ACE CEC Mental / Physical Exercises for Long-term Stress Management IntroductionWhat happens if client is stressed and goes through a hard workout? Their performance decreases, less motivated, less energy, and have a higher potential for injury. How do you as a trainer fix this?
The other day I was looking something up for a class, and happened to go through several of my old ACE manuals. For those who do not work in fitness, ACE is one of the largest certifying agencies for fitness professionals. I still have my first manual... published in 1987. I also later did a personal training certificaion, and then, after taking time off when my kids were little, did the group fitness one again. So I have a lot of manuals.
The research is in, and there's no doubt about it: Running and meditation are really, really good for you. I'm not just talking about physical benefits, although those are definitely there. Running torches calories and may help you live longer, and meditation can get rid of headaches, and its stress-busting benefits are great for heart health.
Sensei Dan used to talk about what the kids in his dojo learned: not just high kicks, and blocks, and so on, but also self control, the ability to stand up to bullies, and self respect. With any physical discipline there are physical end points, but also benefits of understanding, character, and behaviour. The practice I know best is yoga. Not simply a physical practice, it is unsurprising how much one gets from a long term yoga practice. Lately I have seen a lot of articles on 'the benefits of yoga'.
Have you ever wondered why your GUT is hating on you? First, let’s see how your gut is feeling these days. I like to call this a GUT CHECK! Are you bloated, hurting, trouble pooping, diarrhea, indigestion, hot burps, burning in your belly, constipation? Are you popping Tums, Heartburn pills, poop pills, stool softeners?
I love green and growing things. Gardening is an excellent way to get active. You probably know by now that I focus on functional fitness, meaning fitness that's grounded in balanced, natural movement, that helps you stay injury-free and fit for daily life. Gardening is a great way to reinforce and enjoy the benefits of functional fitness.
You can get good cardio from raking and mowing, digging and weeding are great resistance exercises, and just walking around on the natural surface of the garden promotes balance and stability. Gardening burns a fair amount of calories, too.
I often write in response to something that comes out in one of my classes.... a question from someone, or an thought I have as I respond to how I see someone moving, or an emotional or physical response in a student. In this case I am responding to an article a couple of people forwarded me. It is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and something which has shifted both situationally and purposely certain aspects of my teaching, that is, the commercialization of the practice.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.May the moon softly restore you by night.May the rain wash away your worries.May the breeze blow you new strength into your being.May you walk gently through the world you know and its beauty all the days of your life. Apache Prayer Have a great weekend and try to allow yourself to calm the mind even if it is just a few moments.