2023. Another year. Another beginning. Another chance to change and do better. Okay, so actually every day is another chance to change and do better but there is something about the start of a new year that makes wanting to make better choices more refreshing, more exciting. As I enter this new year the one word that is going to be a part of my change for a healthier life for myself, is the word ‘no’. But more specifically not inviting the guilt that often times accompanies with saying ‘no’. I am learning to let myself say no to things I don’t want to do or places that I don’t want to go, without the guilt. I’m learning to let certain people know that I am not always available for them. That there are certain things that they can do for themselves or learn to do for themselves, instead always relying on me to do it for them. I want to set better boundaries and start making my feelings more of a priority. And that’s more than okay.
As part of my journey to be happy, I’ve decided to clean up my Facebook friends list. I didn’t have too many people on there to begin with as I only use it to keep in touch with family and friends, many of those friends simply being people I went to middle and high school with. But I started to take notice in people who rarely or never engaged in my posts. So I thought “Well why do I continue to take interest in their posts and showing support in their works or life?” I’m not keeping tabs nor am I expecting equal reciprocal interest but it would be nice if those individuals had checked out my posts at least once. I’ve removed them off my friends list because it wasn’t serving me well emotionally. I do continue follow and support their business pages on FB and other social media platforms but as far as a relationship on a personal level, I’m moving forward.
Apple Fitness+ Initial Impressions
Yesterday Apple released Fitness+, their new workout app that works through the Apple Watch. The programs are divided into nine categories: HIIT, yoga, core, strength, treadmill, cycling, rowing, dance, and mindful cooldown. You can filter workouts by type, time, trainers, and music. I tried a 10 minute yoga session and a 5 minute cooldown last night, and then just did a 10 minute beginner core workout. I love this app so far. 😍 You can use it on your iPhone, iPad, or AppleTV but you need to have an Apple Watch Series 3 or later.
I used it on the AppleTV and it’s so cool to see my stats on the tv screen. I also love the way the trainers instruct the classes. They focus on helping you move and work your body in the right way, without being boring or distracting with side stories or too much humor. Oh and they also have modifications for the workouts to accommodate different levels. With the three workouts I tried so far, there were three modifications shown by three different trainers in the studio together. So you can easily switch between modifications according to your condition.
I haven’t worked out for months. 😖😅 So I decided to start with some short beginner work and build my way up. Honestly, the 10 minute yoga session yesterday kicked my ass (yeah I’m that out of shape😂 ) but that’s why I’m making changes to take care of my health. I’m really looking forward to continuing with this app. If you already own an Apple Watch, you can get a month free of the service, and if you buy a new one, you can get 3 months free. Right now I have an Apple One Individual subscription but plan to upgrade to Premier (adds Fitness+, News+, more iCloud storage). I want to give it a try first during my free month to see if one, I’ll really enjoy it and two, if I’ll actually stick with using it. If you’re looking for a new way to get in better shape and have access to Fitness+, I would definitely recommend that you check it out.