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the-exercist:

Jumping Lunge

Set up: Holding the lighter set of dumbbells down at your sides, step forward with your right foot and lower into a lunge position with your torso upright and core strong.
Action: Keeping the dumbbells at your side, explode upwards. Switch your feet in the air so that your right foot goes back and your left foot comes forward, and immediately lower into a lunge as you land.

the-exercist:

Jumping Lunge

Set up: Holding the lighter set of dumbbells down at your sides, step forward with your right foot and lower into a lunge position with your torso upright and core strong.

Action: Keeping the dumbbells at your side, explode upwards. Switch your feet in the air so that your right foot goes back and your left foot comes forward, and immediately lower into a lunge as you land.

(Source: strongfitnessmag.com)

startersteps:

Do You Have a Friend Like This?
You may have a well-meaning friend who is excited to involve you in their activities. Jen Sinkler posted the above exchange in a blog entry, “If you don’t like it, don’t do it.” It’s nice to be included, and if the answer is, “OK! Let me know if you ever want to!” that’s one thing, but sometimes the answer is a bit guilt-trippy.
If you are making a new commitment to exercise, you will meet many people who will say that exercise must “challenge” you — or even that “goals that don’t scare you are not big enough.” They may even tell you that a hesitation to buy into this view is “just making excuses.” In fact, this is something you get to decide for yourself. If you get excited about improving your performance, and even decide you want to compete — or just test yourself in an event with official scoring — that’s wonderful. It’s also wonderful if you’d frankly rather read a book, and you also happen to have a regular exercise plan.
Sinkler talked about this on Twitter, where others joined in to say things like, “You don’t seem like someone who ever backs away from a challenge.” Jen talks about the “tough it out” culture in fitness and how it sets people up for failure and burnout. Another problem with the “tough it out” culture is that it defines “working out” as something unpleasant or even punishing, whose best goal is performance in competition with others, and those definitions are neither true nor helpful. We all need to have exercise in our lives, and there’s no requirement to get punished in the process. On the contrary, you’ll have a more consistent experience — and probably get more out of it — if you skip the punishment.
Jen Sinkler enjoys competition but not running, biking, or swimming. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming but not competition. There are lots of ways to have exercise in your life in a way that you enjoy, that helps you grow, and that makes you feel better and do more.
What is your favorite way to get exercise into your life? Is there something you’d like to know more about?

startersteps:

Do You Have a Friend Like This?

You may have a well-meaning friend who is excited to involve you in their activities. Jen Sinkler posted the above exchange in a blog entry, “If you don’t like it, don’t do it.” It’s nice to be included, and if the answer is, “OK! Let me know if you ever want to!” that’s one thing, but sometimes the answer is a bit guilt-trippy.

If you are making a new commitment to exercise, you will meet many people who will say that exercise must “challenge” you — or even that “goals that don’t scare you are not big enough.” They may even tell you that a hesitation to buy into this view is “just making excuses.” In fact, this is something you get to decide for yourself. If you get excited about improving your performance, and even decide you want to compete — or just test yourself in an event with official scoring — that’s wonderful. It’s also wonderful if you’d frankly rather read a book, and you also happen to have a regular exercise plan.

Sinkler talked about this on Twitter, where others joined in to say things like, “You don’t seem like someone who ever backs away from a challenge.” Jen talks about the “tough it out” culture in fitness and how it sets people up for failure and burnout. Another problem with the “tough it out” culture is that it defines “working out” as something unpleasant or even punishing, whose best goal is performance in competition with others, and those definitions are neither true nor helpful. We all need to have exercise in our lives, and there’s no requirement to get punished in the process. On the contrary, you’ll have a more consistent experience — and probably get more out of it — if you skip the punishment.

Jen Sinkler enjoys competition but not running, biking, or swimming. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming but not competition. There are lots of ways to have exercise in your life in a way that you enjoy, that helps you grow, and that makes you feel better and do more.

What is your favorite way to get exercise into your life? Is there something you’d like to know more about?

(via the-exercist)

mantzouksass:

A lot of healthy eating is about portion control. Like I still treat myself to ice cream after dinner, I just control both of my portions! It’s really easy to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and still eat yummy food y’all.

