It’s an absolute honor to announce that I have been selected as one of just a handful of Movemeant Foundation Ambassadors, where together, we’ll be combatting a host of social issues that plague girls today – everything from rising rates of physical inactivity to an unrealistic standard of beauty. As this issue is near and dear to my heart and own personal experience; I am so excited to join forces with this amazing organization to show girls how to love their bodies by empowering them through health and fitness!
Some of the hard facts:
Negative body image and physical inactivity have grown to near epidemic proportions in the past 20 years. As many as 60% of women in national studies report that they don’t like the way their bodies look. And there’s been a dramatic 32% increase in no reported physical activity among young women ages 18 – 39.
31% of high school girls say they would undergo surgery because they feel insecure about how they look
Less than 3 in 10 high school students get 60 minutes of daily physical exercise
44% of teens indicated that they regularly skip meals as a tactic for controlling their weight
65% of teenage girls admit they are afraid of gaining weight
These facts are somewhat startling but there is hope through organizations like Movemeant Foundation that help change the way & create a brighter outlook for girls and women!
Stay tuned on some great events that I will be hosting in order to raise awareness and help change the way girls look and think about their bodies!
If you want more information and would like to get involved in my events please email me, I would absolutely love to collaborate!
Over this past weekend I spent some time catching up on my some of my favorite health bloggers sites. My favorite, and one of my biggest role models in this industry, Elise of Kale & Chocolate, had posted an article that really hit home for me and I wanted to share with all of you; especially during this holiday season. The article is all about embracing your flaws and loving yourself. Below is an excerpt of the article;
“A few days ago, I had just come in from a run and was doing my early morning stretch-and-Instagram scroll when I came across this startling image on my friend Sarah’s Instagram page. In it, you see a young woman on a train. She’s staring into the middle distance and on the wall next to her is a flyer that reads, “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” While I’ve never thought about it in those terms, I was taken aback by the truth in this statement. I’m a recovering perfectionist and over-thinker. I know what it is to doubt my choices, my habits, and myself. I’m very familiar with that tough inner critic. So the thought of standing up and saying “I like myself” feels terrifying and, yes, a little rebellious.”
Elise continues the article by being “rebellious” and sharing with her readers a few of what she believes are her strong strengths and encourages her readers to do the same. I am very passionate about the topic of self-love and today I am going to share a few of mine below:
Dedicated: I am very loyal and caring to those in my life that are close to me; family and friends.
Creature of Habit: I like routines, schedules and planning. This keeps me on track, organized and feeling my best.
Amateur Chef: I love cooking and experimenting with recipes in order to make them my own. I love fresh food and sharing my creations with family and friends.
Adult Athlete: I consider myself in good shape and fit. I am fortunate to be able to try any class without fear of failure or discouragement.
I would love to hear from all of you! Comment below with one of your favorite traits or share this post on your Facebook page and add your favorite trait in the posting and start a revolution of self-love this holiday season!
Last night I was finally able to attend one of the awesome events that New Balance puts on every few months for women. This event happened to be a nation wide event; the biggest event to date! Over 50 new balance locations and cities participated! So, what was it all about?
“Strength is Beauty” – the theme of the event that showed throughout the night..
Sherri D’Alessandro, blogger of Fun Fit Flavor, was on the mic the whole night as powerhouse instructor, Paula Fonseco put on an hour long strength training workout designed by NB Ambassador Holly Perkins outside in Copley Plaza for half of the women. The other half (including myself) got to go on a 3.5 mile run along the Charles River which led us back to the New Balance store on Boylston.
After the class & run ended all the women in attendance got to mingle and network while sipping on juice and treats from Health Warrior, Thirst Juice Co, Essentia Water and more. Thirst Juice Co. brought AMAZING pumpkin and cacao flavored superfood bites along with two types of smoothies for everyone to enjoy. DJ BREK.ONE blasted music and Sherri gave a great small motivational speech about what “strength is beauty” means to her. All the women also got to leave with a swag bag including a “Girls Run This Town” new balance tank.
The entire night was inspiring and filled with women who are passionate about health & wellness. It was also so great to finally meet in person many of the other Boston based health & fitness bloggers too! Lets just say, I can’t wait for the next one!
“The stronger she became..the stronger she became”
Many women are wary of lifting weights at the gym. I have definitely been one of them; it is intimidating if you do not know what you are doing. Weight and strength training is becoming much more popular among many of the studio workout classes for this reason. Studies have shown that women who incorporate strength training into their workouts are not only more likely to gain confidence physically, but also mentally & socially. In my opinion, this is the best reason to start weight training now. There is nothing more rewarding than having and radiating self confidence. Recently, there have been many new movements by popular athletic brands to express this ideology: Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign, Athleta’s Girls on the Run Program, and Reebok’s “Be More Human” campaign.
Here are 5 additional reasons you should start adding some weight training into your weekly workout routine:
Lean Body Mass Weight training allows you to preserve muscle mass which your body naturally loses and replaces with fat as you age. Fun Fact: 1 pound of fat takes up to 18% more room than a pound of muscle
Burn More Calories & Increase Metabolism
Weight Training works to eliminate body fat while building lean muscle tissue which then allows you to more efficiently burn calories. Weight Lifting spikes your metabolism long after the workout, because your muscles need energy to repair their fibers.
Increases Bone Density Over time bone density can begin to decrease; strength training will prevent this from occurring as well as help prevent bone related injuries.
Decreases blood pressure and lowers the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases & cancer.
Studies have shown that weight lifting aids in stress relief, depression, improves sleep patterns, and increases productivity.
Check out my favorite local fitness blogger, Nicole Perr’s site, Pumps and Iron which has SO many easy weight routines to try!
This article also appears on Women’s iLab to inspire the next generation of female leaders.