Stretch for days

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/how-to-stretch

http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/stretching-yoga/stretching-exercises

http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/finder/lookup/filter/exercisetype/id/3/exercisetype/stretching

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931

Why doesn’t anyone like to stretch before or after their workouts? but complain about not being flexible? That is because they were like me before I knew why stretching was important. They assumed flexibility wasn’t important and probably didn’t want to take 10 minutes to do it, not to mention no one informed them of the importance.  So I am here to give you some big information on stretching and help you understand why it has some importance in our fitness world.

Static stretching before a workout isn’t necessary because it has proven to tire the muscles and if you are a runner, you especially do not want that to happen.  Before starting an exercise you should consider doing a “dynamic stretch” which isn’t the “holding the stretching” exercise, dynamic stretch is active moving pretty much and once finished with it, you should look into doing a warmup which will warm your body temperature and loosen your muscles. You can stretch at any point of the day, doesn’t have to be before or after regular exercise. You should stretch frequently, at least 2X a week if not daily.. for at least 60 seconds-2 minutes at a time. With age it is good to stretch to help you move better.  Different stretches are good at different times and for different workouts, so not every stretch is for every exercise; keep this mind. If you are doing leg day, then stretching your arms probably isn’t necessary and vice versa, not to mention if you don’t know how to properly stretch then it can cause injury so do your research and make sure you are cautious.  Those of you who are injured, it is good to talk with the Dr, about the extent of your injury.

Dynamic stretching:

  • Uses speed of movement, momentum and active muscular effort.
  • The end position is not held
  • avoids bouncing motions, and tends to be more sport specific movements
  • reduces muscle tightness
  • better done before starting your workout
  • 10 minutes at most normally
  • examples: walking lunges, frankies, scorpions, walking hamstring stretch.. ect

Static stretching:

  • Stretch muscles while body is at rest
  • held up to 30 seconds-2 minutes
  • shouldn’t be done before working out
  • better done after your workout for best results
  • example: sitting hamstring stretch, butterflies, ect

Ballistic stretching:

  • bouncing motion
  • not recommended, can cause injury
  • not controlled movement
  • examples: butterflies (uncontrolled)

PNF stretching:

  • Enhances both passive and active range of motion muscles
  • aids rehabilitation
  • for short term changes
  • done in mostly clinical settings
  • someone is stretching you out
  • have to know what you are doing otherwise could cause harm to the muscles
  • one of the most effective forms of stretching
  • examples: (Hold/relax and contract/relax)

So the next time you are at the gym, or before a competition, take some time to stretch, in the end if you do the right stretch you will enhance your flexibility.

P.S for those of you who are hypermobile (extremely flexible) that is not necessarily good either, because it can cause injury to your body and holds other issues that can weaken your muscle and tissues, definitely look into this.

Sincerely,

Your blogger Shay-lon Moss

Good morning & Good night Exercise

“Morning vs night time exercise”

“tough decision? not really.”

I had this conversation with my mom about exercise at one point and I have even brought this same topic up with a roommate or two.  The question of “when you do prefer to workout, in the morning or at night”.  This question doesn’t seem like a huge deal but nearly everyone I know always feels the need to choose one or the other, and it becomes a discussion of why would one be better than the other.  Well that is the point, it really doesn’t matter when you exercise, just do it.  I think I wanted to bring this topic to everyone’s attention in case anyone had questions.  For the most part I think it’s obvious that working out should be a routine you get into, but it shouldn’t be the same exact workouts for a long period of time, and the when you exercise depends on the when you have time throughout your day.  

When choosing what part of the day to exercise, think about these:

  • Your body is on a circadian rhythm so when we start exercising in the morning, we are training out bodies and mind to be able to wake up each day at the same time and start, when one stays in this rhythm for a long time then decide to change it to evening exercise, it can be hard and you may feel not as strong willed to exercise at your best & vice versa.
  • base it off of preference, if you are a “morning person” then workout in the morning, if you aren’t a morning person then workout in the evening. 
  • you may have to change your workout times due to work and other commitments, that is fine. just know, it will take time before your body is used to this change, so try to give it a month to adjust.
  • http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/a/WhenToExercise.htm
So basically with all this being said, it doesn’t necessarily matter what part of the day you workout, as long as you workout. Yes, there have been studies that proved one MAY be better than other but nothing is set in stone.  You have to adjust your workout around what works for you.  Fitness should be a lifestyle change, you should be able to do it daily & make a routine of it.  
Sincerely, 
Your blogger Shay-lon

Don’t settle.Grow

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“Change promotes growth”

“The slightest wave can cause the biggest movement”

 
 

So I haven’t blogged in a while, sorry. I have been terribly busy.  Anyways I decided my blog posts were going to take a new direction.  They still will talk about fitness and health but I also want to include some other things, like just me, my life and how it all ties into fitness and health.  Generally speaking it will almost be like you live here with me. With this all being said, Today’s topic is about change. This is a settle way to say it because really it’s about me telling you to change your habits and change your no into a yes. 

