I’ve done it again..

Forgot to adult for the week.. 

I think my weekly planner is getting sick of me going off schedule these days, I have a planner I use and lately have barely opened it — hints why I have been behind in blogging and studying; I should always check my planner because honestly. my anxiety starts to kick in when I don’t do things as planned and then have list of task that never got done because I have been fiddle farting around instead of adulting. I could probably complain all day, but it comes down to my time management and all my projects and goals.. I have so many projects and don’t utilize my time well (anymore) — well 2018, don’t give up on me yet… I plan on getting back on track when it comes to priorities and tasks (fingers crossed) .. but I am young, right? so I should be allowed to get off the beaten path every once in awhile without feeling bad.. BUT my personality trait doesn’t allow me to enjoy my youth when I am constantly trying to keep myself on a “perfect” schedule — pretending that it is possible to do so, so I don’t freak out. Thankfully I have friends and family who seemingly understand that I am crazy and my OCD and time management skills fight back & forth which causes the HUGE debate in my head as to what to get started on first. Externally I am smiling until I get home and break down.. but that’s a whole new story for a different day. Back to what is scheduled. My workouts. & if I am lucky I might be able to squeeze in some studying before work tonight. Hmm. Wish me luck. 

 

Oh & the next blog post will begin my workout sessions…. 

 
 

Shay-lon 

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EXAM results & Sacrifices.

Thank you fellow bloggers for being patient, I have some news.. 

I took my exam Friday December 1st and got a HIGH score but I did not pass. I failed. 

With all of that being said, I will hopefully be retaking the exam sometime in February ( the ACSM exam is changing so I have to order the new textbooks, etc) While I was so upset and shattered that I missed two days at the gym and ate like crap >.< I have had so much support and love and encouragement from friends and peers. It was a tough exam, a very tough exam to be honest and I don’t know if the new one will be just as tough or easier. In the meantime I will be taking a long break from my YouTube channel, besides this Wednesday and next Wednesday because I have to make some sacrifices so I can focus on restudying and hopefully passing this time around. 

I will continue to blog each week and I will do my best to continue to keep up with the podcast as well (haven’t been doing that as often) and I will continue to be present on my social media (IG, Twitter, Facebook, etc) but I am walking away from YouTube for a little while longer so I can pass and of course there will be other sacrifices. My blogging might not be daily or as many post, because of studying and having two jobs, etc, but I will have a post or two AT THE VERY LEAST each week – unless an emergency occurs. 

I appreciate all of you for being so kind and patient with me and wishing me the best of luck! I know I am capable of passing and doing great things! 

Also, my boss at the gym is still keeping me around as a trainer, so that is a positive .. 😀

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 

Pets & Fitness (Infographic)

So I am not sure how many of you have pets, particularly dogs, but I love them!I came across this infographic from PuppySpot on how dogs can be great to add to your workouts.  I don’t have any pets as of yet, but my family does (a rat terrier) and while it would be awesome if the little thing would allow me to hold him long enough to do strength workouts, he makes for a great running partner and walking partner for sure. Not to mention it is said that dogs can really increase your dopamine levels, so if you are having a sad or upsetting day, a dog can come handy (unless you are allergic of course). Anyways, I hope all of you enjoy this infographic as much as I have and use it to your disposal.

pets and fitness

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Multiple Personality (Mental Health Awareness)

Thursday is mental health awareness on my blog.

I make it known to you the different kinds of mental health conditions and illnesses that may be overlooked, looked down upon & hope it gives you some insight – if not insight, then some interest in wanting to do your own research. I have always said and will continue to say, I am all for keeping a mental balance, one that is just as important as your physical attributes if not more important. Today’s topic of choice is “Multiple personality”, many of you may have studied this, or perhaps deal with this condition, and myself, has worked with individuals first hand who have this condition and many others. I might not understand 100 percent everything that comes with this, but having learned from watching, from textbooks and online research, I have learned quite a bit. My hope is that my viewers (you) will come forth and share what you know with me and my readers because I always appreciate more information that is current or will help people to understand. 

 

What is ‘Multiple Personality”

Another word for this is “Dissociative Identity Disorder” –

When two or more identities, or personality states are present in and alternatively taking control of an individual. 

 
  • Some individuals can have two and others can have 30.. it all ranges. 

