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Staying In The “Here and Now”

Rendering of human brain.Image via Wikipedia

What does it mean to stay in the here and now?

Being present with whatever you’re doing. It’s as simple as that.

When you are present you are not thinking of anything other than what is going on right now. This is a place most people spend little or no time in at all, we are all either thinking of the past or the future and often we miss the present entirely.

How does it help you with your fitness levels?  By focusing on what you are doing, how your body is going and your technique you create a cycle of awareness that leads to a better workout and therefore more bang for you buck, so to speak.

One of the most important things remaining in the here and now does, is to prevent your mind wandering into old habitual patterns, often negative thought patterns which can also hamper your workout by encouraging defeatist attitudes like tiredness, soreness or those thoughts that form words like: can’t.

So try to remain in the here and now, by focusing on your breath, your timing, your posture and your technique and you will find it much easier to train more efficiently.

Try applying this kind of awareness to your daily life. When you remain in the here and now, you are a better driver, a better person and you are aware of opportunities when they appear. Opportunities to listen, to hear, to help, to be grateful, to show kindness, to open yourself to adventure and to live.

Stay in the here and now, because there is no other time that is truly relevant to who you are and what choices you are being offered. Conscious awareness is key to creating your life, and being fit and healthy here and now in the present.

live a balanced life…

Zemanta Pixie

August 11, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pilates Tones Up Your Torso

Joseph H Pilates developed a method of exercise he called Pilates, he borrowed some of the movements from Yoga ‘asanas’ and created a system that increases core strength more quickly than anything else. He claimed, “in ten sessions you will feel the difference. In twenty you will see the difference and in thirty you have a whole new body.”

I don’t know about you, but I could use a new body after having 4 children. I have often prescribed pilates sessions to clients as most of us need to create core strength. When we have core strength our spine is straight and stays that way, we lose a lot of back pain as we learn to use our core strength to give us strong limbs.

Pliates teaches that all movement should come from this core and that if we use this as our foundation our bodies will stay strong and lithe for many years. Pilates actually changes the way people use their bodies, students begin to move more gracefully, with better posture and more fluidity, like a dancer.

So get out there and find a Pilates studio or better yet, if you live on the Sunshine Coast have one of our Pilates specialists come to you.

live a balanced life

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Fitness | , , , | Leave a comment