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America
 

This Land Is Your Land

Tamu's TV | FASHION 

At the beginning of August, Saidah and I completed the Wisconsin to Washington road trip that I wrote about in Heart Medicine, An American Road Trip. At the very outset of our trip, we learned of Nia Wilson’s murder. As our speedometer began to pile up with mileage, messages of concern rolled in. Friends who were worried about our safety as black women traveling alone with a small child reached out. And honestly, while planning the trip we took many precautions (like renting a satellite phone and signing up for the On Star road service) to ensure continuous communication and an incident-free journey. But, Nia Wilson’s tragic death still sent shock waves through us. As we processed the horrific details of her murder, the spirit of defiance to the Trump administration which had inspired us in the first place was emboldened. We resolved that fear would not be an option; retreating into a confined place was out of the question, and reclaiming the fruits of the land that our ancestors reaped with their own blood was the tip of the needle that would guide us throughout our travels.

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Pilates Reformer
 

My Theresa Workout #10: 3 Pilates Reformer Exercises

Tamu's TV | FITNESS 

As I mentioned in my last #mytworkout, I often skip post-work out stretching due to my hectic schedule. While I don’t stretch regularly, I treat my muscles to the recovery they so deserve with weekly pilates or yoga classes. It’s during these classes that I dissolve tightness and tension in my muscles. When it comes to pilates, I am definitely a beginner and always work with an instructor. So please be mindful that my skill level is absolutely a work in progress. One of the things that I love about pilates is that it is super gentle, and half that time it doesn’t feel like your are even working. But please don’t be fooled, the results and benefits are impressive. For one, it really sculpts your muscles, making your limbs look long and lean. Also, pilates does wonders for strengthening your core and correcting your posture. A strong core and correct posture can positively impact your organ health and mental wellness.

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Stretch
 

My Theresa Workout #9: Don’t Forget to Stretch

Tamu's TV | FITNESS 

I will be the first to admit it, I hardly ever stretch, even when I workout with my trainer Kirwin. I usually make it to the gym just in time for my session, and I often have to run to an appointment immediately after I cool down. And, boy do I regret not stretching in the following days when I experience blocked leg muscles and tight shoulders. Thank goodness I also practice yoga and Pilates, and I’m able to workout some of the kinks and tend to my sore muscles during those sessions. But aside from those moments, I always declare that I need to prioritize stretching more. Your muscles need it as part of their recovery process. We demand so much from our bodies throughout the course of our daily lives and especially when we workout . It’s only fair that we reward ourselves with a good stretch. So here is a little encouragement for us both: DON’T FORGET TO STRETCH! Your muscles will thank you for it.

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