Characterized by a fragmentation, or splintering, of identity rather than by proliferation, or growth of separate identities” PsychologyToday

  • “Certain circumstances can cause or stressors can cause a particular identity to emerge, and the various identities may deny knowledge of one another, be critical of one another or in conflict with one another” psychologytoday

Symptoms:

  • memory loss of specific times, people and events
  • possible out of body experiences
  • depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide
  • detachment from your emotions
  • lack of sense of self identity

Causes:

  • No definite answer but said to have come from trauma (sexual or physical abuse) – developing a way to deal with the trauma
  • combat and natural disasters can cause DID as well

Treatment:

  • Psychotherapies 
  • medications – none of which treat the disorder but can help treat the mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, etc) 

With proper treatment of this disorder, it is said that many can improve their ability to function in their occupation and personal lives. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Paranoid Schizophrenia (Mental Health Post)

Mental health is just as important as physical health, if not more important. 

 

Hello bloggers, as scheduled today would be mental health awareness by discussing a mental health condition. I chose this particular one because I don’t know anyone who has been diagnosed with it close to me and I didn’t know very much about it to be able to discuss so I had fun being able to research it and gain some understanding. I did happen to know some basics but enough to be able to write about it, so I post some links for this one to sites I used briefly or that I sited so that you can also read up on it, if it something of interest to you. 

 

What is Paranoid Schizophrenia?

 
  • When your mind doesn’t agree with reality – this is the way I understand it and the easiest way of explaining it so others can understand & the same way this site put it.
  • A lifelong illness
  • Affects how you think and behave

Symptoms:

  • Auditory disturbances
  • unexplained anger
  • emotional disconnectedness
  • sever anxiety and agitation
  • argumentive behavior
  • sometimes violent tendencies
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • frequent suicidal thoughts and behavior

Now there are other symptoms that people with schizophrenia may have that are not listed, so make sure to do your research and get a full understanding because each person handles this differently. 

 

Risk Factors:

Most studies say there is no ONE cause of this illness BUT there are some risk factors that can higher your chances: 

  1. Family history of psychotic disorders
  2. exposure to a viral infection in the womb
  3. fetal malnutrition
  4. stress in early childhood
  5. sexual or physical abuse
  6. older parental age
  7. Use of psychoactive drugs during adolescence 

Treatment:

  • THERE IS NO CURE AT THIS TIME FOR THIS ILLNESS!!!!
  • medications
  • psychotherapy
  • hospitalization
  • ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy)
  • training for social skills and development

Now with this being said, these are methods but they depend on the situation and circumstance, not everyone will agree to take medications or undergo therapies and that is their choice. I know many of them take more than one kind of medication and sometimes more than 2 or 3 depending on their situation and symptoms and the severity. The fact there is no cure for it is disheartening because this is something someone will have to deal with for the rest of their lives & I don’t think it would be easy or easy to explain to others who don’t have it and this is why I do these post so that hopefully it sheds light and brings awareness to the issue at hand. I personally have always believed that mental illness goes unnoticed because people don’t understand and believe them to be omens or ignore them in order to pretend it doesn’t exist (ignorance).  I like to think we are growing and learning and accepting people who may be different than ourselves BUT at the same time there are still people who look down on those with any type of mental illness. I believe in order to help people with their illnesses we have to be open minded and forgiving because it is not always that individuals fault that they have it. So with that being said..

 
  1. Do you know anyone who has this illness? or do yourself have it?
  2. Did you know a lot about this illness or was this something new?
  3. will you share this post to bring awareness to mental health 

Links I used for this post: 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Fitness Wonderwoman, 

Shay-lon xo

Guest Post- Treadmill Running or Outdoor Running: What’s the difference?

Hello bloggers, 

Today I have a guest post written by Lindy Schwarts on the difference between running on the treadmill and running outdoors. I know many of my followers are avid runners and for those of you who want to start running, this article will be just as helpful for you as well. I hope that many of you will enjoy this article.  Lindy contacted me about wanting to guest post for my blog after reading one of my more recent blog post and sharing her appreciation for my written work, after learning that she enjoys fitness and has a blog that talks about fitness machines, I felt that it would be more than appropriate to have her as a guest post because believe it or not, I learned quite a bit from this article. I want all of you to keep an open mind, there is no right or wrong answer but this article will help to give you perspective. Thank you Lindy for writing such a great piece! 

Treadmill running or outdoor running: What’s the difference?

No matter where you do it, a run is still a run. Based on researchers, a treadmill run is just as effective as an outdoor run. For years, runners glorify the benefits of outdoor running. Yet, as the outdoor environment in most areas of the world becomes harsher, running on a treadmill becomes the second option. Treadmill users enjoy the convenience that each running sessions bring. However, running purists maintain that there is no substitute for outdoor running. They maintain that the benefits of running outside outweigh the benefits of using the treadmill. A question frequently asked by runners and even now – runners alike is if treadmill running can build the same endurance as running outside. Runners – beginners and experts alike are also mulling about this great question: Is there a difference between outdoor running and treadmill running?

