Happy favorite Month BMI Crew!

We hope you’re still going strong towards your 2018 goals because that’s how we do at BMI. 🙂

Our annual T-shirt challenge is underway and we are inspired by all of you who are already racking up the stickers. Keep up the good work! If you haven’t started, it’s not too late to join. Check out the Group Fit Happenings section for the deets.

Read up on Amy C Rad’s thoughts on how sometimes less is more when it comes to staying focused on your goals this year.

Lastly, see our Good For You Recipe section for a healthy and tasty salmon and bok choy dish.

Be our workout valentine this month and we look forward to lots of sweaty dates with you! favorite

BMI Fitness Team

Quote of the Month

Happy Birthday!

Happy 12th Birthday to Thao’s Big Boy Carson!

Group Fit Happenings

TGIF Birthday U-JAM for one of our favorite BEASTS Kendra aka Kenny G.! We moved, shaked, and dropped it like it’s hawt!

Our Pound Posse took a little road trip to Athleta at Valley Fair to Rockout with Athleta Brand Ambassador and Pound Icon Amy C Rad!

Tues night U-Jammerz having fun with the Mic Drop pose!

Amy C Rad taking it to the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina as she conducted the first ever European U-JAM Instructor Training!

Be More Inspired T-Shirt Challenge

A few weeks into the new year can be a challenging time for most people to stick with their workout routines. Once the initial motivation from the new year fizzles out and life gets busy, it’s easy to start making excuses and fall off the wagon. So at BMI, we want to help you stay motivated and inspired by offering you a chance to earn our 2018 Be More Inspired T-shirt! In the 6-week period between Feb 1 and March 15, attend 12 Group Fit Classes and you’ll qualify for your shirt. That’s only 2 classes a week so we know you can do it! To keep track of your progress, simply put your name on our challenge chart and give yourself a fun sticker each time you take class.

Less Is More - Subtract Before You Add

By: Amy Chang Radosevich, MA, ACSM, ACE, AFAA

Going into February, I was thinking a lot about the dreaded cycle of watching all the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed gym goers and resolutioners start to slowly disappear. Of course, as an eternal optimist, I always focus on the ones who were the exception to the rule and continued to focus on their resolve. These exceptional individuals inspire me to continue my calling as a fitness professional and be ever so passionate about what I do every single day.

So, what ideas can I come up with to help myself, my clients and anyone reading this blog post to stay focused and be the exception to the rule from here on out? In fact, since the theme of this blog is about minimalism, what is the ONE idea I have that we can all focus on?

The ONE suggestion I have for you is SUBTRACT BEFORE YOU ADD. In our culture of excess, we are socialized to always want more. We want to get multiple degrees, earn more money, buy a bigger house, own multiple cars, go on more vacations, have more friends, get more likes and follows on social media etc. etc. Parents enroll their kids into multiple sports teams and a plethora of lessons so they might have the best chance to succeed later in life. I can go on but you get my point. Bottomline, many of us are driven by the pressure to overachieve or we are not living life to the fullest.

With all the focus on acquiring more in life, we run the risk of crowding out what’s truly important - Our family and friends, our health and our personal growth and development. What are some of the things we can SUBTRACT in order to ADD what really makes us healthy and happy? Towards the end of last year, I started changing some of my own habits to make time for things I want to prioritize. Don’t judge but here’s my list 😜

- Limit time on social media to no more than 15-30 minutes per day

- Limit TV time to no more than an hour per day

- Limit smartphone gaming time to no more than 5-10 minutes per day

These are major time sinks for me personally and they can all get addictive because these activities tend to boost our dopamine response and help us escape from our daily roles and responsibilities. If I am not careful, I can easily waste an entire day on these 3 things. By limiting time on these time wasters, I have been able to:

- Do more of my own workouts

- Focus more on initiatives related to BMI Fitness and my role as a continuing education provider and fitness educator for U-JAM and Pound

- Read more (both professional materials and leisure)

- Listen to more Podcasts related to health, fitness and personal development

The outcome of these seemingly minor changes has been incredible and I feel even more motivated and committed now then when I first started this exercise. So for this month, I challenge you to find 3 things to subtract or scale back in your life so you can add or focus more on what truly enhances your life. Share with us by commenting below this blog post or email me at amyc@bmifitnesscoach.com. Cheers to less is more!

Good for You Recipe

This heart healthy salmon and bok choy recipe will make a tasty and easy weeknight or weekend dinner. Bon appetit!