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Is your fitness Life in Balance – Let’s find out !

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Hi Folks,

As usual, been traveling for work, however, wanted to share this with you that had me thinking.

Just like life, it is good to have balance in our fitness. 

It was in high school that got truly serious about fitness. Doing daily pushups, chinups, and hiking alternated with run – walking (which later evolved into my new interest…. Hill Sprints!).

However, with time, realized need more balance in life. So began daily planning to start my day, and deloading at the end of the day to relax. Then not long ago, realized just like life, my fitness needed to be more balanced to achieve my goals. 

Here’s some suggestions that I hope will help you too.  🙂

Let’s begin with this question …What is balanced fitness?

Essentially, I consider balanced fitness as fitness challenges, that strengthens, stretches and restores the body and mind with a range of motion..what I call Mind – Body Fitness.

Balanced fitness is really no silver bullet fitness solution. Instead, a balanced approach to fitness incorporates a variety of fitness techniques, sports and movement into your overall health regime.

Remember…. It’s important not confuse balance with perfection!

With fitness fads, as with fad diets, it’s tempting to follow a strict regimen with an “all-or-nothing” approach. Instead, balanced fitness encourages listening to your body, developing a healthy relationship with your body and using your fitness regimen to support health and healing instead of focusing on strict goals that may harm the body.

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Ready to dive in?!

Here’s  what I consider some key ingredients that you’ll want to include in your balanced fitness plan. 

1. Moderate cardio/endurance/aerobic exercise.

You’re probably familiar with this one. Slow-paced biking, walking, swimming, etc. all fall into this category. Often thought to be the cornerstone of fitness, this area is generally given the most attention. However, though regular cardio is an important element of fitness, it’s important to not over do it. Beware! Too much cardio can actually wear out the body, increase inflammation, burn muscle and cause weight gain in the long run. A few hours of “slow-go” cardio a week is plenty for most people. Also, be sure to mix it up with a variety of different sports and activities!

2. High-intensity exercise.

Many of us neglect this key piece of the fitness puzzle. Did you know that a short blast of intense exercise is a powerful fitness tool that strengthens the heart, lungs, bones and immune system, not to mention trains the body to burn excess fat, increase muscle, and prevent injury by improving joint strength? Welcome to the world of sprints, high-speed jumping jacks, quick sit-ups, burpees and fast-paced sports such as soccer or rugby. The best part? Pushing yourself to the limit means you can spend less time working out while still reaching peek athletic performance. Integrating a few high-intensity sessions into your fitness routine each week will bump your degree of fitness to new heights.

3. Yoga.

The physical and emotional benefits within yoga are so endless: strength, balance, flexibility, healthy joints, mental control, stress reduction and restoration. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different yoga styles and move your body in a variety of ways. A Kundalini class will affect your body much differently than a stand-up paddle-board class.

4.Strength training or body resistance exercise.

Unless you regularly practice ashtanga or some other athletic yoga style, you’ll want to incorporate this element into your fitness routine as well. Try adding some kind of resistance exercises to your fitness routine. To tone and strengthen your body, heavy weights aren’t necessary (unless you’re looking to build muscle). Another example is doing bodyweight exercises at home, or even better outdoors to enjoy the fresh air!!    

Either will help your muscles, while strengthening bones, boosting metabolism,as well.

 

Though being active is Great for our body and Mind….this next step is equally important in a Balanced Fitness Life.

5. Restoration and rest.

Most of you will be happy to hear that balanced fitness includes rest days! It’s essential to let your body recover from intense workouts. You can even enhance rest days by treating your body to a restorative yoga session, often called the dessert of yoga. Incorporating rest and restoration is key to balanced fitness. In fact, lack of rest (over-exercising) can be as damaging as lack of exercise. Exercise addicts, take note!

Take a moment to consider which if these areas you might be neglecting. Perhaps you need to integrate more high-intensity exercise into your regimen, or maybe restorative yoga and rest need to be priorities. Listen to your body, and do your best to incorporate these five elements of fitness into your life. You might be delighted to find that a balanced fitness regimen keeps your body and mind engaged, inspired, and on track, while helping you feel and look your best.

 

Take away from this is…move, enjoy, both stimulating your Body and Mind, while also including times to simply Breathe, Reflect…and Enjoy those Golden Moments within your day.

It is my hope this article will help you in balancing fitness to enjoy Life ever more Fully !!

Here’s to Living a Balanced – Happy – Healthy Boundryless Life !!  😀

 

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Harness Nature to help You ~

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Hi Folks,

Was recently chatting with my friends from Tai Chi class. We got to talking about the recent solar eclipse. This led us to discussing how the more we work With Nature the more attuned we feel in our day.

Here’s some of our discussion and hope you’ll share your thoughts too !

All of us are in a amazing global pattern that over the next coming years can have an affect on us all.

Now, sounds like a good time to practice staying grounded for keeping you balanced.

A Solar Eclipse occurred at 7:47 pm on last Sunday May 20th 2012 and the Lunar Eclipse will happen on June 4th.
The full moon has triggered an aspect telling us to pay attention to what is right under our nose.It is time to look at mental patterns that no longer work.

Pay attention to your habitual thinking and what you create as the by-product of those thoughts.

Change the way you think about a condition and the situation will change.

It’s as simple as that!

What you are saying to yourself can change a habit and it creates the space for something new to happen.

It’s your Self-Talk – which is that conversation that goes on inside your head, the running commentary about everything you do. It never lets anything go by without some comment, remark or evaluation.

