fitness · WOTY

Sam turns to Aikido for her #WOTY for 2021

Last year my word of the year was FOCUS. That didn’t play out as I had hoped. (HA!) Way back when, in the Before Times, I wrote, “This year I need to focus. I have one goal in mind which is getting ready for total knee replacement surgery next year. It’s not going to be… Continue reading Sam turns to Aikido for her #WOTY for 2021

winter · yoga

Snow-ga with Alpacas!

What we did: Snow Yoga at Brae Ridge Alpaca and Horse Farm “Now you can embrace the powerful benefits of traditional yoga, nature and animal therapy during the winter months.“ Who went: Bloggers Sam and Kim, also Sarah, and friend of the blog, Rob What it was: An hour of very windy yoga in the… Continue reading Snow-ga with Alpacas!

fitness · injury

Sam’s sad knee saga: A struggling system meets the pandemic

I’ve been seeing physiotherapists and sports medicine doctors about knee pain and function since my mid forties. I’m 57 now. It’s been a while. Advanced knee osteoarthritis has ended my time as a soccer player first, then running, then CrossFit, then cross country skiing, and then Aikido. My sports world has narrowed considerably. I still… Continue reading Sam’s sad knee saga: A struggling system meets the pandemic

fitness

How our Words of the Year are Serving Us

Back in January the bloggers, most of us anyway, chose words of the year. I blogged about our choices here. And as we approach the halfway mark in the year, I checked in with the group to see how our words are serving us. Nicole “Steady” has held up for me. It helped me through… Continue reading How our Words of the Year are Serving Us

fitness · monthly check in

Sam’s monthly check-in: February’s ups and downs

First, the February good news. I’m counting down the days to spring. I’m loving the added evening light. There are days when it’s clear spring is happening soon. Also, February contains Valentine’s Day. And that’s a good thing. The rest of February is a mixed bag of feelings. With my knee surgery within the year,… Continue reading Sam’s monthly check-in: February’s ups and downs

martial arts

Feminism, embodiment, and fighting back: All our posts on self-defense in one place

Self defense is a feminist issue (Sam) Study shows self defense makes a difference but the issues are still complicated (Sam) Self Defense and Sexual Assault (Audrey Yap) The therapeutic value of feminist self-defense, part 1 and Part 2 (Grayson Hunt) What (Feminist) Self-Defense Courses Can Do (Guest Post) (Ann Cahill) Edith Garrud: The suffaragette who knew jiu-jitsu (Sam) Why is it so… Continue reading Feminism, embodiment, and fighting back: All our posts on self-defense in one place

fitness

Falling in France

You’ve all heard about my combo holiday/work trip in Spain and France. I told you about walking lots in Spain. See Sam is all sore feet and smiles in Spain . That was the good bit. I also wrote about a hard bit, stairs. See Stairs are not Sam’s friend. And I wrote about about… Continue reading Falling in France

Aikido · fitness · injury

Back on the mat and realizing I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet

I’ve mourned here for running. See Sam struggles not to run, ever! I’ve said goodbye to soccer. But I haven’t said goodbye to Akido even though I haven’t been in a couple of years. It’s partly because it’s too sad. I really miss it. I draft posts about it but I never hit “publish.” I… Continue reading Back on the mat and realizing I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet

fitness

Tracy’s good-bye for now series, part 2: reflections on great posts from the team

As I said on Tuesday, I’m taking a step back from the blog. I am saying “good-bye for now” but in all honesty, the chances of me coming back to regular blogging here are minimal. As noted on Tuesday, I’m out of ideas on blog-appropriate topics. Not that I have no thoughts on these things,… Continue reading Tracy’s good-bye for now series, part 2: reflections on great posts from the team

fitness

What’s one thing you learned, either about yourself or about fitness or feminism or all three together, in 2019?

It’s the new year and we’re doing some reflecting here at Fit is a Feminist Issue. This is the second in a series of three group posts. What’s one thing you learned, either about yourself or about fitness or feminism or all three together, in 2019? Nicole: One thing I learned about myself is I… Continue reading What’s one thing you learned, either about yourself or about fitness or feminism or all three together, in 2019?