Years ago, after completing my first teacher training, my teacher said to me, share what you know and always remember why you do it. My goal is not to train you to lift a ridiculous amount of weight, do eight hundred push-ups or teach you how to get into a pretzel pose. Most of us are already tied up into knots. These extreme demands would only create more stress in body and mind. Instead, we will make your muscles healthier, stronger, more supple, your body more efficient: balanced and flexible. We will improve heart health and brain health, calm the mind and reduce inflammation in the body. Your bones and joint health will improve and even your skin will become more radiant. Daily activities will become a breeze, sports and adventures--more fun. Overall, you will grow and develop into the healthiest and happiest person you can be. It will positively affect every aspect of your life and everyone around you!
In this blog we will have four sections, strength training, recovery, nutrition and cardio, they are equally necessary to achieve perfect fitness and wellness. They are interconnected and often overlap. For example, if you workout well, you are more likely to sleep better, if you sleep and eat better, you are more likely to have more energy for your strength training and cardio, cardio flushes out lactic acid and allows you to recover better and so on.
We will start from the heart. I used to think that the most important thing to do for a healthy heart is to work on cardio. Well, let's say you do cardio for 30 min, and then the other 23 and a haft hours you are stressed out of your mind. In addition, let's say you make decisions from that stressful state, which make you even more stressed out. So those 30 minutes are not going to make much difference in your heart health. It's how you live your other 23 and a half hours. It's how you live your life hour after hour, day after day. It's in how you make decisions. You can make them from the heart: from strength, courage, trust; or you can make them from the ego, from fear and doubt. We make better decisions from the heart.
Please take a moment to set an intention for the week. It can be as simple as: to live each moment from the heart, with strength, confidence and peace. Choose an intention that speaks to you, and then come back to it as often as possible throughout your week.
This first week, we will start with gentle cardio. Try to incorporate 30 min of walking, swimming or biking twice a week into your schedule. You can add more time and days, but 30 min twice a week is enough. It will improve your circulation and reduce stress.