Laughter – The Best ~Ab~ Medicine

Abs = laughter

Is there anything better than laughing so hard your stomach hurts?

I love my workouts but this is how I feel one hundred percent!

I’m fortunate enough to have, honestly, the most incredible friends: my work mates, my besties, my boyfriend, my family.  I believe that laughter can keep us young and healthy, and I’m fortunate enough to spend most of my days with people who like to laugh.  In fact, my lunch breaks are almost always spent with one of my best friends and we laugh non-stop.  I’ve said to her before “Do you think people see us walking thru Town and are jealous at how much fun we are having?”  I mean, honestly, we are laughing nearly continuously.

Last year we were in a shop during our lunch break and having a bust-a-gut moment and a guy kept staring at us and grinning.  Eventually he approached us and told us he wished he could spend his afternoon with us; that we seemed to be having a very good time.  I thought that was great – especially coming from a complete stranger.

Laughter is infectious.  It’s good for the mind, body, and soul.  Laughter is good for your heart, and it’s good for relieving stress, and for healing a sad or bad mood.  And it’s an excellent way to burn a few extra calories.

I’ve gotten into the habit of laughing at everything (myself included)…it’s so much easier to turn a bad moment into a good one.  I’ve even started laughing out loud at the T.V.  I mean, if it’s funny…why not?

Try not to take things too seriously (if you don’t have to).  Enjoy yourself, enjoy life and it’s moments.  And laugh with the ones you love.

Some benefits of laughing: Laughing is wonderful way to get in a little cardio.  And I think laughter is beautiful and adds to our beauty.  People who laugh a lot are healthier – physically, mentally, and emotionally  Laughter is attractive and infectious (go ahead and brighten someone’s day).  Also:

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body.  A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems
    • Boosts immunity
    • Lowers stress hormones
    • Decreases pain
    • Relaxes your muscles
    • Prevents heart disease

~Fit Bitch

Commitment

COMMITMENT

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you will know that I take my fitness regime seriously.  But, as I continue to work at getting beyond my workout addiction (yes, that’s a thing), and struggle with a few health issues, I’ve weened myself off of my every-single-day workout habit. There are days that I am still at the gym much longer than I need to be, and there are days when I still exercise because I feel like I “have to”, but for the most part, I am very happy with where I am today compared to where I was a year ago.

That being said, I have certain days that I commit myself to working out, and as I’ve mentioned in a recent post or two, I’ve committed myself to running at the gym) several times a week (once I’m running outside it won’t be a commitment, but a pleasure) so I’ve had to dedicate myself to this schedule and staying on track.

That means I’m at the gym whether I want to be or not. That means that Friday nights I’m at the gym.  That means that Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings I’m a the gym.  That means that aside from teaching boot camp and participating in other classes, I’m at the gym.  I’m running and I’m lifting and I’m sweating and I’m loving it.

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I still feel that exhilaration when I’m working out.  I feel accomplished when I’m completed my fitness task for the day.  A long time ago I committed myself to a better life.  I made the commitment to get fit and be healthy and stay active.  Sometimes that means sacrifices.  There are still a good many days that I want to come home after work and schlump on the couch or Friday nights when I want to just get the freakin’ weekend started.  But, like I said, I committed myself to these goals and really, what’s another hour or two?  Friday night will still be there when my run is complete.  Sunday coffee dates will wait until I’ve finished in the weight room.  There is room in my life for sacrifice.

~Fit Bitch

Don’t be THAT Person!

My title should really be “Don’t be a Dick!!” but I thought it might be a little inappropriate for a headline.

I’ve been teaching my boot camps for almost a year now and, I’ll be honest, I have had such incredible luck having such sprite, positive, wonderful participants in all of my sessions.

…Except for that one person.

You know who I’m talking about, that person who doesn’t really seem like she wants to be there, who stands – purposefully – away from the other participant, who just brings so much negativity to the class.

I’ve had one of those.  Just one, thankfully, but one is enough.

