Kick out with correct breathing engages all four layers of your abdominal muscles. Kick-out Exercise Set Up Lie down on your back Head is in a neutral position with minimal curve. Use a pillow if you have an excessive curve in your neck or are dealing with a forward head syndrome. Place your hands to your side for support. Keep your shoulders back and down. Keep … [Read more...] about Kickout Exercise For Abs [Image]
Our mental definition of physical fitness determines if we like the idea or not. Our perception of what physical training is controls if we want to be engaged in it or do whatever we can to avoid it.
In many cases, the type of exposures we have had in the past creates many misconceptions.
Our fitness training programs may be put on hold because of these misconceptions.
Or we may get involved with the type of fitness programs totally unsuitable for our unique personalities and needs.
What is physical fitness?
Physical fitness is our body’s ability to engage life with confidence and joy. It is owning a body that is responsive to our needs at work and home. It is a holistic partnership of our mind, our heart, and our physical body.
This partnership determines the quality of our life and the nature of our activities as well as our longevity.
We were born to be fit.
Watch young children. They cannot help themselves, they squat, they crawl, they run, they climb, and they chase each other.
They giggle as they do these things.
Healthy children express the energetic engagement with life that is physical fitness.
What do adults do?
They either create exercise guidelines that are so far removed from natural motions, or they focus on the fun aspects of activities so much that they neglect the health benefits and safety and create chronic pain and injury.
Engaging life with confidence and joy is a lifetime process not limited to our twenties and does not end in our eighties.
A client came to one of my camps. She was in her mid-fifties. The camp was her first exposure to physical activity.
One day she was trying to pull a large fitness ball away from another client, and she burst into laughing.
“I had no idea that exercise could be so much fun,” she said.
“What did you expect?” I asked.
“Something hard,” She said.
“Are you getting stronger?”
“Are you experiencing less pain?”
“My knees don’t hurt as much.”
“Are you losing weight the way you want to.”
“Are you happier?”
“Then this is physical fitness training,” I said.
I like downward facing dog pose as a static stretch to relieve muscle tensions from my upper back and my legs, and I combine it with other stretches in dynamic routines. However, those benefits pale in comparison to what dogs can teach about this pose if we are willing to learn. My dogs showed me the true nature of a downward facing dog pose. Who better qualified than the … [Read more...] about True Nature of Downward-Facing Dog Pose [Image]
Success in muscular endurance exercises depends on: Mental focus Breath control Muscular contractions Popular focus on muscular contractions is at most 1/3 of the process. Repetition and isometric holds are two techniques in muscular endurance training. Each serves a different purpose. In jogging, repetition of strides helps increase legs muscular endurance. In … [Read more...] about Can you do this muscular endurance exercise?
In moving an object or resisting the motion of an object you use three types of muscle contractions based on what happens to the length of your muscle. Concentric Contractions – In this type of contraction, muscles shorten during contraction. When you shake hands, the muscles of your forearm shorten and allow you to grip. Stronger forearm muscles create more forceful … [Read more...] about Three Types of Muscle Contractions Demystified
This is a kneeling hip flexor stretch for beginners you can use as an active rest exercise or to bring temporary relief when you need it. … [Read more...] about Beginner Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch [Video]