"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!
People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be accepted.
Presumably accepting others begins with accepting ourselves. We need to know our whole self. To accept our whole self. As the foundation for embracing and being our whole self. Love is a basic human right. And so, therefore, is love of yourself.
Being a basic right hardly means it is a simple feat to love and accept yourself. Certainly not when shame or fear enter the equation. How do you accept yourself when you fear the repercussions of being you? How do you accept another when you are afraid of them? How do you accept or even begin to understand another when you don’t quite understand or accept yourself?
Perhaps this is one place to begin: With accepting yourself. I’m not a huge fan of navel searching. I think people and worlds fare better when we are compassionately preoccupied with better understanding and helping others instead of ourselves. But perhaps we need to take a step back and be really honest with ourselves about how we are different. We are each of us unique, strange, queer. Can we allow ourselves to be more honest and more vulnerable? Experience how it feels to have some of our differences accepted and others treated with discomfort, distrust, even fear. Acknowledge that being different is completely different from being wrong. And remember how much good, how much strength comes from accepting, embracing, and meshing differences. That real progress takes real courage, open mindedness, and trust.
Inspiration of the Day
“Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – Barbara Gittings
Classes of the Day
We’ve got THREE more classes on the schedule today, just for you!
TNT with Lori
Start your morning off right with this workout, full of high intensity intervals designed to leave you as a lean, mean, fat burning machine. The exercises will be different from last week’s class, keeping your body challenged!
Join Lori at 7:00am (45 minutes) from your very own living room.
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Meeting ID: 842 3730 2549
HIIT with Lauren
Your lunchtime just got a whole lot better! Today, you can join Lauren for her HIIT class that incorporates cardio and strength exercises to get your muscles burning and heart pumping in no time!
Recommended equipment for today: a chair, medium dumbbell for squat press, pillow
Join Lauren at 12:00pm (45 minutes) from your living room.
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Meeting ID: 880 8393 0882
Pilates Matwork with Stephanie
Fire up your core and sculpt long, lean muscle with Pilates Matwork. This series dives into classical matwork and explores key Pilates exercises and their variations. Prepare to sweat, get stronger, and work your entire body with this complete Pilates workout.
Recommended equipment for today: a padded mat, light weights, long belt/strap for stretching
Join Stephanie at 5:30pm (30 minutes) from your living room.
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Meeting ID: 880 7113 7764
REMINDER: We have a Mobility & Stability class tomorrow morning at 7:30am. Be sure to check your inbox bright and early for the Soup of the Day with the class’ link, meeting ID, and password!
If you have any questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.
Racquet of the Day
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Squash isn’t all about what happens on the court, what you do before and after a game is crucial and can make all the difference.
Good preparation before you play and doing the right things after you play can not only improve your overall performance but also play a key part in preventing injury.
The 4 pillars of preparation:
- Nutrition: Playing on a full stomach is never good but you also don’t want to be running on empty – try and find the right balance by eating at least 2 hours before you play. I like to eat a smaller meal with some pasta, salad, and lean protein in the run up to a game.
- Hydration: We all know the importance of staying hydrated for peak performance and overall health. Always have a bottle of water on hand and make sure you take breaks in-between games for important rehydration time.
- Warm Up: Easily the most overlooked area for so many of the players I see! How many times have you started a match cold, only to be a game down before you know it and struggling to find a way back! Get your body warm and heart rate up by trying to replicate the movements you will make in a match. Short sprints (running from the office doesn’t count!), lunges, skipping, and jogging on the spot are all simple, effective ways to hit the court warmed up and raring to go.
- Warm Down: The last piece of the puzzle and not one to forget! A thorough stretch down will help take away those tight muscles and reduce DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). It’s also an ideal time to reflect on your game and make some mental notes… Now go and enjoy a cold beer at the bar and hit the hot tub…you earned it!
For questions about keeping your Squash skills razor sharp, you can connect with Laurence directly here.
Trainer Moves of the Day
Penny Phang – Personal Trainer at the Adelaide Club – will help you iron out your hump day lumps and bumps with these stretches. It's easy enough to find yourself sitting at a desk or at some point even watching television where there might be a coffee table nearby. This means you have lots of opportunities to squeeze in a quick stretch to thank your body for everything it does to keep you alive and moving! Try out these simple stretches and get creative — make up a few of your own!
For questions about today’s Trainer Moves, you can connect with Penny directly here.
Webinar of the Day
Join Penny TODAY at 2:00pm for her new webinar: Secret Strategies to Losing Belly Fat and Stubborn Pounds.
Many people try to lose weight by going on a “diet” and stressing out about the “work-OUT” when in fact the most important component to achieving real results is about the “work-IN” because 70% of staying in shape comes from what you put IN your body. It’s not about counting calories, depriving yourself, and creating more stress to your schedule, but rather is about learning sustainable strategies that help you lose weight and keep it off in a healthy way.
This webinar will inspire you with insight about your miraculous body and provide 3 secret strategies to help you achieve your healthiest weight with daily habits you can implement immediately. Walk away with easy-to-follow tips & techniques that will put you on track to jumpstart your wellness goals!
Click here to sign-up for the webinar.
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