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Mind Your Words: Fitness Entitlement Epidemic

“What you end up being good at is usually what you didn’t mind being bad at…” Salman Khattak (Oct. 13, 2018 – Calligraphy Workshop)

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Physical DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, CONDITIONING … all great words and then you get involved in fitness. Here you are instantly thrown into the sales pitch of what can you do better; and what do you want to look like or be …

How glorious it would be if we were encouraged to embrace exercise as a practiced skill first instead of a means of getting what you want. Let what you want be the byproduct of developing your movement skill.

  • What if being skinny or the runners high was simply the byproduct of heart health/conditioning? 
  • What if we didn’t drive our conditioning before understanding our current condition? 
  • What if we choose food for nourishment instead of image, reward or punishment? 
  • What if a great booty was simply a byproduct of learning to squat properly?

The what if list of questions is endless really.

So often as instructors we witness clients becoming completely frustrated with themselves because they ‘can’t do an exercise.’ OR they immediately move as big and as bold as they can with maximum effort. Thus neglecting the body and brain the time or tempo we all need to digest what is required to complete the movement with ease and efficiency. When this happens at the studio, we have started to gently question clients.

  • When have you ever produced this movement previous to now? 
  • What opportunities have you found to repeat this movement with conscious effort?
  • What do you believe the point is in this exercise? 

The answer is often never, or I don’t know.  This doesn’t make someone good or bad, fit or unfit, it simply is a byproduct of the life we lead; we could call it a societal trap. 

Movement and exercise (fitness) is at the bottom of societies hierarchy of what we should learn or educate ourselves around.

Instead fitness is something we do to get something we want; and because we want it and we showed up to ‘get it done’ we expect our bodies to perform without question and give us the results we said we wanted. 

This culture of entitlement has merged or perhaps has always been a part of the ever expanding  bubble of fitness trends. 

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Want to move past entitlement? To embrace exercise with intention try this:

Step one:
Learn what your body can do in it’s current state (be in the moment); spend time being curious about what connections in your body you can make easily, what comes naturally to you and what are the concepts that need some developmental time and care. 

Step two: 
Spend some time there, where you are.

’See What Is’ ― Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

Spend time in exercise learning and experiencing.
Ditch the labels and the constant push towards striving for better.
Remember better is based on a knowing or understanding what is.

  • What are your base lines? 
  • Who are you right now? 
  • What do you value? 
  • How will taking care of your physical being find priority in your life?

Step three:
Only then set your goals.
With self compassion and realism.

Step four:
Return to step one …. Be aware of the “wash, rinse, repeat” cycle of fitness; (this saying is a sarcastic metaphor for following instructions or procedures slavishly without critical thought)

“Expansion never happens through greediness or pushing or striving. It happens through some combination of learning to relax where you already are and, at the same time, keeping the possibility open that your capacity, my capacity, the capacity of all beings, is limitless. As we continue to relax where we are, our opening expands.”― Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion 

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Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Ingredients

Cauliflower Topping
  • 1 lb. cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Cauliflower SaladSalad
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, chopped
  • 1/4 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 c. golden raisins
  • 1/3 c. pine nuts

Directions

  1. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Roast in 450°F oven for 25 minutes, or until stems are tender.
  2. In large bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss kale with dressing. Let stand at least 5 minutes.
  3. To kale, add cooked cauliflower, onion, feta cheese, golden raisins and toasted pine nuts. Toss until well combined.

credit: goodhousekeeping

 

Maple-fennel bacon

 

                                                   Ingredients

12 slices  bacon
 
3 tbsp maple syrup
 
2 tsp brown sugar
 

1 tsp fennel seeds

Instructions

  •  PREHEAT oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with foil, then top with a wire rack.
  •  ARRANGE bacon in a single layer, over- lapping slightly if needed, across rack. Stir maple syrup with sugar in a small bowl. Brush maple mixture over bacon. Sprinkle with fennel seeds. Season with fresh pepper.
  •  BAKE in centre of oven until cooked through and dark golden, 25 to 35 min. Gently loosen bacon from rack, then let stand 5 min before serving.
 
 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories 102
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 8 g
Fat 5 g
Sodium 295 mg               credit:chatelaine.com
 

SPICY FRUIT SALAD

 

How can mango get any more delicious, you ask?

Put some chili powder on it and experience a serious flavor bomb.

 

 

This fruit salad is beckoning to be made. It’s:

Naturally sweet
Subtly spiced
Citrusy
Summery
Easy
Super healthy
& Wonderfully delicious

Make this dish to take along to your next BBQ or dinner party.

4.9 from 8 reviews
SPICY FRUIT SALAD
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
A simple, 15-minute fruit salad with mango, blueberry, strawberry, and kiwi, dressed with lime juice and chili powder! Spicy-sweet, healthy, and so delicious. Perfect for summer BBQs and heat-free meals!Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and cubed
  • 4 kiwi, peeled and sliced or quartered
  • 1 cup (166 g) sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup (148 g) blueberries
  • 1 small lime, juiced (~2 Tbsp, 30 ml)
  • optional: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • optional: 1 ounce ( ml) silver tequila or white rum
Instructions
  1. Add all fruit to a large mixing/serving bowl.
  2. Add lime juice and maple syrup (optional depending on ripeness of fruit) to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then pour over fruit and gently toss to coat.
  3. Add sea salt, then sprinkle on chili powder a little at a time, gently folding/stirring the salad as you go. I found 1/4 tsp to be the perfect amount, but add more or less depending on preference.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more chili powder, maple syrup, or lime juice as needed. Add tequila or white rum for a boozy kick (optional).
  5. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for 2-3 days (sometimes longer depending on freshness of fruit). See notes for freezing tip.

 

Granola

Granola

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

 
 
 
 

5-Ingredient Chicken Recipe

An Interview With Joseph Pilates

A DAY WITH JOSEPH PILATES

Joseph PilatesI asked to be photographed on one of his earliest inventions, the Bednasium, a sort of hospital bed that had springs attached to its metal-frame headboard. When I climbed onto the bed wearing trousers, shirt and tie, Joe stopped me. If I was going to exercise on his equipment I had to be in “trunks,” same as his Speedo-like briefs. I went into the changing area where I found a cardboard box containing a dozen black Jantzen briefs, chose a medium, then posed for a photograph meant for Buddy Bloodgood’s wall. I couldn’t possibly know that 50 years later this photo would be seen by thousands of people around the world.

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Inspiring Instructors

Once again Body Harmonics has rocked my world with the Post Rehab Protocol: Shoulder workshop earlier this month. After having a couple of weeks to digest the information, I find myself still with a breath of fresh idea’s in my own movements as well as inspiring cues and concepts for clients.

A Snapshot of my Shoulder workshop notebook

A Snapshot of my Shoulder workshop notebook

A few fun facts that really resonate with me (my body) and my instruction of classes and clients.

  1. Fingers are very important … not just for picking up your morning coffee!
  2. Move your body around your arm … why didn’t someone just say so?! I’m kidding that is part of this inspiration SIMPLE GOOD ideas
  3. Planks can be smart … still not fun maybe, but smart when done with a few fun twists, curves and ideas.
  4. Transfer of Force in the upper limbs … like a snake, all this and more we will share with you during your class and or sessions.

Thanks Body Harmonics for keeping us educated, inspired and inspiring!

One of my favourite quotes from the course: “Collar bones are like oars on a boat” Margot McKinnon