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Gratitude – One thing that will change your life forever!

Gratitude is the fundamental reason behind happiness, it’s not the happy people that are thankful, it is the thankful people that are happy. 

We are that confident that this is the case we are going to set you a challenge to start right now, so keep reading!

 

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy”

-  Buddha

 

You might be wondering what is gratitude!?

Well, let me tell you….

Gratitude can be defined as a feeling of appreciation or thanks, noticing simple pleasures and acknowledging everything that you receive.

With thanksgiving coming up, the world will be taking time to acknowledge what were all grateful for, our question is … Why just do this over one day?

 

Here are some reasons why it is important to practise gratitude:

-          Presents a heightened sense of self-worth. It is a great way to become aware of what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t, this shifts your focus to a more positive approach. Practising gratitude is also a great way of turning everything that you have, or who you are, into enough. When you feel enough and realize other people see value in you, you can change the way you view yourself.

-          You are 25% more likely to be more creative, bounce back quicker from adversity, have a stronger immune system, have stronger social relationships (Emmons, 2007)

-          Helps us celebrate the present, magnifying positivity and noticing them more. Research shows that positive and negative emotions wear off pretty quickly, however gratitude helps us appreciate things more meaning the emotion lasts longer.

 

Research has shown that overall quality of life is improved through practising gratitude, so why not give it a go?

In fact, we are that confident in this theory that we are going to set you a 30 day gratitude challenge (you can research this more but we have done all the work for you), all you have to do is:

1.       Each day write down something that you are grateful for, make sure that you FEEL it deeply,  it should be something that makes you ponder (something that makes your heart swell up). Make sure you are very specific with this, for example, it is obvious that you are grateful for your children, but why do you feel grateful?

2.       Click the button below, follow the instructions and we will email you a printable document to use daily with instructions,

 

Once you finish this task you will find that you begin to appreciate the simple pleasures and things that you may have previously taken for granted. Gratitude should not be used as a reaction when you get what you want but utilised all of the time, look for the good in even the most unpleasant negative situations.

 

Starting from today don’t wait for a positive experience to happen for you to feel grateful, demonstrate gratitude in all of your experiences, even the not so positive ones.

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Reasons why you need to roll out your exercise ball!
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Did you buy a Swiss/exercise ball with every intention of doing some home workouts but never actually got round to doing so? I can bet that right now your exercise ball is just sitting in the corner of your room gathering dust or looking like a pretty ornament in your garage...

 

If I am correct, I'm going to give you a few reasons why it's worth getting it back out again

1. It's a useful tool to stabilise your shoulder joint

Obviously you won't build masses of muscle or strength due to the instability of an exercise ball, however they do provide a great challenge for the stabilising muscles, working these muscles in this way means you will be building the foundations to training with heavier weights while being able to stay injury free and maximising your potential

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2. Your very own home gym

Gives you the ability to train at home, If your afraid/embarrassed/scared to go to a gym, worry no more, getting that dust collected exercise ball out again gives you the ability to progress, yes it's no squat rack or deadlifting platform but you will still be going in the right direction! Having the exercise ball also means you can do a lot more different movements

3. Increase your range of movement 

If you do your research you will find that the exercise ball can provide a higher range of movement in comparison to doing exercises without it, this will challenge your muscles even more!

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4. Use the ball to make conventional moves even more challenging

Making things more challenging and changing up your usual routine will prevent you from hitting a plateau which will make it easier to progress

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There you go, 4 great reasons to grab the duster and roll the exercise ball back out

Research some exercise ball moves and you'll progressing in no time!