For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!
I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?
I receive so many emails from readers who are uncomfortable with their body and let it prevent them from living their lives to the fullest. Trust me when I say I have my own hang ups. Everyone does!! So I understand the desire to hide out when an opportunity arises that will expose an insecurity leaving you feeling vulnerable. Tamar’s email inspired me and I hope my reply will inspire some of you. If you have additional advice on this topic, please chime in on the comments below!
I’m from the Netherlands so I’m sorry if my grammar isn’t right. Since it’s summer and it’s getting warm outside, a lot of my friends throw their birthday parties at the swimming pool. I love to swim, that’s not the problem, but I hate my body. I don’t feel confident in my bikini at all.
I actually don’t want to go because of that, but I also don’t want to miss my friends birthday. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?
So many of you often ask when and how I began acting. The truth is – I always have! Of course in the beginning it wasn’t on a giant sound stage surrounded by professional camera operators but in the basement with my siblings. I didn’t have the same opportunities then as I do now but we found ways to create our own stage and I hope that inspires some of you who would love to act but don’t know when or how.
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I am a big fan and I love your blog! I thought this was a great opportunity to ask you
When it comes to your health, it’s one thing to go with the flow and quite another to do what everyone else is doing. For me, going with the flow applies to situations like making group plans or ordering family style at a restaurant. If those plans aren’t something I want to get into or the dishes being ordered won’t agree with my stomach — I’ll throw in the flag because neither is right for me. However, I’ve found it’s easier than you think to make healthy changes to unhealthy options. You just need to have a plan and get creative.
I admire Lyndyn’s email below, because she’s not willing to go with the limited food choices available to her at school. They might work for others but it’s not working for her, so she’s looking to do something about it. Let’s see if we can help her out!
Crushes can be the best — and the worst. Fawning over someone from a distance is one thing, but taking it to the next level can be downright daunting. It is just as intimidating for guys to make the first move as it is for the ladies, so keep the below emails in mind next time a guy approaches you! It takes guts to start a conversation with someone you admire, so try to be kind and considerate if it’s a nice guy putting himself on the line for your affection.
Does anyone have additional advice for Darren and Eric? Let’s help these guys out!
I’m not a great talker when it comes to girls, but with my guy friends I’m very comfortable and relaxed. As for girls, I can be very nervous and do not have smooth conversations. I have been rejected several times because of
I associate the word “dance” with feelings of energy, passion and beauty. For many, sometimes myself included, “dance” can also stir up less positive emotions such as intimidation and vulnerability. Everyone
has felt vulnerable at some point — whether her or she is a skilled competitor or just an casual dancer at school events or weddings.
Below, Anna and Sydnee represent two sides of dance: the teacher and the student. Their emails are brave, honest and relatable to anyone hoping to succeed in something new. I hope you can relate to both of them as much as I can.
I was very inspired by the Ask Jules email below from a reader named Missie. Missie is dealing with several health challenges, which make it difficult for her to be physically active, but you know what? Those limitations are not stopping Missie from finding activities she’s able to do to be healthy and fit.
Keeping up with your fitness isn’t all about appearance. We know it’s also about reducing levels of stress and anxiety, improving mental clarity and focus, having a greater lung capacity and getting a good night’s sleep.
My personal trainer, Erica Hood at Body by Simone had some excellent advice for Missie. Through that I learned about adaptive yoga, a type of yoga for people of all abilities, including disabilities.
I am one of your “older” newsletter and blog readers! I simply find you so inspiring! I don’t think inspiration has age limits! Here’s my question for you: I’m a 48-year-old empty nest mom. But I also have 2 serious health issues (CRPS/RSD and Sjogrens Syndrome) that really limit what I am able to do physically in terms of exercise. I’m unable to do anything that involves impact on my right foot/ankle or standing only on that foot. In addition, both conditions cause nearly debilitating fatigue which worsens if I overdo exercise.
I have heard the term “adaptive yoga” but don’t know anything about it. I’m trying to find out what it’s about to see if it’s an option for me. Is this something you have knowledge of? I appreciate any help you can give!
All relationships can be difficult at times, especially ones you’d rather avoid like the one with your obnoxious co-worker. I like to look at these situations as tests of my character. I aim to always be the bigger person, a good friend, a professional, but the truth is, it takes work. The great news about the work we put in to how we connect with others is it can be very rewarding for everyone involved.
Recently I got in a fight with my best friend who recently told me he was gay and I’m not sure how to help him. He is in a dark place now. Any advice on how I can help him get through this tough time?
One of the things I love to do most is switching things up a bit by refreshing my surroundings. Whether it’s moving, changing my hair color, updating my wardrobe, or swapping out the pillows on my couch, change excites me. Hitting refresh can often feel liberating and sometimes even a little scary.
But, change is good! All change leaves room for growth and new experiences, no matter how big or small the change itself is.
Some of the bravest emails I receive come from people who, ironically, aren’t feeling very confident. On some level, we are all at least a little insecure about something. Whether it’s physical, mental, fear based, or otherwise, nobody on the planet is 100% confident on every level — and that’s okay! The important thing is that we work hard to accept ourselves for who we are, and allow ourselves to make mistakes. I think the best way to battle our fears and anxieties is to be positive, and above all else be kind to ourselves.
If you signed up for my newsletter, you already saw one of my favorite Ask Jules questions and my response for Haley. If you haven’t yet (what are you waiting for?!?!) you can see it here.