- 1 What is the benefit of a fantastic daily workout routine that you never get to do?
- 2 Daily Workout Routine Challenges
- 3 Physical Response Related To Time Distress
- 4 Stressed Out Fitness Trainer Forgets Her Training
- 5 Busy People’s Must Have Daily Workout Routine
- 6 Daily Stress Relieve Technique One
- 7 Daily Stress Relieve Exercise Technique Two
What is the benefit of a fantastic daily workout routine that you never get to do?
I have always loved cartoons. A very long time ago, on my eighteenth birthday, I was lying on the floor watching one of a handful episodes of American cartoons on TV.
My father walked into the room and looked down at me.
“Do you know it is your eighteenth birthday?” He asked.
I said, “ I know.”
“Don’t you want anything? A gift, a night out with friends, maybe even a car?”
“No, I am good.”
He smiled and walked away leaving me to my cartoons and larger than life heroes.
One of the cartoons I enjoy these days is Kung Fu Panda.
He reminds me of many people that I know. He has a big heart that constantly gets him into trouble. He loves Kung Fu but does everything he can to get out of training.
In his case, he was chosen by the universe to be the Dragon Warrior. He has incredible talent, an understanding master and a few friends who help him get out of the troubles he creates following his heart.
Many of you have larger than life hearts that often get you into all sorts of interesting physical and non-physical experiences.
Well, if you want to have a physical daily workout routine that you actually follow, you need some tools to help balance your heart and your mind with your actions.
Daily Workout Routine Challenges
A tool that helps us get things done in many cases is just another point of view of the type of challenge we face.
What interferes with any daily routine, not just workouts?
Time is the primary challenge for many. Time falls under two basic categories.
- Perception of time
- Time management
There is training available to help both challenges. However, there is a difference between the two which impacts how we puzzle them out and what kind of training we find beneficial.
Perception training is not the same as time management training.
I’ll get to the difference at another time.
Physical Response Related To Time Distress
For now, it doesn’t matter which challenge is the real challenge. Perception of time and reality of busy schedules create identical responses. In both cases, we feel rushed, behind schedule and overwhelmed.
You cannot expect a person who feels overwhelmed to plan or even follow a workout routine. That suggestion alone may add to their problem.
Feelings associated with having little time create distress (negative stress) and throw you off track by pointing to how you should speed things up.
The first response under these conditions is to look for ways to speed things up or get things done faster.
When we begin to believe that the solution to time management is speed, we force our body to become accustomed to increased speed. This need for need for speed becomes a challenge by itself that adds to distress levels and begins a destructive cycle.
When we speed things up, they often require do-overs, they delay progress and create setbacks like injuries.
Also, when you increase your speed, you often increase your distress, reduce your focus and reduce your decision-making ability.
Stressed Out Fitness Trainer Forgets Her Training
A few years ago, a highly educated fitness trainer was working for me as a model for a few videos.
At some point, during the few months that she worked for me, she began to retain water and then gain weight that was not helping her modeling career.
In one session, she told me that she had just enough time that day to get to the gym and work on her arms.
To me, her statement meant that she was so distressed that she couldn’t think straight.
“I got to the gym, ” meant that she got out of her apartment, got into her car, drove to the gym, got out of her car, got into the gym and went to the equipment and then reversed the process. Each of these steps took time. The time she believed that she did not have.
None of these steps were actually a workout even though in her mind, she associated the travel time with workout time.
Since her gym was close to her apartment, the process of getting to the gym and returning to her apartment took about half an hour.
With her skill level and knowledge, in half her driving time, she could accomplish so much more in terms of real workout that could reduce her distress, calm her mind, burn calories and build muscles.
And to top the non-productive driving time, when she got to the gym, she worked in her arms instead of her legs or her back. Arm workouts are one of the least effective workouts related to fitness level and weight loss.
What happened to her knowledge and experience?
Her distress was so high that she could not think straight. All her knowledge and experience were locked away out of her reach underneath that distress.
Over the years, I have seen many experienced individuals in many fields doing things under high levels of stress that even a newbie wouldn’t do.
Busy People’s Must Have Daily Workout Routine
If you feel struggling with time and the need to increase your speed, a daily workout routine should help you slow down enough to be efficient.
Part of that efficiency is clarity of thought which allows you to set more effective priorities that include what type of workout you need to perform.
Your daily routine should include specific steps to help you release release mental, emotional and physical tensions.
This type of release does not come from high powered fast activities. High powered fast activities could boost your feel-good hormones but they place negative stress on your nervous system and adrenal system at the same time.
Several easy steps could help you learn to release and balance your stress, be more efficient and more effective in your workouts.
Here are two:
Daily Stress Relieve Technique One
Breathe through your motions.
Each motion has a manifestation phase.
For example if you have overactive hamstrings and you want to stretch them, you exhale through the process of manifest relaxation.
If you want to punch or kick through and break a board, you exhale through the punch or a kick to manifest speed.
You need first to remember to breathe and then match your breathing to the manifestation of the motion.
Is talking to your kids or listening to your boss any different?
Not really. You need to learn to breathe and match your breath with the manifestation of the motion even if that motion is only talking or only listening.
Slow and controlled breathing makes your tone deeper, calmer and more effective. Slow and deeper breathing helps your both your listening attention span and your appearance of being attentive.
Daily Stress Relieve Exercise Technique Two
Practice long motions. Think of long motions as feet to head motions that engage your entire body. Stress and nervousness create short, fast and twitchy motions.
By focusing on long motions, you are slowing down your body and lengthen tight muscles allowing it to relax.
The combination of two techniques is a process of learning to match your breathing to your intentions through long, graceful motions.