Health and Fitness

IT’S A FITBIT, NOT A MORAL COMPASS

I started planning this post while on a run, which is ironic in an Alanis-Morissette-doesn’t-understand-irony kind of way, because we’re going to talk about fitness. If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you probably know that I like to exercise. I’m an avid biker, runner and yogi. I adore boxing classes. I teach indoor cycling. In addition, I’m known for sharing the things that make me happy, a.k.a. those activities, with the world, particularly those who are close to me. However, I (try my best to) do so with extreme caution and intention… because while exercise and fitness have the power to bring joy and growth to my life, it can also create sadness or inflict pain on others. The way we talk about and use exercise can be extremely harmful, whether we’r...

MY FIRST TIME | EMBRACING THE AWKWARDNESS

“Please remove all your clothes and put this robe on. You can just set the sheet on your lap. Dr. Lee will be right with you.” I nod my head and wait for the door to close before I begin to slide my dress off. I hope everything is normal; good thing I’m not on my period; is it weird that I shaved or does that make it seem like I care too much. I try to shake away all the thoughts racing through my mind and my eyes skim across a poster about getting tested for STDs. Below the poster are brochures and pamphlets about everything I didn’t know about my own body. *knock, knock* The door cracks open and then HE walks in. Many women despise going to the OB/GYN – the anxiety, the awkwardness, the vulnerability…the cold hands. I was nervous already, but upon learning that my doctor was ...

THE INTERNAL BAPTISM

Water is essential to life but is often taken  for granted. Some parts of the world struggle with drought, water contamination and shortage. We, on the other hand, have it at our disposal at the turn of a tap. It’s a blessing that we don’t always count. We use profuse amounts of water in dish washers, washing machines, in cooking, washing the car and the list goes on. But do we drink enough to cleanse our inner selves?  A survey by the Royal National Institution shows that 89% of Britons are not drinking enough water. This figure speaks for most of the western world. So what is enough water? National guidelines state that eight small cups is what we need to sustain optimum health but ideally, we should be drinking up to two to three litres a day for better health. We are simply not drinkin...

10 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED A YEAR AFTER MY SURGERY

I can’t believe it’s has been a year since I had my surgery. Last Spring and Summer was one of the toughest times I have ever had to face! During that time, I really didn’t think I would make it through. I had surgery last year to remove a tumour from my uterus. If you want to read about my experience, go here! But, it has now been a year and here are the ten things that I have learned. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: This is something that is said and it is so true. There were moments after my surgery where I felt like I wouldn’t and couldn’t make it through. After the surgery, walking, peeing, standing, coughing and sneezing would hurt so much. These were simple things that never used to hurt. But after the surgery, I feel much stronger. I ca...

THE BENEFITS OF REIKI

What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on of hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through all of us and is what causes us to be alive. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement that anyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. What are the Benefits of Reiki? Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit Increases energy levels Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension Clears the mi...

SUCCESSFUL HEALTHY HABITS

  Healthy habits are hard to come by let alone know exactly what habits will help us with long term success.  We’ve heard before that good genetics, working out, eat healthy, reduce stress, get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  Well maybe you have most those things and your still not where you think your body should be.  Below are some of those healthy tips explained in more detail as well as new tips that you might want to try to help you with a new health routine. Healthy Habits Take care of yourself in your 20’s- the habits you form over the course of your 20’s will help formulate your healthy habits for years to come.  Out of your 20’s? No worries the sooner you start taking time for you the better. For example, if your in the sun without sunscreen you will develop sun spot...

REPAIRING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

  Like most women, I have dealt with a wide spectrum of experiences in the realm of food and body image.  Since I was a teenager, I’ve struggled with emotional eating – food was one of the best ways I could “deal” with my issues, and finding (temporary) comfort in a pint of ice cream, a bag of candy, or a McDonald’s meal is something that I’ve done more times than I can count. When I was in my early twenties (I’m now 27), I started to educate myself about nutrition and exercise, and realized I was very sensitive to gluten, refined sugar, and dairy.  Removing these foods from my diet, paired with an active gym routine which consisted of resistance and high intensity interval training, helped me feel healthier, stronger, and more balanced and happy than I had ever felt in my life.  Duri...

