An excellent discussion around the fact that all of our bodies are different, and that someone's appearance says precious little about their health and capabilities. For me, being both curvy/chubby and fit, is a reflection of the fact that I pay attention to moving my body every day, be it strength training, running, biking, swimming, dancing, walking, gymnastics, or any number of other things... Further, I understand my body's nutrition needs and pay attention to those, without losing my mind over them. There was a time when I couldn't bear to "miss" a workout (I.e. only certain activities "counted"), and when I restricted and evaluated the hell out of everything I ate... The result is that I had less body fat that I do now, but I was way out of balance otherwise, and that's simply not sustainable for me. If someone looks at me now, it wouldn't be immediately apparently that my lab work is excellent, that I am physically strong and capable of so much, and that I eat and move in ways that make me truly, deeply, happy. I have triathlon training coming up, and for the sake of upping my performance, I will probably make some tweaks to my routine, and the reality is that those tweaks will have some impact on my current body composition, but those tweaks wont make me any more or less healthy or happy! For me, having a groove that keeps me active, happy, and sane, is true fitness, body composition be damned.
Great blog post from a very talented trainer! She discusses some quick tips to demystify strength training. I particularly love the emphasis on deadlifts and squats! Training proper form in functional movements that you use in everyday life will keep you safe and healthy!
Yes! This! One of the most crucial aspects of tackling our nation's massive public health issues is ACCESS. Check out this incredible org's Facebook page, Sow Much Good, to learn more!
Great read from Nia Shanks - Lift Like a Girl!! Something about which I feel incredibly strongly. You do not have to earn your food!!! Please take a few to check out these excellent reminders!
A perfect quote from Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LGSW regarding the importance of striking a healthy relationship with food. If you find yourself feeling anxious on a regular basis about what you're eating, having to weigh options at every meal, that's a very good sign that your relationship with food may need some work. MBHF encourages reaching out to allied health professionals, particularly those in mental health, to unpack some of these food issues and begin to develop a healthier relationship with food and with yourself. You deserve better ban anxiety at every meal.
Outstanding post from Abby Langer Nutrition on the concept of "normal eating". Check this out and take some time to reflect on your methods, and your relationship with food. We can tell a lot by how we feel coming in to a meal, and following one. Spend some time today listening to your inner dialogue around your meals today. You might be surprised at how much anxiety is surrounding your eating habits. You deserve better!
Check this link out to learn more about intuitive eating and how it is fundamental to getting a handle on your health and fitness... I will be referencing this concept in upcoming posts, so I hope you will take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this valuable concept!
It's not your weight that is disrupting how you feel about yourself. When you try to tackle your health with weight loss/a "bikini body"/a certain size or look as your primary goal, you are overlooking some of the most important aspects of health. A narrow, aesthetics-based goal can only take you so far. Fueling your body with foods that make you feel good, and working hard to build a mindset that focuses on love and self-acceptance are key to developing goals that will give you long term health and success. Take a few minutes today to examine your fitness goals and motivations. Do they come from a place of negativity, or feeling poorly about yourself and about how you look? If so, it's time to regroup!!!