Stepping Out of the Gym: Your Fitness Level May Be Affecting More Than You Think

A general misconception about fitness is its relation, or believed lack thereof, to other parts of our lives. Many people talk about their “fitness life” or “gym life” as if it is something that is completely separate from their … what “actual life”? … HUH? So the things you do in the gym don’t count as things you do in life? Or it’s that belief that maybe one’s convenient shoulder turned towards their unhealthy habits are only affecting their six pack development and not having any affect on the rest of their life?

Either way, these assumptions in both cases are SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH. I am here to expose something that I think many of us avoid thinking about. Our health and fitness level affect … EVERY. SINGLE. LAYER. of our lives. ALL OF IT.

To use an analogy that I really child-heartedly get a kick out of every time I hear because I think of the movie Shrek (*insert emoji crying face here*) … Our lives are very much like onions. We have so many layers. We have work. We have careers – yes sometimes unfortunately those are two different things – We have family (some having their own growing families as well as their parent/sibling family AS WELL AS their extended family – oh man) We have friends. We have hobbies/interests. We have ourselves. Now right here is where many people would list having their “gym time”. And yes, if it isn’t something that is work for you, it isn’t something you do with your family or significant other, it isn’t quite a hobby or interest, you can list it as another thing that you have as a layer. My argument against this is that your time to exercise or your time to cook and make sure you are eating well and properly to fuel your body shouldn’t be a layer in the sense that it shouldn’t be something that is optional.

You see an onion’s layers can be peeled off. They can be stripped. What happens when we quit that job? If we choose NOT to have a family of our own – or we just aren’t there yet. We lose our parents. We cut back on our hobbies to make time for other things… We are taking away layers, not always permanently but they are still not existing for that moment. Our health and fitness shouldn’t be something that we can be stripped of or something that can be placed on hold to tend to another layer. Our health and fitness bleed through all layers. It is what keeps those layers fresh and in tact. It is what keeps us in tact.

So how do you get to the place where your fitness regime and schedule isn’t just “another thing on the list” but is something that becomes an innate part of you?

Well folks, I think this comes for some as an awakening experience – like it do for me – and for others as someone telling them to wake up and think. So I ask you right now… if you had to tell me ONE reason you are engaging in fitness or health at all what would it be? What is your one thing that you think your fitness/health level, or lack thereof, is affecting?

Got it?

Okay great…

Now I ask you, what if I told you that there is SO MUCH MORE than that one thing? That your health and fitness level is greatly impacting things in your life you probably don’t think it is? For those of you who aren’t fitness professionals (personal trainers, body builders, professional athletes, etc), what if I said that your health and fitness have a huge impact on your job and career? Yupp…

Why do we think that the thing we spend so many hours of our lives doing isn’t affecting by our state of health? Maybe it’s because it is generally assumed that it isn’t necessary for someone to be in superior physical fitness shape to sit a desk 40 hours a week. What if I told you that is entirely untrue… What if I told you that being in good physical condition, being strong, having good posture, flexibility, mobility, being seen by a chiropractor often as affect how our body responds to sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week? What if I said that your emotional state and ability to focus and concentrate well are severely comprised when you are eating sugar all day long, not drinking water, and not exercising?

These are things that I think go unacknowledged far too often. We talk about our performance IN the gym or in tests of physical fitness. We talk about being healthy for our families; teaching our kids how to be healthy and eat well. We talk about weight and other pressing medical conditions affected by our eating and our exercise. But rarely is it talked about that all these things build up and ultimately affect the one thing we spend most of our lives doing… work.

Over the next few weeks, I will posting articles talking about specific professions. Thanks to some great people, I was able to get into the minds of people in varying careers and jobs. They told me the things that work and don’t work for them, when they realized that health and fitness was a real priority for them, how it affects the job they do on a daily basis, and even their advice for others in their shoes. So join me for what will be an awesome series. Every Friday through the month of October, “Stepping Out of the Gym” will explore how our fitness leaks into this important part of our lives.

