Putting In That Work
Summer bodies are made in the winter. When you look better, you feel better, right? The fitness industry in the U.S. is a multi-billion-dollar industry and is steadily growing every year. It’s no surprise that people desire to know how to look good. But what about maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle- from the inside out? With access to more information than ever before, we’re familiar with the fad diets that continue to flood the internet, promising quick results. The faster the results the better.
But beyond wanting to look good physically, taking a holistic approach to your health is the real #goals. Elsa Senat, currently resides in Washington, D.C., utilizing her platform to display simple fitness tips. She uses a straight-forward approach, showing the masses different moves that can be completed both at home and at the gym.
Back in the Day…
My weight struggle dates back to my childhood years so, I was instantaneously drawn to Elsa’s platform. Elsa, also of Haitian descent, helped me to see the feasibility of achieving the lifestyle goals I had set for myself. But with our fast-paced, fast-food lifestyle—it’s easy to get off track. Once I began nursing school, I easily gained a cool 20 pounds. The struggle.
The Nursing School Journey
My first nursing job earned me another 20 pounds. Transitioning with my career in nursing to night shift gave me an additional 20 pounds. With my short 5’1 frame, I knew I needed to do something about the weight that I was quickly gaining. However, what I really needed to address was my relationship with food. The amount of food that I consumed as well as my physical activity was closely related to the amount of stress, I was under, at any given time.
Changing Our Perspective
As caregivers, it’s easy to neglect your own health when your sole responsibility and livelihood revolves around caring for others. We do ourselves a disservice when we don’t make our health a priority. Self-care is such a buzz word in 2019 that we forget just how simple taking care of you—can truly be. We literally have the information at our fingertips but we’re not always willing to use it. Taking care of yourself is not being selfish. It’s an act of self-love that allows you to be and feel at your best, and as a result, you’ll be able to take better care of others.
The Why Factor
Several of the chronic illnesses and diseases that we currently treat are directly affected by nutrition and physical activity. Having a background in public health coupled with the lack of dialogue within her own home motivated Elsa to take charge of her own narrative, as it related to her health. Taking an interest back in 2015, she began running every couple of days every week.
Where ever you are in your journey, all you have to do is start.
Consistency is key.
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This segment of Parler: Table Topics was brought to you by contributions from Elsa Senat.
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