Once you become aware of this process you can charge yourself to the positive, successful, powerful person you want to be. If the your Self-Talk is not under control, look out -the automatic reactions you have to this constant chatter of judgments and evaluations can keep you feeling stressed and less able to meet your goals and challenges of life.

Mind chatter like, “I’m not smart enough, good enough, something is wrong with me, I can’t do it, I never finish anything, and this is too hard” can rule you if you don’t take charge.

You may have initially formed these negative ideas about yourself from things you heard from a parent, teacher or someone who was an influence over you. You definitely don’t need those people to tell you what to do anymore, even if it’s just in your head.

These thoughts surface when you are faced with doing something that is counter productive to what
your mind thinks you can do.We may still crave things that are no longer fulfilling. But now it’s essential to move in a new direction. It is time to let go of the old mental chatter and learn something new.

The past is the past — it is time for a healing and release!

We need to communicate what is important to us. “Put your money where your mouth is”
“The proof is in the pudding” or “There is no free lunch” may be the mantra for this period.

Start to look at things from outside of the box, think differently and get on a healthy program.

Learning new things is the big key to the situation.

It is time to listen, learn, practice and ground your energy.

This will give you the rooting and the grounding you need to keep your balance mentally, physically and spiritually.

So take that moment first thing in the morning to deep breathe for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Not long really.

Next, imagine clearly a goal you want to accomplish today.

Now, face the challenge of keeping balanced by stretching, do some yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, or other easy flowing movement while deep breathing then go about your day Centered and Focused for Success !!

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Living Boundrylessly with your Computer ~

Those ~ Happy Eyes

Those ~ Happy Eyes

Hi Folks,

Today’s topic talks about keeping your eyes healthy while using your computer.

If you’re like me, there are times you need to use a computer ( in fact writing this story using my computer while enjoying the fresh air so can look at the relaxing mountains nearby).

As you know more and more jobs require the use of computers. Especially With the
information age being available on the computer, more and more
people are spending endless hours in front of the screen. After a
long day in front of the computer, it is common to start feeling
tired, irritable, or pain in the eyes or head. Staring at computers
and forgetting to relax and give the eyes a break can cause
permanent damage and eye problems.

No one is expected to live a life without computers; we all need
them and are use to them being a part of our daily lives. However,
it is important to listen to our bodies and relax or take a break
when necessary.

Do this to help your eyes, body, even your mind stay refreshed as well as healthy too !!

Listen to your body; it knows better than you do when it’s time for
a break. Do not work until your eyes burn; you missed all the
previous signs. Take short breaks every hour of work. This means
get at least once every hour and walk around. However, taking
breaks isn’t enough. Look away from the screen every 15-20 minutes
for a minute or two. Look at things close and far away to allow the
eyes to adjust and move around. The goal is to avoid the strain in
the first place.

Blink as often as you can to keep the eyes lubricated. Take a few
minutes to roll the eyeballs around; you can do this with your eyes
open or closed to avoid looking silly. Open and close your eyes
often to give them a short break. Yawn if you have too. Yawning
stretches out the jaw muscles and keeps them from becoming tense
causing headaches and eyes strain.

Move around as much as possible. You should always be in a
comfortable position so adjust your body or chair as often as
needed. Move the keyboard or monitor so you aren’t stretching your
neck or looking at things at a strange angle. Try to avoid glare on
the monitor, move it around as the sun moves or get a screen
protector.

Keep the work area bright and well lit. Bright lights lighten up
the mood and keep you feeling positive. Dim lights only bring down
your mood and cause you to feel sluggish. Making minor changes in
the work space and taking breaks often can keep long hours in front
of the computer from permanently damaging the eyes.

Some additional tips include:

Eye Roll Exercise
1. Can be done standing, sitting or lying down

2. With your eyes open, roll them around in clockwise circles 15-20 times, then anticlockwise circles 15-20 times

Start slowly and gradually do it faster

Make sure you roll your eyes around in as wide a circle as possible

Do the Eye Roll 2-3 times a day

Benefits

* Stretches and tones your eye muscles, and
* Enhances local blood circulation, which
* Improves vision

Tips

* Do the eye roll in bed to help you wake up
* Combine it with the Eye Rub, below, for greater benefits

Eye Rub Exercise
1. Can be done standing, sitting or lying down

2. Keep your eyes closed throughout the exercise

3. Rub your hands together briskly to warm them up

4. Immediately place the base ofyour palms over your eyes. Feel the heat penetrating & warming your eyes. Hold your hands there till the heat subsides. Repeat steps 3 & 4 a couple of times.

5. Warm up your hands again, then use the tips of your fingers to rub across your eyelids from the inside corner to the sides 20-30 times or for 1-2 minutes.

6. Warm your hands once again, then use the tips of your middle fingers to rub around youreye sockets. Go with the grain of your eyebrows. Do 20-30 circles around each eye or simply rubthem for 1-2 minutes.

Do the Eye Rub exercise 2-3 times a day

Benefits

* Soothes and relaxes your eyes, and
* Enhances local blood circulation, which
* Improves your vision

Tips

* Do the Eye Rub in bed to help you wake up

Most importantly of all is to balance your activities. This goes for using the computer with
getting out for some fresh air while viewing the scenery, to working in an office and taking a few
minutes break (I like calling them Energy Time to get more energy for getting things done).

Here’s to having healthy body, mind, AND eyes ~ Besides it is said the eyes are the window to the soul ~

Eyes ~ Windows to Our Heart and Soul ~

Eyes ~ Windows to Our Heart and Soul ~