Your body is an incredible gift that will sustain you through all of life's trials. And many of us hardly consider what is best for our body and health. Your body is more than capable of supporting many of your greatest dreams if you consistently treat it with love, respect, nourishing foods, rest, and movement.
Doesn’t the sun beating on your skin feel so good this time of year? If you are like me, you have caught a serious itch to move more and more with the longer days and awesome weather (even if it snows every now and then still!).
With increased activity and motivation, there’s an expectation that our efforts would lead to some degree of weight loss. We use the scale as our judge and referee, expecting it to tell us if we are OK or if we are doing a good job. When the scale doesn’t move, we painfully and harshly beat ourselves up and follow the thought pattern that everything we are doing isn’t working and that something in us is broken.
In the lifting world, well-known strength and conditioning researchers Charles Poliquin and Ian King popularized the concept of increasing time under tension during reps to increase the demand and build strength. Simply put, the recommendation was to increase the time it took to do the eccentric (or lowering) part of an exercise, pause 1-2 seconds at the transition, and potentially lengthen the concentric (or contracting phase) of the movement.
A "trapeze moment" is a choice we make to let go of what we are hanging on to in order to have the metaphorical open hands to grab onto the opportunities we want. It takes making decisions based on where we want to be, not on where we are right now. And it can feel very risky since we don’t always have certainty that what we aim to grab on to will be there if we let go.
When was the last time you faced a big choice where you put all your faith into the promise of what would happen rather than the pain of letting go and staying the same?
My son broke his leg on Tuesday. Now, he is doing his best to creatively drag his long leg cast all over the place. Kids are traditionally pretty resilient, and he is already proving to me how much our perception can trump our reactions to life.
Having been a long-distance runner for nearly all of my life, it has surprised me how little respect cardio gets these days. Trust me, I love my cardio...but there are some downsides to cardio that can't be avoided. While it has always been a great stress reliever in many ways in my life, research also shows that is creates lots of oxidative stress (which makes us age faster) and can be tough on the joints. And I wouldn't want to forget that it also tends to be less effective as a fat loss tool for most of us than lifting weights. Why weights?
Ever since I started working in gyms as a freshman in college, I've been chasing the dream of helping women find confidence in who they are by accessing strength in their bodies. Sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement to get up and moving and eating better, but most of the time, it is much more complicated than that. Women have these things called hormones that tend to be way more out of whack when weight loss and energy are hard to come by.