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THE 3 B’S…

We all have our must-haves in life; what we feel we need to feel comfortable and safe.  We look to tangible items quite often to find that security.  Favorite foods or sweaters, pillows, teddy bears and the likes can invoke pleasant feelings.  Some of us rely on conditions, situations or other people. But regardless of what each person’s must-haves are, what we’re all really seeking is happiness and contentment in some form or another.

Wikipedia defines happiness as “a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components.”

Personally, I think it becomes a counter-productive process to over analyze what can be specifically considered happiness as it really is a subjective term.  So for myself, I created the 3 B’s.  Be well, be fit, be happy.  You can look at this as an equation or as 3 complimentary states of being.  But for me the 3 B’s travel as a pack.

First off, I should explain who I am and why I even feel I get an opinion on such an important topic.  My name is Sheri Myers. For the past 10 years, I have been the owner and master trainer of Fōkus Pilates Studio and Boutique in Laguna Beach, CA as well as a designer of women’s activewear and a line of hand made jewelry and accessories.  At Fōkus, I have not only taught hundreds of Pilates enthusiasts but have also had the honor of certifying a good number of men and women to teach Pilates to others.  In addition, I have created a retail and organic skin care boutique and organic airbrush tanning studio. Over the years I have hosted various professional advisors such as Physical Therapists, Structural Integration Specialists, Nutritionists, Holistic Healers  and Chiropractors.  These professionals have either been in as clients, co-workers or as guests providing services to myself or my clients.  Regardless of their roll, I have taken the opportunity to learn from each and every one of them so that I can enrich not only the experience my clients have at my studio but also so that I may enrich my own life and journey.

My clientele over the past decade has included professional athletes, moms, teens, post injury and surgery rehab cases and beings of all types with one common goal: to feel well… Alongside the obvious physical results of Pilates come the emotional and physiological results. Pilates empowers and shapes the core, lengthens and strengthens all muscles in the body and can improve posture and the execution of movement.  The longer, stronger body leads to an improved physical appearance which can lead to a more confident emotional state. All of this helps to increase body awareness and balance which can lead to the desire for a healthier lifestyle in general. All of these self-caused improvements create a sense of control over one’s general health which then can lead to mental strength and a sense of calm. Quite a chain of reaction!

In my experience working with the fabulously vast array of people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, I found that while each person may have different specific goals, they all want to feel good.  To feel good we must be well from the inside so that our body operates optimally.  To feel good we must be fit to some degree so that the outside of our body operates optimally.  To feel good, we must feel happiness.  I take a significant interest in acquiring all of the above, not just for myself but also for my clients and other people in my life.

This blog site is a step in furthering this endeavor.  I hope to share with my readers all the interesting, wonderful, helpful and sometimes disturbing facts about wellness, fitness and happiness that I learn from my research.  You, the reader, may benefit from the information or maybe able to teach me something I can benefit from.  Either way, my plan with this site is to reach the global community that shares my same goals: to Be Well, Be Fit, Be Happy…

Enjoy…

23 Comments
  • Toni Smith on December 19, 2014

    Nice article, Sheri! I do appreciate your dedication to helping us become more fit through Pilates.
    I have really missed my classes with you since my leg was broken at the dog park, and as soon as my Dr. Gives me the OK I’ll be back!
    Merry Christmas to you, and best wishes to you in 2014.
    Toni

    • Sharron on December 24, 2014

      Yes, definitely, there are a few farocts to consider other than just your pelvic floor. Any time you are getting back in to exercise, it is important to build things up gradually. It can often take a little while for your body to get used to exercising again, especially after all the changes it has gone through from having children. The best approach would be to start with a walk/run and build your distance up slowly. For example, try running 200m and then walking 200m for 2km, and as this gets easier, increase the distance you are running, for example 400m, but still interspace it with the 200m walk. As far as the breastfeeding goes, have a read of this article on put together by the Australian Breastfeeding Association. According to the research, there is nothing to show that running whilst breastfeeding affects milk production. So, give the interval training a go and if you still are having problems, it is best to consult your Physiotherapist!

  • Candi on December 24, 2014

    I’m keen to get back into some running for the fitnses and mental space. It has been quite a while and I’ve had children during my break from regular exercise. I feel my pelvic floor is strong enough (am going to post another question to your colleague about this), but is there anything else I should keep in mind. I have had friends who have found running has affected their milk supply while breastfeeding. Any tips on this?

    • Sheri Myers on December 24, 2014

      Thank you for your comment Candi! I definitely encourage getting back into running if that is your cardio exercise of choice but continue with the core strengthening as well. The pelvic floor is part of the abdominal wrap of muscles and, like all muscles, needs consistent strengthening, especially after having children! Having that core strength will help stabilize your gate and posture during running and will help increase endurance and prevent injury! Regarding the effect on milk production, with the exception of a hard core training program (that meant for marathoners or the likes) I think safe and consistent exercise will stabilize your body and allow it to function more optimally in all areas! Be Well!!!

  • PatriciaOt on January 17, 2015

    Good post. I am facing a few of these issues as well..

    • Sheri Myers on January 17, 2015

      Thank you for your feedback Patricia! Wellness is a full-time job! :)

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      Thank you for your feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed and found value in my article! Be well… Sheri

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