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Lyn Lindbergh - Couch to Active

About this Episode

Hi folks, it's Lyn here.

I hope everyone has been doing well the past few weeks. Today is April 14, 2020 and we are all in the middle of COVID-19. Erik and I have been hunkered down at home juggling our businesses, aging parents, everything shifting to online, and replanning around the financial hits that have come with so much disruption. I'm certain our story is in some ways similar to yours.

Big pause.

There's also been a surreal and sweet side of spending so much time at home knowing that we'll probably be quarantined here another month or so. Erik got us setup with a new batch of hens, our puppy Nanu loves having everyone home, I dusted off my sewing machine and have been sewing masks for our local preparedness group. The skies are quiet and the bars are closed, we have both been reflecting on what our new normal will be this fall.

I'm not certain we'll invite the crazy schedule back in so quickly. It's been good for me to be quieter and more thoughtful.

But what does this have to do with today's episode on Couch to Active?

The gyms and sports are all closed, yet thankfully exercise is still listed as an essential activity for our physical and mental wellbeing. This sudden shut-down of "traditional" fitness has left my fitness colleagues asking themselves what it really means to exercise for health. They know that doing extreme sports may chisel the body and slim you down for a bikini, but they are telling their clients to not do this. Don't tear yourself down, down "go hard or go home" because it weakens the immune system. They are finally focused on exercise for health and wellness. Finally.

I never in a million years would have guess that a global pandemic would help shift the dialogue and help people understand what exercise for health is really all about. This is a very exciting time for my business because we were already set up to help people reach exercise goals in a way that brought more meaning to their life and helped them smile more.

This is why Erik and I recorded an episode on Couch to Active. I know you know that exercise is important. I also know you don't want to dread doing it. And, I know there's a very good chance you are facing health issues and other important responsibilities that make exercise even more difficult. It's a surprisingly difficult topic for most people.

I hope that through this episode you feel heard and that you're inspired to give this exercise thing a fresh perspective. Then, if you are feeling ready reach out and let me help you get there.



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Some of our favorite quotes

I don't get a birthday this year, heh. (Lyn)

Sorry folks, apparently I caused the global pandemic. I believe it, therefore it's most definitely true. (Lyn)

Secrets hold power. We've held the secret of what we weigh so tightly, more tightly than our age, that there's a huge stigma around our weight. I've never seen any other fitness influencer take this on in this way, but I'm going to blaze this trail. (Lyn)

Do you realized that even with lockdowns for COVID-19, exercise is still considered an essential activity for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Fitness is finally talking about the lymphatic system and how simply moving helps to improve your immune system. The notion that for exercise to count you need to sweat is a myth.

Most of us have aspirations to exercise consistently. We know that exercise is good. But, 80% of adults in the United States still don't get the minimum exercise in. It's not a matter of self-discipline or grit, it's a much bigger issue than this.

Simply getting the minimum exercise makes you a leader and a trail blazer.

In the United States, 70% of adults above the age of 40 have at least one chronic illness. Forty percent have more than one.

What's the #1 thing that must be in place to increase your chances of exercising consistently? You must enjoy it. (Michelle Segar)

Honestly, I'd rather die younger than spend an hour every day gritting out exercise that I dread. (Lyn)

I've been surprised at how much this resonates with the chronic illness community. There's a big desire to figure out how to exercise when all of the normal exercise programs don't work. (Lyn)

I've started working with our visually impaired and blind community. This community needs to exercise just as much as any other human. (Lyn)

I also talk about when it's appropriate to choose to not exercise. It's all about owning your life, owning your reality, and honoring what you have going on today. Most of us can't flip a switch and magically have the life they desire. I

It's also about making peace with the reality you are facing today. Making peace with your reality does not mean you have given up. (Lyn)

If you ever find yourself saying, "I should exercise more but..." then COUCH to ACTIVE is where you need to start.

About The Guest

Lyn Lindbergh is the executive producer of The Lindberghs podcast and creator of COUCH to ACTIVE. She's an award winning author, fitness influencer, 20-year corporate survivor, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and certified mat Pilates instructor.

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