Thursday, March 31, 2011

Oh Yeah. Graduated From Sow Bug Yoga.

What a discovery the FitBall is! Being new to my old career of exercising for a living, I lost a little balance along the way. Ya think? Holy Moly. I must admit that my first couple of weeks have been tough. Now seriously. This is a person who used to teach visualization and balance to top notch skiiers! It is laugh-out-loudable to watch me trying to do a "Tree Pose" on one foot with my hands over my head. I have to give myself a break. That was in my twenties and thirties, okay? This is going on sixties, so I feel fortunate to be breathing while I'm balancing.

Actually, I am doing well with my daily yoga. It's been two weeks, and I'm on a daily routine and no longer falling over. I start with cardio ... about 45 minutes on the treadmill, then 10 minutes of stretching and warmup, 30 minutes of more difficult stretching and strength (with the aid of a flexball if necessary), and 20 minutes of meditation. Yeah! Not even April 1 and I'm spring trainable. Woo Hoo! Happy spring!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Journey Back

It’s been a couple of weeks since I started toying with the idea of taking my retired, writing-about-fitness, no longer working out hind end back to the active responsibility of exercising. My ENTIRE career was spent on either leading some sort of fitness class or event, or training someone else to. It paid well enough to raise a child in Aspen, and it was a nice social outlet as a single Mom. But ... As I admitted in my last writing, I really dragged my ass when it came to the exercise part. I wasn’t lazy, but the clients were hard-core fitness buffs who relied on their bodies to make a living ... or better yet, win some sort of International athletic endeavor. They wanted a constant challenge!

So, I admit that once I retired I took a few years off to fit train horses, and teach equine massage. What a great job that is. I get to scientifically design perfect programs, then sit on their back while they do the cardio! Yeah, the hay is heavy, and riding is great exercise, but something in my soul misses the groups of like-minded people who want to be healthy and fit. I miss them.

Two weeks ago, when I began toying with my conditioning, I immediately began with a daily yoga practice. Are you kidding me? Yoga is not easy if you’re not somewhat strong and limber, but I found a gene in my makeup that is obviously related to the sow bug! You know, the one that goes round and screams “help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” It’s SO BAD that I dug out some old aerobic class tapes to see when exactly I had led a class last. 1996. Holy Cat-Cow!

It’s good. I have my ACE Personal Trainer Certification which now offers discounted AARP training to Baby Boomers and Older Adults. Each day, I’ll work harder to hold that downward facing dog asana for just a little longer. I’ll breathe better. I’ll walk farther. I’ll work hard.

I thought that all of those fitness related articles and even the book that I wrote would have kept me in better shape or at least burned a few calories!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shhhh. Give Your Mind A Rest.

Get Quiet! I think it was JLo that recorded a song called Lets Get Loud sometime last year. Well, getting quiet is the hardest thing for my clients to do. I will admit. It’s the hardest thing for me to do too. The thing is that your subconscious can’t form new ideas when it’s on overdrive. In order to create new habits, you have to make suggestions that will be heard.

If you eat too fast, you probably eat too much. “Aaaargh! I gotta run! I’m late! Somebody’s going to be mad at me! Give me that donut! Gobble! Gobble! ... oh man ... my stomach hurts.” Ever done that?

Research shows that taking time to de-stress is what will teach your mind how to eat more slowly, think more thoroughly, stop behaving impulsively, and relax! Of course it’s acceptable to get loud now and then .. How else will you burn calories? The point is to take the time to clear your mind and have some positive thoughts. Take 10 minutes today. Sit, breathe, and let your mind go completely blank. Do it for 10 minutes. Have a good day.

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