Small Things Great Love

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Coach Erik here:

 We can never heal all of the sadness and pain in other people’s lives. We can’t carry their load and produce miracles overnight. But we can bring a cup of cool water to a thirsty soul or a scoop of laughter to a lonely heart. We can give someone the gift of our full presence and the miracle of unconditional love.

 Take away: Mother Theresa once said, “We cannot do great things only small things with great love.” I invite you to something small with great love today. Notice how good this feels.

 

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter, athlete and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take The Plunge!

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Boldness has power, genius and magic in it. Begin it now!

These famous words by Johann van Goethe, rung in my ear as I dove head first into the frigid Atlantic Ocean for my 42nd birthday Sunday. While the icey water stung my flesh and shocked my body I felt alive, vital and empowered!

My birthday polar plunge was a symbolic start to a personal challenge this year; be bold, dig deep and take inspired action!

Take away: When it comes to stepping up to a new challenge or an old obstacle this year, I invite you to lean in and take inspired action. When you do people, events and resources you never dreamed of will come your way.

What’s the point of being alive if we don’t at least try to do something remarkable? Be bold, dig deep and take the plunge!

 

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter, athlete and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com 

 

 

 

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Secrets to a Happier Life: Act From Your Core

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When you act in alignment with your core values (the things you value the most for example; connection, integrity, health, compassion, playfulness etc.) you immediately feel a surge of positive energy and personal power. I offer this is a secret to living a fit and happy life you love. 

Take away: What are your two highest core values? I invite you to take at least one small action in alignment each core value. Notice how good this feels.

 

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com 

 

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Enlighten Up!

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Coach E here:

For years I took myself way too seriously and as a result missed out on a lot of freedom, adventure, laughter and joy. 

Take away: Enlighten up! Be quick to laugh at yourself or a situation today. Dwell in possibilities not difficulties. Have the courage to be seen, heard and felt in all of your perfect imperfection.

 

Remember when you smile at the world the world smiles back!

 

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Defloured

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Coach Erik here:

One of the single greatest things you can do for your health and waistline is to cut back on the amount of refined carbohydrates in your diet. Meals /snacks rich in these high glycemic foods lead to a sudden surge in insulin levels and are associated with weight gain, inflammation and many chronic illnesses. Examples include; white bread, white pasta, baked goods made from refined flour and refined sugar in it’s various forms.

Vitamin and fiber rich foods such as brown rice, whole oats, and sweet potatoes offer a powerhouse of energy producing carbohydrates as well as a supernova of health and wellness benefits.

Challenge: This week I challenge you to limit the amount of refined carbohydrates you eat. Instead ride with sustained energy/health producing foods like brown rice, whole oats and sweet potatoes. Notice how good you feel and be sure to tell me about by adding a comment below.

Live Fit & Be Well,

Erik

 

 

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Need a Boost? Do This.

 

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Coach E here:

Food is perhaps the most abused anxiety drug and exercise is perhaps the most underutilized antidepressant.

Take away: If you need a boost get moving. Emotion is created by motion. As little as two minutes of movement can change your biochemistry and can give your day a hit of awesome!

Get after it!

 

How did you get your hit of awesome today? Post below and let us know! 

 

 

 

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Your Most Valuable Currency

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The effect you have on other people is the most valuable currency there is. At the very end, all that you’ve accomplished and accumulated will fade away. What will remain are the moments of honest, brave and intimate connection that will live in the hearts of others forever. 

Take away: Be somebody that makes other people around you feel like somebody. Shine your light freely on as many people as you can today.

 

 

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Erik Hajer is an award-winning personal coach, presenter and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com 

 

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Anger Can be Healing. Here’s How.

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Coach Erik here:

Belying most anger is hurt, vulnerability and sadness. The challenge is most of us suppress or displace our anger, which can lead to either external rage or prolonged internal suffering, disease and pain. 

 I offer the “courageous Lion’s roar” is the decision to understand the wisdom of your anger and express it in a powerful and healing way.

 I invite you to do this by getting in touch with the feelings behind the anger. For example, recognizing that what you are really feeling hurt, lonely or disconnected etc. and expressing that to yourself and/or others. I offer there is great power profound healing in vulnerability and expressing your truth. 

Notice how good it feels to own the feelings behind the anger and how freeing it feels to express your truth in a direct and constructive way. Once you do, you are free to nourish and resolve your feelings as opposed to succumbing to the immediate (and often) destructive needs of your anger. 

 

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com 

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Make Your Fitness Resolutions Stick in 2013

 

Coach Erik here: 

 

We’ve all been there. We take a break from our fitness and wellness habits during the holiday season and resolve to turn it “on” in the New Year.

The question is, how can we make our resolutions stick when our New Years momentum begins to fade? My offering today is my top 10 tips for living the fit and well in 2013 and beyond.

 

Tip #1: Make your health and wellness a top priority. Have a plan. Schedule time for yourself. Guard your time fiercely.

 

Tip#2: Have a compelling “why” for taking consistent inspired action. If your why is big enough the how will show up for you.

 

Tip#3: Maintain a positive attitude. What we think about we bring about. Keep it positive.

 

Tip#4: Engage in exercise that is fun and compelling. Stop working out and start “Playing Out.” Make exercise fun.

 

Tip#5: Let go of judgment, shame, and guilt associated to your body and your actions. Instead of “failure” consider there is only success and learning (you get to set the rules of the game!) Consider you are perfect yet unfinished. Nothing needs to happen for you to feel love, joy and success NOW. Happily achieve versus achieve to be happy.

 

Tip#6: “Nuke” your scale and instead concentrate on how you feel. People often come to fitness because of they way they want to look. They stay because of the way they want to feel.

 

Tip#7: Let go of “have to” and “should” and dwell on “get to” and “Must.”

 

Tip#8: Actively feed your mind with positive books, people, and media. Surround yourself with positive energy.

 

Tip#9: Nourish your body with healthy, energizing foods. Notice how your food choices make you feel. Decide how you want to feel and ask yourself the question, “is this choice serving me or stealing from me?” (energy, health, well being etc.) Choose foods that serve your health and wellness.

 

Tip#10: Seek happiness and Joy in the daily journey of fitness and wellness. Give yourself permission to feel alive  and “arrive” every day!

 

Take away: I invite you to make every day your January 1st. Know that every moment is a new beginning filled with endless possibilities. Resolve to make fitness and wellness a joyful, judgment free lifestyle and not simply a means to an ends.

Now that is a resolution that sticks.

Live Fit and Be Well,

Erik

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, blogger and author of the book, LIVE FIT AND BE WELL: A Personal Transformation Workbook.(Amazon: http://amzn.to/t3z97A) In addition to training for life, he is a 13-time marathoner and 5- time Ironman Triathlon finisher.

 

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