 

I have come to realize over the course of a few days, I have been using “nos” and less “yes’s” and I am setting a bad example for you guys.  My no’s have been mostly due to the fact I am overwhelmed with stuff each and every day and have this thought in mind that I should just give up and call it a day.  Now I don’t act on my “nos” because I am not a quitter, and I want to accomplish so much this year that no just isn’t the answer.  So.. I want to know 

 
 
  • Do you have days where you just say no to work, school, hobbies, friends, family. ect? you just don’t want to do it because you are completely and utterly exhausted & decided I need a break.
  • Do you have days where you find yourself falling back on bad habits? 
  • Do you have days where exercise is 10% effort and 90% fuck this?
  • Have you had days where you make plans but decide to call it a night? because you just aren’t feeling in the mood?
  • Do you ever fall down and cry.. & don’t understand why? 
  • Do you ever tell yourself “I can’t do this, I suck at this, I hate this, I am not good at this”? 

If you fall into any of these categories then you need to read this blog.  Simple as that. (which I will assume will be a bunch of people) because I am almost sure everyone has these days at least ONCE. 

 

Take note of all this I am about to tell you because if this doesn’t help you, then you have chosen to not accept the help and if you choose to not accept the help, then fine by me. Lets begin by saying, you aren’t a quitter because you have these days, you aren’t a failure, you aren’t a loser, you aren’t a bum, you don’t belong in a bin where people throw shit at you, and you aren’t the world’s biggest slacker. You are HUMAN and LIFE HAPPENS.  <——- Never forget this. I am going to also add that if this happens you like it has me these past few days, then we are going to work on this together. All of us. 1 team and a huge dream! <———–Remember this as well.

 
  • Write down a list of all the goals you want to accomplish within 2016, I want you to literally write these down, or if you rather input them on a computer doc or tablet or phone. Where ever you are going to remember it. (WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN) goals, dreams, to do list, ect
  • Take a 5 minute break from this list
  • come back to the list and circle the top 3 things on the list that are most important to you (don’t think about it, just choose)
  • for each one of these things write down a how to list (how are you going to accomplish it, what do you need, what are the order of operation and how do you propose you will get there?) think about this.
  • start today on the list, take the first step to the first goal, work toward completing the first step. check off whatever you have accomplished already and move on to the next step… and continue this until that goal has been reached. it might take months or it might take the whole year that is okay. 

This is the process of change. ^^

 
  • Write down everything you said “I can’t, I won’t, I am not good enough, it’s too hard”; take note of all these things (for the week)
  • Next to this list write down why you “can’t, why you aren’t good enough, why it’s too hard, and why you won’t”
  • Then I want you to change all of these things to I can, I will, nothing is too hard, I am good enough..

This is the will power of change^^

 
  • Smile
  • Laugh
  • Strive
  • dedication
  • prove yourself wrong
  • reward
  • control
  • discipline
  • mentally & physically satisfied
  • remember & make memories

This is the outcome of change ^^

 

Now at first this will come off as a chore, but really its not a chore. It’s a guardian angel telling you to get your shit together, be productive, stop with self pity and get with the program. This is a simple list and simple steps.  Now will it solve world hunger, no but it will give you a running start in your life. 

This list is meant to help you decide what is important to you and give you a general path on getting their, and how much it really means to you to accomplish these goals you might have.

You need the process, the willpower and know the outcome before you start anything in life. If you don’t know the process of crossing the street you are at risk of getting hit by a car, if you don’t have the willpower to cross the street you may never get home and if you don’t know the outcome of crossing the street, you won’t care. Don’t settle. Grow. 

Thank you for reading, please feel free to share, comment and like.  Ask me questions! this is not only for fitness but your everyday life; but for those of you on a path to a healthier and fit you, this is going to help you do great things! 

Liebster Award

 

I was nominated by https://sindenlee3.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/liebster-award/?preview=true  Thank you for this beautiful nomination. I appreciate it greatly.

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11 Random Facts about me:

  1. I had a scholarship in basketball
  2. I graduate in May for exercise science
  3. My favorite color is blue
  4. I am a lesbian; I came out when I was 18 as bisexual, then realized sometime this week that I think I am lesbian.. so I am working on my self confidence with my sexuality. 
  5. I have two younger brothers (21 and 7)
  6. I have been accepted in my honors program
  7. I was nominated by the Dean of my current college for outstanding work/example for my major
  8. I love music- its my sweet escape from life
  9. I was choir for a decent amount of time in my life
  10. I want to have a career in helping people in Fitness/health
  11. I have lived in Colorado and Texas previous to Ohio

Don’t forget to let me know when you’re done answering your questions! I’d love to see your answers!

ALSO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS NOMINATION, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND! 

Here are the Rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award!
Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.Give 11 random facts about yourself.Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.Let the bloggers know you nominated them.Give them 11 questions to answer!

