The worst nightmare and the greatest fear of an athlete is to suffer an injury that could get him, or her, out of shape, out of the gym and missing important training sessions. If you are an athlete, you are well aware that every day counts and it gets really easy to become almost apathetic while you are forced to stay still and lay in bed, while in your mind you are still running circles.
When I used to have my own space and ran my own program I used to tell people who approached me about classes to buy a single class first, before they bought the 6 class pass. I knew I was competent: that was not the question. But not every teacher is the right teacher for every student. For me teaching yoga was never about how many bodies I could pack in the room, or how much money I could make, or how much press I could generate. It is kind of like the packaged food in the market....
#1 Don’t Think of It as WorkThe language we use shapes the way we think about things. When you think, I have to go workout, it seems like a chore and a pain. Instead think: I get to enjoy some ‘me’ time, focus on the fact that this is your break, your time to work on health and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of daily stress.
I recently read a fantastic book: “BALANCE In Search of the Lost Sense” by Scott McCredie which reinforces my believe that our body is an amazing machine, a super computer that is capable for making adaptations to the challenges we place upon it even at advanced age(90+ years)!
I was excited to read another article this month by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., in the 2nd. Quarter issue of ACSM Certified News about the benefits of resistance exercise for older adults and elderly individuals.
For those that love carbs, you’ve been taking a beating lately. Don’t eat carbs, they make you gain weight say the “experts”. Lately, there has been a complete war on carbs and as someone who loves their carbs…it’s time to start a war on the “war on carbs”
A great alternative to dumbbells for general fitness is the oft forgotten rubber tubing or elastic bands. They can be used in many similar exercises as free weights and with the proper program, can help improve your balance, increase muscular endurance and joint stability.