Be Yourself for Fitness and Health
Being yourself isn’t just about catchy slogans or expressing yourself artistically and creatively. Finding your workout personality, and being true to you is also an important element to sticking to your exercise and overall wellness goals, too.
Do What You Will Do
For me, a Barre or Zumba class feels just a little too clumsy. I can’t keep up, I don’t have good form, and I walk away feeling bad about myself instead of feeling strong and proud. So, though many people I love to work out with do those classes, I know myself enough to know that those classes take the wind out of my sails. I’d rather go for a run, do hot yoga, or attend a Body Revolution class. Find an exercise you will do, one that fits into your lifestyle, and one that you will enjoy showing up to again and again. Do what you will do.
10 Tips for Happy Holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us, and sometimes that can mean overindulging in more ways than one. But, don't let the holidays derail you from the healthy eating and exercising habits you’ve developed.
Here are 10 tips for making this holiday season a healthier one:
- Keeping Moving. The holidays can be a busy time, but don’t forgo your usual work out. Instead, minimize the impact of the extra calories from parties and holiday dining by heading out for your weekly run or bike ride. Not only will exercising get your metabolism going, but it will help you have a healthy mindset all season long.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast. Sure, a holiday cocktail hour awaits you after work, but, that doesn’t mean every meal of the day needs to be one of epic proportions. Plan a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and fruit or greek yogurt and nuts to get your day started right. And set out healthy snacks like sliced fruits, veggies, and nuts at your desk to be sure that when you get the urge to nosh- you’re eating foods that make you feel your best.
- Drink up! Water that is… Be sure you drink plenty of water every day! Sometimes, when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just dehydrated. When you drink the recommended 8 glasses of 8oz. or more a day, you’ll head off the need to nosh mindlessly and be more likely to stick to appropriate portions.
Say It With Me
“I Deserve This”
The other day, a friend who had returned from visiting her ill mother over the weekend, said to me, “I feel disgusted with myself. I haven’t worked out in days.” This friend is quite fit, and cares for herself in so many different ways. I couldn’t believe she was talking that way about herself! Then, I heard another friend remark that she was pathetic when she was struggling to complete a particularly challenging circuit during our work out. And, still another friend is in a constant state of self loathing because she is a couple pounds shy of her goal weight.
When I hear women talk about themselves this way, I feel sad.
Exercise is supposed to be a way to take care of yourself, not another reason to shame and hurt yourself. Exercise can be so empowering, so life-giving, if you allow yourself to tell the truth. And the truth is this: you are beautiful, you are strong, and you deserve to be put back onto your own priority list. No excuses. But also: no apologies.