Last week was a pretty rough one for most Mainers. A state of emergency has been declared due to an incredible tropical storm that took out power to over 500,000 Mainers. We were without power from Monday morning around 8:30am to Thursday afternoon around 2pm. Last week reaffirmed many things for us both personally and in our business.
One of the things that make our jobs at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness so rewarding is seeing the incredible progress that our clients make to transform their lives in a relatively short period of time. Tammy McLaughlin is one of those incredible stories. Tammy has come such a long way in just a short period of time. She has completely changed her life by committing to a healthy lifestyle that she will be able to sustain for the rest of her life.
This past week my family and I took a 3-day trip hiking into Zealand Falls Hut in the White Mountains. While we were in the hut, we had the pleasure of meeting many amazing people, one of whom was Greybeard. Dale (Greybeard) is a thru-hiker on a mission to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. As if that wasn’t impressive enough – at 82 years old, Dale is working on setting the world record to be the oldest person to complete the mission.
We often receive questions regarding working out while pregnant. This is something that I feel passionately about as a mother who enjoyed the benefits of being active during my pregnancies and as an owner of a health and wellness facility. Making the decision to continue working out (particularly in a controlled, safe training environment) is a very personal one. As with anything, we recommend doing your own research and determine if the benefits of an active lifestyle will outweigh any potential risks. Here are a few of the health benefits to the mother and baby that were factors in my decision to continue working out throughout my pregnancies.
Everybody has those days when they “just aren’t feelin’ it.” It could be the weather that has you down or you haven’t gotten enough sleep but for whatever reason, you just can’t get yourself jacked up enough for your training session. It happens to everyone. Hopefully, some of my mental chatter will help you crush your next workout.
It is not about how much you can lift, how fast you can go, or any fancy fitness tricks. It is not about what you do in the gym. It is about what you do in the gym that prepares you for everything else in life. It is about being capable and confident. It’s about living your best life, having fun, being inspired, and being excited!