introducing “back to basics”
I can’t tell you how many emails/FB messages/client questions I get asking about THE BASICS – things that I often *think* that other people would naturally know about health and fitness. Basic exercises, basic nutrition questions, basic healthy living lifestyle things. I guess I take it for granted that I know a lot about this little realm of life (I think Travis feels the same way about computers – he gets a little annoyed when I ask how to upload pictures. Or how the internet works. Or how computers work. It’s IN the computer. <-$50 to the first person to name that movie!)
Now Travis rolls his eyes at these “simple” questions. I’m not that mean. I sympathize for a second then I come up with a plan to answer the question in the most basic of ways (while hopefully not coming across as condescending. Travis is fine with condescension.) One of the reasons I selected the PAID career I have (personal training) and one of the reasons I selected the UNPAID career I have (motherhood) is because I love helping and teaching others.
After thinking this over, I noticed something about the way I present information. I tend to write this healthy living blog for other healthy living bloggers. People who already know why you’d pick brown rice over white rice (or more popularly, no rice whatsoever). It hadn’t occurred to me until recently that while it’s ok to write to bloggers, I’m really not fulfilling my love for TEACHING and sharing information when I write in this manner. In a sense, I’ve skipped over some of the basics of health and fitness, because I honestly thought people knew.
That’s the thing. People don’t know. Some do. But most don’t. I remember teaching a weight loss class at the Curves I worked for in Colorado. One of the participants asked if she could continue eating Wonder bread. !!!! White Wonder bread. I honestly didn’t know they sold white bread anymore. Hadn’t the sugar police taken that off the market?!!?
It is because of things like this (and the overall direction towards obesity that our society is moving towards) that I’d like to start a new Lindsay’s List feature:
Some topics I’ll address in this twice-a-month feature:
Why Stretching Is Important
How To Eat “Clean”
What Exercises are Best for Weight Loss
Tips for Squeezing In Exercise
Why Women (and men!) Should Lift Weights
Tips for Cutting Sugar Out of Your Diet
Pre/Postnatal Fitness Advice (my specialty!)
How to Create Your own Workout Routine
I’m hoping to have a “Back To Basics” post up next Monday. I already write a very similar column for my freelance client, Mom365, but these posts are more geared towards mothers (go here for everything I’ve written!). I really hope to make LL a place where you can laugh and think, but also where you can LEARN. I’m excited to share what I know!
QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY TOPICS THAT I MISSED THAT YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT??