Wine with Fitness? WTH?

Posted: October 24, 2010 in Fitness

A few weeks ago I was in Portland with my new business affiliate, Eleni, preparing to open to open H2F PDX.   I was there in time to join her on her radio show, Get Fit Portland, where we discussed the benefits of various types of training modalities.

There were three trainers present, all with different backgrounds, and we all agreed that depending on the goal, a variety of approaches could work best.  There are obviously different approaches for the client who wants to lose weight, maintain their current level of fitness, or crank it up a notch.

As we look along the spectrum from the average Jill to the high-performance athlete, one key aspect of training doesn’t change: every individual needs to approach their training at their current capacity and with their personal goals in mind.

For many people this isn’t necessarily an easy thing to measure and it can change day-to-day.  It also requires a fair amount of awareness.  Our goal as H2F trainers is to help guide you towards a greater awareness and ultimately to a more intuitive way of looking at your health.  If you’ve ever trained with us you know we don’t encourage weight obsession, food obsession or binge exercising.  We’re moderates who really want to enjoy life in healthy bodies for as long as we can.  And we don’t want to think about it too hard.

So if you’re like us, here are a few things to think about to help you on your way to intuitive fitness (this has been heavily influences by the confessions, er feedback, of several clients).

1.  Wine is not a natural enemy.  Yes, it has a lot of sugar and calories and that’s important to recognize, but unless you’re an alcoholic, there just isn’t any harm in occasionally having a glass or two.  Enjoy dinner, your friends and your life.  Cheese is yummy, especially with wine.
2.  Taking a break is fine – sometimes your body really needs a rest.  When considering breaking from routine, ask yourself if you will mentally/physically/spiritually feel better if you workout or if you don’t.  Imagine the day without the workout, then imagine it with it – which feels better?  Do that.
3.  When you’re reaching for that cookie at 2pm, ask yourself if that’s what your body needs or if it really wants an apple.  If it’s the cookie then bloody well enjoy it.

I’d love to see the world full of people who trust themselves.  It’s learning and honoring the difference between reasons and excuses, between pleasure and addiction, between habit and will power, between processed sugar and fruit.  Between treating ourselves like shit and being kind and moderate with ourselves.

Everyone should know what their base level is to feel good.   I personally need to break a sweat almost every day.  I need something intensely physical to wake me up.  I need to eat (carbs proteins and veggies) every two or three hours.  I drink several glasses of water every day and a couple cups of coffee.  That’s my baseline.  Many days  – sometimes 4 in a row(!) – I eat chocolate and drink wine and many other days I’m all clean living.  I’m not perfect and I’m not trying to be.  I just want to sustain my health, enjoy my life, and honor my needs.

In short, if you generally have good health habits then you can afford to indulge.  When you do – savour it.

In health and happiness,


ps – here’s the said radio show where Eleni spontaneously coined the phrase, “intuitive fitness”.

Get Fit Radio

  1. hitgirl says:

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that some people shouldn’t drink wine. Diabetics, pregnant woman, those with allergies, people who lose all inhibitions. etc. 🙂 But you already knew that, right? S

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