4. Scientist Are Still Debating The Benefits Of Fat
While some studies are still debating whether or not it is dangerous to be overweight, most of them agree that fitness is a priority, and not being thin. So you can shamelessly rock your love handles at the gym because science's got your back.
If you still haven't gotten your ideal summer body, don't worry! It's not too late because Montreal now offers this killer new workout that will get you in shape in not time! Barre is a new and upcoming workout where you use your whole body.
A barre workout can be described as an " exercises designed to chisel and sculpt your muscles while working your core, stability and posture" according to Ensō. In other words, it is basically a combination of Pilates and ballet into one killer workout. Anyone can do barre all it takes is determination and endurance.
Barre actually originated in London when the famous German dancer Lotte Berk injured her back.Don't worry, you don't need rhythm to do a barre workout, you just need to be willing to sweat a lot! Barre studios and classes have skyrocketed and is now a new trend that is taking over Montreal. So, be the first of your friends to try it! Trust me, you won't regret it!
My personal favorite studio to do barre has to be Ensō! Their hot barre classes challenge your entire body in an attempt to lengthen and strengthen your entire body. Ensō hot barre will have you feeling tightened and toned from head to toe. You lieterally drip sweat since the class is held in a heated room between (38 °C / 100 °F) to (39 °C / 102 °F). You will feel the calories sweating off your body! All levels are welcome and will find this class accessible.
For that ultimate extreme barre workout, then B.cycle is the place to be! They have great barre classes that are perfect for those extreme athletes. But don't sweat it, they also have beginner classes called B.body Barre. So, get ready, get set, and get on that barre.
For those who want to work out that booty, then this is the place for you! Bootybarre includes mats and accessories that are all supplied by the studio. Bootybarre is "an energetic workout that combines the techniques of dance, Pilates and Yoga to tone, define and carve the entire body " VPilates Barre & Étirement according to . It is truly the a fabulous fusion of strength and flexibility. It's the perfect cardio workout!
For everything you could have ever wanted from a workout, Essentics barre is the workout for you! They have two barre heights to choose from in order to get a deep stretch at the level that is right for you. They have been open for 15 years where they keep all the fundamentals of barre running. Their barre workouts have zero impact whiteout the use of weights. So start stretching yourself over there!
If you haven't been to bootcamp yet, then barre bootcamp at Pilates du Plateau is the place for you! This is an intensive level of barre that gives you pros a complete body workout as you sweat your worries away. They also have intermediate level for all the newbies!
Something that I have learned with age is that unfortunately the word 'Love' is often greatly misunderstood or simply over used or even sometimes used incorrectly.
With this in mind I would like you to think about what you are trying to say when you tell someone you love them. I used to say it all the time, and still do say it a lot to some extent, but now my intentions and its meaning have changed for me and become so much more. I have also learnt that it is so much more important to show someone than simply just say it.
Before you get mad at me you must understand that I am total romantic, cry over romantic films, cherish memories and love walking hand in hand. It is just that sometimes we lose sight of what is really important and are consumed by our hormones.
Think about it sometimes you love someone but don't necessarily trust, respect or even want to be with them and that’s why I feel that there are things so much more important than love in a relationship to make it work.
Remember that the same people who are candy to our eyes can be poison to our hearts. Study their ingredients before feeding them to your soul.
What could be more important than trust? If you don't have this you risk being insecure, worried and therefore potentially unhappy. Trust can be something that is worked towards and is definitely strengthened with time. So even though there may be a lack of trust at the beginning it doesn’t mean you have to end it but simply work together to get to the same level.
As I reached the final years of my marriage I was battling hard to hold onto the love so much so, I missed the true problem, the loss of the trust.
2. Mutual Respect
Now if you are in a relationship you are sure at some point to have had a misunderstanding or dispute. Of course this is perfectly normal but how you deal with it is extremely important. I am sure that you have conversations with friends where you feel that they are being disrespected but blinded by love. Well true love demands respect, whatever happens or misunderstanding you have, be respectful of your partner’s point of view and value them for who they are.
I have looked back at myself in horror remembering ugly fights where I have both treated and been treated with such disrespect. And never would wish that on anyone, not only as it is hurtful but damaging to your relationship.
What could be more important than your happiness and the happiness of the one you love? Of course you can't expect to be happy all the time as yes you will argue and disagree but it is important to keep check and assure you are both happy most of the time. You have to live life to the full and embrace every minute and be happy as you deserve.
I am very guilty in the past to have not always put my happiness first thinking it was the best thing for the family and loved ones, but in fact was actually blinded of the effect of my unhappiness on the happiness of my partner and those around me.
Now you can't expect everyone to be perfect communicators but you need to find good communication in whatever its form. Without this how can anything be clear and trust and respect be implicated. Communication helps set boundaries, express your love verbally, fix problems, express your needs, and even to have good sex.
