Lifestyle: Friday Fit Tips

Now more so than ever, health and fitness is emerging to the forefront of our society’s consciousness. After years of research declaring that obesity and heart diseases are slowly killing us, our generation has fought back against the “super-size me” mindset and embraced               a lifestyle focused on better food choices and frequent exercise. Because of this, health and fitness information has become widely available across multiple mediums whenever you want it. However this does not mean everything available is safe or useful, especially when it comes to the way the fitness industry can prey on females. So the goal with Friday’s Fit Tips is to provide links to good quality info so that you can educate yourself and slowly add to your own health and fitness toolbox. And with that we’ll get into today’s fit tips…
Squat: It Does A Body (And A Booty) Good

Squatting is known by many as the “king of all exercises/lifts”. It’s a movement pattern that is initially utilized as a toddler, but as we grow older (and stiffer) proper squatting can become a bit of a problem for some. This article goes into the details of correct vs incorrect squatting while also providing some progressions and variations to help work our way back to squatting safely. Doing squats may help sculpt the lower body you desire but it’s just as important to do them correctly and safely.
5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get And Stay Fit

Moms can be the hardest working people on this planet, both in and out of the gym. Unlike those free of parental responsibilities, making time to focus on things like exercise and proper diet is possible but can be a bit of a hassle when you’re constantly chasing toddlers around. By reading this article, you will be exposed to 5 useful strategies for making a healthy lifestyle work for you moms out there.

How to Stick to Your Diet

Strength coach and fitness writer Nia Shanks provides a very sane method to help those struggling to stay on track with their new healthy diet with this piece. It’s based around the idea that eating healthy is supposed to be a sustainable lifestyle change and by trying to completely remove every “bad” food you love you’re setting yourself up for failure. I don’t want to give it all away so take a minute and give this a good read.

XoXo,

Bee

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SimpleTalk: Embrace Your Strength

***Thanks to my AMAZING Husband for writing this article***

Embrace Your Strength: Why Women Should Lift Weights

In the last 4-5 years weight rooms have seen a pretty big influx of females looking to do some serious damage. Soccer moms, college students, nurses, and even grandmothers are no longer limiting themselves to the pink 2lb. dumbbells in the cardio room. Rather, they’re rowing, squatting, and deadlifting more than many of the so-called “aspiring bodybuilder” guys around them. After reading this I bet your response (as with many ladies) is something like, “well those chicks must be big, monstrous, and bulky to lift those kinds of weights.” Honestly this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Take a look at these women who are proud to declare their avid use of heavy weights and I doubt you’ll qualify any of them as “big and bulky”.

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Don’t trip though. The idea that heavy weightlifting will result in an undesirable body type is a common misconception and unfortunately us guys aren’t helping. Yeah there are plenty of good dudes out there encouraging women to dominate in the gym, but for every one guy like this there are five more telling females:

“Don’t get too muscular. Guys don’t like a bulky woman.”
“Maybe you should focus on losing weight instead of lifting it.”

As a result of BS talk like this many women feel as if they should never leave the cardio room for fear of looking like The Rock if they touch a barbell.

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As a man I apologize for my dumb counterparts. They have no clue what they’re talking about.

In reality weight training offers a plethora of physical and mental benefits for men and women alike. Do you need the physical strength to move a TV without having to call someone over? Weight training can help. Would you like the confidence to take on challenges at work or school that no one else will? Weight training can help. Do you want to continue being independent into old age by having strong bones and a body that can prevent and withstand falls? Weight training can help. With all of these benefits, on top of potentially looking like a demi-goddess, weight lifting should definitely become part any female’s exercise routine.

If you’d like more in-depth and detailed information on this subject check out the articles listed below. Embrace your strength!

Articles
An Open Letter to Everyone Who Has Told Women “Don’t Get Too Muscular”

8 Reasons Women Should Lift

The Beauty of Lifting Heavy Weights

Women Should Not be Afraid to Get Strong

Girl Power: Why Lifting Heavier Can Be a Life Changer

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