I often find it funny when my clients give me the double take because I've told them to take a "rest" day. Or when my Mommy Recess clients, give a big exhale of relief at the end of class when I tell them to take a moment for themselves and just breathe.
Shane Mclean, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, T. Boone Pickens YMCAWhenever someone asked me what my hobbies were, I answered, “Can sleep be a hobby?” I seriously loved sleep that much. However, then I was a young man without a care in the world and hardly any responsibilities. How times have changed.
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist
I've noticed in my travels and with working with clients that a large majority of people in today's fast-paced stressful world are struggling at least part of the time with falling asleep at night.
On the weekend most people want to just kick back and relax. Instead most are running around doing errands, cleaning the house, food shopping, etc. Your body and mind need downtime other then watching TV or sleeping. So turn off the TV, Computer, Radio and any other electronic device. The more you unplug the more time you will find to let your body and mind reconnect. This connection is very important for downtime. A nice quiet walk is a great way to relax, mediatation works or even just go out and look at the stars like we did as kids.
Here are some questions I would like for you to consider before you start your journey to looking awesome.
1. How busy is your life?- This will determine the length of time you exercise and how many days per week. Have to fit exercise into your life style, not the other way around.
Today is "Study Day" at UCA, which marks one special day of the semester when students will call/email/text to ask "When will you be in your office today.... I need to discuss my grade/talk to you about what I can do to get an A in your class....", to which I get to reply "I won't be in my office today." Oh, the stress of being a student and/or a teacher (and/or ANYONE in the world today, really!)....
Today life is crammed with demands on personal time, energy, and space. When you continuously care for others without taking care of yourself, you reach beyond your capacity to function. Like a hard drive with too much information, you essentially crash and burn due to these physical and mental imbalances. At a Pilates class it’s your time to recharge your batteries so you can rediscover your mind-body equilibrium. The Pilates breathing technique will help you to capitalize on your strengths without wearing yourself down.