Blogs I nominated:

http://marktravisrivera.com/

https://yourlovejourney.wordpress.com/

https://oneeyetwoeye.wordpress.com/

http://sanefeminist.com/

http://doralogy.com/

My Answers:

  1. What morals do i stand by? Quite honestly, I might have a list but to sum it up, “one must see the beauty in what one has”. Take this how you want to, but I like this.
  2. What are who is most important to you? I would have to say my mind, my mind is important to me, because it holds my thoughts, ideas, my thinking. It may get on my nerves sometimes, but it holds what I need to be able to grow and prosper.  I would also like to mention, of course my mom & siblings.
  3. What is wrong with the world? where do I start, our beliefs, morals and values & attitudes.
  4. Who do you look up to? I look up to anyone who has managed to make a name for themselves and used in a positive light. People that work hard on a daily basis, people who see the good in everyone, those that have fought for my rights, and all who are still working to strive for better.
  5. If i had a time machine, where would I go? Well for starters, I would go back to 6th grade and apologize to my fellow classmate about how immature and rude I was, and how thankful I was that she treated me like a friend even though I made her feel like crap because she was different.
  6. What part of your body are you please with? I am pleased with my whole body, I mean it’s not perfect but I love myself for who I am and whatever I don’t like I work on to make better
  7. Which actress/or actor do you like most? I don’t really have a favorite, I have a list full.
  8. When were you last wrong? I am always wrong, especially when I lose confidence in myself. I was wrong yesterday night. 
  9. Why did I follow your blog? I followed your blog because I found a blog post I enjoyed and I wanted to see what all you talked about and your purpose.
  10. Where would you live in this world, other than the country you do now and why? I would live someplace like canada or maybe an island of sorts, because I want to be near the water just because I have never lived near an ocean; it would be a different experience for me.
  11. What makes you feel free? Music.

Questions for you?

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What would you change about the judicial system if you could?
  3. what makes you feel beautiful?
  4. what are your flaws? 
  5. what type of faith do you have if any, and why have you stood by it?
  6. What would be your last words to loved ones if you knew you would die today?
  7. What are you doing to make a change  in the world, your community?
  8. When you look in the mirror what do you see? 
  9. Where would you rate the united states on a scale of 1-10? and why?
  10. Do you believe one can truly forgive someone?
  11. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? career? life?

 

Pick a Gym for you

 

“If you are going to choose a gym, then choose the one that fits you”

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Choosing a Gym tips 4

Choosing the right gym can be somewhat difficult because there are so many gyms to choose from but all of them are a bit different inside, pricing, offers, the types of people that flock to it, the size, the equipment, the hours of operation and the customer service.  It’s especially harder for those who have never been to a gym, have anxiety working out in front of others, live in a smaller town, and don’t know what to look for in a gym. I have decided to provide a list of things that I believe are important when you go to choose the right gym for you, and of course this doesn’t mean you have to stick to just one gym, I know plenty of people who are members of multiple gyms and still workout at home so it doesn’t have to be the one and only place you exercise; and even myself included is considering joining a second gym that offers something different. Do this with an open mind.

Below is a list a things to consider when searching for the right gym:

 
 
