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Maywood Fitness Expert Offers Keys To A Healthier, Fitter You

(Re) Creating Your Successful Fitness Practice

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 || By Grenita Hall-Scott || PhD, NASM-CPT || SPONSORED CONTENT

All of us have been here.

It’s January, and you are committed to becoming healthier and fit. You enthusiastically run down your checklist:

  • Gym membership…check!
  • New workout outfit and shoes…check!
  • Update status with a selfie on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter boasting of how committed you are to “getting it in” before or after your work day…check!
  • A plan to create and maintain a realistic, successful fitness practice…well…umm…darn.

No worries; it’s already March, but you can do this! Below are five simple steps to help you create, or recreate, your own successful fitness practice.

“To Thine Own Self Be True” — William Shakespeare

  1. KNOW YOURSELF
  • Be ambitious, yet realistic. Will you really rise at 4 AM for boot camp classes? If the answer is “no,” then don’t sign up for it!
  • Set goals that are specific to YOUR needs, not the needs of others who may workout with you. Sorry, you have to be a bit self-centered in this respect.
  • Work hard and be patient; it takes 2 weeks to feel a difference and 4-6 weeks to see one!

I haven’t failed …I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work”—Thomas Alva Edison

  1. MAKE PEACE WITH THE ‘GHOST OF FITNESS PAST’
  • What happened in your past that is contributing to your present views about exercise? Deal with it! You won’t be able to move forward until you have a positive outlook on what is required of you to become more healthy and fit.
  • Stop beating up yourself about past attempts at exercise. Revisiting past failures can squelch your motivation.
  • Focus on situations in which you have been successful.

“It takes a village to raise a child”– West African proverb

  1. CREATE A SUPPORT SYSTEM
  • Be accountable to others; it will help you succeed.
  • Have reliable, committed workout partners. They MUST have the same enthusiasm as you!! Make workout dates, and take them seriously.
  • WRITE IT DOWN! Keeping a log regarding exercise sessions and caloric consumption will help you keep track of your progress, as you can revisit what you did or didn’t accomplish. In addition, journaling is a great way to clarify and evaluate your thoughts and feelings and reduce stress.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”–Joseph Addison

  1. BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER
  • Compare the latest fitness and health information to stay informed.
  • Get the most of out of your group fitness classes and/or trainer. Let them know what you want at the onset of the relationship.
  • Take responsibility for yourself. You have to own your part in improving your health and wellness; not rely on others to “fix you”.
  1. BE POSITIVE
  • Expect success and a positive result.
  • Try something before you say you can’t do it. Please!
  • Make time to exercise! There are 168 hours in a week — 56 for sleep, 40 hours for work, 14 hours for commuting and 35 hours for eating leaves 23 hours … Will you please take 6 for yourself? VFP

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Grenita Hall headshotDr. Grenita Hall-Scott, a Maywood resident, is the owner of Culture Fitness LLC. She has over twenty years of experience developing and implementing wellness and fitness programs for diverse populations in the Chicagoland area, Florida, the Bahamas and Jamaica. Connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/culturefitness1) and at culturefitness@gmail.com.

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Dear Hope: I’ve Been Raped

By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

What would you say to a girl who has been raped and doesn’t feel like she could ever be whole again? — Torn on the Inside

Dear Torn on the Inside:

Wow! I must admit this question startled me initially, because I wasn’t expecting something so sensitive.  First, let me thank you for being courageous enough to ask the question.  Your courage to begin speaking about it signifies the start of healing on your journey.

I personally believe that God is a healer and if you allow him to do so, he can take this crude act of violence that was committed against you and make you whole again. I would say, “YOU ARE NOT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU!”

I would say, “IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.” There is something deeply wrong with the individual who committed this violent act against you.

I would say, “BE COURAGEOUS” and share your story to help other young women heal.

I would say, “Don’t be ashamed to get the professional counseling and treatment you need and deserve to move past this part of your journey in life.”

I would say, BEING WHOLE is a choice, so choose wholeness today; choose life; choose to take this experience and educate people on the topic of rape.

I would say, “YOU ROCK.”

Life is unfair, people have forgotten the value of a life and commit heinous acts against others on a daily basis and we all have a cross to bear, but at the end of the day we must choose LIFE, we must choose not to let our negative experiences dictate how our lives and our destiny will turn out.

I am seeding for the greatness in you and I know that you will feel whole again.

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice.  The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Village Free Press. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.

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Dear Hope: How Do Politics Affect Me?

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February 13, 2014 || By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

How do politics affect young women? – Political Potential

Dear Political Potential:

This is a wonderful question.  While I am an amateur as it relates to politics; personally speaking, it is my opinion that politics affect young women greatly.  Politics has the potential to impact a range of areas in women’s lives, including their careers, family, education and so much more.  For example, there is current legislation being discussed regarding women’s rights to healthcare; the affects of the current attack on Planned Parenthood have to be evaluated; and, most recently, there have been allegations that a female newscaster was fired from her job because of comments regarding her natural hair. These are all political issues, believe it or not.

