studies it was revealed that people who put on white coats they believed belonged to doctors, would pay more attention than those who believed they were wearing white coats belonging to a painter.

This phenomenon was then tested with different types of clothing and it was found that wearing proper gym attire enhanced your performance at the gym. Further research showed that our physical experiences is what affected our thought processes – leading to what scientists are calling “embodied cognition”. Dr. Galinsky, who is leading studies on embodied cognition explains that our brain responds to physical experiences and putting on types of clothes counts as an experience.

When we slip into specific clothes, we are more inclined to take up the role of whatever the clothes represent; wearing the correct attire for the gym leads to you performing better as well. In the past gym clothes just symbolized the hours we spent at the gym but now they signify a lifestyle that most people idolize. Buying and wearing Athleisure, helps us embody a fitness enthusiast which in turn leads to us performing better during our workouts. Slipping into Athleisure causes us to take pride in our workouts and as a result we’re motivated and willing to push ourselves harder.

Fully committing to workouts is still a struggle for most people therefore the boost in motivation they get from athleisure outfits can make them much more productive.

It’s Fashionable

With Athleisure making its way onto top fashion magazines and to the ramps of all Fashion Weeks, there is no denying that Athleisure is fashionable and ladies do not want to miss out! If funky yoga pants and stylish sports bras is all you see around you then you’re going to want to get in on the trend.

Even though Athleisure fulfills the purpose of regular gym clothes, it has become a fashion statement today. It’s no longer just known for just its functionality which is why its target audience extends beyond just those who are passionate about working out, to those who wish to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.

The wealth factor

Because Athleisure is quite expensive, branded Athleisure clothing have become a bit of ‘status symbol’ representing that you are wealthy and can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on it. It’s the equivalent to spending on higher-end brands.

Today Athleisure may not be purchased for its primary function but it has secured its position as a category in the fashion industry and more importantly, in the fitness world.

Athleisure will enhance your performance during your workouts and keep you comfortable when you’re out of the gym as well.


Author Bio: Judy Robinson

Judy Robinson is an enthusiastic blogger who spends her entire day writing quality blogs. She is a passionate reader and loves to share quality content prevalent on the web with her friends and followers. Her forte is Fashion, Fitness, and Lifestyle, keeping a keen eye on latest trends in those industries. Currently, she is associated with a Florida based women clothing store Sophie and Trey for their blog operations. For more updates follow her on Twitter @judyrobinson

How Alcohol Can Destroy Your Fitness Goals

How Alcohol Can Destroy Your Fitness Goals

It is no secret that alcohol isn't the best substance to be fueling our bodies with, but after completing a tiring workout or long week at work a night spent at happy hour often sounds like the perfect indulgence. The question comes into play of how much havoc drinking can wreak on accomplishing, or maintaining our desired fitness goals?

The statistics are vital to consider, for no one wants to spend hours at the gym only to have all that hard work make no difference, or even cause an opposite effect due to drinking! Keep reading to find out why avoiding alcohol will keep you on your fitness track, and determine whether the choice to partake in drinking is worth it.

The 7 Ways Alcohol Could be Sabotaging Your Health and Fitness Goals

Alcohol affects your metabolism

Alcoholic drinks are in general very high in calories, and not just any calories but empty calories that offer no nutritional value. On average, a 12-ounce beer contains roughly 150 calories, a glass of wine at 125 calories, and a shot of alcohol contains 100 calories. Mixed drinks, such as cocktails and margaritas are typically very sugary and have even more calories. After a night of drinking, these calories will accumulate very fast. When your body is taking in empty calories, there are no nutrients to be stored, therefore sending the alcohol straight to your liver, and ultimately affecting your metabolism. Instead of burning the fat already in your body, your liver must now process the alcohol that has been consumed. As a result of this, your body is less capable of breaking down the lunch you ate and begins storing the food's fat and carbs. If you are hoping to lose weight and shed off some extra fat, alcohol consumption can definitely disrupt this.

Alcohol dehydrates your body

Drinking alcohol not only affects your bodies ability to break down fat, but it also causes dehydration. The reason alcohol dehydrates you is that it is classified as a diuretic, which is a substance that increases your frequency of having to go to the bathroom. Excessive drinking also increases the likelihood of your body rejecting these toxins, which results in vomiting and further dehydration. If you are working on your physique, you likely spend a decent amount of time exercising, and sweating which is already contributing to dehydration. Drinking on top of this, can put your body in a poor state, often accompanied by headaches, fatigue, or dizziness. Attempting to exercise while in a dehydrated state is not only dangerous but limits your abilities significantly, both mentally and physically.