If you have an example of how your health and fitness affect your career or want to share your moment of realization please do so! I love hearing from all of you and your stories! πŸ˜€

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Stop Fighting Food!

I have something that is really exciting to share with you today. It is near and dear to my heart because it speaks directly to the person I used to be…

Have you ever experienced any of the following?

β€œFeeling crazy around food” (i.e. obsessive thinking about food, dieting, β€œhealth,” etc. on a regular basis)

Emotional Eating (i.e. compulsive feelings around food, feeling out of control around food, using food as a coping mechanism, etc.). Most women I work with relate to the feeling that β€œevery emotional whim might send them straight into a jar of Nutella for comfort.”

Binge-eating (i.e. periods of eating large quantities of food, generally after a period of β€œbeing good”with food, or restricting food in some capacity.

Poor body image or low self-esteem related to body size and/or food behaviors.

Well then, today I want to talk to you about this very sensitive and super challenging issue. I see too many women in my life and work constantly struggling with food and their weight, and today, if you fall into this category, I want to talk to you…

300x500-1I want to talk to those of you who are constantly searching for the perfect diet, and constantly falling off the perfect diet;

Constantly swinging between β€œthis time I’ve got it,” and β€œwhat the hell is wrong with me that I can’t stop eating peanut butter out of the jar?”

Always judging yourself based on what you ate that day or whether or not your skinny jeans fit;

And generally letting food and weight concerns rule your world β€” the ups and downs of the diet-binge cycle dictating your β€œgood” or β€œbad” days.

If you have followed this blog for some time, you have seen more than one post focusing on or referencing my past struggles with disordered eating and body image issues. Until recently, I had been weight obsessed for as long as I can remember. I used HATE myself for the way I looked in certain things… And I would comfort myself with food… Then workout incessantly to burn off the calories I just shamefully ate… And I would hate myself a little bit more for it. It was a whirl wind. I also tried every single ABSURD diet in the book just to get to weight where “people would like me”.

Because I have dealt with emotional eating before and I have seen, and still see, SO many women.. TOO many women.. in my life deal with this, I want to offer everyone an “answer”, a light at the end of the tunnel if you will. You do not have to deal with fighting yourself and fighting food. You do not have to have a negative relationship with food. Food is AMAZING. And you are AMAZING. You two should be AMAZING together!

Isabel Foxen Duke, my friend and founder of Stop Fighting Food calls this phenomenon β€œfeeling crazy around food.” 

Isabel is one of the most well-respected pros in the emotional eating world, contributing some very new ideas about how we can change our thought-patterns around food and weight, and finally break out of the exhausting diet-binge cycling behaviors that too many women find themselves trapped in β€” behaviors like, sneak-eating ice cream in the middle of the night; yo-yo dieting; emotional eating, and emotional eating’s painful cousin: binge-eating.

Isabel is offering all my readers (all you awesome women) a free video training series this month  covering some of her most important concepts in changing women’s relationship with food on an emotional and psychological level.  If this is a topic that speaks to you, I highly recommend you sign up to get her free vids.

You don’t have to live your life clinging desperately to diets, only to end up with your fingers in a jar of Nutella at the end of the day. You don’t have to live the rest of your life feeling bat-shit crazy around food.

Trust me, this is a chance you DO NOT want to miss. Too many women go through so much of their life trying to just live up to the standards we “think” we should. We treat ourselves terribly and shame ourselves with weight and food. Changing my way of thinking about food has given me freedom. Freedom to enjoy my life and live it to the fullest. To love myself. To love everything I put in my body and not hide in the closet eating a cookie at night just to regret it in the morning.

Free yourself ladies and STOP FIGHTING FOOD!

So one last time, here is the link for you to sign up for this free training and get on the road to a healthy, happy lifestyle…

http://ifd.ontraport.com/t?orid=18647&opid=1