Monday, March 22, 2010

Use your body with a mindful approach!

Over the years, I have really focused on not only the best ways to build my body, but the best ways to help others as well. As I get older and realize that my body is starting to feel some things that, let's say, I just don't like; I know it is important for me to get in the care that I need, in order to be truly healthy and well. So, I will be sharing some of my story with you, as I prepare to put this in more of an article form for the future.

I started teaching group exercise at a young age of 17. I remember thinking this is great, I want to help others and this is a great way to do it! So, my fitness career began. Now, I didn't wait for others to teach me, I got out there and looked up info and signed up for certifications. Gaining knowledge was and still is important to me. My pursuit of knowledge lead me to start doing Personal Training. I always loved to lift weights. When I was in high school, myself and a friend would actually workout in the weight room with all the football players. We were like, we will not be intimidated by you big guys. If we want to lift weights too, move over and make some room. So, I took that into my passion as well. I wanted women to know that they can go into the weight room and pick up the weights and help shape their bodies as well. This is about teaching women to not be afraid to lift weights because they think they will get big and bulky like a guy. I still face this same issue today. Many women think that they will get big and bulky. Getting the truth out there is so important. We are all made up a bit different. Some women will put muscle on quicker than others. We have to learn to build our body based off of the goals, we have to take the knowledge that is out there and DO IT!

After years of teaching and training others and myself. I got introduced to Pilates. I first did it on a resistance ball. I have to honestly say, I like to lift weights and was not really into it. The more I practiced, the more I began to love Pilates. I now teach the Mat format,as well as PiYo and Yoga each week.
Yoga is probably the most mentally challenging class for me, because of the holding and breathing techniques. I am a go, go, go person. Now that I have been doing it for over a couple of years.I love it.

My body has gotten to the point of telling me, that I need to be adding more of the pilates and yoga type workouts to my schedule. This is a way for me to get in joint mobility and flexibility. The pain I feel in my body everyday, is a true indicator of how much I have pounded it over the years as an athlete. Even someone like me, who is so PICKY about form and making sure you are working all muscles, in order to be balanced, has issues. Yep, if you take my classes, you will see just how picky I am. I walk around and fix form, I talk about it all the time. I go over it before and after class with anyone that asks or I see may need it.

So I am asking you to start to think about the things that are going on with your body. Are you feeling sluggish, down, drained, hurting, not seeing results anymore, don't know what to do??? Nutrition is not the best? You know, many of the things we deal with from time to time. I ask you to make sure you get your check ups, know your blood work, body fat % and all that good stuff. Being in the know is important. Also, I highly recommend seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist. I know I could not do what I do, If I did not seek treatment and care. Use a mindful approach to your training and goal setting. Listen to what your body is telling you!
You can train hard as long as you are getting in and making your self care a priority!

More to come as I get some interviews in and talk with other professionals out there.
Have a Blessed and Well Day,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Insanity for your body

What is this workout called Insanity? Wow, has it hit! I know a lot of you love P90X and Turbo Jam. Now you are asking me about Insanity. Please watch this video and see what you think.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Making the most of Time

I know we are busy. I ask you, if you are using your time in an effective way.
I just did a training with a lot of great people on our team. It is a very awesome way for me to use my time, I find it effective to teach others about how to better use the precious time we all have. This is your day, plan it, schedule it and protect it!

First we talked about knowing what your priorities are. We all have different ones,all though, you may be surprised at how similar some of them are as well.
Everything you do should be based off of those priorities. You have to schedule your day based off of them.

I think this next thing is so important. I just ran into this issue myself yesterday. I had my day planned, and I always know that something unexpected may happen in my day. You see we can't manage our time, we can only manage ourselves, it does take great discipline to do that. So, make sure you understand that you can't plan the unexpected things in life, but you can allow time for them in your day. My day was interrupted by pain. I had to go to the Chiropractor and take care of it. This was not my usual day for the Chiropractor and it interrupted my other plans. So, I was emotionally ok, because I allowed time in my day for the unexpected things. Maybe I was still upset because I physically hurt, but understanding that I couldn't control that, but I can control the way I do my schedule totally keeps me at ease, instead of angry.

So, basically I ask you to make sure you plan time for unexpected things.

In the team training meeting, we all found this to be helpful. Make a day specifically for planning and doing routine things. This is the day to plan your schedule and write out your goals and plans. The day to go through the mail, make those phone calls. Get organized!! Now- make sure you do not let things steal your time away from you. Do not procrastinate. Just do it and get it done.
Make your to do list everyday based off all the things you are planning, keep it with you everywhere you go. Make the time to focus on what is important to you. I have so many more things to say about this. Let me know how you focus on organization and I will post more on another day.
thanks and have a Blessed and Organized day,