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Nadia Murdock

Nadia Murdock is a successful lifelong entrepreneur, author, fitness writer, expert, and mom. Nadia’s education and experience in the interlocking battle of health and psychology fuel her mission and purpose to motivate others into adapting a self-positive mindset leading to healthier choices and body confidence. Nadia’s ‘Train Your Mind, Change Your Body’ philosophy is echoed in her content (writing, interviews, social media, newsletter, videos, press commentary) and digital footprint. Her robust portfolio leading the charge to help women take charge over their minds and bodies extends over a decade. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadiamurdock/

Mental Health Awareness: Telling signs that someone may be struggling.

When it comes to mental health, so many of us may be suffering silently because we don’t want to be considered a “nuisance”, or perhaps we don’t think our feelings are a big enough deal. Labels can create a stigma around certain things like mental health, and we at Recess believe that the more we talk about it the less alone we will feel. Struggling with a mental illness is extremely common.

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Instructor Feature: Noel Davis (Paris Fit)

Noel Davis is known as the archaeologist turned personal trainer, and that is a great story! After experiencing a traumatic life event her life was changed forever, and after receiving medical advice to rebuild her strength (more on that below) she discovered a passion for fitness which helped her launch her career as a personal trainer and staring her business Paris Fit.

Learn more about Noel and her continued journey below.

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Instructor Feature: Olga from Sweat Lab

Sweat Lab was founded by Olga Dolynina, a formerly trained dancer. She discovered movement outside of dance when she experienced a personal injury, and fell in love with yoga and started teaching group classes. This gave her the opportunity to feel alive and connected to her body again. Read more to learn more about how Olga is motivating her community and changing lives daily.

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Recess Instructor Feature: Pooja Uberoi

Pooja Uberoi is the founder and Artistic Director of IKIGAI USA. She is globally recognized for Bollywood dance and has been responsible for some of the biggest Bollywood musicals in India as well as in the US. Pooja is currently expanding and setting up her yoga and dance school in Florida. In addition to that, she is working on creating and training instructors for her new style BollyJazz.

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Find a community within Recess

Being a fitness professional is hard work especially if you are doing it alone. If you are looking for a community that fosters not only your current goals but also your future aspirations, then Recess is the one! Within the Recess community you can discover tools and resources that support boutique trainers as well as fitness entrepreneurs. Feeling less alone and more supported will ultimately help you help others.

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What are the benefits of infrared saunas?

Whether you are an athlete or overcome the demands of day-to-day life, finding new ways to holistically release stress and relax can be extremely beneficial for your overall health. Infrared Saunas have become a popular option for rejuvenating your muscles while getting a deep sweat. In comparison to traditional saunas, infrared saunas provide therapeutic heat that helps to promote relaxation and improve sleep. A study that highlighted the clinical benefits of infrared sauna treatments, showed that the health and wellness in populations that have a hard time exercising benefited greatly from these treatments.

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Create a Fierce Mindset with Colleen Conlon

Who is Colleen Conlon? She is a New York Post-Guinness World Record Holder and teaches women to overcome limiting beliefs by mastering kettlebells with her Kettlebell Intensive. Embodying her own fierce mindset didn’t happen overnight for Conlon. The ups and downs of her past are part of what propelled her to where she is today.  Narrowing down her purpose to help women build strength, confidence all while mastering kettlebells has been more rewarding than she ever thought.

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Let's get Hygge with it.

There is a trend that everyone is loving especially during this very cold winter! Hygge is the trend that supports feelings of wellness, coziness, and comfortability. The concept behind this movement is to encourage the commitment to creating joy and contentment in your life daily. It’s about making a positive impact on your life. Colleen Kavanagh, the founder of Soul Being says the overall sense of wellbeing instilled through the hygge trend goes deeper than a temporary feeling of being comforted.  “It is the comfort of knowing that we are able to create this sense of well-being for ourselves despite whatever unknowns may lurk beyond our doorsteps,” Colleen explains.

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Speaking about mental health as a community leader.

Mental health needs a voice, it needs someone brave enough to speak about the truths of it and the stigma that surrounds it as well. Being able to speak about the importance of mental health for those in your community is not only honorable it’s empowering.  Discussing this openly as a leader is important and it can help increase confidence and perspective on your current situation as well as the world around you.

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How are movement and health intertwined?

Studies have shown that the way we move today can affect our health and how we move in the future. Biomechanics studies the mechanical movements of our bodies and helps us understand what makes us stronger mentally and physically, mobile, and flexible as we mature. There is a clear connection between our daily movement and our mental health.

