Archives for April 2012

Persistence Is The Key

 

I created another Fitspiration picture on Friday. I used a quote from Walter Elliot* as inspiration: “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” [Read more…]

What Is Normal Eating?

This is what normal eating would look like.

A week or two ago I asked Deb from DietSchmiet how many “modes of eating” – besides dieting and bingeing – she recognizes in her life. I wanted to know if there is anything like normal eating in her life, the kind of eating that is somewhere between dieting and bingeing?

I started thinking about what normal eating even means. And even though I didn’t expect it, I managed to arrive at a definition of normal eating that satisfies me.

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The truth is, I’m not so sure I know what normal eating is like. I do remember I had a quite healthy relationship to food and eating when I was a child. I didn’t dwell on food and eating, nor did I feel guilty about eating candy, chocolate or other treats. Food was simply a source of pleasure and nourishment in my life. And of course I was effortlessly thin during that period of my life. (How on Earth did I know to eat so that I didn’t gain weight?)

Then I hit puberty and dieted for the first time, probably at age 14. The rest is history. [Read more…]

Becoming a Fit Female

Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove

I started Rachel Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough (FBB)  program last week and have already been through both workouts (A and B) in the base phase.

Even with my very limited experience, the program feels  VERY good. Even after just one workout I had a feeling that my posture is improving. That is not a coincidence; Rachel Cosgrove has designed the program to correct the most common problems for females: rounded shoulders, forward head posture, poor core control and tight hip flexors.

The only problem I have is with all the single leg hops in the warm-up. My left knee disagrees with all that hopping so I just decided to leave them out. I’m plenty warmed up after the warm-up anyway. AND sweating like a pig soon after that. 🙂

Cosgrove’s FBB program lasts 4 months and is a combination of metabolic resistance training and high intensity interval training (HIT). The emphasis is on strength training though. Steady state cardio is not part of the program except in the later phases. [Read more…]

About the Importance of Exercise

fitspiration picture

This picture has nothing to do with sea squirts! I just want to strut my new fitspiration picture because I think it turned out so well.

Just a short post today.

A tale I first learned from Spark has bobbed in and out of my mind a lot recently. I want to tell the tale because it perfectly illustrates the importance of exercise in our lives.

It’s a story of a tiny, sea-dwelling animal called sea squirt. Sea squirt happily putters around shallow waters with the help of it’s modest brain stem and a 300-neuron brain. One day the sea squirt finds a nice patch on a nearby coral and anchors into it. Then, once it’s safely attached, it proceeds to eat it’s 300-neuron brain. [Read more…]

Sitting for a Long Time is the Worst Thing You Can Possibly Do to Your Back

Don't sit at desk all day!

Take a few simple steps to make your workday healthier.

We all know we shouldn’t sit in one place all day—our bodies are built to move—but we still spend most of our day sitting, either at work or in front of the computer or TV at home, and usually in positions that aggravate back injury, circulatory problems, and nerve damage. Whether you’re at work or at home, you can use these tips to keep your back healthy and strong without overhauling your lifestyle.

1. Take short walks throughout the day

This is one of those basic “nice ideas” that you’ve probably heard about, but haven’t bothered to try. What most people don’t realize is how much good a walk can do, even if it’s just a few minutes. Sitting for too long, especially if you’ve got scoliosis or bad posture, forces your back muscles to bear your body’s weight unevenly, which can cause inflammation or even unhealthy muscle development over time. If you get up, stand tall, and take a short walk, you break the unhealthy pattern and return your back muscles to a normal, healthy configuration. [Read more…]