Starting off, she is an acquaintance.  She’d heard about my classes through someone else and contacted me to register.  She turned down my offer to send her registration forms (medical background info, waiver, etc.) as she said she didn’t have access to a printer.  I told her to arrive to the class a few minutes early and to bring a yoga mat or a thick towel (so she won’t have to work off the dirty floor).  The first night of the new session she arrived to the class late and when I gave her the forms she said she didn’t have her glasses and would have to take them home with her to complete.  Uh…yeah, that’s really not how this works, lady.

Because we were about to get started I had a quick private conversation with her asking if there are any health issues I need to know about (heart, lungs, joint, etc.) or if she had any limitations with her exercising.  All answers were no.

She also didn’t bring a yoga mat or a thick towel.

Part way through the class I announced that we would be doing squats next.  “Uh, no we won’t!” She said.  I looked at her and said “What?”  She replied “I am not doing squats!  I have bad knees!”

Ohhh…okay, so when I asked you if you had any joint or health problems or any limitations with your exercising you thought I was joking?  (This is the part where I want to call her an asshole!)

I’m sure you can imagine how the rest of that class went.

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The next class, when I arrived at the venue she was outside waiting.  I said hello to her and she ignored me.  When we got inside she shoved her partially-completed forms at me without saying a word.  While everyone else was arriving I went over to speak with her in private, asking her how she felt after the last class (I had also emailed her a day or two after the first class).  “Fine.” was her reply and she turned her head away from me.  I said or asked something about her knees and she looked at me and announced “I know what to do!!”

She also (still) did not bring a yoga mat or a thick towel.

That’s when I sort of lost it.  In a calm-yet-nearly-condescending tone I shot back to her: “I understand that you say you know what to do but as your trainer AND as a fitness professional I need to be aware of your issues and limitations so that I can work with you and so that I am not responsible for your injuries!

I am usually quite tame.  My classes are meant to be fun but this person is so damn negative I want to throat punch her. In all honesty, I really wouldn’t have hurt feelings if she decided not to continue with my classes.

So, for all of you fitness (or any type of) class participants, please don’t be that person.  Go to your class, participate, mingle, have fun, and don’t act like you know it all when someone else is (technically) responsible for you for that time.  Just have fun.  And if you’re determined to be a downer, do everyone else a favor and maybe just stay home.

🙂 🙂

~Fit Bitch

MOM-spiration

When my mother was very young she was hit by a car.  A hit and run.  The driver never came forward and my mom spent a very long time in a children’s hospital in recovery.  Because of that accident she has two very bad knees.

My mother is a hair-stylist which means she spent most of her day on her feet for many years.  Because of this it has caused her knees to worsen and she’s often in a lot of pain.  She’s had minor surgeries which are likely, leading up to an inevitable bigger surgery.

A few summers ago my mom fell off the deck at our house (home will always be home) and landed flat on her face with her arms underneath her.  She broke her nose, both arms, a wrist, and broke her elbow completely off (*barf*).  She had several surgeries and now has a prosthetic elbow.  Unfortunately, her jackass surgeon “fixed” one of her arms wrong and now she has very limited mobility in that arms and has to hold her fork/scissors/toothbrush like a wingnut.

Aside from all that, she’s doing great.  She started walking every day in the fall and continued through most of the winter. Y’know, except on the days that Nova Scotia was completely-friggin’-buried under snow.

A few weeks ago I had a free class for people to come try out the boot camp before the new sessions started.  My mom came.

I really didn’t want her to come because I worry about her and I was worried about her limitations with her arms, and about her getting hurt.  I never want to see my mom in pain.  But she fought me on it and came (and I took great care of her).  “I want to come out and support you.” She said.  (Uh, so you come to the free class?  Thanks Mom!!)

Mom did great at the class.  We worked on modifications and she didn’t push herself past her limitations.  But she came and she worked her ass off!  I was very proud of her.  And she was extremely proud of herself.

The point of this little anecdote is that we need to stop making excuses*.  If my mom, after all she’s been through, can get through one of my kick-ass classes, then we should all be humbled and get out there and take advantage of gorgeous weather or fitness classes or gyms or sports teams and have ourselves a great workout and better our health.

Let my mom be your inspiration today.  She’s been mine.

(*Please note that an excuse is not the same as a legitimate reason.  If you have health issues or injury, etc. be sure to contact your physician before beginning a workout program.)

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~Fit Bitch