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Why Offering Spanish Services Is Crucial To Inclusive Mental Health

This fall, we've been working on a new initiative at Recess.tv—Move For Mental Health, a six-week series celebrating the power of mind-body connection and organizations pushing the fitness industry forward for good.

As we move through the series, we're chatting with different experts to explore the intersections between mental and physical health and the way movement plays a special role in our lives.

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Get Spooky with Class Themes

What is one main thing that keeps you coming back to a fitness class? Many may say it’s the music! With Halloween around the corner, you might be toying with the idea of creating a spooky playlist. Creating a themed class can be a fun way to create an escape for clients while making the workout fun.

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The Importance of Functional Fitness

Functional Fitness does exactly that, it helps you function in your day-to-day life with power and strength.  In essence, it is a form of physical training often paired with interval training and lifting weights.  Emily Kennedy, Women’s Wellness and Fitness Specialist explains that for her the purpose of functional fitness is to make everyday life comfortable and easy.

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Body Positivity Vs. Body Acceptance

Loving the skin you are in is not always the easiest thing to do, it actually might be one of the hardest things you will ever do. However, if you have reached a point in your life where loving yourself the way you deserve has become a priority (good for you!) then you might be confused whether you are more aligned with Body Acceptance or Body Positivity.

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Developing your brand as an Instructor

Today being an instructor doesn’t stop with teaching classes.  The truth of the matter is most instructors today are doing a lot more than teaching classes. They are coaching, writing, working with brands, and much more. Whether you are a veteran or new to the fitness industry getting clear on your niche and how to brand yourself is vital and trust me it’s never too late to figure this out. Jordanna Cheifetz, CEO and founder of JAC Digital Inc. says,

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Back to School and Back to Me

Back to school season for instructors might also mean an influx of students that are returning back to their regular fitness routine. The summer is used for traveling, social commitments, and just simple relaxation. As classes both in-person and online start to fill up again below are three tips to help you and your clients transition back to their routine this fall.

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Marketing Tips for Wellness Professionals

You have an amazing wellness program, a passion to help people, and the drive to do what it takes but you have no idea where to start when it comes to marketing your business? Sure, word of mouth goes a long way, your clients are the best at vouching for you but what if you want to reach a wider audience? Perhaps this is your first time as a solopreneur?  

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What Are The Top Summer Fitness Trends That Work For Your Clients?

These workout trends hit the fitness scene at the beginning of 2021 and are still going strong straight into the summer. Like many trends, some of these options may work for you and the same may not. Keep in mind just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it's ideal for your lifestyle nor do you have to do it.

Take a look at the trends listed below including the pros and cons for each one to help you decide what's worth exploring.

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How To Accommodate Fitness Clients In-Person And Virtually

The fitness space is always changing but now more than ever it has taken a dramatic pivot. Going from strictly at-home workouts last year to now a hybrid model, it’s an adjustment for all of us. Although gym memberships are almost at the same level it was before the pandemic, people are still opting to work out at home and in the studio.

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Creating a Safe Space for the LGBTQ+ Community

Taking the first step towards better health is not that easy; finding an inclusive environment can sometimes make this process even harder. Creating a safe space literally means cultivating an environment where a person can feel confident that they will not be subjected to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other form of emotional or physical harm.

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Ditch Diet Culture Traps As We Kick Off Summer

I am sure you have heard it all before, “Get beach ready”, “Summer bod season”, “Tank top arms” or “Washboard abs”. In some scenarios, this is well-intentioned to motivate clients to work towards a goal during the warmer months of the year. However this can actually cause more harm than good, really think about it.

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Mental Health Awareness for Instructors

Mental Health Awareness Month should remind you of why it’s important to put your mental health at the top of your list and also give yourself room to discover new ways to do just that. Why is this important? As instructors, it’s natural for you to absorb the energy of your clients both good and bad. This can lead to your own turmoil, so finding ways to strengthen your mind is essential.

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How to partner with sustainable brands

 

So you are passionate about sustainability (Sustainability meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations. The three pillars include economic, environmental and social.) and you want to do more to get the word out about the cause but you don’t know where to begin?

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How Has COVID Affected The Meaning Of Health?

Before COVID became a part of your everyday vocabulary it was hard to know that it would change your life forever in so many ways including your health. How you may interact with clients and how you handle your own health has surely been affected in some way or another. “Only time will tell how COVID has affected the meaning of health. We are still only scratching the surface of what we actually know about COVID and its long term effects.” explains Dr. Ari S. Hoschander, MD, FACS

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