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Weightlifting is important to me and my overall health. It allows me to continue to keep my body in great shape and perform basic functional movements. There was a point in time where I was lifting weights to get bigger, stronger, and faster for the football field, but now that’s shifted. I lift weights to maintain the physique that I have been building for the past eleven years. Lifting really heavy doesn’t appeal to me anymore, but lifting with the correct form and posture is what matters. It helps to prevent injuries, and you can get a lot more out of a rep with the correct form than just trying to move the weight fast.
When I first started training, recovery wasn’t thought to be as important. It was seen as a sign of weakness if you were getting ice or in the hot tub, doing yoga, cryotherapy, or getting a massage. Nobody was really talking about the science of recovery, but now that stories and information is coming out, it makes all the sense in the world. Your body is a vehicle, and every now and then, vehicles need to go into the shop or get washed or detailed and even get a diagnostic check. Our bodies can’t continue to perform at a high level without recovery, and that’s why I started taking my own more seriously. Pretty close to the same level as I did my training sessions. The body needs time to rejuvenate and adjustments in certain areas that a weight room can’t give you, so it’s essential to invest in recovery options for yourself. Your body will thank you for it now and later.
Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.
This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.
Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.
If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help page—where they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.
Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.
This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.
To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.
* National Cancer Institute