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As a fitness writer and coach who has been training consistently for over a decade, I can confidently say that I don’t like exercising, and that’s okay. -- Dick Talens Bet you that's not a statement you'd ever expect to hear from a fitness writer and coach, but that's exactly the message Dick Talens sends in his latest Lifehacker piece, "You Might Never Love Exercise (But Do It Anyway)." Well, that and the "do it anyway" part, of course.
I had the MOST fun yesterday! My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had to sign up. However, I didn’t venture into the studio alone yesterday. When I saw there was a beginner yoga class scheduled for yesterday evening, I had to talk a friend of mine – who’s never tried yoga, not even using a video or yoga app – into going with me. I figured because it was a beginner class, she’d be less intimidated. Boy, was I WRONG.
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!
Happy Friday, ladies! If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red -- and it's not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice! Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign. According to the AMA: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease -- starting TODAY -- even if you're new to the game!
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.
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.
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 SymptomsYay, 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).
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.)
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...
As some of you might know, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites recently. I'm only mildly embarrassed to admit it, but my physical health has gone to crap since we found out. (Mildly, because, honestly, my mind has been elsewhere and I don't actually feel guilty for that.) I haven't hit the track, I haven't practiced yoga (much less gone to a yoga class)--I haven't even worked out at home. I've eaten any ol' thing I could get my hands on (some of it just because there was no time or other options; some of it because I was stress eating) and to be frank, I can't remember the last time I had a full glass of water. Maybe Sunday. The point is, I'm falling apart physically--during a time when it's especially important to hold it together--and it's causing me to fall apart mentally.