Category Archives: Motivation

Get off your butt – 7 super fit women tell you to get moving

imageIt’s easy to make excuses for inactivity. We’ve all done. Too tired, too busy, too sore…

Well, over at Mind Body Green there’s a story af seven inspirational women who prove that age is no barrier to being strong and healthy.

Constance Tillit. This badass octogenarian was filmed doing a CrossFit workout, complete with sandbags, ring rows, and deadlifts, at 80 years young. She lost 50 pounds through CrossFit and had motivating words for the 8 million people who watched her workout video: “Get up and do it. Stop with the whining.” Remember Tillit’s words the next time you think about hitting snooze and bailing on your workout.

What’s your excuse? I bet it melts when you see these powerhouse women.

Tired? It’s in your head

fatigue-sport-athleteConventional wisdom says fatigue comes from depleting the energy stores that fuel our muscles. But there’s more to it than simply ensuring there’s enough fuel in your tank.

Research by Alister McCormick, Carla Meijen, and Samuele Marcora suggests psychological factors are critical and that appropriate “psychological interventions” can positively impact your performance.

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Get Fit with Pokemon GO!

Pokemon GO has been more than a popular game – it’s a phenomenon that has captured the imagination of people all over the world.

Incredibly, it’s managed to get more people active than any other health and fitness initiative. The game involves walking through public places to collect Pokemon monsters and other objects. In addition, you can hatch your own Pokemon by walking. For example, some monsters can be hatched by walking 5,000 steps.

Nerd Fitness has created a short guide on using Pokemon GO to get fit.

This is a post from Master of the Fitness Universe, Jim.. So what exactly is this hype about catching ’em all?. I don’t know about you, but walking to work, around my neighborhood, or running errands doesn’t elicit much excitement.. Pokémon Go has turned walking around our communities into a half scavenger hunt, half RPG game that is incredibly engaging..

Source: Get Fit with Pokemon GO!

Body image – is the ESPN Body Issue helpful?

ESPN-Body-Issue-2016Each year, ESPN releases an issue of their magazine that focusses on the physical form of different athletes. The athletes are photographed executing a typical movement from their sport completely naked.

Clearly, different physiques are better suited to different sports. Heavier bodies are great for football, taller ones for basketball, lighter frames for running and so forth. The concept behind this issue is to highlight that our perceptions of what “athletic” means are quite diverse.

But is the ESPN Body Issue helpful? Does it send a positive message, particularly in this age where body image issues can trigger many different illnesses?

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Fitbit launches FitForGood in Australia

fitbit-fitforgoodFitbit has FitForGood, a charitable platform inviting Fitbit users to get fit for a good cause in support of better heart health for all Australians. Fitbit is encouraging anyone with a Fitbit account in Australia to sign up, with their steps contributing towards the FitForGood Challenge of a collective two billion step goal.

If the group reaches this goal, Fitbit will make a $100,000 donation to the Heart Foundation of Australia. In addition, the Heart Foundation is aiming to raise an additional $400,000 through donations to help educate the public about heart disease, which kills one Australian every 27 minutes.

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Is there a link between fitspiration and eating disorders?

IMG_5105Researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia conducted a survey of 203 women aged between 18 and 48 years old. They used the hashtags #fitspiration and #travel to find women who regularly posted fitspiration images (101 women) and travel (102 women) on Instagram.

The #fitspiration women were younger, around 26 years old on average,while the #travel group had an average age of 30. The women in the two groups did not have significantly different body mass indexes (BMI), a measure of weight relative to height.

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