2 mile speed work (9:21, 8:57)
So aside from these crazy awesome views…
A $70 million health and wellness center to explore.
And the pine trees!
As well as the variety of workouts offered at FitSocial this weekend there was an equal variety of educational sessions about fitness, health and social media.
My hands-down favorite of them all was Social Media in the Fitness World with Chris Freytag. Surprise.
Chris talked about what she called the Social Media Commandments.
Be authentic. Be mindful about what you do. Create useful content. Be responsive. Be grateful.
When writing, she also suggested bloggers go through the following checklist:
Are your posts the right length?
Is your blog formatted correctly?
Are you incorporating SEO best practices into your strategy?
Are you making the most of your blogging platform?
Do you have a content strategy?
Are you tracking the performance of your blog?
While I try to be authentic, mindful, useful, responsive and especially grateful on the regular, some of the checklist points get me.
I’m still working on my formatting, tracking performance and content strategy. My goals for the rest of the year are to work on those three things. I installed Google Analytics to see how you crazy peeps are finding me and I’ve put together a loose editorial calendar (content strategy) to keep me more accountable in posting regularly and get you guys more content!
I found it super funny and grounding that while talking about maintaining an organized Pinterest board one of my fellow Fort Campbell Army wives popped up on the screen. Apparently Chris has a wide reach that spreads all the way to my new friends in Kentucky.
Small world, huh? I thought so.
Dr. Denise McGuire also talked to us about Successful Health Behavior Change.
She explained that:
Successful changers (in our case those that change to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle) generally focus on success, are persistent, know and practice change all the time, change their beliefs about themselves and are willing to look at underlying issues. Only 20 percent of the overweight or obese population is ready to make a change.
Twenty percent! I see that every day in the military community. So many people want the quick fix but aren’t willing to put in the work to get the job done right.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about taking the steps I need to take to become a certified personal trainer to remedy this. I want more people to think, no, BELIEVE that change is attainable.
Speaking with ACE on Saturday further encouraged me to pursue that goal using MyCAA, a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses. Unfortunately for me, MyCAA requests will not be approved until this whole government shutdown thing blows over (couldn’t happen soon enough) so I’m kind of at a standstill with that business. Poop.
On the bright side, I also met some new “IRL” blogger friends at the conference.
What tips do you have for maintaining a healthy lifestyle? What changes have you made?
Also, is this government shutdown affecting your lives?