“Did you health today?” “Would you like to health with me?” “What are you doing… are healthing?”
I’ve never been the most athletic person, even as a child. I remember huffing and puffing on the Terry Fox Run in elementary school one year thinking, “people do this for fun?” I dabbled in sports in high school, I enjoyed them for sure, but I was never one to actually be fit.
In 2011 I decided that I needed to work at being fit and somehow stumbled upon a magical youtube channel called Fitness Blender. At the time it was really new and they were figuring out their stuff but I was drawn to their style – a clean white background, no fancy equipment, and a simple voiceover with no background music. Amy, my dear friend (who was also living with my family at the time) learned about Fitness Blender quite quickly. She tended to prefer the “low impact, apartment friendly” videos. The jumping ones with Elephant Stomps that were a by-product of doing a workout in my room… which was above hers… were not her favourite. She did not love it. I do believe I was yelled at quite sternly. Sorry again.
“Did you health today?” “Would you like to health with me?” “What are you doing… healthing?”
Healthing. Somewhere along the way my family has created the word giving it a new meaning: To health is to work out or exercise. “I healthed today” translates to mean, “I worked out.” And 7 times out of 10 it means that the person completed a Fitness Blender workout.
Pause. I tried to find a picture of me or my siblings healthing to one of these but apparently nobody thought it might come in handy to photograph those events. Found this one in the archives though! 3 of my favourite people on a family vacation a few years back. We healthed up a mini mountain! WEEEEEEE. Thanks facebook.
Back to Fitness Blender. Their videos are hosted by youtube but their website is worth checking out, especially if you can appreciate a well organized system (insert hands up emoji… daughter of an engineer here). Check it out –> FitnessBlender.com I took a screen shot of it (I inserted it above though because because?) so you can see, each video that they do is categorized by difficulty, calorie burn, focus area, equipment needed, training type, and duration. If you only have 20 minutes but are looking for a decent sweat and are in the mood for an total body cardio workout all you need to do is punch that in and bingo, you’re set.
One of the things that I appreciate about them is that they are honest and upfront about what they are doing. They were both trainers who started this because they believe that “fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income level or access to a gym.” They weren’t in it to make it big, but they definitely have! Kelli has been open about her own struggles with eating disorders and body image and they are big advocates for living a healthy lifestyle without guilt or shame or feeling. They are people who come across as relatable and absolutely love what they do.
Last night I wanted a quick <10 minute stretch to help my sore muscles (mommy PSA: nursing posture is important people!!!). Ben was also feeling tight from all the sportsing of the last week. We ended up doing the “Relaxing Stretching Workout for Stiff Muscles and Stress Relief” It was only 5 minutes but it was such a good 5 minutes.
I could go on and on about Fitness Blender and how it fits into my own fitness journey but the baby is actually asleep (wooooo!!!) and I’d like to end my evening with a stretch. Probably.
If you check them out because of this or have already been healthing along with Kelli and Daniel, let me know! I’d be down to hear about it 🙂