Holding the correct posture during the usual forward crouching activities that are a hallmark of the average person's day is one of the most difficult things to keep in mind. Mindfulness is the key here. There are exercise upon exercises that can be performed for improving posture, but the one element that is in my opinion most crucial, yet most often neglected, is simply being aware of what your shouders, head, upper back are doing. Being mindful of the present. At any given moment hundreds of core muscle fibers are firing at one time to hold the position of your body. Just be aware of this. When you can connect your mind with what you body is doing and correct yourself when neccessary you'll find your posture, and surely your well being, increase.
So I play this game when I am in any moment. I focus on my breathing and what it is I am doing at the moment for let's say 15 breaths. I connect each breath to my shoulders. What I mean by that is, with each breath I take, I am thinking about keeping my shoulders and head back. I work to increase the amounts of breath I stay mindful for ( 15 progressing to 20, 25 and so on), and after at time it seems to be more automatic.
While doing exercises to strengthen, lengthen, and create balance among the muscles of the scapula, shoulder, and anterior portion of the body ( pecs and anterior deltoids) is undeniably important to creating better posture, it is the holding of these positions while not lifting weights that will keep your posture nearing perfection for the long run.
If there is some sort of goal to be reached, whether it be physical or emotional, there’s always a consistency among situations, no matter how different the context- there will, no doubt, be a beginning. You’d be unable to deny this pattern, just as you’d never be able to pull off getting from point A to point B( even if using the law of attraction) without first making a move…those first few important strides toward that end of whatever it is. The process of greeting each obstacle, subduing it, getting better at doing it so it’s a little easier when the bigger obstacles start popping up, repeat, and so on toward the end goal: this is progression. It is a principal that governs most any situation that involves the completion of a task, and one that I find crucial to creating a sound workout plan that does its job. Not just that, but efficiently.
So in order to do this, the idea that every starting point will be different has to be a fact firmly solidified in the mind. Whether creating a personal workout or for clients, there’s no one size fits all protocol. No two people will have the same workout history, soft tissue restrictions, cardiovascular capacity, internal motivation to exercise, etc. The starting program and the pace at which it is moved through is wholly dependent on the person. Right now I’m working on goals, and have been helping a few friends to reach their own, and I’ve been applying this principle. I read about this during school and touched on it when studying for my certification, but I’d never understood it until I began to apply it first hand. Personally for me, I had to be realistic about where I needed to start, and be careful not to start at the intensity I felt I should be at. For my friends, I had to be sure to give suggestions and show exercises based on their individual needs.
Applying the principal of progression to my professional life has been helpful as well. In order to keep my sanity, which I am grateful to have a grip on right now, I must bear progression in mind. The front of it ideally. Just like trying to pile too much on a client completely new to the type of exercise being done, the effects of taking too much on too fast in the beginning of a fitness career can end up in a hectic situation gone bad. Know too that the opposite can pose as severe a problem. So how to navigate correctly between too much and too little, and know you’re starting in the right place? I’ll forever suggest first learning to recognize the sound and feel of your intuition, then listen to it with intention. At that point, of course, always go with it.
Once immobile bodies can move again
Even if it starts as a wiggle.
Move with intention to repel shadows, cob webs.
To filter toxins away from the center.
With the momentum of tumbling bookshelves;
the peripheral muscles loosen,
the 3 rep max Lift becomes a Dance,
and suddenly breath is
under the control of the belly.
I just asked my body to heal, therefore it will;
unlike countless times before,
though I had emphatically begged,
Except, surprise, nothing happened.
Except this time will be different.
Except this time I'm bringing my soul along
I recently read an article regarding resilience and its benefits on personal and professional affairs.I couldn’t help but tie the message of this article to the circumstances of my life. In this case though, I will need to sharpen my resilience to the parts of me that have inhibited my success in the past. That’s right… build up resilience to myself, or more specifically the aspects of my thought processes that kept me from letting go of the past. I am a newly certified professional who has made her fair share of mistakes in life. As a result of these mistakes, I am in a truly humbled position at the starting line of this new adventure, and I plan to live my life in a way that reflects my gracious attitude. I know I will be successful because of one thing I’ve able to accomplish, as compared to before- I have forgiven myself. I have developed the thought process that nourishes the belief that I am capable of positive change