No one likes the experience of feeling negative emotions. Whether it’s stress, uneasiness, unhappiness, or disappointment – it just feels bad. And it’s supposed to. You see, negative emotions serve a purpose in our lives. They are a CALL TO ACTION. When you feel those negative emotions coming up, carefully evaluate what they are occurring around. What is causing you to feel that way? Negative emotions are there to drive you do something differently in life. If you sit in your negative emotions and do nothing, they will linger. If you take action toward changing the situation, you can exchange the negative feelings for positive ones. Let’s look at an example. People often come to us here at Movimento Fitness with negative emotions around their bodies. They avoid mirrors, having their partners see them unclothed, or they feel a general need to cover up. There can be shame, disappointment, self-doubt, or…
We see it here at Movimento all the time. Someone has just joined us or is coming in for a reassessment and there’s the dreaded look when we ask them to step on the scale. For so many people, that number has determined their mood, happiness levels, and even their personal value or worth for many years.
When suffering from an injury and at home treatments don’t seem to be doing the trick, at some point we finally take in our pride and make the decision to see an Athletic Therapist or Physiotherapist to help us better understand the physical pains we may feel in our muscles and joints. Whether you suffer from an acute type injury or one that has been chronically nagging you for quite some time, seeing either one of these medical professionals can be a great option to better educate you on your specific injury. Once the full assessment has been completed, the therapist will come up with a treatment plan that will be catered to your specific needs for the healing process to begin in a controlled manner. This will include a combination of manual therapy techniques and therapeutic modalities. Although, there are numerous types of methods that can be used in…
The biggest obstacle I hear from the people we coach is that they “just don’t have time.” People are SO busy today with work, families, managing a house, and the million other things that come up. So it’s too often that they find themselves grabbing food for convenience – food that not only doesn’t serve their bodies but that also ends up negatively impacting the family and their waistlines. This leads to further guilt and a vicious cycle begins. So, I’m here to help! Check out my strategies for healthy, fast, and convenient dinners (or whichever meal you choose!):
One of the things we are most passionate about is helping people achieve things they thought were previously impossible. The amazing thing about working with people in fitness is that once they start to achieve those “impossible” feats, it trickles over into other areas of life. Someone who loses 50 pounds or conquers new feats of strength for the first time suddenly gets a promotion at work, gains the confidence to do something they have been dreaming about for years, or starts a new relationship (or even leaves a relationship that was making them unhappy). It’s truly incredible to witness these total life transformations over and over again. And I believe it comes down to following these 6 steps:
We’ve all seen them in our programs, and more likely than not if you’ve done a workout at Movimento you have done more than your fair share of planks! From rehabbing an old back injury to training for a marathon or even firming up that stomach, planks have come to be a staple in the modern fitness routine. But, why is this? What makes the plank so special and commonplace, both for beginners and long time gym goers? What does a plank do for us anyway? It is these questions and more that we seek to explore!
I hope you saw my blog post from the other day on The Killer of Dreams. If you missed it, be sure to click here to read this powerful post. That piece was really about owning and acknowledging the excuses we make for ourselves. Too often we buy into and believe the stories we tell ourselves because that makes it easier to accept less out of life than we truly desire. To live in our comfort zones, if you will. But here’s the reality. If you have a goal that you’ve convinced yourself is unattainable and anyone in your same or similar circumstance has achieved it, there’s not one real reason you can’t be successful too.
What’s the Big Deal about Carbs? Starchy carbs get so much attention when it comes to nutrition conversations because they are the biggest double-edged sword our bodies have to deal with. On one hand, all of our energy in the body comes from glucose molecules (carbs in their basic sugar form) but on the other, our bodies weren’t designed to be surrounded by so many readily available carbs. So when our body does get an onslaught of starchy carbs (usually from refined sugars in all of our indulgence foods or simple carbs found in anything baked with flour), it handles them by releasing insulin. Insulin is responsible for a lot of important functions in the body, but by design, it is a storage hormone. So instead of signaling our body to burn fat, our bodies actually get the signal to store fat whenever we eat a lot of starchy carbs….
Have you ever used the phrase “When ________, then _________…”? Let me give you an example: WHEN things in my life calm down and I can focus, THEN I’ll lose the weight and get in shape. Or… WHEN I have a little more money, THEN I’ll invest in myself. This phrase is the dream killer and can be applied around any area of life – weight loss, fitness, career goals, parenting, literally anything.
There was a time when cardio was all the rage. It was the center of the fitness industry for decades, but oh how times have changed! Today, muscle is coveted. And fairly recently, for the first time, women are striving for the athletic, muscular look of an athlete over being thin. And you know what? This is awesome! Not just because it shows how we are evolving, but because there are tremendous benefits to carrying more muscle mass (and less body fat). You see…life has changed A LOT in the last century. Day to day life once involved physical labor, which is great for building and maintaining muscle. But because the world doesn’t work that way anymore, it’s very easy for humans to be low on muscle mass and high in body fat. This not only affects our appearance but can have a HUGE effect on our health, vitality, and…