The other week, I was talking with my friend and webmaster Jan Verhoeff about yoga and the different methods of using yoga as the main means for physical exercise – even as a way for reduction.
I’ve been wanting to learn yoga for years. I get plenty of walking but that’s not enough and I’ve heard of many tremendous benefits from practicing yoga. I know it’s good for stretching and my muscles can sure use a stretch – especially after sitting at the computer for hours.
What I know about exercise is that it plays an essential roll in energy production and stress relief – but it needs to be the right kind. Being too muscle-bound inhibits the flow of vital energy. And, an unfit body or one full of tension and tight muscles eats up the flow of energy. So, while on my quest for the perfect yoga routine for ME, a young grandma of 50 something that’s kinda out of shape and could lose a few pounds, I stumbled across what looks to be a great path to take. And, at this juncture, this path looks to have two very different routines. It’s not yoga but a combination of 2 other methods (one similar to yoga) and I like mixing things up a bit.
Now, I’m hoping that some of you will have your opinions and leave comments and suggestions. Now let’s get the physical energy juices flowing and do the best that we can possibly do!
I believe that so many of us breathe too shallowly. Oxygen is the most vital nutrient of all and most of us, who could get it for free, don’t. Most only use 30% of our lung capacity and I’ve heard that deep breathing is good for clearing, cleansing and settling the mind. I have used deep breathing before to help with relaxing and for de-stressing quickly in situations. More oxygen into the body can also give us energy. So, getting great at breathing is HUGE! It can also help release toxins and alleviate feelings of stiffness and exhaustion.
When I first learned about psychocalisthetics and doing these certain movements with deep breathing I wanted to learn more. Just doing this exercise 20 minutes a day can build stamina, strength and a saweeet body is tremendous! And, this method can help with energy, emotions and mental clarity. I want some of that!
This system was developed by Oscar Ichazo, founder of the Arica Institute and can be done by young and old. Here’s a little video to learn a few moves:
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Now, secondly, I’ve learned about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This type of exercise combines an aerobic (or cardio) workout with an anaerobic (oxygen) type workout. This HIIT workout is considered to be shorter and sweeter than the longer more traditional workouts. For instance, 30 minutes of HIIT training can equal an hour on the treadmill. And, working out this way 3 times per week for 2 weeks can improve endurance as much as regular training would take you for 6-8 weeks. One also burns more fat and sustains more muscle with this HIIT training or workout. Well, I’m all for that!
Here’s a short little video on HIIT: No share or id values provided for youtube shortcode.
For someone searching for a more balanced life, working at improving physical condition and finding a good routine to get and stay healthy, I think that both of these methods are exceptional. For me, aside from getting outdoors and walking my dog Grace, I think that I will be implementing this and alternating days.
Food for thought is as important as food for the body. My friend Jan Verhoeff who is a writer, marketer and web developer is always feeding me food for though. Jan also strives for the balanced life! Feel free to follow her as she is very good at making one think.
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Cardio is a GREAT before workout product and has been known to increase oxygen within 20 minutes of ingesting, among other wonderful side effects.
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