Many people think of a vacation as an opportunity to ‘lose weight’, and look good in their bathing suit with social media approved poses showing off the right angles and looking ‘skinny’...
We on the other hand challenged ourselves to move a lot more in the months leading up to our trip so that we would feel strong and fit. We practiced swimming so that we didn’t get swept up in the currents and drown at the waterfalls, we walked/hiked more so that we would be able to reach the summit of a small mountain in the thin, humid air of the jungle, and we strengthened our muscles, especially the shoulder girdle so we can lift our luggage and gear easily on our own.
Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you stop thinking about fat and calories, and instead apply it to activities of daily living and being able to participate without injuring (or killing) yourself. 🏊♀️🤸🏻♀️🏋🏻
It’s been a bit of a challenge lately to keep up with social posts, but more importantly, with physical activity that helps keep us moving well- so we can help you move well.
But exercise doesn’t always have to take place in a gym or studio- local trails provide a great place to hike (and how cute are the circuit signs), and a yoga mat and online fitness program are more than sufficient to get those muscles strong and flexible.
Any time is the right time for moving!
It’s easy to fall into being “too busy” to exercise. When work/life/kids/chores/etc steal your day away, and exercise isn’t a solid part of your routine, all of a sudden you just stop moving.
Sometimes we get lucky and get invited out for an afternoon on the water- in what we think are the best kind of boats- the non motorized kind.
Sure, pop culture makes it seem so luxurious to be on a yacht popping bottles of Chandon. But we’d personally much rather work up a sweat and get those muscles moving so we can enjoy our spiked beverages (almost) guilt free.
For us, fitness is far from being skinny and thigh gaps and washboard abs.. we believe being ‘fit’ means being able to carry out daily activities of living with ease and hopefully some grace.
You probably can’t tell from the picture, but the hydraulic massage table we’re carrying is heavy as heck: +150 lbs.
Ever been at the gym on a treadmill and wondered why the heck you weren’t outside?? I sure have.
Sure it’s convenient to just hop on and not think about where you are and plant your face in your phone or the TV, but it leaves lots to be desired.
Having an active dog gets me out and moving, not every single day, but most days a week we go on an adventure.
Amanda was lucky enough to sub for a dragon boat racing tournament on the weekend. She hadn't even heard about it until 2 days before.
Talk about strengthening the upper back and shoulders! All that rowing aka pulling, was a great way to combat all the pushing we do as therapists all day!