Aug 21 2016

Tracey Jackson

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Habits, Health, READING SUGGESTIONS

IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU IT DOESN’T CHANGE YOU

IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU IT DOESN’T CHANGE YOU

That slogan is by Fred DeVito who along with his wife Elizabeth Halfpapp are the creators of Core Fusion and the heads of the now global EXHALE spas.  They are also the authors of the new book BARRE FITNESS.

Fred yells that out in class when he wants to push you and for you to push yourself.  But it is such a great saying it can be used to apply to most anything.

Fred had to trademark it as others were taking credit for it.

I sat down to talk to Fred and Elizabeth recently.  They have inspired me tremendously

I am a devotee of their workout program.

It has changed my body and my life in many ways.  I have worked out since I was a teen but this has been my favorite and the one I have stuck to religiously.

Despite the fact I have been out of school for decades I still think of the new year as starting in September when people head back to school.   You don’t need a particular time of year to commence a habitual exercise regime, but if you think you do, then September is as good a time as any.  You’ve enjoyed that corn on the cob, the fresh peach pie, the juicy burgers… or is that just me?

But working out only works if it is a consistent part of your life no matter what the season.

I asked Fred and Liz  the secrets for building a lifetime fitness regime. How do you get people and inspire people to the point that they don’t give up on their exercise programs?

They said the most important thing in the beginning is don’t set the bar too high. Take baby steps. If you don’t workout you can’t expect that over night you will suddenly become a daily exerciser.  Baby steps, but keep adding on to them. Add a little more each day. Start out with a few times a week and then add on to that.

The other thing is don’t be discouraged if you don’t see instant results, but keep going. And when you do see results hopefully this will  give you the incentive you need to really kick it up a few notches and not give it up.

One good habit tends to lead to another. When you start to exercise and feel better you don’t really want to cram your body with unhealthy foods.  You get more sleep. You take better care of your skin.  Healthy just becomes your way of life.

But I don’t want to give it all away.  BARRE FITNESS is a great book. It not only shows you how to do the complete barre workout, but makes it so you can do it wherever you happen to be.

No more excuses.

And there is a lot of that Fred DeVito wisdom.

“Soon is not a time.”   That is me, not Fred. But couple that with “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” and you are immediately on your way to a better looking healthier body.

And then every now and then a nice piece of pie can’t hurt you!

Tracey Jackson

Tracey Jackson is a screenwriter and blogger at traceyjacksononline.com. Her book Gratitude and Trust is now available.

  • Amanda Dushan

    Great blog post, Tracey! The book sounds interesting. I love the “Baby Step” concept.