Lasting Habits for New Orleans Boot Campers

October 05, 2010

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Lasting Habits for New Orleans Boot Campers


A Fitness Blog Post by: Jonathan Kaufman( New Orleans Boot Camp Instructor in Lake view)

Hello Current and Future New Orleans fitness boot campers!!I hope that everyone is making the most of the current boot-camp. We are in third week of the current session and by now most of you have figured out that the time goes by quickly when you are putting in the effort and staying motivated.


This art
icle is a continuation of my last one which discussed the need to make lasting habits a part of your New Orleans fitness lifestyle.

Ok… let do this!

Making habits stick is a process that is as important as any of the other processes that occur during New Orleans Adventure Fitness boot camp.

Physical strength and endurance is only one way of developing, but I tell my campers to also put effort into growing their minds and their spirits.

That’s why I’m going to talk about finding your motivation, developing awareness, and moving in a direction that gets you to your goals.

Motivation, Awareness, and Direction.

These things make me think of the “serenity” prayer. For anyone not familiar with this prayer, it goes like this….
G-d, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

I’ll talk about acceptance, expectation, identity, fear, and self-confidence in the next article, but let’s focus our attention to….


1) Motivation, or direction, is easier to find when you have an idea of where you want to ultimately be. Setting goals is a practice and you don’t just sit down and say,” I want to be at “fill in the blank.””goals are stated, and then revised and revamped based on your progress.

The first step is to ask yourself..

-Why are you here?

-What are you doing this for?

-“Who” are you doing this for?

-And finally, what will “this” do for you when you ultimately achieve it?

Each of us has different answers to these questions and the answers will continually change as you go through the process.

Sometimes the things that we seem to want aren’t really the things that we want after all, or sometimes success brings with it responsibilities that we aren’t all ready to deal with.

Not thinking about these things, and I mean really sitting down and considering them, leaves an empty place in the part of your mind that should be there to keep you moving forward.
Fill in that place with positive and concisely defined answers and feel yourself move towards your dream.

2) Awareness. We are not separate from the things that
surround us, although we tend to live in an illusion where it’s “us” and everything around “us”. Like waves on an ocean we are not independent, but ultimately part of the same system.

We act, and there is a dis tinct reaction that occurs from our actions.
Discovering the “terrain” that is you, just like an explorer seeking out new lands, is the process of awareness.

There are many ways of exploring the “land” that is you?

-Setting goals

-Considering your actions,

-Working with the feedback that life gives you,

-Developing your identity as an individual,

-Creating the vision that allows you to see who you are and how you fit into the world around you is the process of awareness.

3) Direction. This is the easiest part of the practice of fitness because it forms itself as you go. You don’t have to do a thing but keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart open to the things that happen as you go through your Boot camp.

Lack of motivation, injury that isn’t getting better, body-fat that won’t come off, lack of energy during your workout, fitting better into clothing, increased appetite, firmer and stronger muscles, speeding up your metabolism, and the positive critique of those around you are all contributing factors to you and your ability to find direction.

Just as the sense of being lost comes over a person who has stumbled off a trail in a strange woodland, or the sense o f relief when finding that same trail that floods over the body, use your intuition to discover where you are and where you are going.

I could write about each of these factors for days but that would only complicate things and I want to see you keep it simple.

Feel, think, imagine, believe, and continue reading my articles and those articles of my associates and I will see you at the New Orleans Boot Camp location that you want to be at in the future.

Stay healthy and happy, Jonathan Kaufman ( New Orleans Lakeview Boot Camp Instructor)

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October 5, 2010

Jaimie @ 9:31 pm

Really cool tips that make you think!

Susan @ 9:33 pm

It’s good to have a reason why I workout, ever since I had my children I have exercised because want to be around longer for them and still be able to get around.

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