 

On the level of difficulty

 

Treadmill running is easier since there is a belt that assists the leg for the easy turnover. This has directed the runner’s pace so much so that runners coming from treadmill running find out that their pace on the treadmill does to correlate to outdoor running. The rearward motion of the belt helps the runner in his stride and rhythm patterns. This reduces the need to drive your weight forward. The treadmill’s belt is also cushioned as compared to the hard pavement, so the impact of the movements on the joints is also reduced. This is especially beneficial to those who are overweight or prone to injury.

It is also easier to run on a treadmill, there is no wind resistance. In an outdoor run, the legs should be propelled forward and pushing against the wind resistance. However, sports researchers have found a way to make running on the treadmill the same as that of running outdoors. The research showed that if you adjust the setting of the treadmill, to a 1% incline or grade, then the machine can very well simulate the conditions when running outdoors. It stimulates the effort and energy cost the same as that of running outdoors. Therefore, it makes the runner’s pace similar to the pace taken on running outside.

As it is easier to run on the treadmill, running enthusiasts should utilize them for speed training. One can increase the speed at a shorter interval then make it slower at the recovery phase.

Convenience is the name

With the increased awareness and adherence to wellness programs, the establishment of gyms and health clubs has become very common today. It is not surprising to see gyms of all types popping up in the neighbourhood. Hopping onto a treadmill has never been easier.

As most of us have already sworn to follow the tech – savvy lifestyle, the use of the trackers, gadgets and even phone are easier when you are indoor and running on a treadmill. The presence of the accessories and gadgets in the exercise equipment are delivering videos, news and music allow you to multitask while keeping fit.

The treadmill machine, as well as the environment where one is running, is simply consistent. The room’s temperature is controlled and one can control and manipulate the surrounding. The treadmill allows the runner to set a phase then maintain it. This will be beneficial if the runner wants to build his stamina or training for a particular event like a marathon. It helps the runner sustain his determination if it seems to be weakened. Running outside sometimes makes it harder to keep constant track of the runner’s progress while in the treadmill, all the essential biometrics data can be programmed. There are machines that can accurately measure heart rate and calories burned. They also allows you to monitor your progress like the speed, distance and calorie burned.

Dealing with the elements

 

Most runners would say that it is easier to run on the treadmill as you are not dealing with the elements in nature. Harsh temperatures like the scorching heat during summer and the bitter cold during the winter.  Ironically, the lack of the elements in nature when treadmill running also makes it less preferable for some runners. Researchers also pointed out that exercising in green spaces in nature was associated with greater relaxation, the decrease in the tension and anger. The results revealed that people who exercised in nature find the activity more enjoyable as it has given them better mood, better relaxation, and even better sleep.

The outdoor environment gives runner’s visual cues which somehow signals that the finish line is almost near. In the treadmill, the redundant views on the wall might not motivate the runner enough to push for more. The moderate exposure to the sunlight helps in the synthesis of Vitamin D and this is another advantage being in the outdoors.

Since we are assured that we still get the adequate exercise even in the extreme weather and environmental condition. Access to a treadmill means that there is really no excuse to miss out on the running schedules and attaining fitness.

Pushing yourself some more

 

In outdoor running, going beyond your threshold can be difficult. Using the treadmill makes it easier to push yourself for more. The machine enables you to take control of your speed, incline, and duration at a touch of a button. Setting a pace then maintaining it is easier on a treadmill. This is useful if you are training for a specific event or just looking to improve your stamina endurance. It is also helpful to keep you going when your determination is wavering. As a runner, you can easily monitor your progress on speed, distance and calorie counter displays.

Risks to take

 

Outdoor running puts you at the risks of injuries due to falls or missteps, there’s pollution from traffic to contend with. If we run on the streets, we might be at risk for accidents. The exposure to the harsh weather can make us vulnerable to diseases.

However, there are also risks to using the treadmill even in the controlled environment of the gym. The repetitive running motion that you do on the flat surface of the treadmill makes you at risk for joint and ligament injuries. When on a treadmill, it is better to have a variety of movements and set them at varying speed. Outdoor runners are also vulnerable to these risks especially if they only run on a concrete pavement. The changes in your strides due to the changes in the terrain has a beneficial effect in lowering your risk for injury. The more you adapt your movements to the curbs, hill or corners, the less likely you overuse the same muscle. For those with injury, it is best to use the treadmill to prevent further damage.

