Has this ever happened to you? You find yourself on a balance beam with a stadium packed with people anticipating your performance. You leap forward into a vaulted somersault and into your dismount…and you fall! The crowd moans as the seats empty and you hang your head in disappointment! Ya…that pretty much has never happened to me either but I have lost my footing in the snow and I have stepped off a curb awkwardly and almost fell. But, unlike our performer on the balance beam, I didn’t fall and that was because I was able to regain my balance.
Free weights…machines…oh my, what do I choose? So it’s February and your New Year resolution to join a gym is still going strong….right? The first day in a gym can be overwhelming with so much equipment and so many bodies all in one place. So where do you start? Do you pick an empty machine because, well hey, it looks expensive so it must be a good place to start. Do you head right for the weight rack? Decisions decisions!
One of the biggest complaints among people with full time office jobs is that they tend to end up in pretty bad shape. While often mentally taxing, office work tends to be very sedentary physically speaking, and so over the years of your career you can find yourself gaining weight, losing muscle tone and feeling generally unhappy with your fitness level.
If you want to stay injury free, the best strategy is to do different exercises everytime you go to workout. If you rode the bike Monday, jog or walk on Tuesday, Swim on Wednesday, etc. If you worked your chest and back on Monday, work legs on Tuesday, work shoulders, triceps, and biceps on Wednesday, etc. Full body routines are fine to do also, but make sure you don't lift too heavy if you are only going to give yourself one day off in between strength training sessions.
Since I have many clients over the age of 60, most of which have mentioned balance issues, I took a workshop with Exercise, Etc. to learn many activities and exercises to improve cognition and balance. This was a very interesting, busy and informative day for me!
I used to work for the Forest Service caring for wild-lands. The job entailed thinning trees in fire danger areas. This helps protect old-growth trees from ladder fuels which could start crown (canopy) fires. So, while felling trees we want the most oxidative to remain standing. I write this information because Handstand (Adho-mukha-vrksasana) is Downward-facing-tree-pose and while it is important to focus our breath, core strength is also integral to remain standing.
Yoga is a way of using our minds and bodies to feel good (therapeutic effects). Try cow's face (ghomukhasana) arms for shoulder flexibility and care. Use yoga breathing (pranayama) for energy and filtered air. Practice swan-feather pose (pinca-hamsasana) for lumbago and mind/body awareness. These poses are anecdotel for me and may help you too.
This word "balanced"......it haunts, eludes, inspires, motivates, and propels
me. Finding balance, being off balance, the question of balance......
I assume it looks different for everyone, and it seems to hide somewhere in the middle of crazy and calm.
Confident or insecure...wise and dumb, street smart or gullible. Manic and
Depressed, strong and weak, hungry and starving, hard and soft, active and
passive, motivated and lazy, drama and wall-flower, confident or paralyzed, loud and quiet, alive or dead. Spiraling down, or spinning out of control. Frozen or thawed.