One of my friends asked what the ‘silly new workout trend that women like to do’ is these days. Everyone jumped in and mentioned ‘hot yoga’, ‘pole dancing’, ‘zumba’, etc.
Hold the fuck up there, buddy.
"Hot yoga" or BIkram yoga is effective and good for you. It’s hot, yes. But it’s a legitimate form of yoga and exercise.
Pole dancing lets a woman feel sexy while working out, and also greatly improves core and upper body strength. You think it’s easy to suspend yourself from the pole like some of those women do? Get your ass up there and try.
Zumba is incorporating dance into your cardio workout. It’s fun and a nice break from running and lifting.
Don’t go knocking the way certain people choose to exercise just because you think it’s silly. I bet if he (and it was a man that said this) thinks it looks silly doesn’t mean it isn’t effective and fun.
Preach! However you workout is okay, as long as you enjoy it.
What I learned about myself: - I hate working out at the gym - I don’t like salad - Ice cream, pizza, chocolate, chips and pasta are my favourite things - My hair looks better when it’s actually alive - I like food and love baking it - I love going on walks
What it got me: - STRONG HAIR - Muscle - Taste - Energy - Concerts - A boyfriend
What I’m proud of: - I didn’t work out in any way during recovery - I don’t eat “clean” or “protein based”. I eat everything in moderation. - Mastering the skill of licking the dough bowl - Cooking meals without holding back on oil or things that have fats in them
No I am not eating 100% “healthy” according to beauty standards. I do, however, eat healthy for a mind like mine. I eat things I crave. If you trust your cravings it will get you closer to eating something healthily than to force it on yourself. It will also keep your mind happier, your body satisfies and your whole being, healthy. I’m far from mentally recovered (I still see myself as a fat blob) but I reached my healthy weight without working out, I haven’t eaten so called “clean” and I wasn’t obsessed with protein. Still I have muscle. No I will not go “hit the gym twice a week”. I wouldn’t like it. I would HATE it. I do not want to be “toned” so I can be “happy”. I’m far from happy. But I know I will be when I can accept the way that I am, without having to study labels or work out. I will be happy when I feel safe and confident with who I am.
(✿ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧ reminder that if u can’t get out of bed today that’s okay and if u feel like crying on public transportation that’s okay and if u got a bad mark on a test that’s okay because there are still so many forests to explore and cities to get lost in and dogs to pet and u are only a small star in a big universe and u are doing so well
I’m going to be posting some photos from my camping trip to Inks Lake soon (because the area is gorgeous and I took some yoga photos while hiking), but first: if you’re a reader in ATX, could you please “answer” this. I want to meet all of you for workouts or sushi or just walks in the park.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve found myself homesick for a lot of things since moving to the Philippines. Netflix, bathrooms with toilet paper, and speedy internet, to name a few stupid, privileged examples.
But one thing I’ve truly, truly missed is going to the gym.
It’s normal and healthy to eat a fattier and more carb-heavy diet during the winter months. Your body needs extra energy to keep warm.
It’s normal and healthy to exercise less, walk less, and spend more time inside during the winter months. Your body does not want to be out in the cold.
It’s normal and healthy to gain weight during the winter months as a result of these normal and healthy lifestyle changes. Most people will lose this weight again without effort once warm weather approaches and lighter meals and outside time become the norm.
Your body is normal. You do not need to be scared of this winter weight gain. You do not need to diet it off.
Fuck magazines. Fuck ads. Fuck every company that tells you to start dieting now to be ready for summer.
Trust your body. It’s trying to take good care of you.
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PSA FOR ALL FIT FREAKS! Are you taking enough time OFF?
Recovery is just as important as what you do IN the gym. But no matter how much we ‘know’ this, many people consistently spend hours and hours in the gym because it “feels” right. It’s psychological. A dependence. Fitness CAN be addictive, but it’s important that we learn how to overcome these psychological barriers to live happier, healthier and injury free lives. Outside of the gym.
Recovery is THE reason we get fitter and stronger. It’s during this time that your muscles rebuild stronger, where your body puts your workout to use and where you’ll reap the benefits.
I like to think of it as making bread. You can knead the dough as much as you like, but unless you STOP and let it rise, your bread is gonna SUCK. The kneading is important, but the “rising” on it’s own is what makes the bread awesome. Rest is your ‘rising’ time.
While SOME activity is better than NONE, TOO MUCH activity can be worse than none at all.Heart problems, insomnia, illness, weight gain, injury, depression: all symptoms and consequences of hitting it too hard and too often at the gym.
SIGNS OF OVERTRAINING (and/or fitness addiction).
1. A decrease in performance. If you’re training hard and you notice that you just aren’t able to do what you know you CAN DO (having to reduce your weights, not being able to finish a set, needing to take more breaks etc), it might be a sign that your muscles have not gotten enough recovery time.
2. Problems sleeping, decrease in overall energy, mood swings etc. Workouts generally should BOOST your energy and mood. If the days seem ‘harder’ it might be a sign you need to take a step back. Depression can be a symptom of overtraining as well.
3. Feeling that unless your workout is 2 hours long, it doesn’t count. The truth is, there is ONLY so much you can push your body. After a certain amount of time, it releases chemicals and begins processes to minimize damage… NOT to help you get stronger, fitter or better. 2 hours a day in the gym is too much. Psychologically, this is a barrier a lot of people get stuck behind. Often, beginners are encouraged to workout for long periods of time, but at a VERY LOW intensity. The higher the intensity, the shorter your workout can be. Work to limit your workouts to an hour or less, take less breaks, and boost your intensity instead.
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