By The Sweat Life Editors
When The Sweat Life launched, after all our dreaming, planning, and gearing up — one year ago this week, at the start of September 2014 — we knew we were starting something special. But we didn’t realize just how special. The fitness, health, and wellness experts that have contributed to The Sweat Life have inspired us, lifted us up, and put us in awe. For each person that answered our questions for a Q&A, we asked the same last question: “Any final words or advice for our readers?” Here are the answers, advice from a year in The Sweat Life, all in one place. Enjoy.
“My life-changing moment was when I realized I could not live without running. I was trying to simplify my life down to just the ‘essentials’ at the time, and I realized it was the thing that I loved most. I have not once doubted this decision to share my passion. My advice? Be authentic."
"Throw away your pedometer bracelet. Those are just silly."
"Know your limit, but don’t be afraid to push yourself and truly give it your all. And, of course, this applies to all facets of life!"
"What I've found most fascinating is how climbing has changed lives for so many people. Talking to members at BKB about how they've started climbing is illuminating — I've heard stories about it helping cure drug addictions, or helping to assimilate those who've served in the military back into civilian life, etc. Climbing is a metaphor for life — it's about facing problems and challenges, and being relentless in your pursuit to continually make progress."
"Keep an open mind. Try new things. Experience as much as you can. Find the workout that makes you happiest — it is the workout you will stick with, in the end. Find what you love, and do it unapologetically."
"Find your passion, study your craft, and keep challenging your ideals and beliefs."
"Changing your diet and lifestyle is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged. Start out by slowly eliminating one processed item at a time. I suggest starting with dairy products, then gluten, and so on. Replace what you eliminate with non-processed foods and drinks, and you will inevitably see results in how you feel!"
"Take it slow and be flexible. Remember, being healthy isn't about getting somewhere specific, but it's a way of being and feeling. Last night I ate my way through a big bag of chips and dip without even noticing, and today I'm drinking a green smoothie and about to make a salmon/brown rice bowl for lunch. Both can exist, and there doesn't need to be drastic measures. There's no one way to do it, just take it one day at a time, and you'll get to exactly where you need to be."
"Choosing to live a healthy life isn’t as hard as you think it is. If you fill your cupboards with healthy pantry staples, and your fridge with fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein, you’re already halfway there."
"Get in the kitchen, and have fun! Cooking is like anything else — you don't get better at it, if you don't practice. Most importantly, don't get too caught up in the latest diet madness. If you focus on real, whole foods, and pay attention to how different foods make you feel when you eat them, you're off to a great start."
"Not all things in life are easy. Running is like that as well. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it's tough, but in the end it makes you a better athlete, and I think a better person. I hope to see you on the road!"
"Love yourself enough to invest in looking your best, but don’t kill yourself in the process."
"Dear Knobby Kneed, Arms-Too-Long-For-Your-Frame, Head-So-Big-It-Belongs-On-An-Adult, Glasses-Prescription-So-Strong-It-Could-Start-A-Forest-Fire, No-Butt-Having Little Girls of the World, One day you WILL grow into your body. Treat it well. Talk positively to it. Challenge it to try new things. It won’t let you down. The adventure will be worth it!"
"Don’t ever, EVER train for something because you feel as though it is an obligation! Train because you are passionate about it. Train because it makes you feel good. Train because it inspires you to be a better you. Train because you are an athlete."
"Never give up on yourself. The change we’re all capable of is a powerful tool, don’t let it go to waste."
"Your mind is a powerful, powerful thing. If you truly believe you can do something, you can. If you are someone who wants to transform your body or life, surround yourself with positive people, set your goals, and go for it. No one can stop you but you."
"I do not exercise to look like you, or him, or her. I #sweat to feel better, to live longer, healthier and happier. Your size does not define you."
"Please write me through our website with your ideas for fitness clothes and gear!"
"Make it fun! Have fun with whatever it is you choose to do. Because that’s really what it’s all about."
"Remember, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Don’t throw out your current wardrobe, but instead, the next time you make a fashion or home textile purchase, think about how you might purchase differently — and like Gandhi, 'Be the CHANGE you wish to see in THE WORLD.'"
"Working out is fun, and there's no reason that what you wear to work out shouldn't be just as fun. I can't have a great workout without great music and a great outfit. And always remember — it's progress, not perfection!"
"My advice to the readers is: If you can think it, you can do it. That, and: Work as if you don’t need the money. But the most important advice I can give is to GIVE BACK in whatever way you see fit. Remember those who helped you along your journey, and do the same for those behind you."
"In the great words of Nike — Just Do It!"
"The best advice is to allow yourself rewards. If sweets are your guilty pleasure — they are mine — then allow yourself that reward. You earned it!"