(via dion-thesocialist)

mynameisjessamyn:

Day 1 of September’s #SizeDoesn’tMatter Yoga Challenge: Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

I recorded a short video of this pose, including a mermaid pose variation and a transition into tomorrow’s pose (bridge pose)- Check it out!

Want a little more instruction? Check out the Yoga Journal Pose Index.

Want To Participate?

1. Follow me (@mynameisjessamyn), @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on Instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

(via backonpointe)

the-exercist:

Side Plank

How to do it: Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Turn around so that you’re lying on your right side and repeat.

the-exercist:

Side Plank

How to do it: Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Turn around so that you’re lying on your right side and repeat.

(Source: shape.com)

Things are always working out for me!
– Daily Mantra/Reminder (via mylawofattractionlife)

(via fakelikemylashes)

Healthy Hacks for Staying Fit On the Road | Nerd Fitness

(Source: backonpointe)

tonned-tanned-fit:

Side Planks: If you’re doing them right you’ll feel the burn on the side closest to the ground.

tonned-tanned-fit:

Side Planks: If you’re doing them right you’ll feel the burn on the side closest to the ground.

(Source: fitnessat-its-finest, via wakeuphealthy)

the-exercist:

Inner Thigh Lift

To get into starting position, lie on your right side, right leg extended straight along the mat. Bend your left leg and place your foot, either flat or on demi-point (heel lifted), on the mat in front of your bottom leg. Relax your shoulders and neck, and pull your stomach in, core engaged.
Lift your bottom leg to hover above the ground, and from this starting point, lift two inches and lower. The leg never touches the mat. 

*Contrary to what the image states, this exercise will not “tighten” your inner thighs. It will, however, help you build muscle mass in that general area. 

the-exercist:

Inner Thigh Lift

To get into starting position, lie on your right side, right leg extended straight along the mat. Bend your left leg and place your foot, either flat or on demi-point (heel lifted), on the mat in front of your bottom leg. Relax your shoulders and neck, and pull your stomach in, core engaged.

Lift your bottom leg to hover above the ground, and from this starting point, lift two inches and lower. The leg never touches the mat. 

*Contrary to what the image states, this exercise will not “tighten” your inner thighs. It will, however, help you build muscle mass in that general area. 

(Source: youbeauty.com)

the-exercist:

Jumping Lunge

Set up: Holding the lighter set of dumbbells down at your sides, step forward with your right foot and lower into a lunge position with your torso upright and core strong.
Action: Keeping the dumbbells at your side, explode upwards. Switch your feet in the air so that your right foot goes back and your left foot comes forward, and immediately lower into a lunge as you land.

the-exercist:

Jumping Lunge

Set up: Holding the lighter set of dumbbells down at your sides, step forward with your right foot and lower into a lunge position with your torso upright and core strong.

Action: Keeping the dumbbells at your side, explode upwards. Switch your feet in the air so that your right foot goes back and your left foot comes forward, and immediately lower into a lunge as you land.

(Source: strongfitnessmag.com)

startersteps:

Do You Have a Friend Like This?
You may have a well-meaning friend who is excited to involve you in their activities. Jen Sinkler posted the above exchange in a blog entry, “If you don’t like it, don’t do it.” It’s nice to be included, and if the answer is, “OK! Let me know if you ever want to!” that’s one thing, but sometimes the answer is a bit guilt-trippy.
If you are making a new commitment to exercise, you will meet many people who will say that exercise must “challenge” you — or even that “goals that don’t scare you are not big enough.” They may even tell you that a hesitation to buy into this view is “just making excuses.” In fact, this is something you get to decide for yourself. If you get excited about improving your performance, and even decide you want to compete — or just test yourself in an event with official scoring — that’s wonderful. It’s also wonderful if you’d frankly rather read a book, and you also happen to have a regular exercise plan.
Sinkler talked about this on Twitter, where others joined in to say things like, “You don’t seem like someone who ever backs away from a challenge.” Jen talks about the “tough it out” culture in fitness and how it sets people up for failure and burnout. Another problem with the “tough it out” culture is that it defines “working out” as something unpleasant or even punishing, whose best goal is performance in competition with others, and those definitions are neither true nor helpful. We all need to have exercise in our lives, and there’s no requirement to get punished in the process. On the contrary, you’ll have a more consistent experience — and probably get more out of it — if you skip the punishment.
Jen Sinkler enjoys competition but not running, biking, or swimming. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming but not competition. There are lots of ways to have exercise in your life in a way that you enjoy, that helps you grow, and that makes you feel better and do more.
What is your favorite way to get exercise into your life? Is there something you’d like to know more about?

startersteps:

Do You Have a Friend Like This?