Alcohol leads to snacking

After a night of drinking it’s likely not out of the ordinary to find yourself getting a pizza delivered or pigging out on the snacks and leftovers in your fridge. There is a reason behind this, as alcohol has a direct effect on increased levels of hunger. In fact, the receptors in your brain that create the urge to indulge in a meal are activated by the consumption of alcohol. The previously discussed component that consuming alcohol has zero nutritional value also plays an effect, for it doesn't fill you up, and leaves your body craving foods that will absorb these toxins. Not only are you hungry the night of the drinking, but this hunger continues the morning after as your body is trying to recuperate. Now you have found yourself not only facing all the calories brought on by drinking, but the additional calories supplied by the post-drinking snacks. Eating an additional greasy meal everytime you drink is without a doubt going to play a role in failing to reach your peak fitness abilities.

Alcohol affects your quality of sleep

Whether you wake up with a hangover the morning after drinking or not, your body likely experienced adverse effects of alcohol while you slept. Alcohol has a significant impact on your bodies ability to get a full, well-rested nights sleep. As discussed you are consuming a diuretic, and therefore the likelihood of waking in the night to make trips to the bathroom significantly raises. Even if you are not waking up in the night, alcohol affects your ability to fall into REM, which is your deepest, best stage of sleep. Even though you may feel exhausted after a night of drinking and quickly fall asleep, the actual quality of this sleep is impacted. Keeping up with your exercise routine after a night of disrupted sleep will be much more difficult.

Alcohol lowers your (sex) drive

Not only will your energy levels be down due to lack of quality of sleep, but if a hangover accompanies your morning after drinking, you will experience feelings of nausea, muscle pain, dehydration, headaches, and weakness. Maintaining motivation to go to the gym or go on a run will feel impossible under these circumstances. On top of this, working out will not help relieve the hangover symptoms you are feeling; instead, you will just feel exhausted and likely have little productivity. If you want to avoid a hangover, carb up before you start drinking, drink water in between drinks, and eat a nutritious breakfast the following morning.

Alcohol affects your hormones

Excessive amounts of alcohol intake have been proven to lower testosterone levels in men, resulting not only in low energy but reduced muscle growth. The higher levels of testosterone men have, the easier it is to build muscle, and therefore if you are working on become more fit you want the most testosterone possible. It has also been said that the lower the level of testosterone the higher the percentage of body fat one has. The process known as protein synthesis, where your body builds protein cells which leads to muscle development, is disrupted and decreased by the consumption of alcohol. When building muscle you do not necessarily have to eliminate alcohol consumption from your life completely, but keeping your drinking habits to a minimal amount will guarantee much better results.

Heart health is affected

While alcohol consumption has been shown to affect your exterior fitness and health goals, such as limiting muscle production and weight loss, it also affects your body internally. While alcohol in small, reasonable amounts is said to reduce the possibility of developing heart disease, drinking in excess quantities is known to have opposite effects. Alcohol increases your heart rate and can contribute to the development of an irregular heartbeat. Exercising with an irregular heartbeat may amount to a stressful situation if it is something you have never experienced before. If your health is deteriorating due to excessive drinking, symptoms will only continue to get worse and put you at risk for potential disaster.

Next steps

Now that you have been exposed to the effects regular drinking plays on attaining your fitness goals and desires, you can evaluate how much drinking you feel is appropriate. If you want to achieve sobriety but are struggling to put drinking behind you, there is help out there for you. Seek alcohol treatment today and get your fitness goals back on track.


Author Bio:

Matthew Boyle, COO @ Landmark Recovery

Matthew Boyle is the Chief Operating Officer at Landmark Recovery, a top-rated drug and alcohol treatment center in the midwestern United States. He has been working in the healthcare space for 7 years and graduated from Duke University in 2011 Summa Cum Laude. Guided by a relentless pursuit of excellence, Matthew and the team at Landmark are dedicated to creating a supportive environment for recovery and fulfilling the vision of saving 1 million lives in 100 years.


 

Fat, Sick and Getting Worse: Why Sitting is the New Smoking

Fat, Sick and Getting Worse: Why Sitting is the New Smoking

As we’ve made the transition from the fields and the factories to cubicles, our bodies have begrudgingly had to come along for the ride.

