Moving Towards Recovery Through Fitness

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Karen Dubs wakes up at 5:30 a.m., goes right to yoga, does meditation and breathing exercises, leaves the house to get to her first client at 7 a.m., comes home to finish up some paperwork and relax with her husband and dog for the rest of the night.

She’s a yoga instructor who battles Lyme disease. She came to this lifestyle of health through her hard times battling her sickness. Throughout this time, Dubs found her niche in fitness by founding her own business called the Wounded Warrior Foundation to train people to improve their health and well being.

She was undiagnosed for over 2 years when doctors discovered it was Lyme disease. One said autoimmune disease had already made her very weak.

“I didn’t think I was ever going to feel good again,” Dubs said. “I thought I was always going to be sick, but I can really credit yoga and nutrition to that.”

Dubs became depressed when she was diagnosed with Lymes, however, she started by eliminating coffee and sugar out of her diet. She found her health through diet and fitness.

She started a training business called Flexible Warrior. It is the balance of opposites, the idea of flexibility and going with the flow, and challenging yourself to work harder. She encourages chill-power and stresses relaxation as well.

She has previously taught yoga and flexible fitness to the Baltimore Ravens football team. She also teaches charity yoga classes to help raise money for BARCS animal shelter.

She is passionate about resue dogs and raised $2,000 for the shelter by teaching the charity yoga classes and doing what she loves.

Dubs stresses that simple things can make a difference in health, like getting quality sleep, drinking water, and reducing sugars in your diet.

“If you don’t take care of yourself, you have nothing to give to anyone else,” Dubs said. “If you want to give to the world, you need to take care of yourself. I have been there…I have felt empty and it’s no good.”

While eating healthy 100 percent of the time is nearly impossible, Dubs believes even 70 percent of the time enables you to create a healthier lifestyle. She cut coffee and sugary doughnuts from her breakfast diet and substitutes a healthy smoothie or superfood.

“When I take care of myself, I can give to other people,” Dubs said. “So my job is to inspire other people.”

Dubs sometimes offers free challenges on her website called flexible for warriors. This is a private group involving core exercises, stretching, and superfoods. Just 10 minutes a day is a huge part of it to encourage moving and getting the entire body working.

“Whatever it is that you have as your obstacle…what you can do is what you should focus on,” Dubs said. “Let’s not focus on what you can’t do, but you should focus on what you can do to move forward.”

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THE PASSION OF A PHOTOJOURNALIST: EXPLAINING LYNDSEY ADDARIO’S LIFESTYLE

 

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Conflict photojournalist, Lynsey Addario’s book, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” inspires photojournalist students to consider the passion that goes into reporting and the pure dedication it requires.

Addario is a passionate photojournalist who travels the world to cover areas experiencing war. She writes that photographing these areas is her responsibility as a traveling journalist and while it may be exhausting, stressful, and dangerous, she writes about the love she has for it all.

When given the opportunity to leave New York and travel to India to photograph, she explains that she “Didn’t wring my hands over seemingly enormous decisions. I just saw the door and went through it.”

This means she didn’t really have many ties to keep her glued to one place. As a photojournalist, she longed to explore and she was ready to leave New York the second the opportunity arose. And when that opportunity came, she took it. Addario had nothing to lose as a photographer and she had the mindset that strived to capture more.

As the book goes on, Addario delineates just how important her line of duty was and just how passionate she was about it. She chose her work over her life and dating most of the time because that’s what she felt she needed to do.

After returning to New York from Cuba she wrote that she was tempted to get right back on the plane because she “didn’t want to lose the momentum of travel and discovery or sink into the trap of a comfortable life.”

Addario didn’t look at her job as work. She loved what she does despite the risks she took and was unapologetic about it. She writes in the book that “Curiosity and courage began to grow and she was hooked.” Nothing held her back any longer when she grew comfortable in her profession and whatever door opened she took it.

Reading her book as a future journalist inspires the student to want that passion that Addario describes. She does what she does despite the danger and risks she faces. She longs to learn about people of the world where they have to fight for their lives everyday.

When she went to Libya later in the book, she still put her line of duty as a photojournalist first. She thought of her cameras and photos while most would just think solely of their family. She longed to get the best-framed shots she could, even if it meant putting her life at stake.

When she was kidnapped in Libya, she wrote, “Will I see my parents again? Will I see Paul again? How could I do this to them? Will I get my cameras back? How did I get to this place?”

She risked her life to get these photos, was kidnapped and almost killed; yet still at the end of the day, she thought of her cameras. She had an extraordinary amount of passion for her line of work.

Visit http://www.huckmagazine.com/art-and-culture/photography-2/photographer-risks-life-document-war-crisis-around-world/ to learn more on why she risks her life every day to photograph war crises in the world.