Fitness & Body Image

June 16, 2016

I know I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve seen a surge in referencing the body (particularly, a female body) and being happy with it on social media recently, so I thought I’d touch on the subject again by busting a common fitness myth that is perpetuated in virtually every magazine, fitness or otherwise, in existence today. Whether we know it or not, we believe this myth. We believe that “being skinny” equates to health and happiness.

 

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Thinness in the media is not healthy. It is not even real most of the time! If you don’t believe me, just watch this video.

 

 

Don’t misunderstand me here. A thinner body can mean that someone is healthy, but not always. Skinny people are as likely to suffer from heart disease, chronic illness, and other maladies as readily as those considered overweight and obese. Just because someone has a specific body type does not mean they are healthy. Health-related habits play a large role in how healthy someone really is.

 

Yet there is a correlation between waist circumference and health. Those who have extra padding around the belly are more likely to suffer from heart disease than those who carry it on their hips; and both groups are at higher risk for obesity-related illness and disease than those who exercise on a regular basis.

 

Two other things that I want you to consider. First, even if you are someone who goes to the gym for half an hour each day, you may not be doing yourself any good. Too much sitting, whether it be at home or at a job, can actually hinder any healthy changes that any gym activity may give you.

 

On the other hand, increased daily activity in any form can actually improve your overall health. This happens due to the fact that while activity increases, the caloric intake stays the same (so long as one’s diet doesn’t change or increase). I think this, in part, is why so many people are loving the FitBit and other activity-logging devices and apps.

 

Here’s another myth I want to end with regards to fitness, and in particular mind-body fitness. Pilates and yoga are not just for skinny people. These practices are meant for every body and everybody! If you don’t believe me, just watch this video!

 

 

The point then: move, and enjoy moving because you’re doing something for yourself. In the end, being compassionate and grateful for yourself, body, heart and mind, is the only way that you will feel happy…and happiness, in my opinion, leads to a desire to be healthy and enjoy healthy lifestyle behaviors!

Holy smokes! This month totally got away from me! Here’s to getting back into a routine come July! Until then, enjoy these fantastic articles and recipes (yes, there are more than two this time LOL)!

Articles

Mental Toughness Techniques for Peak Performance

Reciprocal Superset Training Burns More Calories (Study)

The Secrets to Behavioral Change: Principles & Practice

Pregnant Instructor FAQs

Tips for Group Fit Instructors

5 Exercises Every Runner Should Do

6 Exercises for a Stronger Core

5 x 5 Workout to Improve Strength

15-minute Drill to Rev Up Cardio

Strengthening Techniques to Alleviate Muscle/Joint Pain

Which Physical Activities = Better Sleep?

How to Tell if You’ve Reached a Plateau

5 Exercise Mistakes that Could Get You Hurt

Become a Healthy Road Warrior

Best Approach to Recovery: Passive vs. Active

Stretching for Men

Plank Pose

The Art of Falling on Your Face

Pilates Practice and Cholesterol Levels

Help for Pregnant Women with Depression

Meditation and Healthy Aging

Mindful Tips to Avoid Technology Addiction

America’s Top 5 Diets

Navigating the Summer BBQ (Podcast)

What You Need to Know about Coconut Water

Sugar Shock: Why It’s Time to Get Serious about Taming the Sweet Tooth

Mindfulness is the Best Sweetener

Make Natural Bug Repellent

About Beautycounter Products

Recipes

Berry Quinoa Salad

Lamb Tacos

Honey Sesame Chicken (Paleo)

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Raw Fudge Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Matcha Chip Ice Cream

Best Iced Coffee You’ve Ever Had

So I’ve been trying to get to this blog for a couple weeks and it just hasn’t happened. Why? Because I started selling Jamberry Nails at the beginning of the month, so in addition to two under two, I’ve been giving myself a crash course between online parties!

toxic fiveAs a rule, I don’t buy just anything. I”m not huge into selling because there’s so much cheap and toxic stuff out there, particularly in the beauty department. In fact, over the past few years, I’ve gotten away from store-bought beauty products altogether. I hardly ever wear makeup, and I never get to a nail salon anymore for pedicures. The two or three times I’ve gone in the past two years have been less than wonderful experiences; last time, the nail tech gouged the instep of my foot with a cheap, substandard callous file. The mark is almost healed.

About 7 years ago, I heard a news report about how the toxic chemicals in nail polish actually shortened the nail techs’ lives by something like 7 years. (Here’s a good article on the effects of inhalation of nail polish chemicals on their health.) This was before Jamberry had been founded, but it made me begin thinking about the terrible stuff that fills so many beauty products, be it nail polish or makeup. It’s been a long road of research (the Environmental Working Group is a great starting point for those interested in learning what’s in their beauty products), but I”m finally pulling it together. (I’ll talk more about how aromatherapy and essential oils play into this in a future post.)

what jamberry doesnt haveOne of the amazing twists in life is that good things often fall into your lap. I’d never heard of Jamberry until I was invited to a Facebook party last fall. It was instant love! Here was an answer to my concerns about the stink (I absolutely hate the smell of polish) and the chemicals, and I could do my own nails at home rather than try and find time in my hectic schedule to get to a salon without the constant nagging worries of what is going on with my children. (Queue heavenly music.) What mom doesn’t want a few less worries, and a few more minutes for herself?

Several facts made me decide to join as a consultant, was several facts: they’re budget-friendly, user-friendly (including kid-friendly), allergen-free (from what I can tell, anyway) and non-toxic, not to mention cruelty-free and made in the USA. The clencher actually was their salon-quality nail lacquers, which are five-free rather than the usual three-free. Their nail wraps are terrific, beautiful, and full of persoNAILity, but the attention to details like the reduction of chemical exposure is very important to me.

The toxins in our environment are one of, if not the biggest, risk factors for developing cancer. The more we can reduce the amount we’re exposed to, the better. What is so sad is that the beauty industry promotes a lot of products that make us look good but are full of nasty toxins. We plaster them on our skin, our biggest organ, which absorbs what is slathered onto it. If I can bring awareness to others in order to help them reduce exposure to toxins, in addition to stress reduction, I think I’ve done my job well.

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Author note: I have linked up my website, and do receive commissions from any sales placed through it. If you have any questions about Jamberry’s products, or hosting or consultant opportunities, please feel free to email me at hothandsfabfeet@gmail.com. Please also note that I do not actively promote through my blog posts. Any mention of my business is directly linked to topics that are health and fitness related in an effort to create awareness and promote a better quality of life for others.