At what point can someone call themselves an athlete? After they win something other than a finisher’s medal or a personal best award? After a coach calls them such, as if knighting them with a PVC pipe? Or is someone an athlete simply by giving their all when participating in a sport. Is a participant, Read More
Rest and recovery are as important to your exercise plan as the exercise itself. If you don’t allow your body and mind time to recover from your workouts, you could eventually develop symptoms related to overtraining, or even overtraining syndrome. Read More
I wasted many years feeling crappy about myself. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hate what you see; take inventory of your life and not like the path you’re on. The antidote, everyone said, was self-esteem. I needed some. Well, let’s get real, not just some, a lot. People often prescribe a self-esteem booster, if you will, to people who are feeling down about themselves. People who are getting trapped in the comparison cycle and allowing that entrapment to pull them down to where they feel inferior in many, maybe all ways. In fact psychologists for years believed high self-esteem as indicative of mental health.
What if, though, building self-esteem isn’t the answer? Or, at least not the whole answer. What if developing self-compassion is?
I hear it all the time, “carbs are bad”. Or, “I know I should quit carbs because they’re bad”. Or, “I don’t eat carbs because they’re bad.” Or, “are carbs really bad?” Well, it depends; depends on you: your goals, your genes, your activities, and your preferences, to name a few. And it depends on what you actually mean when you say carbs. Because I’m guessing you don’t mean lettuce or strawberries, which are carbs. Yup. So what is a “carb” and are they “bad”? You’ve probably already guessed the blanket answer is no. But let’s explore.