  1. look at the location, is it near where you work, live, a place where you wouldn’t have problems getting transportation to. This is important, because I have met people in my life who choose a gym on the other side of town, & will use that excuse for why they don’t go (to save gas, it’s too far away, ect) so be aware of the location.  I found that the closer the gym is to where someone works/lives the more often they will attend & the less excuses they will make.
  2. The price. Believe or not, the price can be a HUGE  reason as to whether to choose a certain gym, all gyms range in different membership prices/fees so make sure to research them and ask.  Gyms with newer equipment, more services, variety of equipment, classes, experienced staff and clean tend to be more pricey so take that into consideration.  The cheaper of the gyms may not offer the same unique experience, or not have as much equipment, older building with less cleanliness, no services or classes OR the cheapest gym could offer the same and be better  priced.  NEVER GO BROKE because of  gym membership. Choose something you can afford and feel comfortable paying but look at the pros & cons of each gym.
  3. Ask for second opinions; go online and search reviews, ask peers, look at magazines, talk to people that have worked there in the past, coworkers, Anyone!!, Tell them what you are looking for and match it up
  4. Take the free trial run, some gyms offer a 30 day or 15 day or even a 1 day event where you can come in and workout and visit the location, scope out the activities, the equipment, meet other people and see what they think, ask questions about the gym; hell go and workout for the day and see if you are comfortable. This is called “Test driving”, if you can do it, DO IT! it’s very important to take advantage of these events and offers because they are your help and can make a difference in your choices. Don’t be afraid to do this, it’s the one sure way of finding out if they gym fits your needs.
  5. General fitness vs specific workout area; This is important to consider; this is where you need to analyze your needs and wants.  If you are someone looking to do yoga, and the gym only offers treadmills and elliptical machines and you can’t see yourself doing that, then you know you should find a gym that offers yoga classes or a yoga studio gym instead.  If you are a bodybuilder or someone who prefers “free weights” and the gym has more machines and hardly any or none “free weights” then the gym obviously is not right for you and maybe you should find one with more “free weights”, if you are someone who doesn’t like “free weights” then find a gym with more machines involved. If you want to be a boxer and need to train, then find a gym that offers a boxing class or find a boxing studio dedicated to it.  The problem is so many people “settle” & end up not benefiting themselves whatsoever because they choose a gym that isn’t what fits their needs. If you want a gym where you come to just walk a treadmill, then you need to look for a gym that offers them.  If you are a swimmer and want a pool, then look at gyms that offer pools. It’s really not a hard concept but people overlook this when they choose a gym. Choose the gym based on what you need and want.
  6. Flexibility of cost; before signing up, ask them if this is a locked commitment membership or what their cancelling fees are, if the prices change monthly or yearly or if you get refunded.. ask questions like this because you don’t want any “unknown” fees. Not to mention this question can help make the pricing negotiations too; so that you are able to afford the gym. Most gym if they want to help you, will and with this knowledge it can help you decide what way to go. 
  7. Gym hours; This important for those of you, like myself who have variable schedules and work/go to school or have other obligations.  Make sure the gym hours correspond with your scheduling each week/month. If a gym isn’t going to be open on the days your available then that gym probably isn’t right for you. Having a routine can help you progress in the gym, if you want to go to the gym mon-friday and they aren’t open at the times you need then that will make it harder on you to get to the gym.  I normally like gyms that are open 24 hours, these work with my schedule since I am a full time college student and work and so no matter what my day is like I still have time to make it to the gym.  With these those, sometimes the gyms don’t have staff after certain hours; so if that would bother you, then I would ask and see.  My gym luckily has staff at all times during the 24 hours & I like that. So it’s important to find a gym that works around your schedule so you can get into routine. 
  8. Environment/surroundings; Again another important aspect to look at, for the reason being no one wants to feel uncomfortable working out in front of others. Different gyms have different types of people flocking to them.  If you surround people who make you feel comfortable, you will be in a much happier place.  I have heard of people saying they “hate gyms that have bigger guys grunting and moaning and throwing down equipment; showing off their muscles and boasting themselves.. ” which is understandable because it either intimidates them, angers them, whatever it might be and if that is you, then make sure you choose a gym where that isn’t allowed or where it doesn’t happen very often (rarely) so you can workout without feeling uncomfortable.  On the other hand I’ve heard people say “I don’t like gyms where people only come to walk the treadmill and listen to their headphones, the free weights only go up to a certain amount and they don’t allow me to wear cut off shirts.. or shorts.. “; then obviously someone like this person should find a gym that compliments what makes them feel comfortable.  If you have a family and want a family oriented gym, then look at gyms that welcome familie’s and have family memberships (like the YMCA) it gives both the adults and children something to do to stay active.  If you are married and want to be around other married couples, find out where they go and look into it.  The bottom line is, choose a gym where YOU ARE COMFORTABLE. If you aren’t comfortable, then you will find every excuse to not go. 
  9. Cleanliness of the gym; I promote health and wellness, so you should take into consideration how clean the gym is and what they offer/if they offer something to clean the equipment. It’s hard to be healthy if you are constantly sick. A clean gym is important when it comes to staying healthy & promoting healthiness. 
  10. Knowledgeable staff/good customer service. A gym should have staff that know how each machine works, can help identify which machine is used for certain exercises, if they have personal trainers ( preferably certified) then they should be able to help you get started & know stuff that can help you better understand what you need.  I plan on becoming a certified  personal trainer soon, so I know what it takes and know what they should know but not everyone does and if anything seems a bit “off” do your own research or ask another trainer. The staff should be friendly and willing to help and welcoming, if they look like they hate their job and want nothing to do with you, you should probably rethink your decision. 

The gym isn’t meant to be a “bully” it’s meant to be a helping hand, to be your extra push in the right direction and offer you a place to get away and think about your needs and wants in health/fitness & work on self.  If a gym is a place you avoid because you have had bad experiences, look into another one or find out what about that gym you didn’t like and when you are ready to find a new one if you choose then make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice and choose the same thing. If you are uncomfortable working out in front of others, that is understandable, not everyone likes being outside their comfort level with others potentially watching them but with that being said sometimes going outside your comfort level can actually make you stronger as a person. Just keep that in mind.  if you have no gyms around you, then consider exercising indoors at your house or go outside and exercise; a gym is not the ONLY means of staying active. If your job or school offers a gym, join that one and see if you like it, you might be surprised as to who all uses it and most likely it’s probably free of charge. If you don’t like working out at a gym alone, then find someone you know who would commit to being your workout partner, if you can’t afford a gym membership then again find another means of staying active. A gym can be a safe haven or a hell.. you get to choose the experience and how you use it. Choose wisely.

Thank you for reading, feel free to follow me, comment, like and share.

 

Sincerely, 

Your blogger Shay-lon

P.E Classes

At some point, you need to take this class more seriously”

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P.E classes WebMd

P.E (Physical education) is a class where children take part in activities, sports and learn the fundamentals and socialize with their peers. 

