Most health trends end up being more harmful than beneficial in the long run. That's why it's important to take a step back, and really become educated in the process of any health fad you are considering taking part in.
You can gain a lot of workout and exercise information from those around you such as your friends or personal trainer. There are even moments when you Google the best workouts for your body and health. But do these sources really know what you need? You can surf the internet for answers, but it’s always a disorganized mess on the internet. Sometimes, even Google doesn't know what you need.
One of the most common questions I get asked about weight loss and fitness is: "Where do I start?" As well as "How do you stay motivated?" The one thing about my fitness journey is that all my life I never quite felt like my body was up to par. But the amount of insecurity and lack of self-confidence was even more burdening to me than what my body looked like. I was never the "fat kid" in high school, but I was never the pretty girl either. I wish I had known then how naturally strong I am; that my body is naturally an athletic one, and that once I would have started an active hobby, I most likely never would have become an obese adult. But I did become an obese adult, about a year after I had my first child. As this over-200-pound version of myself, I was always making (and breaking) my own promises and trying things that didn't work, only to go back to my old ways. I always ended up saying things like: "Hey, I like to eat what I like to eat." "Maybe my body is supposed to be this way." "Weight loss works for other people, it has never worked for me." So despite making it look so easy now, it wasn't always that way for me. I learned a lot along the way, and I could have had it easy. I made it harder on myself, and I want to share what I didn't know then with you, so maybe you can stop making it harder on yourself, too.
I'm not sure what is expected when it comes to these posts. While most people seem to give advice on topics, I’m going to use this probably a little differently. I will post my workout from the day, how I performed, and my insights as things progress. I hope this can give insight to some other Crossfit athletes that are trying to be better than average like me. I am nowhere near being a games athlete, but I do consider myself highly competitive.
Yoga is a weird and wonderful thing. It’s good for the body, it’s good for the mind, it’s exhilarating but also relaxing. You can do it in aerial hammocks, on mats, on the beach, in the park, in your bedroom. It helps with recovery from injury like no other exercise, and it is great for any stiff or tight bits you may have.
Our world is obsessed with image. Everywhere you go there is an astounding exertion of pressure on people to look a certain way, from the people in your favorite bits of media to the everyday advertisements trying to sell you the most banal products; if you don't have washboard abs or a sculpted set of glutes, you are nothing, and you are not worth a single iota of happiness or attention. Apparently, to have any resounding sense of worth to yourself or the society around you, you have to possess the qualities of Barbie and Ken if you want to truly make it anywhere in life.