Exercise That Actually Works!

Exercise is one of the most important aspects of healthy living and everyone should make it a part of their daily existence. There is no excuse for not exercising. In fact, you can even do simple exercises while sitting or while working around the house. In this article, I will discuss three popular exercises that will not only make you healthy, but improve your posture and create awareness of your body.

Pilates

The first is Pilates. If you are a runner, mother, golf or tennis player, you may have heard of this type of exercise and the benefits it provides. There are many people of varying fitness level who may have tried Pilates to improve their flexibility, posture, core strength, and range of motion. Making Pilates a part of your consistent regimen will result in more focused breathing and deep concentration.

You will become more aware of the way that your body is working. It teaches you how to stand tall. In fact, you will automatically want to pull your abs in and stand taller while brushing your teeth or doing some other chore. Pilates trains you mentally and physically. It helps you to build coordination and body symmetry.

The most significant benefit of Pilates is personal awareness of how you sit, stand, move and the effect of the bad habits you may have developed. For example, it can help you to become aware of that lingering pinch in your neck from sitting at the computer the entire day with hunched shoulders and a telephone held between your ear and shoulder.

yoga

Yoga

Secondly, there is yoga. There are various styles of yoga that requires more energy than others like Ashtanga and Power yoga. Any of these two yoga styles improves your muscle tone. Lyengar and Hatha yoga use less of your energy, but they still offer the benefits of strength and endurance. These exercises use less movement and more defined poses for proper alignment.

The poses in yoga that build upper body strength include:

  • Upward dog
  • Downward dog
  • Plank

As you age, upper body strength is very crucial. The standing poses, particularly if you hold them for more than a few extended breaths, build hamstring strength as well as strength in your quadriceps and abdomen. The chair pose will build strength in your lower back. Yoga improves your posture in every sense of the word. It also benefits your breathing. In yoga, you are instructed to do deep breathing exercises to improve your lung capacity. This type of breathing relaxes you and reduces stress.

Zumba

Last, but not least is the Zumba exercise, which uses a variety of music and dance choices such as reggae and meringue.  The dances are fun, energetic and exhilarating. They incorporate interval training with deliberate and quick moves for shaping and toning the whole body. With Zumba, you target specific areas of the body such as the:

  • Abs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Butt

Some of the dance moves are so fast that it creates a cardio program that increases your heart rate and your metabolism. The music guides you to do hip swaying, toe tapping and arm swinging movements. Most dance routines will last for an hour, but you can go at your own pace. Zumba is like having a party while you lose weight, create optimal health and feel good; all at the same time.

Making Time for Yourself

Making time for yourself is important, but it takes a desire to create a life that you want and not try to please everyone else. If you allow others to take over your life and to eat up your time and space, you will never reach your destiny. You don’t have to feel guilty or selfish about making time for yourself, because time is something you cannot retrieve when you lose it to frivolous things that don’t empower you.

Taking time to nurture and pamper yourself is especially good for your entire outlook on life. You can get too busy sometimes in rigid routines that steal your dreams and your focus. Making time for yourself helps you to relax more and enjoy specific activities that bring you happiness.

Here are some things you can do that will make you feel good:

  • Get a  one-hour massage and facial
  • Get  your nails done
  • Take  an art, yoga, singing or dance class
  • Go on  a cruise
  • Read a book
  • Go to  the beach
  • Relax  in a Jacuzzi
  • Work  out a gym
  • Go to  a museum
  • Go on  a lunch date
  • Do  some meditation
  • Attend  a support group
  • Take  quite walks
  • Make sure you get six to eight hours of sleep
  • Eat  right
  • Go see  a movie
  • Go to  a basketball or baseball game or a concert
  • Spend  time alone just gathering your thoughts

You have to learn how to manage your time to include you. If you have a burnout or meltdown, then you won’t be any help to yourself or anyone else. Life can get very hectic and filled with unimportant things that are time wasters. Do not make any unrealistic promises to anyone or you have to push yourself harder to meet certain obligations. Be cautious in the decisions you make that will take up a lot of your time.

Make sure you build time blocks that will help you to manage your time better. Limit interruptions from others that will set you back. Develop ways that will help your family to contribute to household activities so you can free up some of your time.

Keep a daily “things to do” list that will help you to effectively organize your schedule and your time. Have a calendar that will detail your daily tasks. Get accustomed to setting specific time slots for yourself on a daily and weekly basis. Be sure to stick to your new routine. Don’t allow anyone to interrupt your new outlook on life.

Seek support from a coach, mentor or trainer, who will assist you to begin or maintain a particular schedule that is right for you, and you’ll get a lot more done in a lot less time. A trained coach is equipped with tips and skills that can affect your life in a positive way. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because this might be just what you need to get your life on a path to peace and happiness.

How To Slim Down Without Even Trying!

I’ve had several emails from clients who are interested in tips on how to slim down the “easy way”. Gosh, is there an easy way? I have put together some tips and tricks and will add to this blog weekly. My favorite one is “SAY OM”– It turns out that meditation is as good for your waistline. During stressful times, hormones get out of whack, which can make us gain weight in our midsection.. So get started ladies, and lose the inches. You will need to meditate daily for this to be effective. Light some purple or white candles, turn on some new age music (see links below), and breathe. This state of tranquility will give you more energy and will remove all stress as well.

New Age Meditation Music Online:

Atmospheres New Age Podcast – free 30-minute new age music shows that feature relaxing music. Also be sure to download them free via iTunes for your MP3 player – great stuff!

Radio Mystic – an online internet radio station that plays new age, ambient and electronic music. Some of it is uptempo, but check it out.