In order to experience fantastic health, I believe both vigorous and gentle exercises are necessary. Vigorously exercising your body to have a sustained increase in heart rate for at least 20-60 minutes, 3-5 times per week, not only improves your cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular function, it also helps you eliminate toxins from your body. Finding a form of exercise that you enjoy and have fun doing, exponentially improves the benefits you experience from exercising. To people who tell me they don't enjoy exercising,
I reply: It's because you haven't tried every type of exercise or sport that exist and therefore you haven't found the one that fits you like a glove. I am continually amazed about the types of sports of which I tell myself I would have no interest in partaking, only to find that learning and playing them is great fun when I give myself the opportunity.
During states of optimal health, exercise is balanced with rest. Sleep is incredibly important to recharge, repair and heal the body as many healing substances produced by the body are secreted at this time. Insomnia is a common complaint and the answers to this complaint can be found by attending to one or more of the other 5 components of health.
Ensuring that you take time-outs to recharge is wise. Pacing yourself with your day-to-day activities, your wants and your desires, is even wiser. I have seen too many people crash and burn because rest was not implemented as part of a healthy lifestyle. Of course there are wonderful opportunities that come from crashing and burning, however, I believe there are more gentle ways to learn, grow, love and become healthy.
What a great day it is, even though it is raining, cloudy, dark outside, well those are things I have no control with whatsoever. What I do have control of is my attitude for the day and looking forward to doing what I love! It is a blessing to be in an opportunity to enjoy with sincere passion what you do and to see the direct impact it has on others. Be encouraged, be a blessing to someone today team.
Bring your A game? Yes, your ATTITUDE game to the gym. When you step into the training studio or gym you should have a singular focus, whatever it may be! For me, when I am training clients and going through my own exercise routines and progressions my focus and attitude is positive, stress free, goal oriented and completeness.
My attitude is everything, it sets the tone for my day! Have a powerful positive mental attitude today :-)
Hmmm, I must confess that last year, 2011 I did not set any new resolutions at the begining of the year. Not that change wasn't needed, but if something in my life had to be corrected or improved, it could not wait for a new year to come to have the will and determination to get it done. This year I continue my journey by not making excuses. I am on the path of making realistic goals for my faith, family, fitness, wellness and health goals and aspirations.
The year has started, is it time to already look back on what we promised we would change or accomplish and not have made strides to reach the mark? Don't resolve to make excuses!