Jewish Fitness Bloggers That Will Put A Spring In Your Step

by | Mar 20, 2018 | Entertainment, Fun, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

As written in the Torah, “When keeping the body in health and vigor, one walks in the way of God.” (Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Deot 4:1). Even Maimonides says that working out and keeping your body in good shape is a way of honouring the physical form and life that we have been given! As we head into Spring, here is a list of five Jewish fitness and health bloggers, which will help you stay motivated to treat your body with respect.

 

@bettersorethansorryy

Raquel and Zoe are two fit kinesiology students, who have found their own way to deal with university stress: workouts. Motivating each other, the fitness duo are hardly ever spotted without one another. Their instagram account offers beautiful inspiration for healthy food bowls, great gyms all over the city, and fun workouts. On @bettersorethansorryy, Raquel and Zoe share their love for good food, yoga, spinning, twinning, and many other fitness related topics.

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@ihartnutrition

This blog is not just focused on fitness. Jordana Hart, the curator behind @ihartnutrition, is a professional nutritionist with an interest in fitness and lifestyle. Her motto is “Everything in moderation”, so if you ask her, wine and chocolates are allowed too, as long as you don’t overdo it. Check out her blog at www.ihartnutrition.com for deliciously colorful and easy recipes and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss her most recent posts and fun giveaways.

© ihartnutrition



@kale_and_krunches

Marlie Cohen, the winner of the best ClassPass Instructor of 2017, is the fitness guru behind @kale_and_krunches. This is the perfect blog if you are looking for motivation to live healthily. Her blog posts reach from grocery tips, to nutritious recipes, to work out advice. But that’s not all Marlie writes about. She also shares her thoughts on style, interior design, and beauty. If you want to read more about Marlie Cohen, go to www.kaleandkrunches.com and follow her on Instagram.

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@nfitness2017

Noah Schwartz, the fitness trainer who‘s behind @nfitness2017, is a firm believer in “perform – transform – sustain”. With that as his motto, his Instagram profile offers great exercise inspiration. But the Instagram page is just a little sneak peek into his real world. Noah is a hardcore fitness trainer, offering bootcamp classes and HITT training. It’s his goal to “make healthy fun again” as he is convinced that fitness is medicine. If you are looking for some serious workout motivation, or to intensify your workout routine, follow @nfitness2017.

© nfitness2017

 

@sweatandthesix

This Toronto based Instagram account is curated by Elinor and Sarah, two women who will convince you that working out can actually be fun, especially if you’re doing it with a partner. With a variety of different aesthetically pleasing photos, you won’t have to worry that @sweatandthesix will flood your Instagram feed with only workout posts. Their posts include inspirational quotes, health, lifestyle, fitness, food, and beauty related content.

©sweatinthesix

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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