Quality Plus April 2020

Finding Motivation on Those Tough Days

The Importa The Dangers of Dirt (No, Really) W hile everyone in the family is making vacation and road trip plans, it’s essential to give your car a good cleaning to ensure it’s roadworthy for the adventures ahead. As winter comes to an end and we get into the heart of spring, it’s understandable why April is National Car Care Month! Just a few minutes of care will make the difference between a successful road trip and a day stuck at home. Here are a couple of the benefits you will see. LessWear &Tear Even in your day in, day out adventures, mud, rain, and dirt can latch onto and eat away at the surface of your car. While you may not notice it initially, over time, the minerals in these substances deteriorate your paint job. This exposes the body of your car to the risk of rust and potentially weakens the strength of the body’s materials. Your engine and components are also susceptible to weather conditions. So when you pop SUDOKU

Top Mental Strategies for Your Fitness Routine

Whether your New Year’s workout routine is finally embedded in your schedule or you’re still trying to make it happen, always remember that your mind is just as important as your body. On some days, you may feel like anything is possible, and on others, it may feel impossible to even get out of bed. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal! There’s no reason to feel ashamed if you’re struggling with gaining steam and motivation for your workout. Here are some mental strategies to help you get firmly into your routine this year and the years to come. Getting to the Gym What’s the hardest part of working out? For most people, it’s not the heavy weights or the long cardio sessions — it’s actually stepping into the gym. Sometimes, people will wake up and think that the gym isn’t possible that day as they lay in bed. Some people will psych themselves out of working out because their time is limited, or they worry about how tired they’ll be after the workout (especially after or before a busy day). Instead of thinking of reasons you can’t or don’t want to go, focus your mind only on the task of getting there. Stepping into the gym will often give you the mental push to actually work out. It’s also best to leave the all-or-nothing mindset behind — a 45- or 55-minute workout isn’t required every single gym session. Life happens, and even if it’s a short exercise, your workout will actually energize you for the rest of your day. PushingYourself to the Limit Studies have found that the most successful people share grit: the ability to work hard and endure even the most difficult times. Workouts will burn, and the motions may feel uncomfortable or even painful, so it’s crucial to have the grit to push yourself to the limit. Rather than give up, you should embrace the pain and see it as a sign you’re growing stronger. Adjust your inner vocabulary. Anything that seems “uncomfortable” should be reconsidered as “intense” but something you can work through. Of course, be careful of injury pains!

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