Moms are riddled with guilt. Guilt about lack of time. Guilt about the food we're putting on the table. What happens next? The workout you planned to do gets waylaid because you feel guilty about leaving your kids once again. Here's the thing, though. There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life when you have children, and many of them benefit both you AND your children.
As an overweight kid who discovered the transformational power of fitness as a teenager, training to improve my fitness and my physique has always been a huge motivator. For many years it was why I trained. But it was not until my father became ill that I truly realized the insurmountable power of fitness.
I started running in 1991. During this time, finding a good, supportive sports bra was really limited. The sports bras were mostly cross back and strapped you in. There wasn't much stretch and I could barely breathe -- the bras were so restrictive. At the end of a long run, I would have painful chafing. Not fun.
Many of us will admit that we want to look younger. Almost all of us want to live longer provided we do it with zest, happiness, and good health! All this talk about anti-aging and wellness can be overwhelming at times. Is there a simple way to turn back the clock and get more bang for our buck while we're here?
A thousand dollars per person is a lot of money, and if we all exercised, the potential cost savings to the public system would be enormous. So over the next few weeks, while super-fit people are all over Toronto, and coverage of the Pan Am Games blankets the country, perhaps we can take it all, and Dr. Burton's study, as inspiration -- to get outside, to become a little more active. Because in a country like Canada, where most of our healthcare is provided by government-run insurers, exercise is something we can do to benefit all of us.
Yoga has taught me to own up to myself and who I am now. Not who I was or who I could be. I never shamed my body or hated it, but I'm glad to be at a happy relationship with it. I look at my big chubby body and am happy and content with it. I feel it is important to see bigger bodied people out there. When I first started yoga, it was very rare and uncommon to see bigger yogis practicing yoga. Now I am so ecstatic that there so many people who are trying yoga for themselves.
I have decided that I need to train myself to take a beat -- a mindfulness moment -- before I eat anything. I eat healthy foods, but I need to become more aware of HOW I eat. Too often I nibble on vegetables when I am cooking, I stand up to stuff food down between clients, and at night I eat in front of the TV. I need to become more mindful of how I am eating!
With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, comes a renewed zest for life! After interviewing a number of my clients and doing some soul searching myself, I have compiled a list of 10 steps that you can start today to create greater ease in your life -- and by extension, greater health.
When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place.
Running is hard on the body. Every time your foot hits the ground your body has to absorb six times your weight. To recover from this pounding your tissues need REST, cross-training, appropriate nutrition and water. Luckily, I love trying new workouts and when I don't run I have free time to experiment and try new classes.