The problem: schools don’t want to give a grade for it, kids don’t want to participate, schools are trying to rid of it, P.E teachers aren’t doing a good job keeping kids involved, it is usually only needed 1 year out of the 4 in high school, P.E gets treated more like a socializing class than a class for keeping active, most kids are in a sport already who do participate and don’t take it very seriously,

ect.

 

The solution: Make it a grade instead of pass and fail, the kids who choose to not participate figure out why they don’t and see if you can change their minds, make it fun and a new learning experience, go to the school board and talk to them about why P.E class is important for the children, take your job more seriously as a P.E teacher and stop slacking because the children aren’t doing what you intend them to do, socializing is all good and gravy but allow socializing to occur while doing something not as a group of kids hanging out talking to their friends in a corner of the gym, the kids who participate in a sport shouldn’t have to take P.E classes in the first place but if you have a student who doesn’t get to play on the field, make it so he/she does play on the field.

 

When I was in school, P.E in elementary school was a learning experience, and while we talked to our peers we still were expected to follow the teachers rules and participate.  Middle school, I didn’t have to take P.E (forget the reason why), High school, P.E was mandated for 1 year and after that I didn’t have to take it any longer & it was worth one credit and a pass or fail class.  I can remember how many times I had shown up to P.E and the same kids not participating would just sit on the bleachers or stand off somewhere and the teacher never even tried to talk to them to see why they didn’t want to participate. Why not? because they probably didn’t care. That is the main problem right there, not caring.  If we are trying to push a healthier lifestyle in schools then why are we choosing to not care about whether someone participates or not and not taking these classes seriously. Hmm

Well I am going to hit on each solution individually so that we can break this down and maybe someone can offer me answers to some or even share their opinions. 

 
 
  1. Make it a grade instead of a pass/fail class.  Why? Well let me first just say this solution is for once they start middle school and high school; excludes elementary school and below. I think having P.E based on a grading scale would allow the student to take it more seriously, I mean a pass or fail grade is so cut and dry that one could pass and never even include his/her self in a activity; which allows this student to believe “Well fuck it, I don’t care”; you are getting paid to help and care not to forget about it and walk away.  Just my thought out loud. 
  2. Trying to figure out why the child never wants to participate in the class. This is quite important, if anything this may give feedback and help you become a better P.E teacher and it may open doors to other issues this particular person is having, you get to understand them on a more personal level and it shows you care about their wellbeing. 
  3. Make P.E fun and a learning experience, fun isn’t having them walking the whole gym for the entire period or telling them to find something to do that doesn’t involve any type of stimulating activity.  Having them do homework during the period isn’t fun and it’s not going to keep their attention.  Kids will grow bored. Get some team sports ready, have them choose different games to play that everyone would want to do, teach them something new; make things so that everyone can appreciate the time spent in class. 
  4. If you are a P.E teacher and your school is debating about taking away P.E classes or ridding them, then it’s your job to not only fight for your job (as I would hope for) but also fight to keep something that is benefiting the children, give the board something to ponder before they come to that solution, don’t think about you, think about the students who enjoyed it, benefited from it and fight for it. 
  5. P.E teachers need to take their job more seriously (more so high school P.E teachers) because at this point, if students notice you don’t give a fuck about your class neither will they and the lack of respect will start to happen both ways.  You obviously went to school to graduate in this particular field of work for some reason other than the pay and now you need to show that you take your job seriously and don’t allow yourself to become laxed because you notice a student don’t want to follow the rules; that should be more of a reason to take your job seriously so the students learn to respect you and your job.
  6. Socializing is GREAT for P.E, I am all for it, but I am not for more socializing than action. Why do some P.E teachers allow a group of girls talk the whole class period long without having to participate in any activities, why do you allow your students to make fun of other students during the class and why are you allowing students to come in and sit on the bleachers to only watch other students play.
  7. Students whom play a sport for the school should not have to take P.E because they already are staying active in other means, it should be optional for them but if a student is on a team and doesn’t get any time on the court, field, track then that coach needs to allow them to play or the coach needs to require them to take a P.E class (although, I am a firm believer even the bench warmers should play a game at some point) so no child is left behind in that aspect and so they get their regular exercise and feel part of the team too

All of these solutions aren’t perfect nor are they going to solve every problem that involves P.E but these solutions are just thoughts spoken out loud so that people are aware of different things that could help the school systems with P.E. I am not meaning to talk negatively about P.E teachers as I do realize there is only so much some of them can do and maybe not all of them like their jobs but I do find many of them don’t take their job seriously nor seem to care about the students in the class (besides the athletes) and that’s not really naturally fair when it comes down to it because every student deserves to stay active and want to feel involved in the class. I myself was an athlete and I know for a fact I was treated a lot differently than the students who were not. At the time it meant nothing to me, but now when I look back on it, I now see the problem in it sometimes.  I believe P.E classes are important in school systems, I think they are the only way for a child to stay active in school for the most part and it brings different kids together and allows for friendships and socialization, so I feel it can be a very BIG positive but it needs to improve.  Again this is just my opinion and hopefully someone else can share their opinions and thoughts, no matter.  

