March 1st, 2014

backonpointe:

March: Start of Spring

March has four calendars: a basic version for the average reader, one for beginners with frequent rest days, one for students that asks you to do more working out on the weekends, and one for dancers (or anyone else working on flexibility) that includes stretch days.

The directions are simple: find the current date on the calendar, see what workout(s) it asks for, and pick one from each section listed for that date. For example, if today it says “Arms” and “General,” I’d find an arm workout and a general workout to do today.

Feel free to substitute an HIIT workout for any cardio workout listed. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of time for cardio.

If you’d like to write about your experiences during the month or see how others are doing, please use the tag “BoP: March”. By all using this tag, we can see what others are doing during the month and send others encouragement along the way. Let’s all support each other on our journeys! (If you’re not on Tumblr but still use these calendars, feel free to update us on the Back On Pointe Facebook Page or the Back On Pointe Fitocracy Group! Or, post on Instagram or Twitter!)

During the month, remember that you should take as many rest days as you need, modify any workouts that you cannot do, stay hydrated, get more low-intensity cardio, and eat well.

Have fun!

p.s. Any of the calendars can be modified. If you are training for a half-marathon, feel free to count that as your cardio on cardio days. If you’re sore in the arms from helping a friend move, substitute a butt workout instead. It’s all about you!

Click “Read More” for the workouts!
(At the bottom there are also a handful of links to good stretching videos for the Stretch Calendar if you want to mix up your routine!)

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piecesinprogress:

March is here and I’m celebrating with a new challenge! This month is all about MIND & BODY. In addition to a fitness plan, it features a daily attitude challenge, something to help you feel good about yourself, your surroundings, and your goals (particularly your health-specific ones!). The calendar is printable so save it, print it, and check off the bubble each day. Don’t forget to reward yourself! My suggestion is to reward yourself based on the number of bubbles you check off each week.

For more at home workouts and monthly plans go here and for weekly meal plan ideas to go along with this go here! :)

ps- if you post about your progress this month here on tumblr or on instagram I’ll leave you encouraging comments & feedback! I follow the tag piecesinprogress on both. :)

February 28th, 2014

cuteosphere:

it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well

shout out to all my fellow monsters

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rubyreed:

motiveweight:

Junk food is engineered to be addictive - The science behind making the food that’s so bad for us taste so good…VIDEO

The good news is that once you’ve had a lot of this stuff out of your system for awhile, you crave it a LOT less. 

(Source: motiveweight)

How do I get started in something?
DO IT.
How do I get better at something?
DO MORE.
(Seriously, if there was a shortcut we’d all be using it)

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February 27th, 2014
the-exercist:

Welcome to the Age of the Fitness Snob:

The fitness craze of the past few years has reached a crescendo, ushering in a new type of know-it-all: the exercise snob. This patronizing person works out harder than you do, knows more about fitness than you do, and looks better doing it than you do—or at least that’s how she makes you feel. “Fitness is a part of our culture’s definition of success now, so women want to show each other that they’ve got it figured out,” says Los Angeles sports psychologist Sari Shepphird, Ph.D.
In fact, according to a recentWomen’s Healthsurvey, one in three readers has gotten into an argument about the most effective kind of workout, and 69 percent cop to doling out unsolicited fitness advice to a friend or significant other.
Some fitter-than-thou attitudes can be traced to the recent proliferation of boutique fitness classes and their somewhat cultlike cliques, says Shepphird. The fitness gurus behind these workout trends not only feed into the snobbery but also depend on it to make money. They indoctrinate us with their philosophies, and we quote and retweet them to our friends, taking their words of wisdom as the divine truth. And when you’re drinking the Kool-Aid (or, rather, the coconut water), it can become easy to view your pal who works out on the elliptical at the Y with derision.

Read More Here

the-exercist:

Welcome to the Age of the Fitness Snob:

The fitness craze of the past few years has reached a crescendo, ushering in a new type of know-it-all: the exercise snob. This patronizing person works out harder than you do, knows more about fitness than you do, and looks better doing it than you do—or at least that’s how she makes you feel. “Fitness is a part of our culture’s definition of success now, so women want to show each other that they’ve got it figured out,” says Los Angeles sports psychologist Sari Shepphird, Ph.D.

In fact, according to a recentWomen’s Healthsurvey, one in three readers has gotten into an argument about the most effective kind of workout, and 69 percent cop to doling out unsolicited fitness advice to a friend or significant other.

