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Dietitians Unplugged Podcast

Welcome to the Dietitians Unplugged Podcast with Aaron Flores and Glenys Oyston.  Join us as we explore the idea of health and wellness from a new perspective. Each episode we will discuss topics that we hope to help you improve your health, body image and fitness without obsessing on the scale or counting calories.  We believe in Health at Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, and body positivity and we want to help you build the confidence to ditch the scale, and embrace your health without shaming your body.

Apr 25, 2016

After spending a few episodes talking about making peace with food, Glenys and Aaron turn their attention to another important part of our diet culture, exercise.  They discuss their own personal history with exercise as well as what has helped improve their relationship with this behavior. They also give insights to the popular fitness trackers that so many of us are using these days.  Is there such a thing as Intuitive Exercise?  You'll have to listen to find out. 

over eight years ago

I grew up a thin and very sedentary kid/teen.
Until college. Still thin, but went through the whole body image/orthorexia thing as many do. I consistently went to the gym and did strength training, started running, etc. I actually really enjoyed it. NOW? Still thin and sedentary and trying to find my thing with exercise. I *want* to get back to the gym because I have good memories and it made me feel empowered. I really *need* to strengthen my bones/muscles as a thin person who doesn't want to shrivel away muscle and bone-wise. I actually have an osteopenia diagnosis from 9 years ago. But obstacles in the way and I don't go. At home, with kids, I can't seem to stick to anything. Things I enjoy are not very active ;-) But I pat myself on the back when I mow the lawn and walk to pick up my daughter from school. I don't think it is necessarily wrong or harmful to participate in regular activity/exercise because it's good for me. I wash dishes and vacuum and do other things because they need to be done. I don't ENJOY dishes or vacuuming in and of itself, but it takes care of my house and gets the results I want. As far as exercise the results I want are building and maintaining a higher level of muscle mass, functional ability, and bone/health protection. I can't say I mind the aesthetic changes, but they are not my #1 priority. Interestingly, though, it was way easier to get exercise done when I was younger and aesthetics were the #1 reason ;-)

However, I fully promote the idea of finding something you enjoy so it is sustainable and fun.