I visit Diet & Dumbbells regularly to learn from the articles on how to properly take care of my body with nutrition and fitness
I’m sitting here eating my lunch – brown rice, a chicken breast and grilled veggies, yumm. Despite managing a good diet and working out 4-5 days a week, I am feeling guilty because I also indulged in a chocolate brownie and a London fog with my best friend last night. To make sure I “stay on track” I’ll hit up a hot yoga class tonight and get in a really good workout tomorrow and the next day… and the next day.
Ugh, the guilt! Why is it that our world is so obsessed with how we look, even more so than how we feel? Or is this not a new concept for us? Is our social networking obsessed world making us increasingly aware of how imperfect we are?
As much as I love social networks and stand behind the use for it in certain aspects of the professional world, there are too many people in my Facebook feed showing off their amazingly toned bodies – aka they are 16 and have no fat, therefore have a six pack. I AM SICK OF IT! Where are all the dedicated adults of the world showing off their well deserved, hard earned bodies?
When I used to workout at World Gym Kitchener, I met a lady named Sheryl – my inspiration for this post. Sheryl has two lovely sons, and over the years has lost about 100 pounds!! On top of this amazing accomplishment, she has a heart of gold and really is a health ambassador to the core… she is living proof that truly being fit and healthy requires dedication, determination, and of course… knowledge.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, and Facebook doesn’t count as your only source.
If you are going to follow the “diet” and “fitness” trends set out by celebrities, at least check out appropriate sites to read up on accurate information.
Here are the top 5 sites I recommend to gain proper knowledge from to help you achieve your ‘health’ related goals:
LIVESTRONG.com is “here to make you unstoppable”. The site offers passionate articles, recipes and tips to help transform anyone and everyone’s lifestyle. I love that the site encourages its readers to celebrate their daily victories while making smarter choices about food, fitness and health.
2. Diet & Dumbbells
Diet and Dumbbells delivers the goods on the things most people just don’t understand when they are in their local health food/nutrition store. Created by two Canadians passionate about the world of health, nutrition and fitness, D&D aims to “bring about a genuine enthusiasm for what we do and try to extend this enthusiasm to our readers.” Diet & Dumbbells is definitely my go-to hot spot to check out the latest conversations (and exclusive interviews!) in the industry.
3. Women’s Health / Men’s Health
“Women’s Health is for the woman who wants to reach a healthy, attractive weight but doesn’t equate that with having thighs the size of toothpicks.” Need I say more? The site does that for me: they know that exercising and eating well will make women happier and stronger and that looking and feeling good have very little to do with cosmetics and high heels.
Men’s health is a man’s guide to fitness, sex, women, workouts, weight loss, health, nutrition and muscle building… Men’s health is the world’s largest men’s magazine. Life can be stressful and sometimes it feels like there is never enough time, but both Women’s and Men’s Health help the everyday person to find balance in their own life.
4. Lifestyle Kick
LifestyleKick.com is a healthy living website featuring useful blogs by everyday people who are kicking their lives into shape in every way possible. The site offers a fresh look at tips on everything from nutrition to financial well-being. A healthy lifestyle comes from much more than fad diets and endless gym membership contracts – so Lifestyle Kick approaches health from a range of topics to incorporate into your daily life.
The website is coming soon – in the mean time check it out on Facebook and Twitter!!
5. Heart & Stroke Foundation
A volunteer-based health charity, Heart & Stroke Foundation leads in the area of eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through “the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.” The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a federation of 10 provincial Foundations, led and supported by a force of more than 130,000 volunteers… in 2010, the Foundation invested more than $106 million into research, health promotion and community programs… WOW!!
Although some of you may disagree on the applicability of this site to my post today, Sexuality and U is another great source for becoming informed on your sexual health – after all, it is a huge part of your physical health.
According to the site, being sexually healthy means that you are free from disease, violence, injury, fear and false beliefs. It also means that you are comfortable with your sexuality, and have the ability to control and positively experience your own sexuality and reproduction. Check out the site for any accurate and reliable information related to sexual health.
Don’t waste another minute, get informed on your health today. Gotta start somewhere, and knowledge is power!!