While longer life spans, lower risk of workplace-related injuries and death, and a lot more leisure time are amazing things that we should all be grateful for, all of these benefits don’t come without a bit of risk.

One of the biggest risk factors of our new, more sedentary lifestyle, is sitting.

It’s such a major issue that it can be classified as its own risk factor when talking about the development of disease, illness, and even death, much in the same way a doctor would say you are at a higher risk of something due to being a smoker.

You may have heard it before, but “sitting is the new smoking”.

Studies are now showing that sitting is slowly killing us, and the negative effects start as soon as our butt hits the chair.

The Current State Of Sitting

People are sitting far more than ever before.

Conservative estimates, taking into account those who are not office workers, puts the average person sitting for around 6 hours per day.

However, there are some who estimate the average person’s time spent sitting at closer to 12 hours per day.

Image Source: CareofLife.com

And it makes perfect sense when you break down an average work day for most people in the West.

Average commute times in the US are about 30 minutes each way. Assuming an 8 hour work day, you’re spending 9 hours of your day mostly sat down already.

We can safely add an hour throughout the day sitting down to eat, bringing our total to around 10 hours.

We’re not even including any leisure time, yet, which for many people involves multiple hours of TV or computer activity.

I think it’s plain to see that for most people, it’s only too easy to hit the 12-hour threshold.

How Is Sitting Actually Bad For Us?

There are so many horrible things sitting does to us, it’s difficult to know where to start.

Overall Death

First of all, sitting increases your risk of death anywhere from 12-40%, for all causes. Those who sit the most (13+ hours per day) are almost 200% more likely to die early than those who sit the least throughout the day.

Without even getting into the specifics, that’s a huge impact on your likelihood of early death, just from being sedentary.

Sitting Makes Us Fat And Gives Us Diabetes

Sitting also makes you fat (though some dispute this) and can cause the development of Type 2 diabetes.

There was a study done where the researchers controlled a diet across all participants, meaning that all things being equal, they should all gain, lose, or maintain weight equally.

Interestingly, even with the same diet, the people who gained weight were the ones who sat the most, showing that sitting can impact even the most fundamental building block of our health: the food we consume.

One of the reasons this happens is that when we sit, our bodies drop to burning about 1 calorie per minute, compared to anywhere between 3 and 6 calories per minute when we’re walking.

Additionally, enzymes that help break down fat drop by 90% as soon as we sit down.

Increases Cancer Risk

Sitting is also a huge risk factor for cancer.

The National Cancer Institute did a study that tells us that sitting increases the rate of cancer significantly.

It increases the risk of lung cancer by 54%, colon cancer by 30%, and uterine cancer by a whopping 66%.

Combatting It Isn’t Easy

Unfortunately, the negative side effects start right away.

From dropping calorie-burning down to 1 calories per minute and reducing enzymes that break down fat by 90%, to shutting off the electrical activity in your leg muscles, sitting sinks its fingers into you immediately.

After 2 hours of sitting, good cholesterol rates drop by as much as 20%.

After 24 hours of sitting, insulin effectiveness drops 24% and the risk of diabetes increases.

For a more long-term picture, people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.

And none of this can be counteracted by spending more time in the gym, which is perhaps the most frightening part of all. Once you’ve sat, the damage is done.

Sitting Is Slowly Taking Years Off Your Life – Here’s How To Fight Back

While there are a few tips and tricks you can use to limit the effects we’ve talked about, the best way I’ve seen it broken down into an actionable piece of advice is this, from Keith Diaz, a Columbia Research Scientist:

“For every 30 consecutive minutes of sitting, stand up and move/walk for five minutes at a brisk pace to reduce the health risks from sitting.”

Basically, you should set a timer to go off every 30 minutes when you’re at work or otherwise sat down. When that timer goes off, find something to do to move your body around and get your blood flowing.

You could do a walk around the house, drop down to do a few pushups or burpees, or hit the stairs a couple of times.

Some things you can do while at work to limit the time you spend sitting include getting a sit-stand desk and remembering to fidget more.

As for the desk, don’t get a stand-only desk, as standing all day has negative effects of its own. Get one that can move up and down, and aim to eventually be standing for between 2 and 4 hours per day while working.

Make sure you get a comfortable mat to stand on, preferably one that encourages you to move around and change the position of your feet as you work.

