Exercise: first step

What motivates you?  What is it that moves you or makes you want to get up?
Use what motivates you! Find purpose. No more excuses! You’d be surprised
what you could do, if you put one foot in front of the other…

Exercise is what your body instinctively wants to do especially under stress: fight or flight, and it works. It burns off some of the stress chemicals which tension produces. Therefore, a tired muscle is a relaxed muscle. Regular exercise builds stamina that can help anyone battle stress. But even something as casual as a walk around the block can help you burn off some of the tension that you carrying around.

Exercise gives you energy. Study after study supports those words, including one by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. More than 200 federal employees were placed on a moderate, regular exercise program. The results: 90 percent said they had never felt better. Almost half said they felt less stress, and almost one-third reported they slept better.

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The 7 Minute Workout

Not sure were to start or are you a long-term exercise buff? Regardless, this scientifically proven set of exercises can increase cardiovascular affects, improve strength and invite better stamina.

RULE: Do each exercise for 30 seconds. As you continue to do this over time, decrease the wait time between exercises. Ideally, you should move from one exercise to the next, without stopping.

By decreasing the time between exercises, you increase the cardiovascular component.

Want a challenge? Has this become too easy for you?  Do this set of exercises as a circuit training. Go through the entire 12 exercises, THEN repeat the entire set again!

Explanation of Exercises

1. Jumping Jacks: You may remember these from high school or any army movie from the past 30 years. Start with hands by your side, feet together. Jump feet apart-hands go over your head at the same time. Jump feet back together-hands back to your side. Try that for 30 seconds. Increase your speed as you go.

2. Wall Sit: Place your back against the wall. Slowly lower your buttocks down as if sitting on a chair. Keep your back against the wall as much as possible. Do not drop your buttocks below your knees. Hold for 30 seconds. Slowly push your body back up the wall, using your quads (leg muscles).

3. Push Ups: On the floor, hands under shoulders, abs tight, on your toes. Lower your body up and down, keeping your body as straight as a plank. Variations: lower knees to the floor and do the exercise, keeping knees connected to the floor. OR do these push ups at a counter top. Stand about 2 feet from the counter, arms shoulder width, abs tight. Push down and back for 30 seconds.

4. Abdominal Crunches: On the floor, your lower back is connected to the floor, knees up, feet flat on floor. Arms reach upward on a 45 degree angle. Keep neck relaxed, chin level with your chest, shoulders down. Lower back does not come off the floor. Tension in your neck? Cross your hands in front of your chest. Repeat for 30 seconds.

5. Step Up: Place the back of a chair against a wall. This prevents the chair from sliding away from you. Stand about 1 foot from the chair and step up with one foot, then the other. Step back down with one foot, then the other.

6. Squat: Stand straight, feet a little wider than shoulder distance apart. Your first squat is slow and controlled. Push your buttocks back as if you were going to sit in a chair (it should feel like it is sticking out behind you). Keep chin level with the floor as your raise your arms just to shoulder level. Keep your shoulders pulled down as your arms lift. Then, slowly, push back up (through your quads), pushing hips forward, lower your arms.

7. Tricep Dips: Place chair with back against the wall. Face away from the chair with arms on seat of chair. Fingers over the front of the chair. Feet should be out far enough so that you do not feel any strain in the lower back, knees bent. Simply bend your elbows as your buttock lowers toward the floor (without touching), then push back up using the muscles in the back of the arms.

8. Plank: This seems like a simple exercise, but it is geared to tone your core or center using time and gravity. On your elbows and toes, hold this plank position. Keep your abs tight and your back straight, as you hold for 30 seconds.

9. High knees running in place: The best way to do this exercise in order to avoid injury, is to keep your knees high and tight to your abs as you lift them up. Try to keep your back as straight as possible by keeping your abs tight.

10. Lunge: Feet together, step forward keeping your knee over your toes. Do not let your knees go past your front toes. Step back, then lunge forward with the other foot. Repeat for 30 seconds.

11. Push-up and Rotation: This combines one push-up and a half rotation away from the floor, raising one arm upward. This balancing-core improving exercise can be achieved by keeping your abs tight and moving slowly through the transition of the movement.

12. Side Plank: This variation on the plank, challenges you on the side of your arm. This keeps your whole body off the ground with one contact point. Keep your abs tight and head and shoulders in line with your hips!

1. Sleep: helps your muscles recover and repair, while balancing mental, emotional, hormonal and physical states.
2. Nutrition: is the secret for muscle growth, immune boosting and proper nourishment. Knowing your body and how it reacts to certain foods (such as wheat, dairy, meat, eggs…) are a responsibility that will make a difference.

