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Create quality, crave quantity. The mental side of fitness with Dr. Kelly Doell, author of Feel Like It.

Create quality, crave quantity. The mental side of fitness with Dr. Kelly Doell, author of Feel Like It.




Create quality, crave quantity. The mental side of fitness with Dr. Kelly Doell, author of Feel Like It.






57 [Interview] Dr. Lisa Belanger - A Cup of Mindfulness

What can a simple cup of coffee teach us about staying motivated to move? Dr. Lisa Belanger has the answers. Lisa is the CEO of Conscious Works and author of A Cup of Mindfulness: For the Busy and Restless. Beyond Lisa's many career accomplishments, including running a national charity called the Knights Cabin, she's completed the Paris marathon and climbed Kilimanjaro. These days, under the COVID-19 travel restrictions, you will find her keeping up with a busy family life (well caffeinated)...


56 - Diversifying Your Fitness Portfolio for Tough Times

Times are tough, but being agile in the face of adversity can be a valuable skill. This week, let's think optimistically about an opportunity the shutdowns have provided, one that can pay dividends for you today and in the years ahead. As always, look out for my question of the week. _______________________________ Kelly on IG: @kelly.doell @happilyeveractiveshow _______________________________ Get Your Copy of Feel Like it: http://kellydoell.com/feel-like-it/ On Amazon:...


55 - Your Valentine's (Fitness) Relationship Review

It's Valentine's Day. Yeesh... time to audit your relationship with fitness 6 weeks into 2020. Are you hanging in there? Has your motivation disappeared like that waxy heart-shaped box of bonbons? A heavy majority of fitness resolutions are now completely dead. That's the norm, but there's no need to walk away from physical activity completely. Let's take advantage of "love day" and reflect on where you're at and what you can do to reboot your routine if you're stuck in a...


54 - Can Self-Discipline be Enjoyable?

Does staying discipline have to suck? No, but you'd never know if you'd look at how popular culture treats this important part of active living. This week, using a terrible bread analogy, I revisit the real meaning of self-discipline and how enjoyment can be the difference maker in your fitness pursuits. _______________________________ Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/kellydoell _______________________________ 10 Things Killing Your Motivation to Move (Free Download):...


53 - The Myth of Laziness in Fitness

Let's talk about laziness. Have we oversimplified this complex concept? Of course! I'll use examples from nature to make the point that we're still animals wired to see energy expenditure as precious, even risky. We all choose the path of least resistance, some more than others. But in the name of self-compassion, we need to give ourselves a break and stop beating ourselves up for being less active than we want. At the same time, we can overcome society's relentless pursuit of making...


52 [Interview] The Power of Play with Dale Sidebottom from Fitness Games Zone

Play creates transcendent exercise experiences. In such "flow states", we're distracted from how working our bodies is so healthy. Why? We're too busy solving problems, collaborating with others, and even laughing as we go. This week, Dale Sidebottom from Fitness Games Zone (and host of the Energetic Education podcast) joins me to discuss how to bring play to the table. I also feature one of his creations, Daily Mission Cards, which have added some refreshing, creative variety to play time...


51 How to Enhance Enjoyment in 9 Steps

As the saying goes, “Nothing changes if you change nothing.” If you want to finally quit the grueling grind, jump off the struggle bus, and enjoy all the juicy mental and physical benefits of exercise, you’ll have to learn how to like it. That won’t magically happen on its own. So, let's engineer it. In this short episode, I list 9 steps for building a more enjoyable exercise routine: 1) Go Goalless 2) Reject "No Pain, No Gain" 3) Know Your "Type" 4) Try New Things 5) Attend to the...


50 Is Another Gym Contract the Solution?

True, the financial investment of a contractual agreement with a gym gives some people a spark, but is it a solid solution for you? This week, I ask you to honestly audit your fitness history to answer that question. I'll also get you pondering about life beyond the gym to build a routine that's more built to last. Stay tuned for the last Question of the Week of 2019. Happy New Year! _______________ Kelly on IG: @kelly.doell HEA on IG: @happilyeveractiveshow


49 [Interview] Dr. Jason Brooks: Does Your Rest Match Your Stress?

How well do you take care of the machine? This week, I dig down with philosophical mental performance coach, Dr. Jason Brooks, about the often neglected necessity of recovery. Not only does Jason drop some brilliant advice for dealing with mental resistance to exercise, he infuses the show with compelling stories from his field work in medicine and elite sport. Tune in for several practical tips on how you can better replenish energy stores to perform more optimally in the moments that...


48 [Interview] Dr. Shayne Young on the Mental Side of Injury Rehab

A forced divorce from fitness via injury might not just be physically painful, but it can make us a mental mess too. This week, I chat with Dr. Shayne Young of Active Health Institute to learn about how he manages the "mental game" of rehab on the front lines. Listen as Dr. Young invokes several cases from elite sport (hockey, weight lifting, running) to teach us key lessons about one of the most challenging facets of active living. ______________________ Follow Active Health on IG:...