The simpler thing you can do is fidget more. It sounds a bit silly, but fidgeting-like activities increase energy expenditure from 25-100% when compared to sitting motionless, so swing your feet, tap your fingers on the desk, and do anything else you can to refrain from being completely motionless when you’re at your desk.

Once you get home, do everything you can to watch less TV. Not only will you find more enriching things to do with your time, you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease.

People who sit for 3 or more hours per day watching TV are 64% more likely to die from heart disease.

Every extra hour of TV watched increases your risk of death by 11%.

The Final Word

Sitting so much is alarmingly bad for us. It makes sense, though, when you think of the environment in which our bodies evolved.

This relaxing and safe (but sedentary) lifestyle we’ve recently adopted is a brand new thing, and our bodies are absolutely not made to spend so much time in the positions we now frequent.

Luckily, research has been done that gives us tools to fight back.

Remember to move around after every 30 minute stretch of sitting, fidget more, and if it’s in the cards, try out a sit-stand desk.

You may literally add years onto your life, and enjoy a happier, healthier existence!


Author Bio: John Roark, ManRevived.com

John Roark is a dad and a husband, who is passionate about helping men get the most out of their lives by getting back to the basics and doing the least to get the most results. He writes about fitness at ManRevived.com.


 

12 Benefits of a Fitness Routine for People in Recovery

12 Benefits of a Fitness Routine for People in Recovery

Note from Dai: Addiction is an interesting concept and with it comes plenty of stigmas. I have shared over the past year in a series of articles entitled #AddictionFreeLife, about my journey with overcoming my own alcohol and substance abuses. This guest article from Paige is a great reminder of how healthy lifestyle choices, in particular, regular exercise can be a fantastic substitute for some of the crutches in our lives that pull us down mentally, physically and spiritually. I've seen first-hand the power of fitness in the recovery of some very dear friends of mine. I hope you enjoy the simple truths shared in this article and feel free to share with anyone you feel can benefit from the reminder.

Substance and Alcohol Abuse was my Excuse, how about you

When you're recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction or assisting an individual in doing so, your sole goal may be on removing these toxins from the life's existence.

While this goal is imperative in successfully completing treatment, so is implementing other healthy strategies. Integrating a fitness routine for individuals in recovery is a smart move for many reasons.

12 Benefits of a Fitness Routine for People in Recovery

1. It encourages physical health.

Recovering from addiction is important, and one of the reasons why is to better your physical health. You want to learn how important the health of your body is. When your body is suffering, so many other parts of your life can as well. Therefore, engaging in a fitness routine helps to remind you that your body is important. Fitness programs developed by professionals can help you to combat your specific physical struggles and to build a better body. While a physical-fitness routine can be about losing weight, it can also focus on developing strength, agility, and other desirable characters.

2. You can feel empowered.

When you're fighting with an addiction, you may feel as though you're in the most difficult battle of your life. Having your mind set on this one goal can keep you focused, but you also might have days when you feel as though you aren't reaching your full potential. Working out can remind you of how powerful you are. For example, if you feel lost in your mental and emotional progress toward recovering from addiction, you can go for a run, get on the treadmill or take a dance class to remind yourself of the power and strength that you possess. This physical motivation can seriously encourage you to continue on your journey.

3. Exercise can distract you from triggers.

During your time in recovery, you are likely going to learn all about your triggers. The triggers in your life can cause you to engage in alcohol or drug abuse. For example, when you encounter a certain individual, you could feel a host of negative emotions come to the surface. These emotions might stay with you. When you return home, you then may abuse drugs or alcohol because the emotions are still present. By learning about fitness, you can turn toward healthy physical activities instead. When you encounter one of your triggers in the future, you may go for a run around the neighborhood to handle the energy that you have.

4. Fitness routines offer an outlet.

At some point in your life, you've probably had the experience of feeling really angry or upset. Instead of yelling or getting into a fight, you went for a walk. While you may have stored this memory in the back of your mind, use it as inspiration now. In the more recent past, it's possible that you would engage in drug or alcohol abuse to let go of some of your anger. Once you learn about the fitness activities that work for you, you can turn to them instead.

5. You'll get a natural high.

Even if actually starting a fitness routine is difficult, you probably recall positive feelings that arise after engaging in exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which can make you feel uplifted. Instead of looking toward drugs or alcohol to provide you with these pleasant feelings, you can rely on your own body to do so. In addition to feeling good, you'll know that you're doing so in a way that is healthy for your body, which can inspire you to come back for more.

