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Russell Jack of Southland Explains How to Create a Fitness Vision Board and Why You Should

Originally published on thenext.org.nz

Getting fit isn’t always easy, and you need to stay organized and motivated. One way to keep your motivation high and stay on course is to create a fitness vision board. Once created, you can refer to it along your path to building a stronger, fitter body and getting the most out of your exercise program. Here, Southland yoga teacher Russell Herbert Jack discusses a fitness vision board and how to create one.

What’s a Vision Board?
It’s a visual representation of your goals and visions for yourself. Creating a vision board gives you a blueprint of what you’re working toward and helps you stay motivated on your fitness journey. Fortunately, it’s simple to create a fitness vision board, and you’ll find yourself referring to it again and again. Here’s how to build a vision board.

Should Your Fitness Board Be Virtual?

You can create a vision board using a physical board format or a virtual one. There are a variety of sites where you can build a vision board, including sites like Pinterest. If you choose a physical format, cut out physical images, and clip them to your board. Use a poster board, corkboard, or any other surface that’s durable to hold your pictures for the base. However, many people prefer a virtual format since you don’t have to cut anything out, and you can load your vision board to the cloud, so you have a copy available wherever you are. Plus, it’s easier to modify a virtual fitness board.

Start by Collecting Images of What You Want to Achieve

Ready to get started? The fun part is collecting the images. If you’re making a physical vision board, grab a stack of old fitness magazines and a pair of sharp scissors and start snipping photos of what you’d like to achieve and fitness images that inspire you. If you don’t have fitness magazines, visit a used bookstore.

If your vision board is virtual, you have an unlimited number of images to choose from, but don’t post other people’s photos publicly because most are copyright protected. Many of your photos will be of people who have already achieved the goals you desire. Make sure that when you look at the pictures, you feel inspired to achieve your fitness goals.

It helps to create a relaxing environment when gathering your photos. Play soft music in the background and enjoy a hot cup of tea while browsing through magazines or searching for images online. Be selective in the pictures you choose. You should know whether a certain image fits with your objectives as soon as you look at it. You’ll react to it on an emotional level. That means it belongs on your board!

Include Motivational Messages on Your Vision Board

Your vision board can include more than photos. How about posting motivational quotes that will help you stay inspired? If you’re making physical quotes, cut out words or motivation phrases that stimulate, empower, and speak to you. If you’re creating a virtual vision board, find quotes on sites like Pinterest, and add them to your own board. You can also use a graphic design program to turn your favorite quotes into art by adding backgrounds and color. You can even share your new creations on social media sites to inspire others.

Keep Updating Your Vision Board

If you have a physical vision board, display it in an area where you can see it every day. If it’s a virtual board, don’t forget to study your body at least once per week for motivation and to see if your vision board still reflects where you’re headed. Even better, post it where you can see it throughout the day. Keep it updated too! A static vision board serves little purpose; it should reflect your fitness journey and goals. You may change your vision board at any time and start down a new path. Plus, you’ll surely see quotes or photos that inspire you and belong on your board.

Now you know why a fitness vision board is so important and how to make one. It’s a visual document of what you’d like to achieve, along with messages that keep you motivated and help you get there. Enjoy creating your own fitness vision board!

About Russell Herbert Jack

Russell Herbert Jack is a founder of Southland Yoga Training in Invercargill, New Zealand. He is passionate about spirituality, the vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and living in sync with nature. Russell specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong, and guided meditations. Vinyasa yoga or flow yoga heightens consciousness by moving from one position to another seamlessly, using breath. Just like Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong has many healing properties to the body, mind, and spirit.

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