It is the beginning of the year, and around this time, we often feel a lot of pressure to start new eating and exercise programs, to go on diets, or to set new goals to change our body in some way. Many of us want to feel and be healthier. So we embark on a… Continue reading Five Awesome Ways to Build More Body Confidence This Year
I have a complicated history with exercise. On the one hand, I loved playing when I was little. My favorite activities were hide-and-go-seek, climbing trees, and roller skating. My mom also enrolled me in a dance aerobics class when I was in high school, and I loved those classes. On the other hand, like most… Continue reading Exercise That Makes Me Feel Like a Magical Unicorn: What if We’ve Been Duped about Exercise All Along?
I like to adopt new practices and try them out for a year. Last year I practiced deep breathing for the whole year and wrote about it each month. (You can read more about this here.) This year I adopted the practice of monkey bar hanging. I made some progress the first couple of months,… Continue reading Month Five of Monkey Bar Hanging: I Encounter a Significant Obstacle and Some Failure
Last month, I started practicing monkey bar hanging for my daily practice for this year. (Last year I practiced deep breathing. You can read about that here.)* To be honest, the first part of the month was a wash. In the first month of my practice (May), I gained a lot of strength very quickly.… Continue reading Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened
Most of us have days we feel disgusting for some reason or another. Those days are the worst. When we feel disgusting, we often feel like we are inferior or unacceptable in some way, or we feel ashamed of ourselves. Feelings like this are a common part of human experience; but that doesn't make them… Continue reading 10 Things to Do When You Feel Disgusting (and Need Help Remembering You’re Not)
Do you associate exercise with weight loss, or with wonder and pleasure? If you are like a lot of people, you associate exercise with weight loss, and if you are also like a lot of people, you don't really enjoy exercise. It is understandable why you feel this way. When we focus on losing weight*,… Continue reading 10 Awesome Reasons to Move Your Body That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss
Last year, I learned how to breathe. Okay, of course I knew how to breathe before last year. But last year in May, I adopted a specific breathing practice to address some wacky breathing issues I was experiencing. The first month I did my practice, it brought so many benefits to my life that I… Continue reading A New Practice and a New Adventure: Month One of Monkey Bar Hanging