6. Routines are useful.

Many people have had the experience of sitting around and doing nothing, which ultimately led them to abuse drugs or alcohol. Think about the last time that you had a real routine in your life. Even if it did not entirely prevent you from using or abusing substances, it likely did offer some level of structure that you have lost in recent months or years. Bringing fitness into your life can help you to get back into a routine. For example, you might wake up early in the morning to take classes at the gym before work, or you may plan some elements of your day around when you can get the best spot at the treadmills. Routines can help you to stay on track.

7. You can go outside.

While people do tend to think of the gym when they envision physical-fitness routines, you don't necessarily have to take that path. You may work with your trainer or adviser to select exercises that allow you to explore more time outdoors. You could run around the track several times per day, or you could look into yoga or aerobics classes that are held outdoors. Being outside has many benefits to offer to people. As you are working on getting your body into shape, you can also absorb the mental and emotional benefits that nature has to offer.

8. Activities for you do exist.

When it comes to some programs, you might feel like an outside. For example, you may struggle to participate in a religion-based program if you do not have faith, or you may stumble when it comes to creating works of art to express your emotions. With exercise, however, something exists for virtually everyone. By working with a specialist, you can find a plan that is good for your body and also one in which you are interested. Knowing that a fitness routine exists out there for you is yet another empowering experience.

Training in a community versus on your own - can it be done virtually? HECK YES!

Training in a community versus on your own – can it be done virtually? HECK YES!

9. You can bond with other people.

Exercise is an activity that some people participate in alone, but you don't necessarily have to do so. You could find a partner to workout with, or you may consider joining a team sport. If you're participating in an inpatient treatment program, you can look into team sports that are available at the facility. Even when you are finished with treatment or participating in an outpatient program, you can look toward the community. Plenty of communities have team sports at both competitive and recreational levels.

10. You can find a healthy hobby.

Even when you don't pursue athletics and working out at any sort of competitive level, you can integrate a new and healthy hobby into your life. You may decide that you want to take classes that are offered at a community center. These healthy hobbies help to provide you with a distraction. Instead of constantly having the addiction that you're working on in your mind, you can put your attention to something that you love.

11. You can learn about yourself.

Due to your addiction, you might have found yourself drawn away from many people, including yourself. Participating in exercise allows you to find yourself again. This process can happen in a variety of ways. You might discover how much strength you really have inside of you, or you may learn that you love activities that you never even knew about before. It's also possible that in those quiet moments of reflection and solitude while you exercise, you'll get into a mental and emotional state where you discover who you truly are.

12. Goal-setting falls into place.

Making sure that you are focusing on recovery is important, but you also want to learn how to set goals for yourself outside of treatment. For example, you might want to get to a place where you are walking a set number of miles each day. Then, you have a new goal to focus on and work toward. Throughout the day, you can think about ways to get into higher levels of walking.

A fitness routine is important for all people. You might think that you are precluded from the benefits because you are in treatment for alcohol or drug addiction. In fact, starting to exercise can actually enhance your treatment plan.


Author Bio:

Paige Taylor is a life coach from Orlando, Florida, specializing in addiction. She strives to help those who battle with substance use disorder, and she occasionally writes about recovery.


 

If You Don’t Have Family Goals What Do You Have?

If You Don’t Have Family Goals What Do You Have?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SC Johnson. All opinions are my own.

It’s been said that families are like trees whose branches grow outward in many different directions, but the roots, they remain as one. Like an Austrian Oak, firmly planted in the ground like a Corinthian pillar of marble still standing amid the ruins of 2,500 year old Greek temple, FAMILY, is one of my life’s unmovable pillars.

Kids… the best helpers, period!

Family is a non-negotiable. It’s an unconditional piece of my life that goes with me everywhere. From the time I wake in the morning until the time my head hits my pillow in the evening, and even in my dreams, family is there with me. Sounds a bit extreme, well, to some maybe, but to me it’s just a part of my life that I accept fully, completely.

My book and free 28-day program, The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, incorporates Five Fs, which I like to think of as a house with four walls supporting a great big roof. The walls are: Fitness, Family, Faith, and Finances, while the roof that over-arches everything is the fifth F: FUN! The rock-solid foundation of good health and well-being lies beneath everything—and that’s what you want to build your “house” upon.

