I Avoid Traditional Exercise

I’ve had a lifelong, hate-hate relationship with exercise. I feel exactly the same way about  it as I did about breastfeeding: no matter how many scientific studies I read, my body didn’t get the memo it was supposed to feel good. ...more

Why Lifting Weights is an Absolute Must for Women Over 40

Here's another new one for me...lifting weights...and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I am so excited about the weight lifting I have been doing and the results from it! As usual, I am thrilled to share this experience with you so you too can feel this good and have some additional results to celebrate....more

4 Simple Ways to Work in a Workout

You know how busy life can be. The mornings are a rush, lunch time is a rush, and the night time is a rush to get housework done and dinner made. Layer in kids if you have them and the desire to spend time with them, and it's easy to convince yourself that you don't have time for a workout. You do. Yes, I said it. You HAVE time. You just have to find it. Making your health a priority (as it should be) will make it a little easier to find spaces in your day to get in some exercise. ...more
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Disconnecting Diet From Exercise Might Make You Exercise More

Diet and exercise have become so commingled in our cultural discussion of health that I’m surprised we don’t have a compound word for it. Perhaps we can call it “diercise” or “exerdie.” Hmmm. We probably don’t want the word “die” in there. ...more

Self-Care Saturday Skiing

 It's Saturday and with several days' fresh dusting of snowfall, I'll take whatever I can get to make use of my cross country skis that have been sorely neglected due to a mild Saskatchewan winter. Poor us, right? El Niño has snubbed us our usual winter wasteland. Perhaps it's my Nordic roots, my true Canadian love of the outdoors, or the quiet solitude sought by an introvert, but I do enjoy cross country skiing as my favorite winter pastime. ...more

Measuring a life makes it less enjoyable

I've just woken up my son for school. He looks at me with blurry eyes and his hair is sticking out in every direction. He even still smells like sleep; to me, he is perfection. He yawns and asks me if I ran that morning. I confirm that I did and he immediately taps my fitbit to congratulate me on all my dots. ...more

That Time My Eating Disorder Broke My Leg

CW: This essay offers an in-depth look at my eating disorder. Please keep your own recovery and/or sensitivities in mind. Suffering is revered. Pain is praised. The more you endure, the more you are.I broke my leg the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.I was running when it broke (or, more aptly, when I broke it).I didn’t fall. Nothing fell on me — it just broke....more

YOU can bike 1,000 miles in 2016

I’m going to ride my bike 1,000 miles this year.  Want to ride along? ...more

Resolutions

Like most of you I have made many New Year resolutions. Each time I have been motivated, inspired and ready to rebuild a new me. For example my most recent resolution which has been the same for the past several years is to lose weight. I learned from my prior efforts that one key to successful weight loss is preparation. So I purchased the latest fitness gear, exercise DVDs, and rounded up my support team to keep me accountable. Believing that I was off to great start I punched my flab square in the nose with a five day intense month long workout routine....more

My Big, Fat Fitness Routine... And It Works!

I am a fitness enthusiast. So exercising during pregnancy is just part of the daily routine. Exercising gives me energy, makes me feel good, and helps...more
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