5 simple stretching tips

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After a short blogging detox, I’m back! 🙂 Lately, I’ve been focusing on useful content, posts that are more than just pretty photos. On things you might find useful and would help you one way or another.

I’ll start short and sweet, with 5 stretching tips. Whether you want to improve your splits or you are just looking for a way to feel more flexible, there are some general things you should pay attention to.

  1. Don’t expect instant results. You won’t become super flexible after doing some yoga bridges and pigeon stretches. But you’ll see some results soon, so make sure you adapt the exercises to your abilities. And take some photos! Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m making progress but when I look at the photos I’m surprised by the difference!
  2. You don’t have to stretch every day. I usually do one (or sometimes two) flexibility training each week (along with pole classes and strength trainings, which all include some stretching) and I’m more flexible every week. In the beginning, I find it better to have more short stretching sessions and later make them longer.
  3. Stretch both sides of your body and always stretch in the opposite direction, too. It doesn’t matter if your right split feels more comfortable than the left one, spent the same amount of time and effort on both.
  4. Wear something comfortable. You won’t only stretch easier, but you’ll also feel better.
  5. Always warm up before a flexibility training and stretch after every training. I think I don’t need to explain this one. 🙂 And always focus on the form to prevent injuries – don’t push yourself over your limits!

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A positive body image in the age of perfection

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I’ve decided to share my story a few weeks ago and let me be honest, it was scary. But at the same time, it was like a huge weight was lifted off me and I could leave that chapter of my life behind. I’ve been thinking a lot about a positive image since then and why do we find it so hard to love our bodies the way they are. I can look on my experience from a distance now and I can see how much I wanted to be perfect, but for me, the standard was so high, I could never reach that perfection. I also included some pole photos in this post – no retouch, no hiding of ”flaws”. Pole dancing is a sport that sometimes squeezes your body, shows your rolls and cellulite, but it’s my happy place and I feel the most comfortable there. When I was younger, I saw that complaining about your body is an often subject in girls conversations. Whether it’s just general complaining about that few extra pounds (the ones that, believe me, are not extra, that’s just the way we see it), talking about diets, about running, working out… And nowadays it’s no different. We keep seeing photos of some would call it perfect bodies (let’s admit it, we know what Photoshop can do) and we compare ourselves to them in our everyday lives. But you know what? In our everyday, there is no perfect, soft lighting or many layers of powder to keep our skin looking perfect. There are no posed moments. It’s just us and our (sometimes busy) lives. We sometimes do our make up in bad lighting. Sometimes there’s a light in a room that gives us bags under our eyes. We are bloated on some parts of the month, or maybe we just don’t feel like wearing a tight dress when going to dinner because of our ”food baby”.

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Pole dancing and body positivity

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I’ve decided to write this post when I’ve realized that for the past year, I could step on the scale and not worry about the number for the first time in my life. Now I think it’s just a number, not something that defines you. But I needed some time to realize that, so I think it’s best to start this story at the beginning.

I was one of those extremely skinny girls when I was a teenager. Partly because of my bone structure, partly because I wasn’t eating enough for all the activities I was involved in that time. There practically wasn’t a day without a sports activity and I should have adjusted my calorie intake – but I didn’t. I actually loved the fact how skinny I was. Growing up in the age of super skinny models, reading magazines filled with diet advice and photos of ”ideal bodies”, my body seemed kind of normal to me, I liked that I looked gentle and fragile, and I had no idea why people close to me were worried. My body image was completely disortorted and when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see what I see in the old photos now.

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