Why Your Body Could Use a Healthy Protein Boost {Infographic}

If you’ve ever researched the health and fitness industry, you probably know how much conflicting data exists in that minefield of information.

On every website, self-appointed nutrition gurus peddle superfood products, fitspiration tips and wellness insight. But with all these contradictory “expert” opinions, it’s tough determining right versus wrong.

Today’s hot debate revolves around high protein diets, and whether they are beneficial or detrimental to your health.

First, it’s worth noting that this term often refers to a bodybuilder’s average protein intake, which can exceed 400 grams per day. Bodybuilding supplements help achieve this objective, but that amount is unnecessary for people working toward routine fitness goals.

Therefore, the data referenced in this infographic explores numerous health benefits from eating 1–1.5 protein grams per pound of body weight. Consuming this target amount, while maintaining a balanced and nutrient-dense diet, will help yield the results shown below.

health benefits of a high protein diet

Note: The majority of your protein should come from various whole food sources, rather than relying solely on supplements.


Special thanks to Bodybuilding Warehouse for providing the research, content and infographic for this post.

Back-to-Barre Basics, Anyone?

Throughout these past several months, I’ve become a Barre Believer. And why’s that? Well, because week after (grueling yet habit-forming) week, this fitness program works its transformative powers on my entire body.

Based on scientific findings that small, precise isometric motions exert more effort on those hard-to-reach muscle groups, the Barre workout effectively develops a lean physique without the high intensity impact of other resistance training regimens.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Barre combines various elements from ballet, yoga and Pilates. Classes generally take place inside a dance studio, but with some ingenuity, you can practice without even leaving the house.

The following Barre-approved exercises sculpt noticeable full-body results, regardless of skill or activity level. All you gotta do is just lift…tone…burn.

Aaaaaand, go!
barre moves you can do at home

Tone the Arms:

*You’ll need 3- or 5-pound dumbbells to perform these exercises.

  • Elevated Hammer Curls (targets Biceps)
barre bicep exercise

If you’re too cheap for actual weights (like me!), improvise with water bottles

  1. Stand with your feet parallel, about shoulder-width apart, and bend your knees slightly.
  2. Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed, core engaged and hips tucked inward.
  3. Raise your arms to shoulder-level and straighten your elbows, with both palms facing each other.
  4. Curl your right forearm back toward your shoulder, while keeping your upper arm stable at the elbow.
  5. Return your right forearm to its initial position, then repeat step 4 with your left forearm.
  6. Perform this move with  alternating arms for 20 repetitions, making sure they both remain steady and elevated.
  • Back Arm Lift (targets Triceps)

barre tricep exercise

  1. Stand with your feet parallel, about shoulder-width apart, and bend your knees slightly.
  2. Hinge your upper body forward at the waist, so your back is inclined at a moderate angle.
  3. Keep your shoulders relaxed, core engaged and hips tucked inward.
  4. Extend your arms straight behind you and straighten your elbows, with both palms facing each other.
  5. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, while making sure both arms stay entirely stable.
  6. Keep your shoulders engaged and lift both forearms with controlled movements toward mid-level.
  7. Alternate repeating steps 5-6 for 20 repetitions, making sure your arms remain steady and elevated.

Trim the Thighs:

*You’ll need a chair or tall step-stool to perform this exercise.

  • Parallel Plié Pulse (targets Adductors & Quadriceps)

barre thigh exercise

  1. Stand elbow-distance behind the chair and position your legs parallel, touching at the knees and feet.
  2. Hold onto the chair back with a light grip and elevate to your highest tiptoe point.
  3. Bend your knees into a deep plié, keeping your hips tucked inward and inner thighs squeezed together.
  4. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then raise up halfway before lowering back into a deep plié.
  5. Repeat step 4 for 20 repetitions, making sure your thigh muscles remain tightly engaged.

Tuck the Butt:

*You’ll need a chair or tall step-stool to perform this exercise.

  • Leg Bend Press (targets Gluteus)

barre glute exercise

  1. Cross your forearms, folded at the elbows, across the chair back, then rest your head on them.
  2. Tuck your hips inward until your back is flat and extend your right leg out behind you.
  3. Bend your right knee and flex the foot, squeezing your right glute to engage the lower muscle pocket.
  4. Lift your right leg with controlled movements, while making sure your back and hips remain stable.
  5. Return your right leg to its initial position and press it straight outward before bending your knee again.
  6. Repeat steps 4-5, alternating between lifting and straightening your right leg, for 15 repetitions.
  7. Switch to your left leg and perform this move on the other side for an additional 20 repetitions.