You may have a well-meaning friend who is excited to involve you in their activities. Jen Sinkler posted the above exchange in a blog entry, “If you don’t like it, don’t do it.” It’s nice to be included, and if the answer is, “OK! Let me know if you ever want to!” that’s one thing, but sometimes the answer is a bit guilt-trippy.

If you are making a new commitment to exercise, you will meet many people who will say that exercise must “challenge” you — or even that “goals that don’t scare you are not big enough.” They may even tell you that a hesitation to buy into this view is “just making excuses.” In fact, this is something you get to decide for yourself. If you get excited about improving your performance, and even decide you want to compete — or just test yourself in an event with official scoring — that’s wonderful. It’s also wonderful if you’d frankly rather read a book, and you also happen to have a regular exercise plan.

Sinkler talked about this on Twitter, where others joined in to say things like, “You don’t seem like someone who ever backs away from a challenge.” Jen talks about the “tough it out” culture in fitness and how it sets people up for failure and burnout. Another problem with the “tough it out” culture is that it defines “working out” as something unpleasant or even punishing, whose best goal is performance in competition with others, and those definitions are neither true nor helpful. We all need to have exercise in our lives, and there’s no requirement to get punished in the process. On the contrary, you’ll have a more consistent experience — and probably get more out of it — if you skip the punishment.

Jen Sinkler enjoys competition but not running, biking, or swimming. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming but not competition. There are lots of ways to have exercise in your life in a way that you enjoy, that helps you grow, and that makes you feel better and do more.

What is your favorite way to get exercise into your life? Is there something you’d like to know more about?

(via the-exercist)

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mantzouksass:

A lot of healthy eating is about portion control. Like I still treat myself to ice cream after dinner, I just control both of my portions! It’s really easy to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and still eat yummy food y’all.

(via dion-thesocialist)

mynameisjessamyn:

Day 1 of September’s #SizeDoesn’tMatter Yoga Challenge: Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

I recorded a short video of this pose, including a mermaid pose variation and a transition into tomorrow’s pose (bridge pose)- Check it out!

Want a little more instruction? Check out the Yoga Journal Pose Index.

Want To Participate?

1. Follow me (@mynameisjessamyn), @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on Instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

(via backonpointe)

the-exercist:

Side Plank

How to do it: Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Turn around so that you’re lying on your right side and repeat.

the-exercist:

Side Plank

How to do it: Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Turn around so that you’re lying on your right side and repeat.

(Source: shape.com)

Things are always working out for me!
– Daily Mantra/Reminder (via mylawofattractionlife)

(via fakelikemylashes)

Healthy Hacks for Staying Fit On the Road | Nerd Fitness

(Source: backonpointe)

tonned-tanned-fit:

Side Planks: If you’re doing them right you’ll feel the burn on the side closest to the ground.

tonned-tanned-fit:

Side Planks: If you’re doing them right you’ll feel the burn on the side closest to the ground.

(Source: fitnessat-its-finest, via wakeuphealthy)

the-exercist:

Inner Thigh Lift

To get into starting position, lie on your right side, right leg extended straight along the mat. Bend your left leg and place your foot, either flat or on demi-point (heel lifted), on the mat in front of your bottom leg. Relax your shoulders and neck, and pull your stomach in, core engaged.
Lift your bottom leg to hover above the ground, and from this starting point, lift two inches and lower. The leg never touches the mat. 

*Contrary to what the image states, this exercise will not “tighten” your inner thighs. It will, however, help you build muscle mass in that general area. 

the-exercist:

Inner Thigh Lift

To get into starting position, lie on your right side, right leg extended straight along the mat. Bend your left leg and place your foot, either flat or on demi-point (heel lifted), on the mat in front of your bottom leg. Relax your shoulders and neck, and pull your stomach in, core engaged.

Lift your bottom leg to hover above the ground, and from this starting point, lift two inches and lower. The leg never touches the mat. 

*Contrary to what the image states, this exercise will not “tighten” your inner thighs. It will, however, help you build muscle mass in that general area. 

(Source: youbeauty.com)

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