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A few days ago, while I was riding a stationary bike at the gym, an older gentleman we'll call Greg walked up to me and said, "You know you can lose a lot more calories on the elliptical or treadmill, right?" Lose a lot more calories? I thought. I’m not trying to lose calories. I’m trying to gain leg strength and endurance... I just smiled and thanked him, and told him I was winding down after a pretty intense weightlifting session (which was true, too). After the exchange, I started thinking. So many people assume we’re at the gym to lose weight (especially us girls -- sorry y'all, but you know it’s true). Sure, I wanted to drop a few pounds when I joined, but I've since learned there's so much more to gain at the gym -- and I'm not just talking about muscles and strength. However, I realized Greg had an unintentional point: There are things to lose at the gym -- they just go way beyond weight.
As many of you know, I joined a gym earlier this year, and one of the perks I listed for joining my particular gym was the manager’s promise to personally assist me whenever I asked. Well, because my beau is a bit of a workout junkie and set up a few fairly awesome routines for me, I never had any questions. Until a few weeks ago.
The Summer Solstice is soon upon us, sweet readers (Sunday, June 21, 2015, to be exact), and I thought now would be a great time to throwback to last year's post about all the things you can do to celebrate the longest day of the year -- and the first day of summer, of course.
After all, it's not all about performing the 108 Sun Salutations (though, that's definitely an immensely meaningful, challenging, and...
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.
Earlier this week, I decided to up my resistance levels on the elliptical machine, as well as choose a new workout (I went with a random hill variance). So, basically I was “climbing” up and down random hills at various different levels of resistance. (For those of you unfamiliar with elliptical machines, the harder the resistance and workout setting, the slower you might go – until your legs get stronger, that is.) So, although I was working my ass off (pun slightly intended – hey, it’s Friday), any random passerby might have thought I was just lollygagging around, lazily going through the motions until my 30 minutes were up. In reality, I was kind of struggling to hold it together.
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!
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!
"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?
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!