Some fitter-than-thou attitudes can be traced to the recent proliferation of boutique fitness classes and their somewhat cultlike cliques, says Shepphird. The fitness gurus behind these workout trends not only feed into the snobbery but also depend on it to make money. They indoctrinate us with their philosophies, and we quote and retweet them to our friends, taking their words of wisdom as the divine truth. And when you’re drinking the Kool-Aid (or, rather, the coconut water), it can become easy to view your pal who works out on the elliptical at the Y with derision.

Read More Here

Why is it accepted that some people who eat a ton of food can stay thin, but not accepted that some people who eat a small amount of food can be fat?

Since thin people get diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, why is becoming thin suggested as a cure?

Why bother using BMI as a substitute for metabolic health measures when we can easily test metabolic health measures?

Doctors treat thin people for joint pain with options other than weight loss, why don’t they give fat people those same treatments?

Why do we believe that doing unhealthy things (liquid diet, smoking, urine injections coupled with starvation, stomach amputation) will lead to a healthy body?

If the diet industry’s product actually “cured fatness”, wouldn’t their profits be going down instead of up as more and more people were permanently thin?

Isn’t it medically unethical to prescribe something without telling your patients that it works less than 5% of the time with a much greater chance at leaving you heavier and less healthy than when you started?

Why do people continue to think that shaming people will lead them to health?

Why do we accept wide variations in things like foot and hand size, nose and lip shape etc. but expect every body to fit into a very narrow proportion of height and weight?

If weight gain isn’t proven to cause diabetes, high blood pressure etc., why would weight loss be recommended as a cure?

Since weight loss ads have to carry a “results not typical” warning, shouldn’t doctors have to give patients a similar warning?

Why do people take the time to come to my blog and make death threats?

Does anyone really succeed at hating themselves healthy? If so is it worth it?

If we’ve been prescribing dieting since the 1800s and still can’t prove that it works, shouldn’t we be trying something else?

How is it possible that suggesting that healthy habits are the best chance for a healthy body is controversial?

Some Things I Don’t Understand « Dances With Fat (via jerseyjezebel)

YES to everything but the death threats. 

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I’m studying Medical Science and we were recently talking about obesity. And the thing is, the lecturer all but told us (reluctantly in fact) that there is no such thing as a cure for obesity. There is a very dangerous precedent in both the medical community and everyday society that obesity is tied to lazyness and that every single medical problem an obese person has (note that I say ‘obese’ and not ‘fat’, because though there is absolutely no reason to denigrate both as they are in society the two are DIFFERENT. One can be fat and not obese. One can be obese and not fat) is blamed on them being obese, and that THEY need to cure it themselves.

But it doesn’t work.

Diets, medicine, it simply doesn’t work. Perhaps it does for a short period of time, but not long term. Only surgery works and it’s a vastly traumatic and expensive resort. 

So not only do doctors and general society get into every person’s life because they do not fit their standard of what a ‘healthy’ person should be like, not only do they risk their life not only by openly judging and condemning them for being overweight and as such sometimes give them the wrong diagnosis on purpose because they think being fat = being obese = the source of all your health problems and as such risk people’s lives and actual health, not only do they spread misinformation that hurts people by the millions…

…but they blame obese people for their own body, their own metabolism, ask them to change and blame them for not doing so when it is not physically possible.

The medical community is only BEGINNING to recognize the extend of that problem and how badly they’ve screwed up in that regard, but they are still oh so very reluctant to admit it and own up, and many are still grumpily trying to prove the correlation.

When really, it’s always been vastly more complicated than that. But people have been so eager to simplify the issue and use it to make people suffer that it doesn’t matter, as long as they can prove to their inner fatphobic tendencies that yes, they are really right.

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February 26th, 2014

brandnewswastikas:

Here’s a good drinking game.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and make sure that you’re at the top of your game.

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slapfight:

nikkisavage:

cully-bear:

trustedwings:

My friend Tyler is trying to lose weight and he asked my other friend Orlando to train him. Tyler was embarrassed to go to the gym though so Orlando is taking care of that by dressing up as characters when they go to the gym so that the focus isn’t on Tyler but on himself. So far Tyler has been trained by a Jedi and steampunk Batman. This is one of the nicest things I have ever seen done for someone else. 

Orlando’s kindness blows me away.

For anyone that has gone to the gym as a larger man it can cause a lot of anxiety, speaking from experience. This is unbelievably sweet.

That is so fucking sweet.

aw :)

(via radiorcrist)

sawebee:

how much is a Chris Pratt & where can I get one??

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February 25th, 2014

scott-cohn-art:

It’s hammer time! i drew Thor in an interview w/Chris Hemsworth for the first issue of TRAIN MAGAZINE.

@Scott_Cohn_Art

February 24th, 2014

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