We are a living breathing PUMP!!
Why move? To send vital nutrients & fluids around our body
We must move to live….
The amount & type of movement really does come down to the individual, time restrictions, goals & overall stress levels.
Stress Comes From 6 Primary Areas
Nutritional & hydration
Psychic / mental
Thermal (body temperature)
Chemical (pesticides & house hold cleaners to name a few)
Electromagnetic (computers, mobile phones & anything & everything electrical)
Movement (too little or too much)
Yes .. movement can be a big stress on the body if done at the wrong intensity for the individual.
Too little movement or over training can lead to significant health issues & injury.
We need to have just the right amount of stress from all these 6 areas including movement to feel & look our best every day & to get the results form exercise that we are after.
Moderate to high intensity (especially cardio) can have a negative effect on our physiology if our body does not have enough resources & energy on board to handle it
We must nurture ourselves a little, recharge & rest enough to maximize &/or be ready to exercise.
I have watched so many people training week in & week out over the years that just don’t seem to get the results they are striving so hard for.
When you go to the gym you should be bouncing in the door with too much natural energy willing to give it up that you have cultivated from a healthy & balanced lifestyle
If you are dragging yourself to the gym kicking & screaming low on energy on your second coffee of the morning maybe a lower intensity movement session to cultivate some energy first might be exactly what you need.
Somebody that does not look after themselves particularly well & has a lot of internal stress going on will have a totally different response to exercise than someone that does.
To maximize results & enjoy exercise here are some very basic but very important things to consider & respect daily.
1. Sleep between 10 pm & 6 am
2. Hydrate yourself everyday with quality filtered mineralised water
3. Eat wholefoods (preferably organic) & control portion sizes
4. Work-in as much as you work-out = tai chi, breathing, yoga, meditation, nature walks, jump in the ocean or a long warm bath are often the missing link to maximizing results from an exercise program.
5. Reduce stress – write down the 3 biggest stressors in your life today then write down 3 strategies to reduce them
6. Work at an intensity that seems to give you a positive energy lift (I don’t just mean while you are doing it either)
If these basic areas are respected continually you are ready to give something to your training programs & results will seem so much easier to achieve.
I recommend to clients that already have the basics sorted to do some activity most days which includes 2-4 intense training sessions per week approximately 30-50 minutes in duration depending on the client & the clients goals.
On days where you are not training a brisk walk or a swim in the ocean will be a good recovery session.
Training for more than 60 minutes at high intensities is considered “draining” not “training” our body & is only useful if you have an endurance event planned sometime soon.
It’s important to do stretches and strengthening exercises that you as an individual require. I design stretching & corrective exercise programs that are specific to the individual needs & perform a comprehensive assessment with any new client first taking a close look at overall stress levels (questionnaires), posture, core function, muscle length tension relationships, breathing mechanics, client’s goals & movement patterns to design an effective training program that works for that individual!
Corrective exercise = stabilizing joints, strengthening weak muscles, lengthening tight muscles. This will improve posture, reduce injury/pain & allow the natural energy flow to occur
In conclusion the best movement for you really depends on your overall stress levels, if it has been a while since you have done any regular exercise start slow & build it up
Keep it consistent & don’t overdo it…
The best training program for you is the one you are going to keep doing
After all exercise is supposed to be enjoyable !!
So what should improve when your exercise type & intensity is right for you?
BLOOD PRESSURE & GENERAL HEALTH
& WEIGHT WILL NORMALIZE.
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KEEP MOVING & HAVING FUN!