So, They are Good for Something: How Your Kids Can Keep You Fit

Spring is in the air, and I can’t be the only person who feels energetic and ready to take up some sort of regular exercise. But time is short and classes are expensive, and who wants to spend their precious free time away from their home and sofa? Then it occurred to me: Aren’t I doing all my exercising during the day anyway? Properly organized and utilized, looking after small children can match any other sport in intensity. Plus, it’s all free! Here are a few ideas to get you started. (If you don’t have any children of your own, ask your neighbors, friends or acquaintances. They will probably lend you theirs quite willingly.) Continue reading

So You Want to Exercise, But Your Brain is Being a Discouraging Jerk

Almost everyone gets bitten by an exercise bug at some point in their lives. It makes sense: exercise can have many benefits, from allowing people to outrun zombies, to clearing out some brain bats, to giving them the muscles to heft around gigantic kegs of beer. Actually getting going and keeping up with an exercise regimen is a different story. It can be easy to get discouraged, and with that in mind, here are three tips for keeping up with working out. Continue reading

We Try It: CrossFit

CrossFit has been on my periphery since the beginning of the year when a Groupon came out. A close friend and coworker has been at it for a couple of months and my boyfriend has been a devotee for about a year. Both have suggested that I would love it due to its team-like atmosphere and its focus on functional training. I have been wary to try it for two reasons: a) it is EXPENSIVE and b) it comes with a devotion to the paleo diet, which bars some of the best things in life, including cheese.

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Women in Academia: Fitting in Fitness

Hi, everyone! How’s the weather where you are? It’s been pretty great here, and that has heralded more than just seasonal allergies – it’s brought about a flurry of runners. Now, I am not suggesting that everyone must work out OR ELSE, but I find exercise to be valuable and enjoyable. Even so, it can be a surprising tricky habit to maintain, especially in graduate school. Sequined, a PhD student in the humanities at a big research school out West leads an active lifestyle, even when juggling the demands of graduate school. I invited her to share her experiences and get the discussion rolling about exercise and academia. She takes it away after the jump. Continue reading

Positivity Challenge Week 12: Get Out and Move!

Continuing in our effort to internalize positivity, this week I’m going to tackle a somewhat contentious topic: Exercise. In fact, I’m going to try and use the word exercise as little as possible. How about we call it “Movement”? Getting up and moving can be one of the hardest things to actually start doing, but the rewards can boost your positivity and mood in general more than anything other than pharmaceuticals practically. Continue reading

Explaining Health At Every Size to your Personal Trainer

Rather than writing a “here’s how to do something” post, which was my original intent; instead, I will tell you about the situation I was in, and how I dealt with it. As reconciling Fat Acceptance with a desire to work out is a complicated issue for many people, I hope my narrative will prove useful to other people in my position. Also, there is extensive exercise-related talk going on below, so if that sort of thing is upsetting, please consider yourself warned. Continue reading