Exercise

Losing yourself through social media

who am iLately I have had recurring feelings of  not really knowing where I am going in life.

Maybe others out there share my predicament?

I find myself trailing through Facebook, observing other people living their lives.

You begin to know more about other people’s goals and ambitions, rather than your own.

You find yourself mindlessly spending time watching reality shows, seeing the drama.

What about your dramas, is this fascination with others an escape route from facing yourself?

Facing the question of who you are, where you want to go, the kind of life you want to live.

Now, I am not advocating a life totally bereft of these shows, or even time spent away from perusing facebook or twitter.

My reason for writing these thoughts are perhaps to engender a wake up call for you to question  who you are.

be happy-who am iTime spent really evaluating what makes you happy, time spent in solitude is instrumental.

We live in a world bombarded with media which is a blessing, but on the flip side can also rob you of precious time.

If you find yourself feeling unsatisfied, lethargic, one possible reason could be that you have overdosed on social media.

Get outside, find a hobby, or spend more time on that hobby, give yourself a goal.

I know one of my current goals will be to focus on where I am going in life and how to get there.

Time is a fleeting thing, gifted to us, it is our duty to make the most from that precious gift.

 

Skating to the beat

rollerskatingHands up all those people who used to Rollerskate when they were young?

I can guarantee you loved it, didn’t you?

That feeling of soaring, mastering your skates, pushing the speed boundaries. Euphoric,  empowering.

Well, myself and two friends decided recently to reacquaint ourselves with those feelings. We wanted to grab back those memories and find out truly if it really was that good, or perhaps a painted memory polished over time in our minds.

We went to  a Roller disco.  If you can imagine a hall playing current music in which you rollerskate, you pretty much have it.

I loved it.   Initially getting on the skates, after a significant break, was a tad unfamiliar,but it didn’t take long to get into the groove.

Soft breeze, floating,whilst also trying to avoid blissfully unaware children, fed that sheer delight within me.

Truthfully I could have spent hours there, but sadly there was a time constraint.

Possibly another activity for people to consider?

I fed upon those happy feelings all evening. You can’t ask for more than that, can you?

Yoga, a union of exercise and relaxation.

yogaFor anyone out there  who hasn’t tried yoga in some shape or form, I would say try it.

Yoga  has that unique blend of being an all body workout combined with a deep  level of relaxation.

Yoga consists of movements and stretches whilst the person consciously  takes slow, deep breaths.  This enables oxygen to reach practically every cell in the body.

One consistency throughout the various types of yoga is that there are standing postures, seated postures, balancing postures and inverted postures.

warrior positionAn example of a standing posture would be the ‘Warrior‘.  This is where the person stands with their feet 3  feet apart, in  line with each other.  The arms are at shoulder level and outstretchedThe person bends one leg, so it is at 90 degrees and looks towards the 3rd finger of the outstretched hand.  This pose is great for building strength in the legs, the arms and also in helping  balance. You would do alternate legs and hold each posture for about 3-4 rounds of breath.  The key element is to breathe into a pose and breathe normally for a few rounds of breath.

alternate leg pullposeA seated posture could be the ‘alternate leg pull’The person sits on the mat, both legs straight out in front, back straight, hips on floor. One leg is then gently pressed against the floor, to where it is comfortable for the person. The foot should rest against the other leg, with the remainder of the leg folded against the floor.  Raising the arms above the head,the person stretches forward, meanwhile being fully aware and practicing intake and outtake of breath. The person should stretch forward as far as is comfortable and stay in that position for 3-4 rounds of breath.  This is a great posture for developing and maintaining flexibility of legs and hips

Those are some examples, there are many more.  Yoga may appear to be a very mild form of exercise and many may believe it would not be able to help people lose weight or tone.  In fact the contrary is true.  Through carrying out the various poses.the body builds and tones muscle. Various poses work upon the glands of the body, namely the ‘Shoulder stand’ which helps the thyroid gland function optimallyThe thyroid gland is instrumental in maintaining a balanced and healthy metabolism.  Yoga elongates your shape, helping to develop that infamous yoga, streamlined shape.

If that wasn’t enough, the deep breathing calms and relaxes the mind. It frees the body from low energy, anxiety and breathing difficulties.  It allows people to be present in the moment.

Even practicing for 10/15 minutes a day is sufficient to reap the rewards.  Although to get started I would recommend attending a class to establish the basics.

always gain so much benefit from doing yoga.  When I neglect it I notice stiffness creeping in and also anxiety. In my mind it offers solutions to our everyday living, a chance to simply be and enjoy the wonder and magic of our bodies.

 

 

The freedom of freewheeling

cyclingCycling is fantastic.

It means you can reach your destination in half the time as walking.  You don’t have to rely upon cars or buses.

Cycling is great cardiovascular exercise, building strength and stamina.

You can’t beat the feeling of riding down a steep hill, the absolute sense of freedom and exhilaration.

You get a different perspective on things as you glide by places when cycling. The wind in your face.