Treadmill running has already evolved from being an inferior form of running as compared to outdoor running. There is a specific circumstance which will push even the staunchest fan of the outdoor running to use the treadmill. Using the treadmill can be very effective knowing that we can customize this machine according to our needs. If we are able to adjust the speed and the incline, then we may have the best option for running in our hand. You and your body shall determine what surface that is best for you and this will determine the outcome of the debate.

 

Lindy Schwarts of https://amazingmachines.info. I’m a very active women. My passions in life are Fitness, Yoga, Golfing and Kids. I started earlier this year playing a Little around with websites and I can say that’s a new challenge unlike anything else!

 

Why I Chose Exercise Science/Personal Training

The Truth Is..

For some of you, you may not be able to get to the About me Section of my blog and that is perfectly okay because it probably needs updated anyways. I decided to make a more personalized post today since I have been connecting with so many other bloggers who are personal trainers, or health coaches. I love the reasons why people have chosen this profession and i even love the ones who started in this profession but have moved on to something more like nursing or physical therapy and occupational therapy, among other occupations. I think no matter what, you all have chosen to do that profession because you enjoy it – at least I hope so and hope that you if you don’t enjoy it, you find something you do enjoy. 

 

I found that my passion lies with fitness, lies with wanting to be a personal trainer and making the most of it with what I have learned and experiences. I  started off as physical therapy student (which I loved, btw) but soon changed my degree to exercise science and never regretted it yet, although sometimes I was in question about it. For some people, they think of this degree as a dead end, a no go, a pointless achievement but for me, it means I have the power to change someone’s life in a way that is transforming them into better people physically and hopefully building them up mentally as well. Now for starters, this doesn’t mean that I might not go back to school for something more or different if I need to, or decide that I want a change of scenery or if I want a profession that has more benefits, etc – this just means for the time being, personal training is my highest goal. I know this job is hard because most trainers are working part time and having to build a client list while carrying another job and I realize this job can be tiring because you are having to work around a client’s schedule that may be really early in the morning or really late at night but in order to keep them as a client and build rapport, you do it no matter. 

 

In my mind I know this is something I want to do and love watching other trainers with their clients. I want to make a career of this, but I also have given thought about becoming a strength and conditioning coach or perhaps going back to school and going for physical therapy again..and those are ALL things I can do at any point in my life If I choose to. I want to be a personal trainer because I feel as though I have come a long way in myself and I have seen changes that happened gradually and I want to see those changes in others; and if this sounds about right, let me add that I also want to be a personal trainer because I want to be a fitness mogul – someone who isn’t just a person in the world training people but a person who has taken their training to new heights, traveled, well versed with other trainers and professionals in the field, someone who has a general audience they train but specializes in something that makes them stand out among the crowd, someone who has an app that people use because they know it will benefit them, someone who does public speaking/motivational speeches because people love what I have to say and want support, I want a book that I publish; maybe even a series that gives not only the fitness aspect of my life but my development as a person and where my obstacles lie. I want to be able to network with people – nutritionist, doctors, sports medicine professionals, coaches, etc in order to make the best of my job and deliver the best part of me. I have no idea if any of this is possible and if it is, I want it and if it isn’t, well shit I will try anyways. 

 

Being a personal trainer isn’t about looking good, or being strong  – to me, it goes above and beyond that, it is about dedicating your life to making sure that every client feels like they achieved something – achieved something that made them feel better about themselves and their capabilities. I never want a client to feel inferior next to me, I want them to feel like they are my teammate and we both have to do this together if we want to be successful. When I think of everything I hope to do as a personal trainer, I want it to mean something. To some of you this is crazy, impossible, maybe even shocking, and potentially a dream that might never happen – but this is why I chose to graduate in exercise science and why I want to be a personal trainer, this is what I believe in. 

 

P.S for all those who are trainers – feel free to let me know the pros and cons of being a personal trainer, let me know why you chose this occupation, let me know what you think about the fitness industry, let me know if you were a trainer and went on to something more and why you did so, let me know what you think of my reasons, let me know if you prefer working in a gym or being an independent trainer,  tell me everything you know and have learned working as personal trainer. Did you have dreams of training celebs? Do you feel like personal trainers get paid well? Do you feel like it is a growing job choice or dying occupation? do you think exercise science is a dead zone degree? Name other jobs you can get with an exercise science degree, I want to know everything you are willing to share and please feel free to connect with me through social media or email. I love being able to speak with all of you.

 

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

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo