How do YOU feel about your body?

The majority of my clients are women.  All of them are interesting, incredible people with diverse backgrounds.  But there is a common theme that shows up with all the women I work with.  They are all very hard on themselves and their body image.  When I look at these women I don’t see the flaws that they continue to point out.  I see them for the amazing people that they are.  Their bodies have taken them to incredible places and provided the start of their children’s lives. My mission as a trainer is to provide them with the means to focus on health and fitness. Because that comes in all shapes and sizes.  I find it so hard knowing that our society has turned many women against their bodies.

As a former figure skater, I know what it is like to be judged on how you look.  I used to skate in a touring show where all the skaters were weighed on a weekly basis to make sure everyone looked “good” in their costumes.  We were expected to stay in our particular weight range and if we didn’t we were fined.  Hard to believe this practice existed!!!  This set most of the skaters up for disaster trying to constantly keep weight down when we were on the road all the time with not a lot of healthy food options provided.  This is when I really tuned into lifting weights as a way to keep my metabolism in check and maintain a consistent body weight for me.  As the tour went on I saw my skater friends become increasingly unhappy over what was happening to their body image.

I just wish that women could cut themselves some slack.  Life is busy and it’s not always easy to stay on track with eating right and exercising consistently.  But for goodness sake don’t make it worse by beating yourself up.  I have even heard women who are in top shape put down their body.  Let’s celebrate what our unique bodies are capable of doing instead of pointing out what they can’t.  Health and longevity should be the main priority.

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A Few of my Favourite Fit Things

  1. The Core Chair – So many of my clients spend way too many hours sitting at their desks and come away with aches and pains from static sitting.  Sitting is such a necessary evil that if we are going to do it we should at least have the best chair possible for our well being. The Core Chair was inspired by the growing use of exercise balls as office chairs in an attempt to overcome the shortcomings of ergonomic office chairs and create an active, comfortable sitting environment that stimulates the core muscles.  You will want to keep a close eye on this evolving product.  Your whole body will thank you! http://www.corechair.ca

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2.  Coconut water – Amazing alternative to sugary sports drinks.  Coconut water is low in calories, has loads of potassium and is cholesterol free. It’s a great way to rehydrate your body.  It contains natural sugars, salts and vitamins that our bodies need for post workout recovery.  Make sure to find a brand in it’s purest form to get all the wonderful hydrating benefits from the fresh, young coconuts.  Cheers to natural hydration.

3.  Gym Boss Interval Trainer – This interval timer keeps you on track, motivated and gives you the ability to control the intensity of your workouts. Interval training is an amazingly effective and efficient way to train that can give you great results. http://www.gymboss.com

4.  BOSU ball – This fitness product has been around for awhile but I find it to be the most versatile tool on the market for training.  Both sides can be used in various ways to develop balance, stability, strength and can be incorporated into a cardio routine as well.  What I find to be most beneficial about using the BOSU is that you have to be completely focused and in the moment of your workout to keep yourself on the ball whatever position you happen to be in.

5.  Vision boards – Having a visual for what you want out of life and what you want your body to achieve for that matter is incredibly powerful.  It sets up your subconscious to start steering you in the direction of success.  Some people prefer to call these Action boards. By having your goals in front of you in pictures and words sets the wheels in motion.  My advice is to go deeper than just cutting out pictures of material things.  Try to attach the happy, fulfilling feeling to your dreams.  Your health should be front and centre so you can fully enjoy the fruits of your labour.

6.  A dog – I’ve heard it mentioned before that “if your dog is overweight, than you are not getting enough exercise”.  Provided that you are a dog person, owning one can be a great benefit to your health and wellbeing.  A happy dog is a well exercised dog.  Same applies to us humans! 🙂

7.  Other Fit people – There will always be someone in better physical shape than you. When I see someone that has a busy life but still remains in great shape that is someone that I aspire to.  Those fit individuals can be a wealth of information on how to achieve your healthy goals. Enlisting a fit friend to workout with goes a long way to helping you stay on track.

8.  Hungry for Change documentary – This is an eye opening documentary that I wish everyone could see.  It will no doubt change the way you look at the food and diet industry. I watched this with my kids and it was incredible to see how even they responded to the power of food.  It will definitely make you rethink what you put into your body. Here is the link to the trailer for the film http://www.hungryforchange.tv