Politics is how our government is run and it affects how our communities are run and what we as individuals can, and cannot, do.  So, it is my opinion that politics affects young women greatly. Your politics may even have an impact on various personal decisions as you journey through life. If politics is a passion for you, I would highly encourage you to get involved; even if it’s only at the local community level.  If politics is not a passion of yours, I would still recommend trying to stay up to date on some of the issues affecting women.  I hope this helps to answer your question. VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. The views and opinions of the author may not necessarily reflect those of The Village Free Press. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.

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Dear Hope: What Is A Woman Of Substance?

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February 7, 2014 || By Gwendolyn Young 

Dear Hope:

What is a woman of substance? – Potential

Dear Potential:

Wow! What an awesome question to ask.  I am so glad to see that young women like you are actually desiring and pursuing to be women of substance versus just another video vixen.  Let’s explore this together.  Substance, according to the Webster Dictionary, means “the quality of being meaningful, useful, or important.”  With that in mind, a woman of substance would be a woman who has realized what she offers the world is valuable and she positions herself to be purposeful.  She is educated, she is intelligent (yes, you can be educated and not intelligent–lol), she manages her business well (whether that is personal or professional), she brings value to relationships, she has influence and she has personal power.

Being a woman of substance means that you have learned how to endure the challenges of life and continue to rise above them.  It means taking those life lessons and thinking, “What can I learn from this?” or “How can I share this experience to help someone else?”  Women of substance give meaning to life, they live on purpose and with purpose and they recognize their personal power.  I hope this helps to answer your question.  I hope it all works out for you! VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. The views and opinions of the author may not necessarily reflect those of The Village Free Press. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.

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Dear Hope: My Family Has An Issue With My Weight, But I Like Myself As I Am

By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

I’m overweight, but I like my body as it is. My family has been telling me that I need to lose weight for health reasons, but it’s not like I eat a lot or have a bad diet. I feel that my weight is out of my control even though everyone else is saying that basically it’s my fault. What do I do? – Weight Bearer

Dear Weight Bearer:

Thank you for sending your question. I know that it takes courage to talk about your weight in a public forum.  First, I would like to share that we, as individuals, are responsible for the health and maintenance of our physical bodies.  The only exception to this would be certain diseases that we can’t prevent by taking necessary precautions.  With that said, weight is a factor that can be controlled by an individual. I would also like to share that weight is about being healthy and so your family has valid concerns.  What I would like to encourage you to do is visit with your primary care physician and ask for a complete physical.  This will allow you to begin the conversation about your weight from an objective perspective. Your physician should have the best interest of your health in mind.  The physical can also reveal if you are carrying too much BMI (Body Mass Index), which is how doctors can tell if a person is obese.  So there will be no more back and forth about your weight sweetie! Once you have the results from your physical, then you can begin the process of taking action on what to do for your health.

I hope everything works out for you and remember we are seeding for the greatness in you! VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.

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Dear Hope: I Want To Improve

By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

How can young women improve in today’s society? –Ready to Grow

Dear Ready to Grow:

What an inspiring question. It demonstrates that you’re ready to do your part in creating a better society for women. To answer your question, there are several ways young women can improve in today’s society. If you are speaking from a personal perspective, here are a few tips:

  • Continue to increase your knowledge. Never stop learning.
  • Love yourself! By doing so, you’ll position yourself to help other young women realize their own worth. Note: 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking and drinking. This compares with only 25 percent of girls with high-esteem.
  • Be a person of integrity with your actions, words and deeds.

If you’re asking from a corporate and/or community standpoint, here are a few tips:

  • Obtain the highest level of education you can.
  • Pursue the highest level of leadership within your chosen career field. Women have more opportunities to effect change when they sit at the highest levels of leadership.
  • Pursue leadership positions in your community, state, country and world. Run for office or serve on a board of directors.
  • Mentor another young woman and nurture her to success.
  • Get involved with a great cause (whether educational, environmental, economic, or other) and identify what role you can play in that cause.
  • And last, but certainly not least, embrace the power of womanhood. Being a woman, being a lady, is an absolutely amazing thing! We are beautiful, intelligent and delicate creatures crafted with a portion of strength like no other being.

I hope everything works out for you! VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.

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Dear Hope: Is There Worth After Sexual Assault?

By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

Do you think a person who has been sexually and physically assaulted could ever feel worthy or valuable again? – Hurt Beyond Measure

Dear Hurt Beyond Measure:

I absolutely believe that a person can feel worthy and valuable again–even after assault.  First, if this type of assault has happened to you, I am so sorry to hear it. I hope that you have taken the necessary steps to obtain resources and counseling to help you heal and come through this terrible ordeal.  Secondly, if you are aware of your attacker’s identity, I hope that you have gained the courage from within, and have the support of your family and/or community network, to speak out against this person.

 

Now, regarding feeling worthy and valuable again – this is a choice! You ARE NOT, I repeat You ARE NOT what happened to you! You ARE NOT any less worthy or valuable than you were BEFORE the attack happened.  The attack is a reflection of the perpetrator, not the victim.  Make a CHOICE today that you will not allow this life event to define you, to rob you of anything else, or to make you afraid to be the amazing individual you are.  Make a CHOICE today to not be a victim, to get the help you need and deserve, and give yourself the time to heal. I hope that everything works out for you. I am seeding for the greatness inside of you to emerge.

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.

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