For health, fitness and longevity, all ancient Greek physicians and philosophers recommended, in addition to temperance in food and sex, use of fresh pure air, bathing, friction of the body, and proper exercise. For the latter, Greeks developed a system including both intense and gentle activities that they called gymnastics, a word derived from gymnazein which means simply “to exercise or train.”
This word did not originally refer to what we now know as competitive gymnastics, but to any type of physical fitness training, which is why we still today call physical training halls gymnasiums or gyms for short. By the way, the word “calisthenics” appears to have been first coined in 1839 from the Greek kallos “beauty” and sthenos “strength,” and originally referred to gymnastic exercises suitable for girls and meant to develop the figure and promote graceful movement.
Contrary to common belief, you do not need to spend large amounts of time on a strength training routine in order to develop your full potential. Most people need spend no more than 2 hours weekly on this highly important task. We'll show you how to do it without spending any money on a gym membership as well.
Sprint interval training is a time-efficient way to produce cardiorespiratory fitness.
We have many muscles in our human body, of which most rarely get used. Our occupation and lifestyle habits cause us to over use certain muscles and under use others.
It is important to put those muscles to work to maintain the vehicles we've been blessed with for a healthy and productive life. There is a science to understanding how to move our bodies. Having proper skeletal alignment is key to maximizing our efforts, and improving our posture, moods, and disposition. Mobility and flexibility training help us to maintain proper alignment and prevent and rehabilitate injuries.
We have been working hard personally to un-wind from years of being very active, yet not having an awareness of proper alignment. Injuries, occupational over-use, and other issues have gelled into a misaligned carriage that impacts our well-being. Pain is the price of misalignment.
Having proper alignment can help you:
Get aligned, and come to your senses! Being aligned is a multi-level experience!
When your body is aligned physically, and your minds is aligned with your heart, you will better be able to trust your true nature. When you get better at acting on your gut feelings, you will be led ~ step by step ~ to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Getting outdoors during the early morning, prior to Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays being emitted provides many hormone balancing benefits, while adequate skin exposure to the UVB rays of anywhere from 15-30 minutes, ~ depending on your skin color, region, and the season ~ helps your body produce Vitamin D, important for bone health and immunity. Without adequate sun exposure on bare skin, a supplement may be required as foods do not provide Vitamin D unless they are 'enriched.'
Being barefoot on grass, sand or soil, ~ especially when it is damp like the sand near the ocean, or the morning dew on the grass ~ also provides a host of health benefits by 'grounding' you to the Earth.
Because of how profoundly I believe in the importance of grounding, I've signed up to be an affiliate for Earthing.com.
Learn more by clicking on any of the links for Earthing, or a more in-depth article about grounding, linked above, or on Don's site at www.FullRangeStrength.com.
Engaging in any type of strenuous training and mobility routine will push you past preconceived limits and comfort zones. That is how you grow, and get stronger.
Sometimes, it can elicit an emotional release. Old pent up stagnant energy or fear from old wounds that was never fully discharged gets stirred up. That's when it really gets interesting!
Just let yourself emote, and shake it out. You'll free up energy, and feel better afterwards.
Have questions about getting started with a fitness routine that is right for your age or fitness level? Feel free to let us know.