I am thrilled that Spring is finally here in the Chicagoland area. Although winter outdoor activities can be great fun, there is nothing like camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, cycling and swimming in the warmth of the Spring and Summer sun. I am already planning several camping trips this summer; and have taken short hikes getting my legs prepared. The first on the list is a trip to Door County . If you have never been it is beautiful. It is getting a little touristy in certain areas, but there are plenty of places to find some solitude.
I ask about my clients bowel movements on a weekly basis. Some people wonder why this is so important to the work I do. An hour later, after I have gone into my full explanation, they have a much better understanding of my reasoning. Your gastrointestinal health and pooping have a lot to do with how you feel when you are physically active. It is not exactly fun trying to run a 5k if you have not pooped in 3 or more days!! Unfortunately a slow GI tract is more common than most people know; and it is NOT healthy or normal. So, what does pooping have to do with being healthy and fit?
Most clients, especially those with kids and/or a stressful job, would like to have more energy throughout their day. Unfortunately getting more sleep is just not enough to refill your own personal battery for the day. More sleep is not enough, it is about having harmony within your energy. Thinking about energy as something more dynamic and alive means that "getting more of it" is a matter of having the tools to tap into that dynamic alive energy.
Well, it is that time of year again. Where we make these grand New Year's Resolutions, hoping that we will finally make some major changes. Most of the time New Year's Resolutions are made to improve health: weight loss, eating healthier, quit smoking or exercising regularly. I am not against these New Year's Resolutions. I think it is always a good idea to set a long-term goal; BUT the key words are long-term . The best way to achieve a long-term goal, is to set easier short-term goals to step your way to that major change you want in your life.
As the title of this blog suggests, this blog is about how our breathing plays such a major role in fitness and overall wellbeing. With my background in Sports Medicine, I was never taught through my formal training on the importance of breathing exercises on fitness. The extent of my training on breath work was to only make sure athletes do not hold their breath, especially during weight lifting. Holding the breath is referred to as the valsalva maneuver; it can cause a drastic increase in blood pressure.
Most people who walk through my door want success with their exercise program. Having true long-term success with an exercise program (and active healthy lifestyle) is no easy task. A lot goes into that success both on my end and the client’s. And unlike many trainers out there, I will tell you there are no quick fixes. There are no definite answers or solutions. There are no go-to-exercises that will make it all better in a matter of days. You want success it takes time, patience and what I would call the 3Ds of personal training.
Most of us at some point and time have heard the saying, “every day is a clean slate.” Unfortunately, most of us have already discovered that this is not true. Your actions today can create some interesting consequences that seep into the days that follow.
Our body is a prime example of this. If you weight lift, run a marathon or eat too much at the family picnic, your body will not hesitate to give you the results of your actions – sore muscles, muscle cramps and indigestion, respectfully. But let’s put these examples aside, and consider one that is much deeper – body tension.
Consider this scenario. You have come down ill. You arrive in the waiting room of your general physician’s office. You fill out the appropriate forms, pay your co-pay, and are taken to a treatment room. Here a nurse asks you a handful of questions, takes your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. You may sit another 10 minutes or more reading a magazine until your physician enters to ask you questions, write a prescription if necessary, and then you are on your way. Your doctor says call if your symptoms persist or get worse. Otherwise – case closed. What is wrong with this picture?
Eating is a necessity of life. Our eating habits reflect our daily routines, traditions and overall health. Food is so much more than calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is how we provide hundreds to thousands of nutrients for our body, and it is how we promote balanced energies. Lately I have been discussing diet with my clients, and I am finding that we have quite shallow fews of the foods we eat. For example, apples are a fruit and are "worth" a hundred calories. Sigh...Looking a little deeper tells us apples are so much more!