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How to Stop Feeling Guilty Over Others’ Accomplishments

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Wait, what? How to stop feeling guilty over others’ accomplishments?

Aren’t we more commonly jealous, envious, or resentful over other people’s success?

Maybe. However, when we see others succeeding while we’re NOT succeeding, we feel a little guilty, too — especially if we feel there’s something we can do about it. After all, if that person makes the time, energy, and determination to accomplish their goals, well…why aren’t we?

Well, there is something we can do about it, but we have to get rid of the guilt, first.


“I Want to Look Better Naked!”

Friday, October 10th, 2014

You might not believe it (or, maybe you might) but one of the most common answers I get when I ask people why they exercise is…

…”I want to look better naked!”

Setting aside the fact that what “looks better naked” is subjective, as someone who firmly believes that diet and exercise can help improve so much more than just our physical appearance (such as our mental and physical lives), I always want to educate them on the other benefits of regularly working out.

So, while looking better naked is great, below are an additional five benefits of exercising.


Have You Been Drafting Through Life?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I spent last weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race.

If you know anything about NASCAR — or any kind of racing, really — you probably know what “drafting” is.

(For those of you who don’t, drafting is when one car follows closely behind another car for aerodynamic purposes. For example, it helps block wind resistance, which brings other benefits.)

For a little while, drafting can be extremely beneficial in racing. Obviously, the drivings don’t want to draft the entire race — if they do, they’ll never make it to the front and have a shot at winning — but for a little while, it works.


Why My Boyfriend Told Me to “Just Go!”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it.

Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better.

So, I’m extremely anxious about it.


The Best Way to Hold Yourself Accountable: Get a Friend

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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If it hadn’t been for one of my friends, I probably wouldn’t have made it to a yoga class last week.

Actually, I’m pretty sure I absolutely would not have made it.

It’s not that I didn’t want to go — the class is part of a series I’ve been waiting on for a while and so I really, really wanted to go — but for some reason I just couldn’t do it.


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?

One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).

The keyword here is “relaxing.”


Food and Exercise as Antidepressants

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?

Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?

I didn’t conduct any formal poll, but I’m willing to bet more of you raised your hands for the first question than the second.

(After all, according to the CDC as of 2010, the percent of Americans 20 years old and older who are overweight, including obese, is 69.2%.)

Basically, more than half of American adults are overweight or outright obese.

Geesus Ayche.


5 Mental Reasons to Get Physical in 2014

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Exercise is about more than just getting into those skinny jeans.

Actually, even though our country’s obesity rate is mind blowing, EXERCISE IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN JUST LOSING WEIGHT.

Getting physical works wonders for your mental health, and here are five reasons you might consider creating a workout regime for your mental health.

1. Alleviate Mental Illness Symptoms

Yay, Captain Obvious!

Still, I couldn’t create this list without including the fact that exercise helps alleviate symptoms like those associated with depression and anxiety.

I’m sure you already know this, BUT if you want to read the science behind it, check out Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) and Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety (National Institute of Health).


7 Ways to Survive Black Friday With Your Mind and Body Intact!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
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Well, it’s that time of year again. They turkey’s barely settled and we’re gearing up to spew money all over the place.

Before you head out the door tomorrow, take note of these seven ways you can survive the crowds with your mind and body intact and still take advantage of those Black Friday deals!

(DISCLAIMER: Some of you won’t relate to this post. You shop online, or don’t fall prey to commercialized holidays, or don’t celebrate at all. I applaud you. This post is for those, like myself–sometimes unfortunately–who do.)


5 of My Favorite Yoga Poses for Stress

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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I’ve been feeling a lot of stress lately. I mean, a lot.

You might remember reading about my family’s recent health crisis, aaaaaaaaaaaaand how I’ve been treating myself like crap lately.

I admit, I’m still doing some stress eating and I haven’t started running again (which would be awesome, if only I weren’t in a hospital so many hours a day).

However, I have started practicing yoga again. Sort of.

You see, depending on the poses and sequences, you can practice yoga just about anywhere–including a hospital room, hallway, parking lot…


 

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