Tighten the Core:

*You’ll need a chair or tall step-stool to perform this exercise.

  • Elevated Plank (targets Obliques & Rectus Abdominus)
barre core exercise

a chair works better for this move than a stool

  1. Place your hands, palm-down, on the chair seat and lock your elbows to support the upper body weight.
  2. Flatten your back on a slight incline and engage your core to produce a standing plank position.
  3. Stretch your right leg straight out behind you along the same plane as your back, then point your toes.
  4. Raise your left foot onto its highest tiptoe point and tighten your thighs to keep the lower body stable.
  5. Bend your right knee into your chest, rounding your spine to scoop the abs deeply inward.
  6. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then extend your right leg straight out behind you again.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6 for 20 repetitions, making sure the core and thigh muscles remain tightly engaged.
  8. Switch to your left leg and perform this move on the other side for an additional 20 repetitions.

Balancing the Crucial Connection Between Fitness & Nutrition

Due to the gradual development of poor lifestyle choices, such as unhealthy diet and irregular exercise, numerous Americans have begun exhibiting risk factors for high blood glucose, metabolic syndrome, cellular oxidative stress and other conditions associated with inadequate nutrition intake and fitness levels.

While the average person knows that consistent physical exertion must be sustained by wholesome eating habits, and vise versa, this balancing act is often difficult to maintain.

In a culture that values pre-packaged convenience over freshly prepared quality, many people consume an overabundance of artificial preservatives, toxic chemicals, saturated fats and refined sugars. These heavily processed ingredients cause unwelcome weight gain and can result in various medical concerns.

In addition, many people also lack the motivation to incorporate vigorous activity into their daily routines, so when combined with nutrient deficiency, a sedentary lifestyle could trigger the premature onset of serious cardiovascular issues.

To protect your body from these health hazards, practice eating whole foods and exercising every day until doing so becomes a ritual that no longer requires conscious effort.

Healthy eating woman holding a salad and smiling - isolated over white

A well-rounded diet includes plant-based proteins (e.g. beans, lentils, raw nuts, non-dairy milk); lean meats – unless you’re a vegetarian, of course! – (e.g. chicken, turkey, fish); whole grains (e.g. oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, spelt); low-sugar fruits (e.g. berries, avocados, papayas, oranges, melons); and leafy green vegetables (e.g. kale, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, lettuce).

These powerhouses contain essential nutrients, naturally-occurring chemicals, antioxidants and beneficial fats, rather than those harmful ingredients found in a typical fast food meal.

The other “puzzle piece” – habitual movement – combines aerobic (e.g. running, cycling, swimming, dancing, kickboxing) and anaerobic (e.g. weight lifting, push-ups, squats, crunches, resistance yoga) training.

Together, both disciplines promote muscle tone, cardiovascular strength, skeletal resilience, flexibility, endurance and physical energy. Your body needs these wellness properties to function optimally, experience longevity, and build defenses against illness or injury.

Becoming committed to proper fitness and nutrition can mean the difference between healthy aging and chronic disease development. However, the ultimate decision is yours: would you rather feel vibrant, active and nourished at the cellular level?

Or, are you content to keep avoiding exercise, frequenting the drive-through window and, potentially, suffering from metabolic syndrome or other weight-related complications?


Huge thanks to Nutri Lifescience, LLC, for supplying the research, content and graphics for this post.

Hippie in the City: 5 Ways to Stay Active While Visiting NYC

In a definitive ranking of things I’m most passionate about, the order goes:

  1. New York City
  2. Everything Else

Although my first time actually experiencing the city didn’t happen until a couple years ago, I’ve spent my whole life daydreaming about living there (all you native New Yorkers are probably rolling your eyes right now!).

And, full disclosure: I will live there someday. Once I’ve successfully convinced Amy Poehler that we’re second-cousins-once-removed. Meanwhile though, I’ll settle for weekend visits — against my bank account’s better judgement. But, hey…no regrets!

