My mother always loved telling me the story of my birth. I was two weeks late, and had put her on bed rest towards the end of her pregnancy. The way she always tells it is, that I waited until the moment I was ready and once I decided it was my time to arrive, I came fast and with force. Only two hours after her first contraction, I came tumbling out (literally) doing a twisting backflip on my way into the world — sticking the landing and weighing in at a whopping ten pounds. She would then go on to tell how I was the easiest baby to spot in the nursery — not only because of the fact that I was the size of a toddler, but because within minutes of being swaddled I would manage to kick and pull off my blanket and hat, and flail around in my bassinet completely naked. So, needless to say, I was quite literally, born to move.
This affinity for movement and activity continued through my childhood. From being that annoying kid who took dodgeball in gym class far too seriously, to competing in gymnastics, attending the School of American Ballet, and being one of three girls on my little league team, to spending every weekend at my family’s lake house doing every water and lawn sport and game imaginable, to finally finding the love of my life riding horses — as a kid, I was always moving and always on-the-go in some way, shape, or form.
While I have clearly stayed more than active in my adult years, and am not only grateful for my affinity to move, but also that I have the ability to easily do so, there are times where even I feel frustrated that finding time to move and be active seems to become more and more of a challenge as we get older and gain other responsibilities in our lives — studies, jobs, relationships, social lives, children, and just keeping up with the cost of living. It wasn’t until I started my career that I realized I spent the majority of time — for the first time in my life — sitting at a desk and being immobile. Sure, did I still find my hour a day to go to the gym? Yes. Did I fill my weekends with activities that kept me moving (dancing totally counts)? Yes. However, it never felt balanced to me.
It wasn’t until I entered the health and fitness arena by starting The Sweat Life, and quite literally created a job where one of my main responsibilities is to workout and be active, that I realized how small a part movement is in so many of our lives. Through this platform, I have not only had the opportunity to have an up-close and personal view on the trends of movement, but have gotten to speak to so many people about movement and activity in their own lives. Unfortunately, so many of these conversations are about people’s struggles with finding the time to be active, as well as finding a type of movement that truly works for them.
There has never been a more exciting time in health and fitness — with more options on the market than ever before, however, with this overabundance of choice, there seems to be a sense of people feeling overwhelmed and confused. And how can we not be? Almost anywhere you look these days there is a new studio, trainer, or fitness influencer telling you that they've created or just found the next best thing. However, here at The Sweat Life, one of our greatest missions is to show you that there IS no best of anything — there is only what is best for you. And what's best for you? Great question. What is best for you, is whatever makes you FEEL your best, and what you are actually going to stick to — because if you don’t stick to it, there is no point in it.
Thus, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Propel Water over the next two weeks on their Made to Move series, which shares the same mission we do — empowering you to find how YOU are made to move — and keeping you hydrated while you do it! They too, realize that movement is going to manifest differently in everyone depending on what you enjoy doing, what you are able to do, and what your lifestyle allows for you to do. With that in mind, Propel created an amazing event series called Co:Labs, which brought together some of the top trainers and teachers from coast to coast, offering opportunities for people to try a wide variety of new ways to get their bodies moving!
Our content this week is all about how we are Made to Move: Celebrity trainers Kira Stokes and Gunnar Peterson talk about our body's innate nature to get moving; nutritionist Whitney English coaches us on the foods that make us move best pre- and post-workout; Holly Rilinger shares her new workout, LIFTED, which combines movement and meditation; we hear what a Day in the Sweat Life is like for celebrity trainer Lacey Stone; and Bandier spotlights all the latest fit fashion that is made to help us move.
While I understand that I am in a very special position where my job is dedicated to being active and constantly being on-the-go, I promise you, moving on a regular basis is not only achievable for everyone, but it is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. I know so often that making it to the gym or for a run can feel like torture when that alarm goes off in the morning, or after a long day of work, but have you ever felt worse for doing it?! Additionally, have you ever truly thought about what it would be like to not be able to move your body at all? Movement is a gift we should all cherish, and I challenge you this week to find how it is you are made to move!
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life