47 The Bliss List: 17 Fitness Moments We Love

What do chips and chocolate have to do with motivation? Let's take a look at two of the most attractive substances known to mankind to see where your fitness diet might be letting you down. I'll also fire off a list of 17 blissful fitness moments that keep so many people coming back for more. As usual, keep an ear out for the question of the week. __________________________ Kelly on IG: @kelly.doell __________________________ HEA on IG: @happilyactiveshow __________________________ Get...


46 Preventing the Pain Pendulum Pattern in 2020

Are being taken for a ride? Let's revisit a problematic pattern we've all experienced at some point on our fitness journey - The Pain Pendulum. Find out what it is, why we need to talk about it before the New Year, and what you can do to stop it. If you struggle with your motivation to exercise, and New Years Resolutions never work, then this is the episode you need. __________ F-Talks Tickets (Code: happilyeveractive):...


45 [Interview] November Project (Part 2) - Lauren Carter and Liz Mackenzie

Last week, I interviewed November Project co-founder Brogan Graham about the evolution of this fascinating free fitness movement. In the second half of my two part feature on November Project, I sit down with the happy leaders of its Ottawa chapter. On fine form, Liz Mackenzie and Lauren Carter shed light on the mental side of community building and co-leadership. We talk bananas, bounces, and burpees and get the inside scoop on what makes this worldwide fitness movement so successful in...


44 [Interview] November Project (Part 1) - Brogan Graham

I couldn't let November pass without featuring one of the most successful free fitness movements of our time. It all began as a dare between 2 rowing pals. From Iceland to Indonesia to Indianapolis, November Project catches sunrises in 52 cities across the globe. In Part 1 of this special HEA feature, I chat with its philosophical co-founder, Brogan Graham, about NP's origins, evolution, and even the moment it outgrew his control and his wildest expectations. ___________ Brogan's TEDx...


43 Adage Annihilation #3: If it Doesn't Hurt You, It Doesn't Change You

Time to call B.S. on another toxic artifact of today's fitness culture. In this episode, Kelly jumps on a recent exercise physiology study in a scientific journal called Sport to destroy a common adage floating around social media. So is it "fit for the pit"? Let's let science have its say. _____________________________ Perceived Exertion Study in Sport (2019): https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/7/7/161/htm4 Dr. Kennedy Interview:...


42 [Interview] Ray Zahab: No Finish Lines

The adage is true, "Every Journey Starts with a Single Step", even if you're a professional explorer. Ray Zahab's transformation has included many, dodging rattle snakes and polar bears in the process. This ex-smoker has piled up over 15,000 KM of expeditions on foot in the most inhospitable corners of the planet; the Sahara, the South Pole, Death Valley, and Baffin Island (to name a few). But as he says he still "puts on his pants one leg at a time like everyone else". Tune in to hear about...


41 Curiosity: The Starter Fuel for Sustainable Fitness

It's true, the birth of a passionate, devoted fitness journey often happens by accident. But why wait for serendipity to tap you on the shoulder? This week, Kelly drills down into the power of curiosity, the essential ingredient to any motivation makeover. Also in this episode, Kelly takes on a tricky question from his latest speaking engagement. Stick around for one of his favorite quotes about trying new things. ____ Free Download:...


40 Using the Yes Drill to Create More Motivating Workouts

One secret to having more motivation lies in the moment. In this episode, learn how to tap into it with my favorite focusing exercise called the Yes Drill. Whether you're into lifting, running, spinning, or something else, the Yes Drill will help you create more motivating movement day-in and day-out, elevating the sustainability of your routine in the process. ____________ Free E-Book: http://kellydoell.com/10-things-killing-your-motivation-to-move/ IG: @kelly.doell ;...


39 Keep Casting Your Net: A TryTober Ride-along

The saying is TRUE... how do you know unless you try? That's what #TryTober is all about; getting out there and finally doing the thing you've pondered for too long. Well, this week, I gave Pickleball a go and it did not disappoint. In this episode, I debrief this TryTober experience in hopes of sparking you into action to get off your hands and cast your net. __________ TryPact: http://kellydoell.com/trypact/ Kelly on IG: https://www.instagram.com/kelly.doell/ HEA on IG:...


38 The Motivating Power of Music

Music and movement have been married for millennia... but are you taking advantage of its... advantages??? Or may be IT'S taking advantage of YOU. In this episode, Kelly reviews 5 key academic findings on the motivating capacity of music but also adds a special disclaimer to this unique relationship. -------- Kelly on IG: @kelly.doell HEA on IG: @happilyeveractiveshow Free Download: http://kellydoell.com/10-things-killing-your-motivation-to-move/