In the space of 7 days I had 3 clients tell me that they recently discovered that they truly loved getting physically active. Yes, I mean exercise (a dreaded word for some of you, I know, bear with me). And I had to blog about this because all 3 stated that they started loving exercise when two things happened:
1. They were eating enough on a consistent basis. They were no longer overly restricting but getting adequate fuel to be able to sustain a workout.
2. They were NOT doing it with the intention of trying to lose weight. They were exercising because it was fun and felt good.
Now that, my friends, is what makes my job feel totally worthwhile. So many people, particularly women, dread working out. And I’d gamble that those women
who hate exercise choose an activity they hate (does 60 minutes on the elliptical sound like hell to anyone else?) and are overly hungry (ie on a diet
and trying to lose weight).
Just imagine what would happen if you had enough energy to dance your way through a zumba class, hike through the mountains, go for a stroll with a friend,
take a restorative yoga class. If this sounds like something only dreams are made of, consider my tips for finding peace with exercise.
1. Don’t call it exercise if you hate that word.
2. Don’t do it in the name of weight loss. Check out this blog post for more detail as to why this point is so important.
3. Select activities that rejuvenate your body, not exhaust or deplete it.
4. Make sure that the types and amounts of exercise you are doing alleviates mental and physical stress, rather than contributing to or exacerbating stress.
5. Find the things you genuinely enjoy and NEVER with the intention of providing pain or punishment.
While my 5 tips may fly in the face of the advice in every Shape magazine article ever written, they just might help you find a happier, healthier balance when it comes to keeping your body strong and healthy.
And now, I gotta’ get out of my office to take stroll!
In today's vlog I give a roundup up 2 products I love and 1 product I hate. It's my Fall special of showcases and no case that I think you'll love. I'm talking my favorite cures for the common cold, simple and delicious frozen food, and taking yoga challenges to task. Tune in and then let me know some of your favorite (or not so favorite) products for the Fall season!
Ever wonder why laughter, medication, and exercise have the power to improve your mood? This video explains why that is and it all has to do with Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). I learned about BDNF for a 2nd time while attending The Academy of Eating Disorders annual conference last week. And I decided to share it with each of you because it was one of the coolest things I learned at the conference!
So if you are interested in your brain, your mood, or exercise I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this vlog! How does exercise impact your mood?
The Biggest Loser is not a new topic of conversation on my blog. I have shared my opinion of the show a number of times. So I was quite pleased when, during the hub bub of last weeks' TBL controversy, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reached out to see if I wanted to write an article on the topic. Uh, yes!!!
So head on over to their site to check out my article. Then come right back here and let me know what you think! Do you agree? Disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day. P.S. Chocolate isn't addicting- so enjoy, mindfully. ;)
It’s been a little while since I written about a product I think is fabulous. And I think I have the perfect product to share with you for the winter time. I learned about it from a client who had been wanting to try yoga but experienced a lot of barriers to taking a class. She felt self-conscious, compared herself to others in a group setting which created anxiety, had a hard time getting out in the freezing temperatures, and also had a hard time paying to go consistently. And then she stumbled upon a website: www.doyogawithme.com.
She discovered it was the perfect resource to minimize many of the barriers she experienced to trying yoga and it turns out she really enjoyed it. This website is an amazing resource. First, it’s free! You can practice yoga at home and select what class you’d like to do based on time, skill level, type of yoga, and even instructor. They also have additional free resources to help you learn about the benefits of yoga and introduce you to many of the yoga terminology and background.
So if you want to try yoga but have been too afraid (or too cold!) to get outside and try a group class, this may be a fantastic resource for you. Check it out!
Are you a yoga fan already? If so, what do you love about it?
Want to give yoga a shot but feel uneasy? Share with us your concerns.
Stay warm, stay healthy!