The House of 5 Fs

For the purpose of this article, I want to focus my attention on FAMILY.

Family, to me, means your tribe of special people, regardless of whether you are related by blood. This may be your partner and children, or your siblings and parents, but it can also include your close friends or work colleagues. It’s anybody with whom you have an ongoing and deep relationship that grows over time. Your family includes the folks who encourage you to constantly improve yourself.

For me, family primarily means my wife, Christie, and two daughters, Chardonae and Brielyn. I value their opinions above all others. My family means everything to me; they help me maintain my purpose. They are a big reason why I am so motivated to embody the five Fs as diligently as I do. They give meaning and context to many of the decisions I make and offer me insight and guidance. When faced with a tough decision, I often ask myself what my family would think about it. My moral compass is best directed with one question:

Am I being the type of man I would want my daughters to marry?

If the answer is no, then I have to challenge myself with other questions: Why did I act that way; why did I have that thought; why did I speak that way to my wife?

Do you see where I’m going with this? If you’re still not sure what I mean, let’s explore the other side of the coin. What if you didn’t have the support of your family, close friends, coworkers and peers? How would that make you feel?

If I were to say to one of my daughters, when they were facing a challenge, “Give up now; you’re never going to get it,” how would the family wall of her house look? I might as well knock it down with a sledgehammer.

#bubbles #SCJohnson #familygoals

A dirty job, but somebody has to do it… that somebody is Dad.

I’ve coached many people who have told me that their family doesn’t support them on their path to becoming healthier. For example, “My husband loves me, but he keeps bringing home pizza and chips for the kids, when he knows I want to start eating better,” or, “I really feel alone. No one believes I can do it. Heck, I don't know if I can do it. Why am I doing this, and what’s the point?”

We need connection and a sense of belonging to our group, team, or tribe—our family. It’s a slippery slope we find ourselves on when we’ve either lost, or never had, that kind of support. We tend to drift aimlessly through life when we feel isolated and alone. But when you feel happy and loved, flavours take on new dimension, and colours seem more vibrant.

In Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect, neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains how the human need to connect is as fundamental to our survival as food and water. Children feel hurt when their social bonds are threatened or cut, which increases the likelihood of health and academic problems later in life.

Personally, I think John Lennon said it best: All you need is love.

Of course, we’re all human, with complex emotions that sometimes get the best of us. It’s only natural to lose our cool from time to time, and to disagree with the people closest to us. I know I’ve had less-than-proud moments when I have lost my temper with my family. All through the day, all I would think about was how I’d lashed out at my wife or children, replaying the scene in my mind over and over again. I’d feel so badly about myself that I would make bad decisions at work and eat poorly, if at all. Those times really sucked Of course, I’d always apologize when I went home to Christie and my girls. I’d acknowledge that I wasn’t the dad or husband I aspired to be, and ask for their forgiveness. And until they felt ready to forgive me, I wasn’t myself.

My family bond is the mortar between the bricks and tiles of my house—and I’m their wall, too.

A #FamilyGoals Strategy to Adopt Starting NOW (to make your life just a little more awesome)

Christie and I now have a rule in our home, and I encourage you to adopt it in yours. Our family mantra is, “Fight fast; make up faster!”

We might disagree and even argue once in awhile, but we make a point of getting it all out on the table, leaving nothing to chance or second guesses. We strive to get to the understanding and agreement quickly, and move on. This has worked wonders for us, and I know it can help you, too. Just try it and see how it affects the quality of your relationships. If I’m wrong, so be it. (But let’s not fight about it… LOL.)

#pledge #Familygoals

It's never about quantity time, it's about quality time… but I actually prefer quantity and quality time together!

A decluttered, clean living space creates a calming haven. As a family that’s been on the road traveling together extensively for nearly 2 years, we appreciate a clean space. Another exercise which brings us closer together is cleaning. I know, right?! Cleaning! There’s something both satisfying and calming in cleaning. When tensions are high, we pull out our mops, brooms, vacuum, rags and SC Johnson cleaning products to make our little oasis shine. Honestly, who doesn’t love a clean living space, right? The adage, “Families who clean together, stay together!” is more true than you know. At least for my family that is. How about you?

This may seem like a BIG family goal, and realize in our home it is. We are a family that is very passionate about our opinions and sometimes conversations get heated. We embrace this, respect each other’s positions, but more importantly know that if things get elevated, we have a goal to set things right quickly. It’s a goal that works for us, and I suggest trying it to see if it works for your family too.

