I hated my body in every single one of these pictures, the one’s where I am a kid, the ones where I am clearly underweight (I felt my biggest here surprisingly) and the one where I doubled my weight in the space of a 9 month pregnancy. Personally, I always listened to comments people make about their own and other people’s bodies as a sort of guide to how I am supposed to look, so health body image was always going to be out of reach for me with this way of thinking.
I’m not alone in this. I train women of different sizes who all say negative things about themselves.
I keep seeing a number of things regarding women’s bodies on social media. Most of it critical. I keep seeing women compare themselves to famous women saying “Please tell me I don’t look this bad” and women reaching out and trying to tell people they don’t feel good about themselves met with “well you obviously just want compliments or you wouldn’t post pictures of yourself in skimpy clothing.
We are too fat. We are too thin. We’re trying to hard or not trying hard enough. We’re too fake, we could do with some make up, we’re too ‘up ourselves’ if we have the audacity to feel good about ourselves and post a selfie……
Seriously, can we just stop? It’s horrible when men do this to women, it’s fucking heart breaking when I see women do this to other women, because we all know how it feels don’t we? I guarantee most of the women out there have had days where they feel just awful about how they look. It’s hard not to in a society where so much emphasis is put on how attractive a woman looks. Just look at female politicians – no matter how hideous their policies or their values they are attacked on their looks first.
Anyway, rant over , I’m getting off my soapbox, you’re all fucking fabulous… be good to one another xxxx
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So after a lovely night out with the husband at Nashville’s farewell tour (For which I decorated my own cowgal boots, they had my name on and everything), I end up injuring my lower back, getting stuck in a very awkward position and having the on call Dr come out to see me – I’d been crying in agony and by this point, unknown to me, my face was covered in mascara streaks – YAY - #Glamlife.
So now plopped back into my normal life my Doctor tells me I can still exercise, yaaaay, although I kind of just want to rest because I am crying on the inside, but staying active is good for your back apparently, but not if it causes pain, but everything seems to cause pain – so I’ve had to find some work arounds.
Obviously it goes without saying, everyone is different, check with your GP first if you are OK to do these, also general NHS back pain advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain/ and exercises to ease lower back pain https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Backpain/Pages/low-back-pain-exercises.aspx
So in this post I'll just go into some basic do's and do nots, I may or may not go into weights in a further post, because well it's a bit more tricky and I don't want you to have a back twinge while you've got an ACME style weight above your head
Some Do's and Don'ts:
Don't: Standing Toe Touch Hamstring Stretch
Standing toe touches can put stress on your lumbar spine and can overstretch lower back muscles and hamstrings
Do this instead: Supported hamstring stretch
Lay on your back and with one knee bent.
Loop a band or towel under the ball of your foot.
Straighten leg and stretch against the support.
You will feel a gentle stretch down the back of your leg.
Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
Repeat on the other leg
Don't: Standing Quad Stretch
Do this instead: Side Lying Quad Stretch
Lay on your side, HIPS stacked, and spine in neutral alignment, resting your head on your hand.
Bend your top knee
Use your hand to pull your foot towards your bum and hold for 30 seconds.
Repeat on the other side.
Don't: Leg Raises
Although leg raises are used to strengthen core muscles, they can put a huge amount of stress on your spine.
Do this instead: Reverse Curl ups
Lay on your back, arms extended, palms down.
Bend and raise both knees at a 90-degree angle
Bring both knees to the chest while lifting your hips off the floor
Don't: Sit-Ups/Full crunch
While sit-ups will strengthen your core or abdominal muscles, this exercise can put a lot of pressure on your spine.
Do this instead: Planks or Partial Crunches
Perform a plank on your forearms, dependent on your core strength, you can do this on your knees or on your toes.
Hold for 15 - 30 seconds.
Partial crunches can strengthen your core. (Ensure that your feet and lower back should remain in contact with the mat for the duration of this exercise)
Lay with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
Cross your arms over your chest.
Use the muscles in your stomach to raise your shoulders off the floor.
Lower back down.
Do this instead: Wall Sit
Stand around 10 inches from the wall
Lean back until your back is flat against the wall.
Pressing your lower back into the wall slide slowly down until your knees are slightly bent.
Hold for 5 seconds.
Slide back up the wall.
Do this instead: Walk
Jogging or running are going to impact your lower back, walking and keeping active can help reduce back pain.
Don't: High Intensity Cardio Workouts
Do this instead: Swim
Swimming is low-impact, the water supports your body and it doesn’t involve much twisting of your back.
Backstroke and breaststroke require the least rotation of your spine.
So that's it for now. I'll keep you updated with my work around's as I navigate exercising with me old crone lady back.
This is a great app to motivate you to walk more, it’s basically a step counter that converts your steps into ‘Sweatcoins’ and you can use them to buy or purchase discounts on fitness and nutrition related products. I’ve managed to get some lovely things on here, such as a simply cook pack, magazine subscriptions and healthy snack bars for my little one. It just runs in the background of your phone and your ‘sweatcoins’ build up fairly quickly. You can also pool your ‘sweatcoins’ with family and friends to use them to purchase expensive items such as holidays.
3) Zombies, Run!
Look, I know not everyone is a Zombie fan. But I literally hate running, I’m more of a weight lifting type of gal, but this app makes me want to run!!!
It’s more of a game than a fitness app, you run to a storyline, you can use your own playlist (I purposely created a ‘metal’ playlist as I felt this to be more Zombie friendly - Lol.
Each time you run you complete a mission and get to be the hero, collecting supplies as you go to grow your base.
The only downside is that I got very attached to some characters and ermmm well it’s a zombie game isn’t it, don’t mean to do spoilers, but there obviously will be casualties.
4) The Walk
From the same creators as Zombie, Run! So I was obviously going to like this one. For days when a run seems too much or you’d just rather a long walk instead.
If Zombies aren’t your thing you may also prefer this one.
Basically you’re given a package that could save the world and end up walking the equivalent of the length of the UK. It’s really fun if you like immersing yourself in a story and you want to make walking a bit more fun.
I love this app, it allows you to go to different gyms without being tied into a monthly membership. It’s also great if you are traveling.
Myself and my husband use it to have a cheap spa day (lots of gyms include gym, swim, sauna, steam rooms and even spa pools) Nuffield Health and Village are very lovely fitness centres to visit.
On top of that it will randomly send you discounts and you get cash to leave reviews for the gyms you have visited.
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So the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. Well, to be honest for me, my younger sister, my 5 year old and my Christmas mad auntie, this moment begins when the 'Christmas 24' channel arrives. The only downside to this is that it feels unnatural not to binge eat as you binge watch.
So I am offering an alternative suggestion to prevent you bad mouthing your bod in the new year, you've all heard of drinking games, this is a healthy spin on that (if not slightly less fun but waaaaay more rewarding.)
The 'Christmas 24' or 'any damn Christmas film you want to watch' workout game :
And there you have 12 ways of enjoying Christmas films without the guilt.
Are you tough enough to save Christmas?
I’ve seen many ad’s on facebook this week stating if you lose 2lbs per week you could lose 10lbs in time for your Christmas party etc and while yes, with a personal trainer to streamline your results you most definitely can do that, however, I can't help but feel that the important issues are being missed.
What if Santa falls out of his sleigh? Are you going to be strong enough to get pick him up and save Christmas?
And what if you need to do one last supermarket trip before Aunt Doris comes to visit? You need to be strong enough to drag your shopping from the car in one load plus do a speedy bear crawl to ensure she won’t be telling all and sundry how ‘you don’t seem to care if your skirting boards have more dust than a second hand vacumn cleaner’
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