Wellness Wednesday with Coach Audy
This week we focus on SLEEP for our do it or don’t weekly wellness action. As we shift into our summer routines and are experiencing more daylight hours. This week I want you to leave your phone outside of your bedroom when you go to sleep.
I KNOW. I KNOW. It’s your alarm. You have emails you don’t want to miss. Etc. I KNOW. But it’s still a distraction. And before you keep making that list longer with all the reasons why you can’t do it, let’s talk about why it’s important.
Electronics have shown to suppress the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The blue light from the Tv’s, laptops, phone screens, and smart watches keep our brain stimulated and we stay alert, telling ourselves we aren’t tired yet. It causes restless sleep, not the deep sleep required for repair and recovery.
PRO TIP. Buy an alarm clock. I use my Alexa device for my alarm. Your phone doesn’t HAVE to be your alarm.
Do it or don’t. But comment below your thoughts and if you’re going to give it a try!
Prepare to self rescue, no one is coming.
Cora joined our gym August, 2020 so she could get rid of her mom bod, and more importantly recover from three surgeries.
She has been writing about her journey in Montana Parent Magazine.
Cora is a regular in our 9am class and has embraced the mindset that I frequently share with my classes, prepare to self rescue, no one is coming.
Cora has discovered her own strength. She can lift heavy things. Do hard shit. This discovery has influenced her outlook on life. Check out her latest #transformationtuesday story in June's issue of Montana Parent magazine.
Myth: Six-pack Abs will Make you Happy and Are an Excellent Indicator of Your Fitness
Want to make your Coach cry? Let them know that no matter what you're able to do with your amazing body, you're just not happy because you can't see your abdominal muscles.
REALLY? Your happiness and self worth are tied up in a myth and ideal that was created by someone else and that will likely change, again, in the next 10 ten years.
Here's the cold hard truth, if you want to have visible abs you have to change what you eat, AND it's going to take some serious effort to get that lean. Men need to have about less than 10% body fat and women about less than 15% body fat to have visible abs. Do you know your current body fat percentage? I calculated this for everybody during our Spring Check-ins.
I don't know why this particular group of muscles is the cause célèbre for fitness. Why not deltoids, hamstrings, or quadriceps? There are so many amazing muscle groups that, when developed, have so much more functional power. The trend towards visible abs is recent. In the 1980's small thighs and flat bellies were the ideal women's body thanks Suzanna Summers, Jane Fonda and Denise Austin. In the 1990's step-aerobics and TAEBO got us moving and looking more lean and mean. Then in the 2000s flat and small gave way to lean and visible muscles, but not too much. We were told to be "toned" but not bulky. Give me a break.
Someday we are going to accept ourselves as we are and celebrate what our bodies can do!
So, if you still think 6-pack abs are where it's at, here's a great breakdown from the smart folks at Precision Nutrition of the effort and sacrifices you'll need to make in order to have visible abs. Good luck!
“It isn’t the things themselves that disturb people, but the judgements that they form about them.” — Epictetus
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