In fact, I just got back from spending Labor Day in New York, and as per usual, New York did not disappoint. I could write an entire novel about my trip, but rather than a gratuitous “I heart NY” recap, let’s give this post a wellness twist. ‘Cause I’m always on the lookout for healthy tidbits, after all.

So, if you’re planning a Big Apple getaway this fall, include my Top 5 Picks for Figure-Friendly Fun in your travel itinerary:

1. Rent a Citi Bike

Citi Bikes 1

my cycling-obsessed main squeeze!

Citi Bikes 2

Citi Bike central

This cycle-sharing transit system allows you to cruise the Manhattan streets from a two-wheeler vantage point. Simply stop by any docking station (located in various neighborhoods around town), select your payment plan (24-hour or 7-day) from the touchscreen kiosk, pedal away on a Concrete Jungle adventure, then return the bike to another station along your route.  Exercise + Sightseeing = Win-Win Situation.

2. Check out Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market 1

this way to pure happiness

Chelsea Market 2

so many choices!

Chelsea Market 3

Japanese lentil & rice bowl from Takumi Taco

This enclosed food court, flea market and art gallery extravaganza might just be the Meatpacking District’s trendiest attraction. Located inside a brick industrial building, the urban architecture, artsy vibe and tantalizing smells make Chelsea Market a can’t-miss on your NYC agenda. Over 35 restaurant vendors are featured, running the gamut from kale smoothies to imported cheese. I recommend Takumi Taco (a.k.a. Japanese-Mexican-fusion-amazingness).

3. Walk the High Line

The High Line 1

amazing views of the Lower West Side

The High Line 2

historic freight railway

The High Line 3

Hudson River from the High Line

The High Line 4

Empire State Building from the High Line

The High Line 5

selfie with graffiti!

This above-ground walkway meandering through Manhattan’s West Side is actually a refurbished freight line. Ogle at panoramic spectacles including Lady Liberty, the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and other iconic landmarks. Traipse along old railroad tracks, bursting with seasonal foliage and colorful blooms. Even participate in wellness activities such as Meditation or Tai Chi. Because life’s better over street level!

4. Explore the Parks

Central Park

the happy couple in Central Park…

Bryant Park

…in Bryant Park

Washington Square Park

…and in Washington Square Park

These next stopping points on your Big Apple checklist offer a unique juxtaposition of nature surrounded by skyline. From iconic Central to shore-lined Battery, the thriving New York park system provides ample space for hiking, cycling, recharging with fresh air and even relaxing in the shade. Whether you’re uptown or downtown, this sprawling metropolis is also a tree-hugger’s playground.

5. Visit a Green Market 

Green Market 1

all the veggies!

Green Market 2

seasonal…local…delectable

This urban farmer’s market initiative takes place during the entire week, throughout various city-wide districts. My personal preference is visiting the Union Square location on Saturdays. Sample organic herbal teas, stock up on locally-sourced produce and peruse artisan “foodie” finds. It’s a health-conscious flavor tour that both your waistline and taste buds will appreciate.  ‘Nuff said.

Know any other wellness-centric activities worth adding to the list? (Looking at you, New Yorker peeps…) Sound off in the comments section below! 

How Playing Ping-Pong Gets Your Brain & Body Going {Infographic}

Dubbed “aerobic chess” by wellness experts across the globe, — like Dr. Amen of The Daniel Plan lifestyle initiative — we simply call it ping-pong or table tennis.

Over the past decade, research conducted on the health benefits of this popular pastime has yielded remarkable findings. Ideal for both physical and mental exertion, the sport has even been been observed to halt the progression of cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer’s. 

Ping-pong tables are also being introduced into office settings around the world — a strategy that promotes mental alertness and stimulation through movement, thus improving overall productivity.

To illustrate even more unique advantages and therapeutic values of engaging in a lively table tennis match, I’ve teamed up with the guys over at Home Leisure Direct to share this enlightening Infographic, below:

Health Benefits of Table Tennis

Shout out to Home Leisure Direct for creating the content for this post!

How to “Jump” Start Cardio the Playful Way

In my opinion, the most regrettable aspect of growing up is forgetting how to play. Remember sprinting around the jungle gym all afternoon as a kid…heart pounding…lungs burning…legs aching…yet never losing steam?

For me, those childhood memories can be summed up in just one word: freedom.

Who says there’s an age limit on playtime? Why, as adults, are we expected to trade in our muddy sneakers for sensible penny loafers? At what point, did the arbitrary expiration date on “fun” expire?

The youthful you viewed physical activity as a source of enjoyment, while the mature you  considers it a necessary evil. Au contraire, I say! You’re never too old for recapturing that boundless energy and free spirit.

But, where to start? That’s the million dollar question.

Enter: TKO Sports, a workout equipment company who’s tagline Whatever It Takes reflects a deep-rooted commitment to wellness and healthy living. Plus, TKO recognizes the importance of P-L-A-Y. (Your younger self would definitely approve!)

So, without further ado…introducing TKO Soft-Grip Jump Ropes, a revolution in cardio fitness that puts the excitement back in exercise. 

TKO jump rope

Gotta love that cheery yellow and lively blue!

First, let’s talk quality assurance:

  • Lightweight, non-slip grips for speed training
  • Smooth swivel design for agility training
  • Metal ball-bearing for tangle prevention
  • Smooth tubing for consistent swing motion
  • 9-foot solid PVC rope for maximum durability

Next, fast meets effective:

  • TKO’s 15-minute jump rope cardio workout burns 170 calories.

TKO jump rope packaging

The box doesn’t lie. Impressive? Well…duh!

Simply hop and skip your way to optimal heart health with the following easy-peasy regimen:

TKO jump rope cardio workout

Staying in shape shouldn’t be a chore. Working up a sweat shouldn’t feel like torture. Nope, fitness should be fun! Unleash that inner child who’s begging to go outside and play. Give yourself permission to embrace movement, enjoy exertion and reap some groovy health benefits along the way. (Yeah…I said “groovy.” Sorry, not sorry!)

jumping rope

Who’s got jump rope swag? Oh, that would be me!

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 Special thanks to Lipton Publicity and, of course, TKO Sports, for sharing this product with me.

So, What’s the Skinny on YOUR Skeletal Health?

I’m constantly spouting off about my fierce passion for fitness, but today I wanna delve into one specific reason maintaining an active lifestyle matters for the long-term.

That issue is Osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone mass and density to break down without regenerating new tissue. Ultimately, the bones will become weak and brittle, putting added stress on the skeletal system and increasing susceptibility to fractures.   

Osteoporosis affects 40 million Americans each year on average, and there are several risk factors involved. These staggering statistics are particularly on my radar screen because, as a female with a small frame who suffered from anorexia during my early 20s, I exhibit an elevated risk of developing this illness later in life.

Three strikes against me — not the world’s greatest odds, huh? But that’s why I’ve begun preparing my body right now to delay or even prevent Osteoporosis onset in the future.

Do the following lifestyle, dietary, hereditary or hormonal predispositions sound familiar? If so, you too could be at risk.

Osteoporosis Vulnerability Increases When…

  • You’re a woman.
  • You’re aged 50 or over.
  • Your build is fine-boned.
  • Your thyroid is overactive.
  • Your alcohol intake is excessive.
  • You are routinely sedentary.
  • You use tobacco products.
  • You take corticosteroid medications.
  • You have a calcium deficiency.
  • You have a family history of the illness.
  • You’ve had gastrointestinal surgery.
  • You deal with eating disorder-induced caloric deficits.

So….yeah. Prevention matters, people! Especially because knee and hip operations — like the Zimmer Persona Knee Replacement, for example — are invasive and require revision surgery.

Instead, take necessary precautions by integrating physical exertion and balanced nutrition into your daily routine. These simple yet vital habits could mean the difference between (A) maintaining the longevity of strong, healthy bones, or (B) succumbing to chronic frailty, limited mobility and constant pain.

Which option seems more appealing? In my opinion, it’s a no-brainer. So, I’m taking action.

Literally. Taking ACTION. Like, getting off my ass and MOVING!

It’s about time our whole society followed suit. Then, the prevalence of Osteoporosis-related suffering might decline. You never know, right?

Want more preventative pointers? Check out this infographic, courtesy of American Recall Center:Osteoporosis Awareness

3 Ways to Beat a ‘Cold’ Summer {Guest Post}

Those “dog days of summer” are upon us, and the season is synonymous with warmer weather, more daylight, plus the freedom to enjoy every single minute!

Most of us can confidently say we have grand plans in the works to make the most of this fantastic season — with no signs of slowing down. However, one of the quickest ways to bring summer fun to a screeching halt is by getting sick!

While you may think you’re only susceptible to colds during winter, the truth is anyone can catch a cold, anytime of year. Unfortunately, that includes our beloved summertime.

With that said though, check out these foolproof tips for keeping your summer anything but cold this year!

1.   Regular Exercise

Physical activity can benefit our bodies in numerous ways, like preventing obesity or diabetes, reducing stress and improving cardiovascular health. But, did you know exercise can also reduce the risk of catching a cold? Movement increases blood flow and circulation throughout your body, bolstering overall immunity. Therefore, your immune system can rapidly detect cold-bearing intruders and stop them before they spread!

regular exercise

2. Nutritious Diet

Your body relies on the absorption of essential nutrients from daily food intake to function optimally because these vitamins and minerals boost your body’s natural defenses against the common cold. Therefore, eating a diet packed with vitamin C and antioxidants — including berries, citrus fruits and even kiwi — is extremely beneficial. Vitamin C, in particular, boosts your immune system by exciting the production of antibodies to strengthen and support disease-fighting responses.

Additionally, consider eating more seafood this summer — specifically tuna, salmon and mackerel. These oily fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, compounds that keep your immune system in check by reducing potentially detrimental inflammation.

nutritious diet

3.   Vital Vitamins

If you’re not a fan of fish or fruit, you can still fight colds by taking daily vitamins! These supplements are a simple way to support physical health because they require minimal thought or effort  If you prefer the all-in-one approach, consider a multivitamin that provides the basic nutrient building blocks your body craves. However, if you’d rather focus on the main cold-fighting essentials, here are a few supplements worth trying:

For starters, stock up on supplements like vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C decreases the length of a cold by 24-36 hours. Next, you’ll want to consider a Vitamin D supplement, which promotes healthy teeth and bones, while reducing the risk of respiratory infections and the flu. Finally, enhance your immune system’s ability to fend off bacteria by taking a Vitamin B supplement.

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Nothing ruins warm weather bliss like feeling “under the weather.” So, implement these preventative measures for a cold-free, fun-filled summer!


Huge thanks to Vita Living Wellness Supplements for supplying the research, content and graphics for this post.

Fashion Forward Fitness that won’t Break the Bank? Yes, Please!

Over these past couple months, I’ve become newly — and borderline madly — devoted to the fabulousness that is Pure Barre.  In fact, it’s kinda my thing now.

Example…

I catch myself hashtagging #LiftToneBurn all over Instagram.

I practice the fine art of “hip-tucking” randomly throughout the day.

I’m suddenly hyper-aware of how tiny, isometric movements can transform an entire physique.

Oh, and I’m .5 impulse purchases away from slapping a pretentious PB decal onto my car.

pure barre tuck

image courtesy of Pinterest

However, — despite feeling like a grade-A champ during this whole sweaty…sore…glorious ordeal — I just have 1 complaint: the dress code.

My typical workout wardrobe doesn’t pass the Pure Barre test since nothing above calf-length can be worn inside the studio. Which, dear reader, presents an ethical delimma.

As a girl who literally lives in Nike shorts, my stockpile of PB-appropriate attire is rather limited. But, hey, if you were surrounded by year-round humidity, — umm…thanks, Sunshine State? — you’d live in Nike shorts too!

So, I’ve got 2 options. Either drop a small fortune on legit Pure Barre apparel (starting at $90. YIKES!), or start looking for a fashionable and functional alternative, sans the price tag.

Yeaaaah. Guess which route I chose.

Affordable doesn’t mean skimping on style though, and that’s where RBX Active comes into play. This athletic wear label combines cutting-edge quality and durability with the same sporty chicness you’d expect from more expensive brands.

For only $29.99, RBX enables me to kick ass on the barre while staying within those all-important “dress code” boundaries. *Phew*

I’m particularly loving their Digital-Camo Collection: a new line of capri leggings, featuring abstract patterns, vibrant colors — including Green, Orange, Pink and Purple — and a figure flattering fit.

Observe…

RBX Capris 5

Digital-Camo capris in Military Gray

Visual appeal, check. Now, let’s take a closer peek…

  • Sweat-wicking material pulls moisture from the skin to keep you dry even during high-intensity exercise. 
  • Four-way stretch comfort provides all-over flexibility to maintain the pants’ elastic shape over time.
  • Flat-lock stitched seaming creates a smooth, streamlined effect and eliminates awkward chafing.
  • Fade-resistant colors remain bold, bright and eye-catching despite frequent usage or multiple washes. 

Active performance has never looked so fierce, felt so comfy or moved so freely, while satisfying your wallet too!

Pure Barre delimma. Solved.

RBX Capris 2

Killin’ it in the style department. Thanks, RBX!

RBX Capris 6

Oh, you know… just goofing around with the twinster without breaking a sweat!

To celebrate RBX’s recently launched product line, you can score 25% off any Digital-Camo capris through 7/31/15. To take advantage of this discount, enter the promo code Active25 online at check-out. Free shipping will also be added for purchases exceeding $50 after the coupon reduction.

Why I’m No Longer Pro-Fitspo

Lately, I’ve noticed several articles cropping up around the web — from fellow Bloggers to the Huff Post — all focused on the same controversial issue: FITSPO.

Since this has become such a hot topic in the fitness community, I’m suddenly feeling the urge to “weigh in” and add my voice to the conversation. But, first, let’s clarify why Fitspo is even a thing and what its original intent was.

Here’s how Urban Dictionary defines the trend:

Short for “fitspiration.” Images of active, strong and fit women that promote proper exercise and diet.

So, that’s the purpose Fitspo supposedly aims to fulfill. However, now it’s teetering on the brink of soft porn.

Soft porn that makes you kinda sorta question everything about your physical worth.

(Like…does this REALLY have to be either-or?!?!)

flat stomach or sweets

image courtesy of Pinterest

How did this movement — which should have been a positive and dynamic lifestyle initiative — veer so far off-course?

Hell, that’s what I wanna know.

When I initially heard about the whole “fitspiration” concept, I wasted no time jumping on-board. I mean, here was the confidence-booster we’d been waiting for, right?!

Thinspiration’s healthier twin sister.

Social media’s gift to female psyches everywhere.

Rather than bombarding us with airbrushed propaganda of unrealistically skeletal frames, Fitspo motivated us to strive for “strong” over “skinny.”

image courtesy of Pinterest

image courtesy of Pinterest

Well, in theory anyway. Because that’s where the motivation ends. Despite these so-called good intentions, Fitspo still panders to an exclusive audience. It doesn’t celebrate the beauty of each unique physique but, instead, discriminates against body types that aren’t tucked and toned in all the right places.

Case-in-point: “strong not skinny” is actually a derogatory message. Some women are naturally thin — not eating disorder thin per se, but thin. They can’t change their builds any more than curvy women can.

Nor should they. Stick-straight, hourglass or voluptuous — the female figure is worth embracing, regardless of shape or size.

So, why have sculpted obliques and sinewy biceps become the arbitrary benchmark to gauge our “hotness” levels?

Well…umm…compliments of Fitspo.

Don’t get me wrong, if you do have sculpted obliques and sinewy biceps, take pride in those accomplishments. After all, fitness requires both effort and commitment. You know what though? Sometimes, even the most vigilant efforts won’t turn us all into Miranda Kerr doubles. And there’s no shame in that either.

Here’s the bottom line: I don’t feel inspired by body-shaming mantras disguised as “healthy” workout incentives.

I’m not gonna run a marathon because some Pinterest meme-creator thinks I’ll be spurred into action by Victoria’s Secret angels in barely-there spandex, sports bras and the uplifting text overlay — “Train Insane or Remain the Same.”

image courtesy of Pinterest

image courtesy of Pinterest

Nope. I’ll exercise for ME, thanks. Not a subliminal you-aren’t-working-hard-enough quote, or some sexually stimulating model with an unattainable bod. Those are illusions. And illusions won’t get results.

Society has begun equating fitness with the feminine ideal, but this label misses the mark. Who cares about looking like a superficial slice of eye-candy when you can strive for personal acceptance instead? Exercise isn’t about some fleeting “Dayyyum, girl!” once-over.

Exercise is about vitalitytoughnessexhilaration — both physically and mentally. Fitspo, however, won’t get you there.

So, what will?

  1. Gradual progress at your own steady pace.
  2. And self-love. Yeah, TONS of self-love.

My final advice, then? Unplug from this Fitspo trend. It’s basically just Thinspo with a sportier-sounding name.

love yourself

image courtesy of Pinterest