Laughter isn’t only great medicine for our mental health but also for our physical health. Who doesn’t love a good laugh? And – when you combine it with sweat, you have a perfect match. So, how do you make your workouts fun and funny? Personally, working out with my husband is always my first choice – because he makes me laugh! I have never really loved to exercise but making it a social thing has really helped. I even signed up for a 5K with my bff who lives 7 states away so we can train individually but hold each other accountable and support one another – plus, she is super funny and it gives us an excuse to stay in touch more frequently. I also find it amusing to exercise with my dogs near by. They are hilarious (although sometimes in the way) when they try to get in on the action. Nothing like a good face-lick when you are holding a plank. Most people really love listening to music when they walk / run but I have started listening to some awesome stand up comedians who have managed to make an hour seem like 20 minutes. So, find your funny bone and give it something to snort at during your next workout. It’ll make you want to come back for more.Read More
As fitness professionals, we are often stereotyped as only caring about “looking good”. At Confidence Fitness, we are committed to every person loving themselves and having fitness as a means toward feeling strong in mind and body. This approach toward exercise leads toward a greater capacity to extend kindness, compassion, and connection toward others. Stretching and breathe work allow for a slower pace and depth of focus, which in turn brings an awareness and discipline to all of life’s tasks. Strength training and corrective exercises brings balance, stability and determination which in turn brings these characteristics to the forefront of work and relationships. Cardio, speed, and agility develop the capacity to generate energy by calling on one’s inner reserves and in turn allows for spontaneity and fun with friends and family even when you think you have nothing left to give. So, don’t just train… TRAIN TO BE….Read More
The 5 day dreaded virus has hit our home. It starts with the scratchy throat, moves into a slight fever, followed by a cough, only to be hit with the sniffles… The couch is my best friend. But I also feel sluggish and weak and have heard that exercise can actually help facilitate a faster recovery. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/exercise-when-you-have-cold
The main thing I have learned is that you need to use your common sense and listen to your body. Doing some foam rolling, stretches, corrective exercises, and moderate walks outdoors could be just what the doctor ordered. Lots of rest is necessary but that can also lead to tight muscles and joint pain leading to feeling even more lethargy and pity parties.
So, here is your Exercise RX:
Deep belly breathing (imagine you are filling up a balloon in your abdomen and slowly letting the air out.
Cough like you are in the boxing ring – avoid upper chest cough. Really cough from the diaphragm and get that stuff out.
Foam Roll – use a softer foam roller if you need to. This will provide that deep tissue massage that will keep you loose while spending so much time in bed.
Stretch – start with your head and neck with a few slow rolls side to side. Shrug those shoulders and swing your arms. Move your hips like you are using a hula hoop. Roll your ankles. Do whatever feels good.
Walk – bundle up and get outside for a short stroll. Think happy thoughts and feel better!