Thank you for reading, feel free to comment, like, follow, and share!

 

Sincerely,

Your blogger Shay-lon

Budgeting your money for healthy food

“You can eat healthier on a budget”

So in my previous blog about obesity I vaguely hit on some reasons of why people sometimes allow their child to become obese.  The main feedback I received back was “some parents/guardians cannot afford to buy healthy foods because the price of eating healthier is more expensive”.

I decided to hit on this particular topic because I wanted to make sure in my last post I didn’t come off as arrogant and not sympathetic towards those of us who may struggle financially. 

 

I can honestly admit to the fact that yes, healthier food tends to be more expensive in the stores versus the processed foods.  It’s actually a sad fact and unfortunately it is one reason as to why some people have a bad habit of eating “not so healthy” of foods.  I suppose I am here to today to suggest some things that one can do if they are in the same boat as many of us where they cannot afford to eat healthier.

 
 
  • Find replacement foods for what you do eat, if you like pizza, eat pizza but find alternative sauces and eat pizzas with more veggies as toppings.  That is just an example.
  • drink more water, drink less sugaring drinks; this will be cost saving and a healthier option as well, if you will drink sugary drinks, then pick something with less preservatives
  • take it slow, don’t go cold turkey on anything necessarily,
  • limit your additives (someone else gave me this particular idea) additives would include: ranch, bbq sauce, mayo, ect.  Saves you money & allows you to eat healthier
  • eat smaller portions, you will be amazed on how much this can help
  • stay active 
  • read labels on the products before buying, decide if there is a “better” alternative 
  • as far as carbs go, this is never easy and trust me.. I am working on this as well.  First off, start with one carb at a time don’t just cut them all off at the same time.  If you want to eat less bread, then choose better breads & heartier breads and make it a goal to use this bread for healthy eatings
  • you don’t have to buy “fresh” food to eat healthy if you cannot afford it.  As a matter of fact fresher foods in the produce section tend to go bad much quicker so they need eaten at quicker rates.  Instead look in the frozen veggie section, and sometimes canned veggies can be decent (just watch the sodium)
  • meat section, eat a variety of meats. you don’t have to eat “top quality” meats, just eat what you can afford and base your meals off of that.
  • Look into different recipes, nothing crazy, simple quick meals, something that your family or yourself would like and foods you normally buy but find variety in what you eat
  • snack often but not large; snacks can be simple : fruits and nuts are a good snack food; plus it will hold your appetite.
  • Dairy products are okay but just again watch the portion and keep in mind how you are using them 
  • use healthier cooking oils, Oil can be expensive but it’s important to use oils that are “better” for you if you can
  • budget and stick to it; however much you can afford, stick to it. Do what you can
  • oatmeal can be inexpensive vs a box of cereal; and it’s healthier
  • if you drink coffee, that is fine. Drink coffee but don’t add stuff to it to make it sweeter. Black coffee is supposed to be a healthier way of drinking coffee. 
  • As far as sweets go, try to keep from buying so much candy, cupcakes, cookies if you can.  It will save you money & substitute them with applesauce, gluten free cookies, chips that aren’t as sodium filled and even popcorn that doesn’t have so much butter and salt. 
  • the way you cook your foods make a difference too, for example instead of cooking fried chicken, make it baked.. ect
  • the amount of protein (grams) you consume should be more than the amount of carbohydrates (grams) for starters
  • Make enough to have for leftovers, so you can pack it for work, eat it the next night.
  • Shop at bigger stores, I usually would say some place like whole foods would be ideal for healthier eating but they are priced much higher than a walmart, so if you are on a budget; look at the ads, online , and shop at bigger stores that offer more

So these are some things to consider when you are shopping around for food and cooking & the majority of things on the lists will save you money and keep you on track for healthier eating. If you are someone who has to watch what you eat because of allergies, ailments, health risk, amongst other things,  please take those into consideration when shopping for groceries.  (hint: why the label is important)  There may be other ways to eat healthier and if you are someone who has any ideas or tips please share with me and I will post it.  Again, I hope this list comes handy & thank for reading.  Please comment, share, like and follow me

 

Sincerely,

Your blogger

Shay-lon Moss

“child obesity”

“Put an end to this before it puts an end to them”

child obesity

CDC child obesity

medicine.net childhood obesity

American heart association Child obesity

Kids health child obesity

So in case anyone wants to know why I am jumping to this topic, it’s because the other day while on facebook, I was talking with a “group” page that I have joined (not going to give out information to protect the people in it) but someone had decided to post a facebook “meme” with a picture of a girl no older than probably 12 eating an ice cream cone but she looked to be “overweight” & the picture asked “Do you consider this abuse” or something around that.   Now knowing myself this was the perfect topic for me, seeing as I am major in exercise science and I have this strong mindset on helping people in the fitness/health world.  Before I decided to make any comment, I read through all the other comments before me (there was around 100+ from the fellow group members & some agreed it was abuse and some had not believed it was & some thought it was “mean”/”cruel” we were passing judgement on this girl.  Now,  I had to think this through on how I was going to announce I believe it was abuse and explain myself because I wanted people to be made aware I wasn’t being “mean” or “cruel” but honest.  