I have been cycling round the City for at least 9 years.  I can hop on my bike and get anywhere in the city.

heartYou can even join cycling groups if you wish to do longer or more competitive cycling ventures

It is cheap, requiring very little maintenance.

I would recommend taking cycling on as a new activity. It is absolutely rewarding in so many ways.

 

 

 

 

 

My love affair with Dance

From a child I have the distinct recollection of getting my tape recorder, yes we had those in the 80’s, and getting my Madonna albums, dancing my heart out.

It always felt right, flowing and in essence the epitomy of self expression.

danceThere are many dance types out there and I have tried many, Salsa, Hip Hop,Irish, Contemporary,Belly dancing, Bollywood, even African.

To dance is to create, to fall in sync with the music and become one with it.  Intertwined, you feast upon the energy that pumps through your veins.

It is much more than exercise, although of course it can work every muscle in the body, toning muscles you didn’t know existed.

I had the privilege to be part of an ensemble of Bollywood dancers who danced at the Opening Ceremony for the World Police and fire Games in 2013.  We practiced for about two months and had a four minute piece on stage.  I can truthfully say, the euphoria was amazing, it was an momentous occasion in my life.

I know this love of Dance is part of who I am.  Dance invokes in me a power and a strength I rarely see or get elsewhere.

Dance is distinct to you.  In my mind there is no right or wrong in dance, merely an opportunity to taste absolute freedom.

The Benefits of Rebound Exercise: 33 Ways the Body Responds

By Dr. Morton Walker and Albert E. Carter

The study of the human body is fairly interesting. The moment it becomes no less than amazing is when we understand what happens as the body is placed under the demands of movement and resistance we call exercise. Today we examine, specifically, how Rebound Exercise benefits our bodies. Studies described and documented in the book The Ultimate Exercise for the New Millennium, proves regular rebounding can reduce your body fat, firm your arms, benefit the shape of your legs, hips and abdomen, improve your balance, stimulate your lymphatic system, protect your joints, strengthen your muscles and bones without the trauma of hitting a hard surface, provide an aerobic effect for your cardiopulmonary systems, revitalize your body when it’s tired, and generally put you in a state of mental and physical wellness! In fact, we are just warming up! There are at least 33 fascinating ways the body benefits from Rebound Exercise, detailed below: 

1. Rebounding provides an increased G-force (gravitational load), which benefits the body by strengthening the musculoskeletal systems.

2. Rebounding protects the joints from the chronic fatigue and impact delivered by exercising on hard surfaces.

3. Rebounding helps manage body composition and improves muscle-to-fat ratio. Rebound Exercise benefits you by giving you more control over these.

4. Rebounding benefits lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system. This benefits the body’s immune capacity for fighting current disease, destroying cancer cells, eliminating antigens and preventing future illness.

5. Rebounding circulates more oxygen to the tissues.

6. Rebounding establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.

7. Rebounding increases capacity for respiration.

8. Rebounding tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.

9. Rebounding lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.

10. Rebounding assists in the rehabilitation of existing heart problems. Rebound Exercise also benefits recovery from heart procedures, providing gentle, low impact circulation. (Case: Cardiac Rehabilitation Using A ReboundAIR)

11. Rebounding increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.

12. Rebounding gradually improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise. Related, Rebound Exercise benefits the post-exercise “Glycogen Replenishment” process.

13. Rebounding causes core muscles and large muscle groups to contract, resulting in the rhythmic compression of the veins and arteries, which more effectively moves fluids, both blood and lymphatic, through the body and back to the heart, lowering peripheral blood pressure and lightening the heart’s load.

14. Rebounding decreases the volume of blood pooling in the veins of the cardiovascular system preventing chronic edema.

16. Rebounding strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.15. Rebounding encourages collateral circulation by increasing the capillary count in the muscles and decreasing the distance between the capillaries and the target cells.

17. Rebounding gradually allows the resting heart to beat less often. Regular Rebound Exercise has been shown to benefit the heart rate, resulting in favorable decreases in resting heart rate.

18. Rebounding lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

19. Rebounding lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) in the blood and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) holding off the incidence of coronary artery disease.

20. Rebounding promotes tissue repair.

21. Rebounding for longer than 20 minutes at a moderate intensity at least 3x per week increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, benefiting in total endurance. Perhaps you will easily skip those naps.

22. Rebounding benefits the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.

23. Rebounding improves coordination between the propreoceptors in the joints, the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain, transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.

24. Rebounding improves the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, thus improving balance.

25. Rebounding offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise. Rebound Exercise has been shown to benefit body alignment and posture.

26. Rebounding enhances digestion and elimination processes.

27. Rebounding allows for deeper and easier relaxation and sleep.

28. Rebounding results in better mental performance, with keener learning processes.

29. Rebounding curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.

30. Rebounding minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.

31. Rebounding tends to slow down atrophy in the aging process.

32. Rebounding is an effective modality by which the user gains a sense of control and an improved self image.

33. Rebounding is enjoyable!