As children, most of us were physically fit. Just think about the amount of time that we spent running around…be it via play, sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, etc., we were an active bunch!
As adults, many of us become more sedentary. Finding the time to exercise can be a real pain in the neck. As children, we did not schedule in time for working out…we just had a lot of energy to burn and therefore we were always on the move. If exercising feels like a drag, channel your inner-child! Do things that are fun and active. Here are some ideas (many of which are free or can be partaken in for a nominal fee via your local Parks and Recreation offerings):
Of course most of us want to be more active and to lead healthier lives. For many of us, myself included, the issue lies in finding the time to add more activity into our days. Whether we are working 24/7, taking care of children or parents, or desperately treading water by trying to do it all, finding the time to take care of ourselves and to exercise can be a challenge. I work a lot and, frankly, by the time that I get home (which is often close to 10pm) my idea of a workout is lifting my snack from its bowl to my mouth while simultaneously changing the channel! Theoretically, I suppose that I could get up at 4:30 in the morning and go to the gym but, quite honestly, I don’t see it happening. Driving home from work earlier this evening it was all that I could do to keep my eyes open; I don’t feel that I can give up a precious hour of my sleep.
With the weekend weather set to be mild, what better time to head outdoors and take a hike? An amazing form of exercise, hiking is great for the whole family. Hiking offers you a fabulous full body workout, providing cardio and resistance training all in one; it will literally tone every muscle in your body! Plus, you get the added benefits of Vitamin D, fresh air and gorgeous scenery. Multiple studies have shown that connecting with nature produces a calming effect. Additionally we all know that exercise releases endorphins (your brain’s “feel good” chemicals). With all of these amazing benefits plus a break from the gym…why wouldn’t you try it? Here are a few pointers:
If you have read About Me, then you already know that I am a registered yoga teacher. I originally began practicing yoga about 15 years ago. Several years ago I decided to pursue my yoga teaching certification. The benefits of practicing yoga are remarkable…both physically and mentally. The word Yoga comes from ancient Sanskrit and literally means “union” or “to yoke”. It is the joining together of the masculine and the feminine, of strength and flexibility. Yoga is balance. Today we are going to explore some of yoga’s most well-known benefits: Continue reading