From my experience no matter the amount of love without communication you won't be able to least long.
If you don't feel safe then you really must move on as nothing can be more important than your security. I know love makes it really hard but what is the point of loving someone if you might not be there to be in love them till there end. And if you are not safe how can you trust, respect and be happy.
I have experienced arguments out of control but never fortunately been in a situation where I have felt unsafe but already having experienced a horrible fight was enough to damage a relationship so image what constant insecurity can do.
There are couples that live in each other’s pockets and don't get me wrong that mutual harmony can be beautiful. But from my experience maintaining an independence and time for yourself is also extremely important and healthy for a relationship. Even if you have a united front and share of hobbies and passions you shouldn't put aside your personal time or even lose your identity.
Driven by my emotions I often but myself on the back burner for my relationships and often lost friends, passions and even my identity because of it. It was only when I truly became single and gained maturity that I realized the person and life I left behind. With this new found knowledge I found myself again, regained my identity and now hold onto it whatever my situation. And having done so I see that my relationship retains its magic. Not only does it mean there are always things to share and talk about but it’s a really test of respect and trust.
You must absolutely have the same values or at least respect each other’s point of you. If you see this differently it could be a constant source of conflict. It will affect your finances, projects and future plans and if these are not in line how can you move forward.
In the past when I haven't necessarily shared the same values as my partner it has caused great financial stress. We budgeted and spent our money differently causing a huge financial burden on the relationship.
This is extremely important, one shouldn't de dependent on the other but be equals that are equally there for each other. We all have different strengths and may not be able to contribute the same thing but you just need to make sure that whatever your force you are using it to play your part. We are not maids, servants or banks to one and the other but equals in a partnership.
I was bought up under a old fashion British mentality of women serving on their husband, so this just seemed perfectly normal to me for a large part of my life, but it wasn't till I meet a wise man who believed in equality that I truly understood the power of a good partnership in being truly happy.
I could go on and on to mention more points and qualities I find more important that love in a relationship but I think here I have outlined the principal points and you understand now what I am talking about. So remember even if you are physically drawn to the other person ask yourself, do you have everything to make it work?
Take a moment and ask yourself, "How am I feeling today?" Be honest. Do you feel stressed, anxious, balanced, happy, overwhelmed? It's unbelievably cold outside, you can't help but daydream about hot summer days. Right? Of course.
Happiness rules every single one of our life's decisions. We work, study, get into relationships, exercise, eat - all this just to be happy; it's as simple as that. Where's the problem, you ask? I'll explain. Because we're constantly chasing that feeling, we fail to live in a permanent state of happiness instead. It's like chasing the horizon - so close, we can almost feel it, yet we can't just grab it.
Montreal has been exceptionally cold during Valentine's day weekend. We're expecting ice rain tomorrow... Great, just great. You've undoubtedly heard people complain about the weather and how they don't know why they still live in this city.
Montrealers look forward to spring and summer. That's when we'll start living and when Montreal will start to "breath" again, right? Wrong! It's important to try and find a state of balance and comfort inside of us even when the weather outside is not collaborating.
It's not always easy to appreciate every moment when it comes to relationships. People who are single look forward to meeting that special someone. I have girlfriends who desperately attend every possible 5 à 7 at Downtown bars in hopes of meeting the businessman of their dreams.
Those who are in relationships aren't satisfied either. I have a friend who has been with her boyfriend for about 10 years. She is annoyed with the fact that he hasn't proposed to her yet and this frustration is holding her back from being happy in the moment.
What we fail to understand is - wishing and hoping for something other than what we have right now stops us from living in a permanent state of happiness and turns our life into a never-ending chase.
The job market in Montreal is highly competitive and it's not always easy to find a decent position after graduation. Many Montrealers stress about their finances, bills, being underpaid, not working at the job they love... All this stops us from being happy.
We assume that life starts once we land that dream job and, consequently, buy that dream house and car. We're so busy making plans and living in the future that we forget that life is what happens today, not in a year from now.
Health and fitness
During cold winter months, many Montrealers work on achieving that "dream summer body." Don't get me wrong, it's great to have goals, train at the gym and lead an active lifestyle. What's important is to still love your own body even if it doesn't correspond to a perfect image/goal that you've set for yourself.
Montrealers live for the weekend. Most of us hate Mondays and get excited when Friday rolls around. It's not the best mentality to live by given that the weekend only represents about 30% of our lives. It means that 70% of our lifetime is spent dissatisfied. That's a very sad statistic.
In other words, what's stopping you from being happy in Montreal today is not living in the moment. Don't worry about the future, focus on today, appreciate the cold, love yourself, don't wait for the weekend to live and thank the Universe for everything that has been given to you. Find happiness within yourself, because it's there, we just forget about it sometimes. Have a happy Monday! <3