One of the common themes of yoga is balance (physical, mental, spiritual). One of the common themes of my teaching when I am thinking about our connection downward to the earth, and the way we lift upward with control is the strong triangle. Shavasana is one of the major postures chosen for rest because it requires little muscular tension to maintain. Cat position may be hard if one's knees are compromised, but try lifting one limb and you can feel how you begin to tighten to hold the position. Lift two and this is more difficult.
When we think new year we think new beginning. That's a good thought but do you want to know a secret? We don't have to wait till the new year because each and every day gives us the opportunity to make change. It has to be important enough for you to make the change. You have to WANT to change. Change is hard. We struggle with it daily. I know I have these debates in my head about what I'm going to to change and stop doing or start doing and then my weakness tries to convince me otherwise. It's a constant struggle but within that struggle I realize I am getting stronger.
Not too long ago, a fellow trainer and coach extraordinaire, Eric Cressey posted about “How Being an Optimist Will Help You in Strength and Conditioning”. I read the blog post and definitely agreed how Cressey relating strength and conditioning and being an optimalist will create a better overall environment. A better environment means more results.
Are you a catalyst for community-wide fitness promotion?Would you consider helping me to reach out to the sedentary population to reintegrate physical activity into their daily routine? Sharing her perspective in the preface of her book Instant Recess the late Dr. Antronette Yancey, MD, MPH wrote
Let’s get real. 4 minute abs doesn’t mean you will get a six pack in 4 minutes. It means it is a 4 minute workout targeting your abdominal muscles. If you want a six pack or a flat tummy you need to do at least two things. Develop strong, tight abdominal muscles and shed excess fat in and around your abdomen. Before starting a new exercise program or diet of the week, ask yourself, am I really ready to change my lifestyle? Because that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reach your goal.
Well, it’s another year. You know – new year, new me! I see that phrase everywhere. There are a ton of new faces at the gym or running around the neighborhood. You know our favorite food and pharmaceutical companies start placating to our new motivations to be slim and trim. How many weight-loss commercials do you see on a given day? How many magic pills (so they say…) are marketed to us? Yes, I know – TONS! The beginning of a year conjures up feelings of starting anew with the avid need to tackle all your goals.
They're listening. The little ones who whine that they want a snack, need help going potty, want you to pick them up...put them down....The little ones whos tears can break your heart and smiles lift you to the moon. They're listening...to every word you say.
I learned a new phrase the other day. And no, my daughter did not learn it at school. (Thank God I'm not THERE yet!). It's was "mom shaming".
Have you heard about this? It's the act upon which other mothers or women put down another mom or woman because the don't agree with her actions, behavior, choices, decisions or appearance.
I heard about it when a fellow blog writer and personal trainer posted a picture of herself and her three young children.
Day 8 and you are still standing. At the end of these 30 days, you WILL be the strongest you have ever been. This time, it will be different. Your mind is set to win because this time, you have been inspired by your heart. Deep down inside you know the truth about yourself, who you are and what you are capable of achieving.
My PEOPLE...how are you? I have to say, it does seem like I'm having a conversation with myself most of the time but I guess this is true until someone reads it. Today I want to touch on what I like to call "Fitness Alliances". What is a Fitness alliance you ask? Its people, places or things that remind you or encourage you to remember that health and wellness are now a PRIORITY in your life. Again I go back to the "know it all attitude". I am guilty of this my damn self.