This is not new information. Police brutality, health disparities, access to fresh food and safe places to exercise, homelessness, the ability to share the platform at powerlifting events, and the list goes on and on, all disproportionately impact black communities, especially those who identify as transgender. I’ll be donating. Please join me. There’s work to be done not just now that this is relevant in our worlds. We have to keep going, keep listening, keep educating ourselves (white friends), and keep standing with our community once the hashtags are no longer popular.
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I often think about how social justice and fitness overlap as they are the two fields that I have spent my career working in. There are SO many parallels between the skills needed to be effective allies and the ones that help us make strides in our mental and physical health.
Discomfort, growth, failure, showing up when we don’t want to, and fear are all major themes in our struggles with working out and self-care. They are also common experiences that privileged groups encounter when seeking to become allies to underserved groups. Guilt, denial, having really tough conversations, sitting in discomfort, wanting to just hide and avoid reality because if we maintain a privilege identity, we do not have to think about these hard things if we do not want to, but showing up anyway because too many people don’t get the choice. It’s all part of the lifelong work. It’s all work that we are very much capable of. Maybe I’m naive, but I still believe in us as humans. All of us.
It’s time we show up for ourselves not only to improve our own wellbeing so we can show up better in our communities, but to work on the skills to be more engaged and committed members of our world. Yes, we need systemic and macro level change AND those changes start on the micro level with us as individuals working on our strength, resiliency, empathy, and our ability to see ourselves as part of something bigger than ourselves.
We can do this. If you need support on the self care strategy and implementation front, please reach out, and let’s do this. It’s time. It’s been time.
Please note, I’m fully aware that posting on social media does not make me an ally AND also increasing awareness one person at a time is how the world is going to change. Just like physical and mental health progress, social change is slow. Sustainable change both individually and collectively is worth the time investment. Let’s do the work together.
I love eggs, but I recognize that sometimes we need some other options. Here are a few untraditional breakfast ideas that are packed with protein for satiety, fruit, veggies, and also taste great because food should be enjoyable. When we pick options that are simple and include foods we love, it’s a recipe for long term sustainability. What are some of your go-to breakfast options?
I’m a data driven human. I think I will be a forever student, even though I’m out of school. I love information gathering, research, and sharing findings with others with the hope of adding value to people’s lives. So, when I share these suggestions, you can infer that I’ve tried other ways that didn’t work for me before arriving at these tips that I now share with you. 🙂 The standard scale doesn’t work for me, and I’ve seen it do real damage to far too many people’s emotional well-being and relationship with movement and food. I am not here to shame anyone for using one though. In fact, there are newer models that do share some very useful information including muscle imbalances between the right and left sides (important for injury prevention), hydration levels, and skeletal muscle mass, which can be especially vital to pay attention to especially as we get older, and want to prevent falls and other injuries.
However, I do encourage all to consider adding in some of these other markers as well when deciding if a workout program is working for you and your unique circumstances. Bodyweight is surface level, as it shares very little information about what’s actually going on in a person’s life, how they are feeling, and moving forward or backwards as a result of their movement schedule. Let’s go deeper. Let’s be better! When seeking to build sustainable habits for myself and clients that we can use over a lifetime, I have found these progress markers to be a useful and empowering means of tracking evolution versus the scale. I hope you find them to be useful, too.
What are some of your favorite ways to track progress with your workouts? I invite all into this conversation, even if you use the scale. Everyone is in a different place in their journey. Let’s learn and grow from each other rather than becoming polarized in our views.
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What would happen if we scheduled our lives around our own self-care? I believe that we would have a world of humans who feel great mentally and physically, show up better for their jobs, their families, their communities, and have less pain and stress. I think we would completely change the world as we know it. Well, the world has already shifted, so what do we have to lose? Start today.
Let’s get better prepared to handle and thrive in this crazy world we are living in! Strong posture means less pain. A bulletproof core prevents injury, fixes low back pain, and ensures we can quickly react to BS. Grip strength means stronger chin-ups, deadlifts, and the ability to pull ourselves up when we are down. This workout is simple, effective, and will take minimal time. Remember to complete a dynamic warmup prior to doing this one to mobilize the joints and to prepare your mind and body for training.
We are a culture of more. We often here that we should be working out more, doing more, achieving more, and that more is better. However, particularly in times of high life stress, the last thing we need is to be doing more. With training in particular, our bodies do not know how to differentiate between a stressful life event and a stressful workout. So, imagine life stress is super high, and you decide to do 6 high intensity workouts a week because more is better, right? Nope. This person will experience exhaustion, burnout, and perhaps injury with this schedule.
Honor your personal situation. Take a life stressor inventory. If stress is high, try backing off for a few weeks, and focus on slowing down. Before too long, you’ll have your energy back to hit those heavy deadlifts, sled pushes, or whatever intense thing you enjoy. Do the most courageous thing yet: do less to take care do yourselves more.