Family Goals are crucial in the whole scheme of creating harmonic boundaries between family members. We’re individuals, yet we operate on an unspoken creed that unifies us together like the pillars of home, an Austrian Oak steadfast in the wind or the 2,500 year old marble pillar atop a Athenian mountain top. When we share a common familial goal, these seemingly little accomplishments bring us together, ensuring our ‘HOUSE’ better weathers the storms and elements that life may bring at us. As a family, creating goals together are like unifying the direction in which our branches grow, albeit for a moment, but for that moment we have the opportunity to grow tall, reach for the sky high above the canopy of a the forest, and share a moment in the sunlight… and we continue to grow.

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This post is sponsored by SC Johnson, A Family Company. The opinions and views are wholly my own…

And to be absolutely clear, this is my disclaimer: “Just so you know, I have been compensated to share my ideas on this topic. Sometimes it is in the form of products, or services or even money… But here’s the thing; I won’t  share anything with you that I don’t fully support. It doesn't matter what it is, or how much they are willing to give me if I don’t believe in it, It won’t be on my site. Seriously. You’ll just have to trust me on this.” ~ Coach Moose

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When was the Last Time You Gifted Your Time and Volunteered

When was the Last Time You Gifted Your Time and Volunteered

As many of you are aware, our family has chosen to be Telus Ambassadors.

Volunteering is an Integral Part of Our Family

Telus' mission to provide digital services beyond devices and a connection, with a focus on community, customer care, environment and giving back is a natural fit for our family.

Our relationship with Telus began 5 years ago when our family was invited by a friend to participate in the Telus Days of Giving #GiveWhereWeLive.

It was a day full of gardening, painting and washing to help Canuck Place Children's Hospice get their property and transport ready for the season. What an experience knowing that all over the country, Telus employees, friends and family were volunteering their time to help their local communities.

In 2016 alone, Telus donated $42 million to local communities across Canada and contributed 870,000 volunteers hours.

Over the years our relationship has strengthened, and Team Telus has become great supporters of the WLFM Tribe and our vision to help others lead a healthier, happier life with richer relationships.

Each year our family uses the Telus Days of Giving as a reset. A reminder to give back, to be open to opportunities to help others, to share and inspire.

The Telus Days of Giving #MillionHours has officially kicked off!

The goal to reach 1 million volunteer hours to celebrate #Canada150. We invite you to join us and the 21,000 participants volunteering in more than 1500 activities across the country.

For further information visit telus.com/millionhours or simply respond to our email letting us know how you have decided to gift an hour of your time, and consider sharing how you give back via social using #MillionHours.

Obviously our family is not currently located in Canada at the moment, but that's not stopping us from participating in the #MillionHours initiative. There are a few volunteer opportunities available in Bali and we are awaiting to help with the next beach cleanup and hopefully assist with a local orphanage (supposedly they need people to just hold the newborn babies for the human contact, fingers crossed we are accepted).

Volunteering can be an ongoing relationship or the odd opportunity when you are capable. We encourage you to check your local listings. Whether it be local soup kitchens, community clean ups, food banks, beauty nights, community centres, churches, the hospitals or assisted living homes.

Monetary donations are always appreciated, but taking time to personally contribute sparks something totally different within you.

For further inspirations, last year we organized a simple shoe drive for Ruebens Shoes. Collecting 120 pairs of gently used shoes for children to be able to attend school and get an education. With the generosity of Telus we also raised $1400 donation to assist with Reuben Shoes newest project of building an actual school while handing out Vice Cream on a crazy rainy day in downtown Vancouver.

Where can you give back in your local community?

Every little bit matters. What may be simple to us, matters more than you know to someone else.

If you have volunteer ideas or suggestions, please let us know or post in the Facebook group. We already know some of you volunteer on a regular basis, total awesomeness. Thank you for your continued efforts to give back.

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Dai Manuel - The Moose Is LooseThis post is sponsored by TELUS. The opinions and views are wholly my own…

And to be absolutely clear, this is my disclaimer: “Just so you know, I have been compensated to share my ideas on this topic. Sometimes it is in the form of products, or services or even money… But here’s the thing; I won’t  share anything with you that I don’t fully support. It doesn't matter what it is, or how much they are willing to give me if I don’t believe in it, It won’t be on my site. Seriously. You’ll just have to trust me on this.” ~ Coach Moose

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