Physical Activity

3 Crucial Factors You MUST Look for in a Yoga Studio


I’m considering attending a yoga class I haven’t been to in a while. It’s a little intimidating (like I said, I haven’t attended it in a while), but I did enjoy it A LOT and something’s drawing me to it again.

As someone who has a favorite yoga studio and still gets intimidated by certain classes, I can only imagine what newbie yogis must feel – you know, those of you who’ve never attended an actual yoga class, or who have but left feeling disappointed.

Take a few minutes to read over these factors you should look for in a yoga studio; they might just inspire you to start a serious yoga practice this weekend!

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Depression

Top 5 Fitness Myths (And the Facts That CRUSH Them!)


During my journey to get physically and mentally fit, I’ve run across several myths that held me up, and I’ve noticed I’m not the only one.

More often than not, these “myths” are just ways to talk yourself out of getting moving. Generally, getting fit isn’t easy peasy (no matter what all these workout and diet gurus tell you); it takes hard work. Still, it’s doable, and it benefits you both physically and mentally.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths about fitness, and the (sometimes brutal!) facts that can crush them in their steps!

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Physical Activity

My Favorite Fitness Quote: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable!



"Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable!"

I admit, I'm not exactly sure from where this quote originated. I've read that it's a U.S. Navy SEAL saying, but I've also heard Jillian Michaels say it (most recently during her "Yoga Meltdown" program I reviewed a while back...which kind of leads me to believe she might have adopted it from the SEALS), but regardless from where it came, I *love* it!

I believe I love this quote so much because it not only relates to getting in shape physically, but also it relates to getting in shape mentally. Sometimes, in order to do that, you have to step outside your comfort zone, don't you?

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Body Image

Before and After Pictures: A Portrait of Your Mind


A few weeks ago, I published a post on my thoughts about before-and-after pictures of our bodies.

Since then, I've been thinking about how that idea relates – perhaps more positively – to before-and-after pictures of our minds.

I've always dabbled in exercise and healthy eating, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I got serious about it; not just for my body, but also for my mind. My "before picture" was horrendous, to say the least. I was extremely out of shape, both physically and mentally. I couldn't stand to look at it, much less let others see it.

Now that I'm more serious about how I treat my body, I have a healthier, more glowing "after picture." I feel a sense of pride when I step back and look at all the positive changes I've made in my life (again, both physically and mentally), and I don't mind showing others and helping them work toward beautiful after pictures, too (hence, the birth of "Your Body, Your Mind"!).

So, if you could take before-and-after pictures of your mind, how would they look?

I'll go first!

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Exercise

3 Super Simple Tips to Get Out of Your Rut…FOR GOOD!


As some of you know, I started working out at a gym in January. For nearly four months (and with the exception of a few setbacks), I've diligently gone to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I’m proud of myself. I really am.

Yet, last week I wasn't really feeling it. My heart wasn't in it. My mind was elsewhere.

I was so “not feeling it” that one of my new gym buddies noticed and asked what was up.

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Body Image

15 Quotes About Beauty to Live By


So many of us exercise and eat healthy to improve our physical appearance, and while that's definitely a perk (though, I've already expressed how it's only one of the many perks of healthy living!), there's so much more to beauty than the physical.

We forget this from time to time (sadly, some of us never actually know it).

As a reminder (or lesson), I've dug around and found 15 quotes about beauty -- real, meaningful personal inner beauty, as well as external world beauty -- to live by.

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Jogging

Life Hack: 9 Ways to Start Running


Some of you know I joined a gym in January and, as a quick update, it's been great! I've stayed accountable with my workout buddies, gotten to know a few of the other gym members (as well as the owner, who's super helpful), and overall taken the panic and anxiety out of joining a gym in the first place.

However, now that I'm getting regular strength training, I need to work some cardio into my routine.

Sure, I hope on the treadmill and speed walk a couple miles, but what I really miss is running, which I haven't done since last summer...

...and, given it's been that long, I feel a bit like a newbie.

So, how do I get started again? The same way any newbie runner would!

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Anorexia

Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

aims to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.

In honor of that, I thought I'd join the movement and share with you some facts about eating disorders you might not have known, and I encourage you to click on the source links to learn even more about eating disorders.

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