10 TIPS TO RUNNING FIT

  You feel as though you have been running for at least 15 minutes. You go to look at your watch to see just how long it’s been and…. it’s not even been 10. You have walked five of those minutes and realize it’s not even nearly over. Running is a great way to keep fit, gain cardio ability and lose weight but it can also be a long hard road. So here are my 10 tips to try and get to the runner you want to be: 1. Start small – Don’t go out and expect to be able to run miles in one go. It’s not realistic and you will find it completely puts you off if you try and fail at the first hurdle. 2. Break it up – Also known as interval training – Pick a lamppost or bin, even a person walking away from you. Run from one to the next and the next, and soon you will find you can run more ...

ALANA ATHLETICA: EMPOWERING ABUSE SURVIVORS THROUGH ETHICAL FASHION

  Today we chose to partner with Alana Athletica, a new start-up that designs and develops luxurious yoga-inspired active-wear made with a cause – to empower women abuse survivors. It all started with an idea, a desire to give back to deserving communities in underprivileged areas. Just a year ago, the team at Alana Athletica was traveling the world (with jobs in management consulting and fashion design) collecting new friends and experiences, but first-class travel, elite hotels, and expensive meals weren’t going to cut it for Chen, Az, Amanda, and Juan. Coming from different countries and very humble roots, the Alana team was convinced that their future efforts (both personal and professional) needed to serve a greater purpose – to give back, support, and empower o...

THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP IN YOUR LIFE: FOOD

  “Excuse me, what?” my mother confusedly responds to my kindergarten teacher who had just asked her (out of concern) whether I had been given breakfast that morning as I’d devoured an excessive amount of pizza at lunch and she was worried I wasn’t being fed at home. My mom replied that I had in fact eaten a breakfast large enough for a grown 200 lb man. My appetite has always been large yet when I was younger my body was quite small. I was always around the 16th percentile for height and even lower for weight so I didn’t put much thought into the food I ate. Like most kids in America I was living mainly off a diet of various forms of cheese: powder, canned, or sliced, without questioning anything other than the flavor. Like any other girl in 7th grade, things started happening. I was...

DITCH DIETS: 7 TIPS TO GAIN MORE CONTROL OVER YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

  Let’s face it, diets are fads and often yield short term results! So, why are we so obsessed with them? Most people will point to external things. Like the gorgeous models on the cover of magazines or the flawless actresses on the movie screens! But what if we looked inward instead and decided to take control of our own life? This is what happened to me. I began reflecting on my choices and consumption habits. What I saw prompted me to make immediate changes to my nutrition and lifestyle! Before I did this, I actually considered myself to be “healthy”. I worked out 5 days a week, ate healthy 75% of the time, and was a size 4. So, I should be happy, right? Wrong! I was relying on numbers to determine my level of health and happiness. And ultimately, I wasn’t h...

A LITERARY CRITIC’S TAKE ON ANOREXIA

  Six months ago exactly, I was 74.7 lbs, 6.6 lbs above my ultimate goal weight. My ribs popped out like little crescent moons; I couldn’t help but smile every time I saw them. Of course, I had to lose that last little bit of flab from my upper arms, but aside from that atrocity, I was actually–for the first time in my life–starting to like the way I looked. Each puffy, protruding vein, every visible spinal vertebra was a badge of honour; I was proud of my perfectly rectangular shoulder-blades, the gap between my thighs, the way my collar-bone stuck out, how it swooped across my chest like a seagull or a scythe. I was just a couple pounds away from being really, genuinely, truly happy… wasn’t I? ‘I’ is probably the wrong word here. In fact, from a literary-critical p...

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