My daughter's little brain is making sense of the world every single second, taking in verbal and non-verbal cues about how things work and what things mean. And when it comes to exercise, I want her to grow up seeing it as a joy, and not a utility. I want her to do it for the love of it, not to fit into a dress. I want her to grow up knowing that.
If worrying were a workout, we'd all be runway models. But the effects of constant low-grade stress and the body image tug-of-war eventually take their toll. A recent study from the U.K. found that women will spend an average of one year of their lives worrying about their weight. That's 21 minutes a day, two hours a week, and over 120 hours a year.
If you are starting from a standpoint of not doing any exercise or not paying any attention to your diet, you might find my tips helpful in starting to be healthier. I have found a couple of keys to starting on the road to health: first, start in tiny micro-steps; and second, discover what you personally like to do -- what works for you.
There is no easy and straightforward way to surrender our collective obsession with fat. But here are some of the strategies that point the way. Regulation, used properly, has a role in such efforts. First, the prejudice against fat people needs to end. We need to accept individuals of many shape and sizes; judging them by their qualifications and not their weight.
Making muscles grow does involve weight training -- to that I'll agree. But stay with me. It also involves lifting weights at a particular intensity (that means how heavy the weights are), combined with a particular volume (that means just how many sets of a given exercise you do in each workout). Remove one of those two factors, and your muscles won't grow.
Many people just go through the motions when they work out because they don't realize how important it is to be conscious of the muscles they are recruiting, but as my client Amanda discovered, when you concentrate and become mindful of your movements, the quality of the exercise you are doing improves.
Working out can sometimes be, well, not fun. Long days at work, kids going crazy, family emergencies. It all adds up to a mentally drained and exhausted you. What if I told you, as an honest trainer, the gym was the fourth most important thing to take care of in your healthy living? In fact, getting into a gym is the icing on the cake or the cherry on top of a sundae.
Ever wonder what "those people" really do? The extremely fit people that you only hear about. Well, they live it daily, and they love it. The smartest ones find balance, but the common element is lots of intensity. This article is not for those who are just starting out in fitness. If you are just beginning, let this be something to aspire to.
Doing things to improve your balance will also ensure you are healthy into your old age. Weight loss really is simple in concept. Eat healthy, fresh, local foods. Make sure that the products you chose spend as little time in storage as possible. Then, once you fuel your body, make sure you get out and enjoy the world around you. I call it fitness to make memories..
Someone once told me that the hardest steps to take in life are from the sofa to the front door. So, if you would typically rather veg in front of the TV instead of exercising, know that you are not alone. Know that once you start exercising, it is easier to continue. Try these tricks to get you motivated.
I know that becoming more athletic was part of how I managed to grow out of the unhealthy, unfit and unhappy teenage version of myself. I see this same pattern in many of my clients. The ones who have managed to make long-term lifestyle changes have all, in one way or another, found their "inner athlete." Here are some tips to finding your inner athlete.
While everyone who attends music festivals is worth watching, the hula hooping girls were my favourites. Luckily for me, Toronto has classes to turn me into my pretend alter-ego of a hippie hula girl. My third and final class with Brass Vixens was a hula hooping class and I was determined to give those girls a run for their money. In class I start off spinning it around my torso and am beyond happy to find that it's just like riding a bike.
Working out: my mortal enemy. I've never been one for strenuous activities. But I've gotten to a point where this is about being able to climb a flight of stairs without ending up winded. I've decided to not only catch up with the trendy sweaty regimens but to try them all out one by one and decide what works for me. First up on my fitness calendar was hot yoga.
A central aspect of my fitness philosophy -- one that I try to instill in my clients, my readers and myself -- is that the purpose of exercise should not be just to look fit. I hate the fact that people are judged on their appearance. for many the fear of going to the gym and being looked at with a critical gaze can sap any will to exercise. What is worse is that often individuals internalize this critical gaze: we all become our own worst critic.