pyschosomatic doesn’t mean imaginary

Just because it doesn’t “make sense,” doesn’t mean it’s not real.  Psychosomatic symptoms are caused by a complex constellation of factors, including mental, emotional or social conditions. They are as harmful or dangerous as any medically-diagnosed condition.  When I was 13 years old, I had all of the symptoms of mononucleosis. After being tested byContinue reading “pyschosomatic doesn’t mean imaginary”

It’s Not Exercise, It’s Not a Workout, It’s Training (here’s why):

When I talk about the kind of work that I do, or how I move my body, you might notice that I never refer to my “workouts” or “exercise.” This is a deliberate choice that speaks to the kind of work that I do and the ways in which we can disrupt what Decolonizing FitnessContinue reading “It’s Not Exercise, It’s Not a Workout, It’s Training (here’s why):”

the frustration is a good thing

So, you’ve decided you want to make a change. Maybe you’re working on recognizing and changing a bias you carry. Or you’re trying to use learn a new skills, like Indian clubs (see video below). Or you want to start using your non-dominant hand for more activities. How long does it take before you feelContinue reading “the frustration is a good thing”

movement capacity & mental health

Your body is the way that you experience the world.  Although you might imagine that you can feel as others do, “putting yourself in their shoes,” ultimately, everything in your experience is driven by the information your body provides to you.  Our bodies are our mind’s proxy in the world. Through our five senses, weContinue reading “movement capacity & mental health”

resource yourself: my free habit tracker

One of the things I hear frequently from clients and students is how difficult it can be to maintain motivation, even when we know that a particular habit helps us to feel better. When the world feels chaotic and out of control, or our life circumstances change drastically, those habits seem less important as we’reContinue reading “resource yourself: my free habit tracker”

tolerating big mistakes

I’m reading David Epstein’s book “Range” this week– it’s a fantastic book that talks about how generalists, rather than specialists, are primed for success. I love the book because it tells us that those of us who are “frequent quitters” will end up with the most satisfying careers; that failing a test is the bestContinue reading “tolerating big mistakes”

“If you cannot be vulnerable in your training, you cannot reach your potential.”

This week’s blog is inspired by an Instagram post by one of my favorite gyms-that-I’ve-never-been-to, 13th Flow in Chicago. I’m not sure how I had the luck to find and start following them a few years ago, but their consistent messages of positive empowerment are a bright spot of inspiration in my feed. Let meContinue reading ““If you cannot be vulnerable in your training, you cannot reach your potential.””

in a “no excuses” world, let’s give ourselves permission

Scrolling through my fitness-heavy Instagram feed, I sometimes see “motivational” quotes like these: “Never miss a Monday!” “No excuses… work out at home using a throw pillow and a can of soup!” “The meal plan you need to finally lose those 10 pounds” This kind of “get your shit together” inspo has never worked forContinue reading “in a “no excuses” world, let’s give ourselves permission”

working WITH your stress response: three practices you can use to feel better now

In the past few weeks, we’ve explored how our brain handles stress and trauma; we’ve learned about polyvagal theory; and we’ve learned that simply understanding our body’s response to stress will help us to avoid its negative effects. Now, it’s time to dive into some physical practices we can use to move through a stressContinue reading “working WITH your stress response: three practices you can use to feel better now”