 

 

3. Hydration: is water, water, water. This critical aspect of health not only helps to keep the muscles hydrated but, has lasting effects on skin, stress levels and organ function.

 

4. Stretching as a warm up before a workout and as a recovery after a workout helps with flexibility, muscle soreness and relieves pain. Stretching between workouts, keeps the body moving more optimally.

 

5. Self-Massage is a great way to break up lactic acid that “pockets” in the muscles after stressing the muscles through a work out. Foam rollers, massage tools and your own “magic fingers” can help relieve tension and stress.

 

6. Your Posture helps maintain proper balance, body alignment and muscle tension so the body is able to move freely. maintaining proper posture is essential for better aging, protecting the body and maintaining balance.

 

7. Rest (and sleep) help the body recover. Apply Ice to decrease inflammation 24 -72 hours after injury. Compression to improve circulation issues. Elevation helps to reduce swelling by increasing venous return of blood to the systemic circulation. This will result in less edema which reduces pain and/or swelling. + Heat should be applied after 72 hours of an injury. It is used to increase circulation and movement. These elements are all important for recovery from aches, pains and strains.

 

 

Workout Trilogy

Stretching
Stretching is a great tension reducer. Stretch your chest for better breathing. The tense musculature of a person under stress can make breathing difficult and impaired breathing can aggravate the anxiety you already feel. To relax your breathing, roll your shoulders up and back, then relax.
The first time, inhale deeply as they go back, exhale as they relax. Repeat four or five more times, then inhale deeply again. Repeat the entire sequence four times. People under pressure have a tendency to clench their teeth. Dropping the jaw and rolling it helps make those muscles relax, and if you relax the muscles, you reduce the sensation of tension. Stretching helps relieve this tension.

 

This is a wonderful site for explaining all the benefits and proper ways to stretch...

Resistance/Weight Bearing
Resistance is essential for making a muscle stronger. When a muscle has to work against a load placed on it, it adapts to the stress by creating new muscle fibers and making neurological changes that ultimately make it stronger. Muscles respond to virtually anything that offers resistance.

 

You need only to remember a few do-anywhere exercises:
*sit-ups for abdominal muscles

*push-ups for the arms, chest, and shoulders

*dips for the back of the arms

*squats for the muscles in the rear and front of the thighs

*calf raises for the lower portion of the leg.

You also might work some simple equipment into your regime. Both rubber bands and rubber tubing can add resistance, as can simple household items. To increase the resistance when you’re doing squats, for example, you can do something as simple as hold soup cans or milk jugs filled with water.

Cardiovascular

Energetic exercise, cardiovascular, a brisk walk three to five times a week, for 20 to 30 minutes each time and no later than 2 hours before bedtime are extremely beneficial. If you’re obese, if you need to drop 20 percent of your weight or more, losing weight will be a great help. Make sure you follow a sensible diet in combination with exercise.

 Most experts believe that 3-5 times per week for a duration of 20-60 minutes at 60-90% of age-specific maximal heart rate or 50-85% of VO2max (heart rate reserve).

Target Heartrate: The general formula for the average person is 220 (-) your age times 60% and times 90% of HRmax. For example, a 30-year old would calculates their target zone using the above formula: 220-30=190. 190x.60=114 and 190x.90=171. This individual would try to keep his heartrate between 114 (low end) and 171 (high end) beats per minute.

 

 

How To: Get Exercise In Your Life

By increasing lifestyle activities each day, try doing four 10-minute increases at least five days a week. The idea is to just do more of what you are already doing.

Schedule exercise into your daily routine.  You schedule dinner, you book appointments and plan meetings….exercise is no different!

Exercise with others. Join a gym, running group, dance club or exercise class. Moving with others motivates us, keeps our attention and holds us to the commitment.

Exercise Do’s & Don’t

Warming up before any exercise is essential. It warms the muscles, makes them more limber and easier to stretch, which results in a better workout. It also helps to prevent injury. Run on a treadmill, perform flexibility movements or jog for 30 minutes in order to engage all your muscle fibers before exercising.

Exercise Your Rights

Physical fitness needs to be “sensible mild to moderate exercise” that you enjoy. It also works best when you “schedule” it into your day like every other routine that you do.  You eat breakfast, you go to work, you schedule a meeting…. you do the same with exercise! Here you will find the options available to guide you through a variety of exercises and its impact on disease.

Stretching for Pain

Next to breathing and breath work, stretching is the most beneficial exercises we can do for better health. Done in tandem, breath work and stretching are the best support for easing aches, pain, tension, headaches, tight muscles and unexplained pain elsewhere in the body. Just as there are different types of flexibility, there are also different types of stretching.

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