Yesterday was a challenging day for me. I set the bar high for myself with a 3 mile hill repeat run followed by a 90 minute hot yoga class. Twice I found myself right on the edge. I felt like I had no more to give, and slightly sick, but I pulled something from somewhere and finished the workouts. By the end of the yoga class I was limping in, but I finished, and I felt so accomplished it's not even funny.
Everyone has stress, it's a natural occurrence in nature, it's what makes things change and happen, its what gives us that push to go above and beyond what we would normally do. In certain times of your life you'll find that the amount of stress increases due to outside sources, internal pressure, and various other things that are going on in the semi organized chaos that we call life. How you handle the excess stress can make all the difference when it comes to physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
My very first half marathon is in October, it's happening... I already paid for it! I've been following a training plan for my running, and have been doing pretty well. I've built up to 10 miles for my long runs. The shorter runs have been mainly on the treadmill due to the August heat, but that heat wave broke and the weather has been much more conducive to running outside. I will be making sure to keep the hills in my planning so once a week I go visit my parent's house to "borrow" their hills (my current location is pretty flat...
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand. Warming up helps reduce your risk of injury and the aches and pains that come with exercise. The physiological reason to warm up is to assist your circulatory system in pumping oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. The idea is to increase circulation throughout the body in a gradual manner.
This has become my rally for the past several summers...as the temps start to rise, the need for people to drink more also rises. But many people also resort to drinking more than their bodies need just to help keep hunger at bay--true hunger cannot be squashed by drinking more water. Hunger is your body's cue telling you that it needs fuel--food. Thirst is your body's cue of telling it needs water--fluids.
Our June 8th 2nd Annual Memorial Run was a success. We had 135 participants, and raised $2,142 for Wounded Warriors, Tempered Steel, and Fisher House. Thank you to all of our sponsors, and those who supported this event. Mark your calendars, the event will be held next year on Saturday June 7, 2014.
Myofascial Release Part 3 I got some feedback from readers that I’m writing a little too technically. Sorry everyone, when I get in science mode it’s hard to get out! This time around I’ll try my best to make things as understandable as possible, but feel free to comment with questions or requests for further explanation.
Like to get your exercise over and done with before your body wakes up and realizes what you are doing? Hey been there. But according to Javier Gonzalez Ph. D. you don't need to eat beforehand.
People who skipped breakfast and trained in the morning burned 20% more body fat than when they preceded their training with food.
"After an overnight fast, your blood has a high concentration of fatty acids that can be used for fuel" said Javier Gonzalez Ph. D.
June 2011 a man rolled up to me in a wheelchair and introduced himself to me. "Hi, I am Master Sergeant Christopher Aguilera and I was shot down in Afghanistan in June 2010 and my phyiscal therapists stated this is it for me, and I find it unacceptable." I looked at Chris and said no problem, I can help you and you will reach your goals.
I say "push yourself!" a lot. I use it in every Spinning class I teach. I use it in many personal training sessions with clients. I even use it in regular everyday conversation with friends, family, and even strangers. I do not say this to be cliché. I say it because I believe in it, and I know that when you push yourself, amazing things can happen.