Movement with meaning #MWMONTHEROAD

#MWMONTHEROAD

 

Living a healthy life is so much more than looking good. Health is not just about the physical body but also the mind and spirit.

I think true health requires a balance of work and rest, challenge, and ease. You must be mentally challenged as much as much as you are physically worked.

Just as lifting weights gets you physically stronger. Stepping out of your comfort zone helps you grow, and become mentally stronger.

So that's why I am living in a van for the next 2 months!

When I met, my now husband Brad we both had bucket lists. Some things were very different, some things were very similar.

One of the top things for both of us was to road trip around the US.

We lived in Chicago for 15 months and had an amazing time but when it was time to leave, rather than going home to Australia, we decided to hit the road.

Now it's not ideal, we could have saved more money, we could have planned more, it could be the start of summer rather than the end.

But that all adds the adventure, the challenge, and the experience.

We are focusing on the National Parks, we both have a love for mountains and the Rockies are some of the best.

My goals for the journey are.  

1. Mobility practice daily. Minimum C.A.R.S

2. Read daily. 

3. Write daily, blog posts or personal journal.  

So follow along and ask any questions.  

I can't wait! 

 

This is our new friend "JENTASTIC" she is going to take us on an adventure.  

This is our new friend "JENTASTIC" she is going to take us on an adventure.  

Goals on the Mind?

I never used to set conscious goals, I liked to just think I would always go with the flow. I used to say if you never have a plan you cannot be disappointed. 
Now I think, can you really be fulfilled if you don't know exactly what you want? 

The first thing that made me think about writing some goals down was a book called100 things, written by  Sebastian Terry. An Aussie who recalls his journey to tick off 100 bucket list items. Some of his “things" just requiring balls, like skydiving naked. Some more complex and requires a lot of time and planning, like delivering a baby. As he moved through the list in no particular order that sometimes things would just unexpectedly fall in to place to lead him to complete the next goal. 

Brian Tracey says. 
“If you write down your goals, even if your not CONSCIOUSLY working towards them, your SUBconscious mind will be” 

My induction at Lululemon included listening to the Brian Tracey audiobook, "GOALS: How to get everything you want faster than you ever thought possible". I had to complete all the goal setting tasks.  
That's the first time I really wrote down some well thought out goals for 1 year, 5 year and 10 years. And I was very motivated….. for the first week. Then I threw the paper in the drawer and didn't think about it. 

Over a year later when cleaning out my room to head back to Australia. I found the list and couldn't even remember the goals I had written. I had had 3 goals for 1 year. 
Work goal was to teach a specific number of classes and clients per week (which at the time I thought was too ambitious) DONE. 
Research all yoga teacher training and decide what to do DONE. I was 1 week from finishing my yoga teacher training. 
And the other, I can't remember but I know I had also completed it.

Wow maybe what Brian was saying was right, my subconscious mind and maybe a little help from the universe were working towards those goals even if I wasn't thinking about it. 

Since then I have always written goals down, short term and long term. 
I like to break my goals up into categories: work, health, lifestyle, and extreme and a little obscure. 
I also often reassess my goals as my thoughts,  opinions, and things in my life change. 

If you want to chat about where you should start, or if you want someone to say your goals out loud to contact me. 

Exercise is Medicine, Movement is Life

 

"Exercise is medicine, movement is life" sums up my philosophy. 

I wish I coined the term. Legend surfer and snowboarder Gerry Lopez shared the phrase in a short documentary about living in Bend, one of those dreamy places where you have mountains and oceans within reach daily.

Just like Gerry I thought, damn that's right on. Exercise is medicine. Movement is life. 

I have been lucky to see first hand how a lot of peoples lives improve from movement. Movement is life because we were created to move. We were once hunters and gatherers, moving constantly. Now in more recent times becoming more sedentary, and consequently increases in lower back pain, obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions. 

I believe there are some health problems that can be helped and/or cured with a little bit of exercise and movement daily.  And there are researchers out there trying to prove it. Dr.  Tarnopolsky and and his team are focused on using science to  prove the long term benefits of exercise including, but not limited to: slower aging, better mood, less chronic pain, stronger vision. (read more about it here

“As time goes on, paper after paper after paper shows that the most effective, potent way that we can improve quality of life and duration of life is exercise.”

 

Almost anyone you ask will be able to express some of the benefits of exercise they feel including better mood, decreased anxiety, increased energy, less pain & better sleep. Studies, where blood work is taken. also show these same positive changes.

 The feeling of bliss or euphoric after exercise is commonly described as the"Runners high". Endorphin's were thought to be the reasoning behind this. Interestingly, more recent studies seem to be finding that the brains endocannabonid system plays an equally important a role. The bodies natural cannabonoids and produce a similar high effect as induced cannabiods, like the ones found in cannibis/marajuana. So you do get a natural high! 

“ If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed”. 
— Dr Tarnopolsky

 Exercise is not just to loose calories, that is actually way down the list of reasons why I exercise. I find joy in exercise because I am conscious to all these positive changes, I can feel them. 

Move your body everyday and it will Thank-you.

 

Want to learn more about incorporating movement and exercise into your lifestyle. 

Do your practice and all is coming.

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 Work gets rewards. 

No long term fixes are achieved in the short term. No mastery happens over night whether it be physical skills; yoga poses, sport specific movements or mental skills; concentration, meditating . It takes time. 

We live in a world where everyone is looking for a quick fix, marketing is defiantly making matters worse. From pain killers to detox pills to ab machines and all sorts of cosmetic "fixes" that I have no idea about. Some people begin to believe that everything should happen in an instant. 

Over time we create habits because it takes time to create those habits it takes time and effort to create new ones.

 We are what we consistently do.

If you are sitting slouched over a desk with your upper spine in constant flexion, for up to 8 hours a day your body gets very accustomed to that position, it becomes comfortable. You stretch for 2 minutes when you go to the gym, which position do you think you will revert back to? But with consistent practice and conscious effort, you can start to make changes. Your nervous system will start to recognize these positions you're putting your body into.  The change may not happen immediately. This is when you need to remind yourself -

Practice, all is coming. 

To stay consistent in your practice it may help to: 

  • Set an end goal,  then break it down into smaller goals or stepping stones. 
  • Recognize small achievements. 
  • CELEBRATE small successes
  • Learn to enjoy and appreciate the process. 

Not sure how to start setting your goals? book in for a free goal setting consult.