Big, bold and badass are all very IN when it comes to the fitness world right now. From icons like Ronda Rousey and Serena Williams to hardcore workouts like CrossFit, being fierce is something to be proud of. Jen Sincero, who is the author of "You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life" says, "When you're a true badass, you really live your life like it's the only one you've got. You're not only in better shape, you're doing what you want for a living, you're having more fun, and you're more inspired and energized." Do you want to get inspired, have more fun and be in better shape? Here are four ways to ensure you do so from the experts.
- Think Positively "One of the biggest predictors of performance is self-efficacy, which is the belief that you can complete a task," says Jonathan Fader, Ph.D., a sports psychologist in New York City. "If I have the expectation and the sense that I can do something, I'm more likely to be able to do it," he says.
- Stop Giving a Damn A badass attitude entails not caring what other people think. The University of Ohio conducted a study of 600 people, where researchers determined that those who cared less about what others thought of them, and in turn had great self-worth, were less likely to have drug problems, eating disorders and high levels of stress.
- Take Some Risks "A badass athlete is just someone who went for it on a massive level," Sincero says. "Pick your heroes and then follow suit."
- Try Something New "Everybody's got something they've always wanted to do," Sincero says. "So make a point to actually go do it." Now is your time to bungee jump, take up surfing or finally try out an acroyoga class with a complete stranger.