EP 62- F*ck Joyful Movement with Vanessa Preston, Jolyn Martin and Stefanie Bender

by | Jan 31, 2022

EP 62 – F*&! Joyful Movement

Show Notes

If you’ve been struggling with the idea of “joyful” movement – this episode is for you.  

Whether you’ve been consciously trying to move away from the fitspo “no pain, no gain” mentality, or exercise has really never been something you’ve enjoyed – joyful movement can seem like a pie in the sky that’s only accessible to select people.  

It seems that as we reject the diet mentality that exercise needs to look a certain way and has to burn a certain number of calories or it’s not “enough”; there can be just as much pressure to suddenly find movement joyful.  And as such, we start to believe that movement should be gentle and slow and an experience of true bliss, and when it’s not then we’re left confused and stuck.

Well, in this panel discussion, we’re here to call bullsh*t on all of that.  Tune in as Vanessa Preston, Jolyn Martin, Stefaine Bender and I talk all about the nuances of joyful movement, and the journey all of us went through in healing our relationship to exercise.  We shared how we can engage with exercise and still work towards consistency even if it’s not exactly joyful and how taking a more neutral, grateful and intentional approach could be a good bridge between hateful exercise and joyful movement.  

Warning – this episode is explicit, so pop the earbuds in if children are present.  

EP 62 - F*&! Joyful Movement

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Vanessa Preston

About our Guests:

Vanessa Preston (IG @vanessa_preston_) is a Mental Health Social Worker and Psychotherapist and has over 14 years experience providing therapy and assessment services in both the United States and Australia. She has worked in non-profit, residential, school, hospital and private practice settings.  Vanessa provides support around a range of mental health issues with expertise in working with clients who have experienced Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma. Vanessa has developed an interest in working with women on their relationship with food and their body image and is the creator of the Body and Food Freedom Project, a 16 week online women’s group. She is interested in the intersection of shame, trauma and body/food issues.


Jolyn Martin (IG @jolynmartinfitness) is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and intuitive eating & body image coach from Kitchener, ON. Jolyn is a mom of 2 and is passionate about helping other moms heal their relationship with food, body and exercise. Shortly after starting her career in the fitness world, she started to notice the dangerous and toxic effects of chasing thinness and finding self-worth in body image. After dismantling her own beliefs, Jolyn has now made it her life mission to help other moms change their mindset around self-worth. Jolyn guides moms to find peace with food, discover the joy of movement, and ultimately live in a way their children could respect and follow.


Jolyn Martin
Stephanie Bender

Stefanie Bender (IG @sbenddd) is a certified personal trainer who specializes in strength training, and a body image and intuitive eating coach from Kitchener, ON.

About the Host

Kim Hagle is a certified Personal Trainer, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, mom of four and founder of Radiant Vitality Wellness. Through mindset coaching and intuitive movement and eating, Kim helps women go beyond the desire to lose weight so they can feel confident in their now body.  

Can’t get motivated to move?  Download “The Motivation Secret” – our FREE guide that will help you understand why you feel stuck.  Inside you’ll learn the three secrets to cultivating motivation that lasts and the one mistake we ALL make that is a motivation killer! www.radiantvitality.ca/motivationsecret

Kim Hagle

Ready to take the next step?  Visit our website to learn more about our coaching programs www.radiantvitality.ca/programs

For health professionals looking to adopt the non-diet approach in your business, visit Kim’s mentor, Stephanie Dodier’s site for free resources to get started.  https://www.stephaniedodier.com

Let’s stay in touch! Kim is on Instagram and Facebook @radiantvitalitywellness.  

Disclaimer.  The information contained in this podcast is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.  Always consult a health care professional about your unique needs.

EP 62- F*&! Joyful Movement
EP 62 - F*&! Joyful Movement