Plato, Aristotle, and Your Fitness

What a title, right? 

Before you turn your nose up at a dry, academic, metaphysical interpretation of wellness in modern society, give me a chance to break this one down.

… And use it at your next dinner party, you’ll sound super smart.

Aristotle and Plato were two brilliant men who came to two very different interpretations on the nature of things.
Plato, with a heavy affinity for idealism, came to understand things as innate, free-floating ideas from which all variations were derived.
Aristotle with a passion for logic and metaphysics, came to understand the opposite -that the idea of things was composed of our embodied experiences with all of the things we categorize as “similar to”.

Modern Wellness Culture, as it stands, walks a fine line between these two approaches. If I were to ask you which of these philosophers’ ideas of “thingness” you agreed with, most of you would probably agree with Aristotle.

Where I think we start to trip up, and where I find my clients often get confused, is when we talk about wellness. How often have you heard the phrase, “this is supposed to be super good for you,” or  its million variants?  It is an incredibly platonic phrase. It assumes that there is some sort of innate wellness smoothie floating in the sky from which we can derive wellness upon consumption.

Do you see the problem?

Here’s an example from my life:
My little brother and I have great fights about what’s healthy and our conversation looks like this…

Him: “Tell me something healthy I can have for dinner.” <-Plato
Me: “I dunno, what did you do/eat today?” <-Aristotle
Him: “Just tell me what to eat, K?” <- Stubborn little brother who is sick of Aristotle

Just because something makes sense for me, doesn’t mean it automatically makes sense for you. Somehow, even though we agree with Aristotle, we talk about wellness as though we were more aligned with Plato. Next time you catch yourself talking about something’s healthfulness, ask yourself, are you Plato? Or are you Aristotle?

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Grey Days of Summer

This summer I had the opportunity to shoot with Jackie Duncan of Jackie Duncan Photography on a particularly grey day on the banks the Bow River.

Jackie is a fabulous photographer who works in a broad array of fields and, my personal favourite side note, used to be a varsity hockey player in the U.S.

We get together, talk sport and take pictures every now and then and thanks to her amazing talent the results look something like this:

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If you’re interested in working with her, you should definitely reach out.
Jackie does all of the model testing for agencies like Sophia Models International and is a pro in guiding and developing models and non-models alike.

Xo

Shampoo and Conditioner… On the go

I’ve had more bottles of shampoo and conditioner explode in my bag than I care to count… and I don’t know about you guys but, I’m just not adult enough to deal with it.

This summer I decided to take a stand against packing my toiletries four layers deep in secondary small bottles, ziploc containers, plastic bags, and even a toiletry bag, trying to appear pulled together.

For all my efforts leading up to this summer, I’ve had to clean or throw out bags due to countless failed attempts to secure a tidy, mess-free, means of showering away from home.

And then I met Lush Cosmetics’ Shampoo and Conditioner Bars.
To be clear, I have no affiliation with Lush, aside from being a regular patron; they aren’t paying me to say nice things. I’m just amped about having a product that has basically zero chance of exploding in my bag. 

I actually haven’t quite found the conditioner that’s right for me (in bar form), but, BUT, I can now shower at any of the facilities I train out of, with no stress about traveling with toiletries.

So, fellow humans, as I continue my search for the perfect to-go conditioner: What do you use to wash-up on the go? Any suggestions?

 

Photo Cred: Lush.ca

My Body Couture and Model Intentions

Guys, it’s Facebook official, Model Intentions and My Body Couture are tying the knot.

Janis and I are each others’ fitness yin and yang, and after years of banter and working together, we’ve decided to “get serious” and move in together.

Model Intentions will continue to be my brand, blog, newsletter, and calendar for all rowing, modeling, and group fitness events. So, please, continue to follow along!

For you, this move in means two things:
-an increase in super cool offerings and access to more practicioners
– expedited results (in one location with only one set of paper work! Yaaaaas)

So, follow along at:
https://www.facebook.com/mybodycouture/
https://twitter.com/MyBodyCouture
and Insta, we promise, will be up and running soon.

Xo
Danika

Water Wonderland

In YYC a special, magical event occurs on May 1st every year.

The Glenmore Reservoir opens and all of us prairie-bound water junkies rejoice.

It’s water season.

If you’re looking for a fun, comprehensive workout, a great community, and some fabulous sunshine, Calgary Rowing Club is a great place to go.

Through out the summer the Calgary Rowing Club (CRC) offers Learn To Rows for the uninitiated, Novice (read: Newbie) rows, youth camps, recreational/competitive programs for all age groups, private lessons, AND a kick butt para-program. The Calgary Rowing Club is equipped to handle us all.

Rowing can be a highly demanding sport; the rowing stroke requires the use of 84% of the body’s muscle mass and high cardio-vascular output… but, it also requires technique and patience.

Sitting in a rowing shell as the sunrises and hearing the woosh of your blades moving through the water as you make your way up to the starting line is by far my favourite way to start the morning. Plus, workouts can cost your body upwards of 1000 calories -my giant follow up breakfast is my second favourite part of my morning.

Row-mantic imagery or giant breakfasts peak your interest?

Should you sign up for a Learn to Row, here’s what to expect:

  • All forms of weather. Rain or shine it’s time to get in that rowing shell and party! Bring a hat in either instance; you’ll thank me later.
  • People from all walks of life. As I touched on earlier, the programming at the CRC is built to handle us all. Don’t be shy! Come on down and give it a whirl.
  • We’re all awful at the beginning. Nothing is natural about sitting in the boat backwards, holding a stick in your hands and propelling it by moving your legs. Don’t worry about it.
  • A fun work out. Being new at something typically means that our bodies are super inefficient at it, which means we get a good workout just for trying something new!

 

See you on the water!