Mansplaining in Fitness

Over the weekend, the Thrive Tribe Movement’s Body Positive Book Club got together to discuss ‘Landwhale’ by Jes Baker, and the conversation, at one point, veered toward fitness spaces.

Chief BoPo Trainer Meg asked - ‘who here feels comfortable in the strength training portion of the gym?’ Literally no hands were raised. In fact, this brought up a bunch of stories about being in the strength training portion of the gym and receiving unwelcome advice from men.

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15 Minute Movement for Stress Relief

Stress sucks. It really does. Yet, our society is rampant with it. An episode of acute stress sends the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, increasing your heart rate and filling your body with adrenaline. This is beneficial in a dangerous situation, such as running away from a predator. However, the crazy stressors we face in our day to day can make your body think you need to run away from a predator ALL THE TIME, whether you actually need to, or you just need to get a project submitted on time.

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Red Lentil Noodles are Badass

I first spotted this strange bag of red sedanini in an aisle at Trader Joe’s. It jumped out to me for several reasons. One: it was red. The only red pasta I’ve ever seen was doused in tomato sauce. Two, it is organic! Normally that means nothing to me but on this shopping trip it made me feel fancy. Three, and most importantly, the front of it looked pretty.

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No, Tofu DOESN’T Have To Suck

I rarely go to the grocery store when my boyfriend is away. It’s a strange habit to have developed as a Brooklynite with at least two large grocery stores in walking distance, I know, but my favorite place to get groceries is Trader Joes, which is a subway ride away (and, let’s face it, I go mostly for their dark chocolate peanut butter cups.)

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Fish (with lemon)

What the proverbial ‘They’ never tell you about the healthy protein and fats you can get from fish is that seafood will DRAIN your bank account. So, if you, by some miracle, have access to a rod, some bait, and ocean water, you can catch dinner on the cheap.

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