I finally made a comment and it went something like this “Yes, this is abuse at it’s finest, but who can we blame when the parents are uneducated about health and or about life, and don’t care in particular about their child being “overweight” because these same parents were treated the same way by their parents which answers why they are also obese/overweight.  It becomes an ongoing cycle and because of this reckless behavior the child is the one whom suffers the most.  Now the little girl probably don’t think nothing much about her weight now, because mommy and daddy looks the same and mommy and daddy doesn’t seem to care about how they look. When this little girl starts to get picked on in school about her weight, she then either turns into a bully, her self esteem trimmers, her self worth becomes obsolete and as she reaches the age of 18, she then either decides she doesn’t like what she sees in the mirror anymore & gets help from a professional, eats healthier on her own & exercises, surgery depending on how bad it is and changes her lifestyle choices.  On the other hand she could also decide she doesn’t care how she looks anymore because she is so used to being “overweight” that it doesn’t phase her and she continues on this path of being unhealthy and some point she will fall into a depression, which then turns into her eating because of it and that causes more issues because now she can hardly move or want to leave the house, her body aches, she cries and is alone, her parents are still overweight and telling her it’s “okay” but she knows better, she thinks it’s too late and some point she may try to commit suicide or live a very unhappy life because she chooses to or has no one to lean on.  Now all of this has happened and we want to blame the child because she is 18, and can make her own decisions but then no one thinks about how the parents chimed in when she was younger and made her eat this unhealthy lifestyle because they did it themselves and didn’t know any better nor cared to stop it before it got to be a bigger issue in their daughter’s life.  

So now I have people saying they agree and liking my post.  I felt really good about it, until someone decided to post something a bit more heavy.   This lady decided to retort to me by saying she works at a homeless shelter and works for the welfare office and begs to differ with me because she knows these parents can’t afford to feed their children “healthier” foods so how dare I judge and make this assumption it is the parents fault and how dare I judge this poor little girl. The lady told me I need to look up prices of healthier options versus the unhealthy options & come back and let her know if it’s as easy as it sounds.  With this, I didn’t respond, because the post ended up being deleted because the person did not like the fact people were arguing over this “meme” & wanted it to cease so she rid of it.  You are probably wondering what I would say back, and in my next blog I will talk about this, for now I want to stay on the topic of unhealthy eating in children causing “obesity”.

I don’t care how you analyze this situation or how you believe it should be solved, it’s still abuse.  This is no different than a mother starving her child, the difference is the parents are allowing their child to binge eat to the point where they no longer can do day to day routines without struggling, being made fun of about their weight and then causing mental and physical abuse to this child.  Abuse is abuse, no matter what kind.. it’s wrong.  The problem with society is we make light of these situations but we do nothing about them when we see them in our face everyday.  We make light of the child in our kids class who is bigger than the other students but we sure don’t think about why before judging, we don’t teach our children to not make fun of kids who may be bigger in size or smaller in size, we say things in light of that child to make our children believe it’s okay to make jokes.  Now all of sudden we want to make people aware of child obesity is becoming a huge problem because now we see more and more cases where children commit suicide or turn into bullies or do obscene things.  Now we want to make sure every child eats healthier at school, every child participates in a gym class at least once. We want to motivate them to play sports but don’t allow this same child to play on the field because he/she isn’t as good at your star players. This in itself is an ongoing operation and no one seems to notice but me? This is sad.  

So we can’t control people’s households and we can’t force a child to participate in gym, and we can’t force them to eat healthy foods in school because they have a right to eat whatever their parents pack them if the parents deems necessary.  Although my 7 year old brother goes to school here in Ohio and his teacher sent out a notice to all the parents letting them know they are to pack “only healthy foods” nothing else will be accepted.  This was difficult for my mom because he is a picking eater still and only likes a select few of fruits and veggies and isn’t the biggest water drinker I know.  Somehow she managed it, but there were days she would pack him teddy grams as a snack and the teacher would tell him to tell our mom it’s not acceptable, my mom didn’t like this and she pretty much let her know the situation and how she will be packing his lunch. Now mind you, my mom is a wonderful lady and she still packs him “healthy” foods but some things just rub her the wrong way, especially since both of my brothers are skinny as all hell, they eat but have good metabolisms so she isn’t worried about his weight.  So with this being said, some things can’t always be enforced when a parent doesn’t want to follow through because they don’t feel the need to. When my 20 year old brother and I were in school they did not force us to eat healthy or even talk about healthy eating, we always participated in sports and gym class so we never had an issue with that but not all kids are like us and some don’t like it.   What can you do? Stop beating the children over the head with the health and wellness & start talking to the parents about it, make them aware of it and have them choose the destiny for their child.  Some parents will follow through and others will not, if a parent is sending their overweight child to school maybe we need to make this a sit down and talk with the mom/dad and see what is going on.. so that we can better help them instead of judging them & their circumstances. 

Who knows maybe this child eats because they are depressed, you don’t know until you ask someone and find out before it’s too late.  Now school healthy eating & gym will be a whole other conversation topic blog.  If child obesity isn’t important to you, it should be, because it’s sad and cruel to make a child who doesn’t know any better than what their parents/guardians tell them to have to go through such pain for the majority of their lives.  It’s not fair.  If you are a parent ( I am not one) then take responsibility for your child’s health & if you don’t know how, then do some research or seek some health advice.  If you cannot afford healthy means of eating, then how about you eat whatever, but portion it so that it doesn’t become a binge eating fest & keep your child active.  That’s the very least you can do if the situation is you can’t do “anything”, because now you know you can.  I believe child obesity is abuse.  I do realize some medicines can make a child gain weight and ailments as well, but think about how much weight these things will cause the child to gain and decide if it’s the medicine or is this another problem/ decide if this child has a condition and if they do, figure out how to make it so they can be cured, or do whatever you can so it’s not YOU putting weight on them, because we can’t help what the body does but YOU can decide what your child eats, and how much & make it easier on them in the long run.  No one is perfect, but don’t watch your child fall into a dark hole, help them get out of it. I don’t care how much he/she weighs, health has no weight! I care about how unhealthy or healthy a human is, obesity is NOT healthy. 

Thank you for reading, feel free to comment, share, follow and like.

Sincerely,

Your blogger Shay-lon

Powerful words vs negativity

You can be the change or the reason why someone cries”

Words

I nearly got ahead of myself when I decided to believe that people actually knew what I was talking about when I spoke about underweight, overweight, and obese and average/normal.  I wanted to make sure I clarified these terms. This will be a really short post for the most part because I don’t plan on talking about them in depth and individually just yet because I want to make sure before I start everyone is on the same page.

FYI, my spring semester starts tomorrow, So I won’t be as active as I have been as far as being able to post every single day on the mark. I might post twice a week or once a week or maybe if I am lucky you will see post everyday; but I am highly doubting that as I will be busy with school. Please do not delay following me or asking me questions, as I won’t ignore your messages & I will always make time to help all of you with your journey. With me being in school and working (I commute to school, and I will be doing clinicals & other classes) so this will delay my post but not delay my time answering questions and helping.  Although when I do make post they will be as adequate as they are now, no worries about that.

  • Overweight – Weighing too much, or more than is consider normal, proper
  • Underweight- Weighing less than is usual, required or proper
  • Obese- Very fat or overweight
  • Normal- Conforming to the standard or the common type, usual, not abnormal, regular, natural
  • Average- Quantity or rating

So as you can see one of these should probably not be used in describing someone.. hint : the last one. I think its important to understand these words before you describe someone or yourself using them.  I a lot of times people say words without thinking of the meaning, and many times I hear someone call themselves “fat” but they don’t even know what defines this word & how it’s a form of body shaming.  But I will not pretend everyone will follow the above vocab because I know people will stick with the body shaming words if it means its “cool” & everybody else is saying it. So to help those of you who will continue to use these particular words, I have decided to list definitions so there is no more confusion.

  • Fat- Having too much flabby tissue, corpulent, obese, plump, well fed.  Fat can also mean other things such as rich, prosperous and wealthy, big, broad, extended, thick
  •  Skinny- Very lean or thin, emaciated, narrow or slender, unusually low or reduces, meager, minimal
  • Twig- A slender shoot of a tree or other plant
  • Toothpick- Small pointed piece of wood or plastic for removing substances
  • Curvy- of a women, having a well shaped figure with voluptuous curves
  • Thick- Having relatively great extent from one surface or side to the opposite, not thin
  • Slim- Sized for the thinner than average person.

I do know people use much more vulgar terms : fat ass, lard ass, skinny bitch, cow, some people have even conformed to using illnesses as a way to describe people: anorexic , bulimic ..& these vulgar terms aren’t going to stop either because people can’t seem to expand their vocab.  So we can deal with it and teach & continue to teach and stand up for what we think is better and keep our hope alive that someday people will have more compassion but until this happens.. lets just ignore them & do what we do best, work on us & help others achieve internal and external happiness! That is my goal. I can preach all day about body shaming words but it doesn’t mean people will change, but it could open some eyes & that’s all I want; I want it to open your eyes & for you to share this with others and it open their eyes and so forth until we have gotten to the point where people can condition themselves to use positivity when describing the way someone looks. Especially since no one is perfect.

So for tonight, I want everyone to share this post with your friends, family.. coworkers, whoever and everywhere.. because I want you to help teach people what each of these words mean why these words are powerful.  Tomorrow If I have time, I will post another blog.  Please share, like, follow and comment! Thank you for reading

Sincerely,

Your blogger Shay-lon