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One Of My Favorite Go-To Pieces Of Exercise Equipment

 

The Most Effective Ball Exercises Everyone Should Be Doing
by Jenny Sugar

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Don’t just walk by your stability ball! It’s one of the best fitness tools you can own, so put yours to good use with these incredibly effective moves. Get ready to target your arms, abs, butt, and legs — you’ll definitely be sore tomorrow. Remember, size does matter! It’s best to work with a ball appropriately sized for you, so check out this exercise ball chart to see which dimension best fits you.

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

12 Awesome Moves to Feel More Toned

Read More Exercise BallsArm ExercisesButt ExercisesAb ExercisesLeg ExercisesWorkoutsStrength Training

Go to Popsugar fitness and take a look!

 

Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, core, fitness, integration, Popsugar, Selfseeds balance, stability ball exercises, Strength

Tranquility

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Tranquility while floating

 

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: flow, fluid, peace, Selfseeds stillness, tranquility, water

Fitness Evaluation

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Fun to share creative fitness

It has been quite a while since I have had a fitness evaluation from the gym I belong to.  They run offers every now and then, so I decided to check in on my “fitness reality.”  A detailed and intense trainer was selected.  Someone who had a strong biomechanics background and an interest in integrated fitness–fitness for enhanced living.  He put me through his various assessments (he had also obtained NASM certification for personal training and corrective exercises among other certifications) to help determine my current status and where to start on the fitness continuum.  With the new job requiring intense fitness, I wanted to examine possible weak points in my current approach. Thumbs up. I would be starting from a point most people would have as an end point. Nice to know that I am on track.  Out of curiosity and always being a student, I will invest in half a dozen sessions to gather more ideas and have feedback from a fellow enthusiast.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Selfseeds
Tag: fitness continuum, fitness evaluation, gym, personal trainer, program, Selfseeds fitness

Pick A Job That Includes Fitness?

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One way to add fitness into your lifestyle is to select a job that requires exercise while on the job. Loading UPS trucks for four plus hours in the morning is turning out to be an awesome fitness booster–not to mention the aspects of balance, weight distribution, integrated movement, flexibility, and more.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Selfseeds
Tag: 5 minute practices, daily job, fitness, flexibility, Selfseeds, weight distribution

Sitting Cross-Legged For Months

 

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The possibility of sitting cross-legged without external support and for long periods of time is starting to emerge. If one can sit supported from the core enough than no extra pressure is put on the limbs, neck, shoulders, feet, etc. it is as if one is in a balanced state while seated. One step is getting into the position another step is maintaining the position without stress for extended periods of time. Pain free sitting has involved attention to many details. Extending the time is the continuing aim.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: balance, cross-legged, fitness, flexibility, meditation, Selfseeds, stillness

Ingredients To Consider For Results

 

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Headed up the hill with a load…

What supports results, visions, goals, transformation, change, and more?

Focus, self discipline, commitment, steps, guidelines, perseverance, observation, and…

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Category: Balance, Selfseeds Community, Weight Distribution
Tag: commitment, focus, results, self discipline, Selfseeds

Creativity While In Motion

 

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Destination

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Half way point…

Nothing like climbing the stairs of a fortress wall to get your heart pumping.  Running up to the fortress was less cardio than actually climbing the wall.  Balance was underlined as well.  Falling off the wall would not be pretty, so I needed to be aware of everything that involved not tripping, lurching, or losing balance. A couple of times I needed to do a little self talk when my mind wanted to scream, “What were you thinking!”   The best part of the exercise was the creativity while in motion.  I wasn’t just exercising, but it had a functional, integrative, real life survival flair to it.  Nice to take the actual conditioning and training and apply it in a real life situation.

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Amazing View

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Headed back

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Weight Distribution
Tag: exercise, fitness, fortress walls, India, Selfeeds, stair master deluxe

Journey Inward

 

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Currently, I am examining Selfseeds Stillness a lot while meditating and learning at the feet of a spiritual master. When I first put stillness on the list, I had no idea of the layers and depth that were involved. The past three years have been focused on just this one selfseed.  When I look at the collection of selfseeds, in many ways I would put stillness as a priority, because as I am learning, it effects everything else on the list–emotion, balance, partnering, etc.  Our inner state obviously influences our outer state–it is a direct connection without any wavering.  It is not realistic for most people to devote years to this topic, but 5 minutes a day is useful.  The point is to have very strict focus in the 5 minutes.  Work to have a straight spine and good posture.  Use the time to discipline the mind and remind it to be single-pointed.  Enjoy having a chance to focus inwardly and start to explore the origins of the real you. At the very least, use it as a well deserved time out to regroup, slow down, and breath.

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Partnering, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: breath, inward focus, meditation, regroup, Selfseeds, stillness, time out

Selfseeds Template Applied In India

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An example of living with the Selfseeds Template while I am in India.  Create your own and get started on your Selfseeds garden!

1. Selfseeds Fitness:  Running an hour a day and adding 30 minutes to an hour with TapouT XT, P90X, ball, or Hip Hop Abs.  A big key to fitness is just doing something consistently.  I do a variety of programs to keep my mind and body engaged, but I carve out a regular amount of time, so I have a commitment to movement.  Noticing with the running that I need days not to run too.  Walking is a great substitute.  New muscles are being challenged and I am trying to be thoughtful instead of a warrior about developing the new program without injuries.  Listen to your body!

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/fitness-even-for-spiritual-masters/

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 2. Selfseeds Nutrition:  Enjoying eating homemade, fresh food, no preservatives, no sugar, and new flavors.  I often don’t know what I am eating, but it tastes incredible, wholesome, and vegetarian.  My body is so loving this meal plan!  My snacks are still fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dried fruit. And PLENTY of water!

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3. Selfseeds Stillness.  Exploring the inner world. Calm. Meditation as a daily practice in an ashram.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/stillness-in-distraction/

(short video below)

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 4. Selfseeds Emotions: state of mind, reactions, feelings. Contemplating my environment and what I have contact to on a daily basis.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/getting-to-know-the-elephants/

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 5. Selfseeds Weight Distribution: noticing the small details of how my feet strikes the ground, the symmetry of my arm swing, my alignment while sitting, and making tiny adjustments regularly.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/challenges-of-sitting-cross-legged-for-meditation/

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 6. Selfseeds Balance: balance in life approach. Making time for fitness, flexibility, nutrition, stillness, personalize 5, and more.  Pick exercises to do with or on the physio-ball daily, so I have to find my physical inner balance.  Pick a few from the group below and have fun.

10 min with 9 exercises
http://youtu.be/ChRgTA2toC0

100 different exercises (Very awesome video)
http://youtu.be/JV_afunOqIY

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 7. Selfseeds Flexibility: stretching, range of motion, evenness, myofascial release.  The physical therapist gave me a lacrosse ball to roll on, so I could address knots and tight areas. A daily examination as new levels of fitness are added.  Meditating long hours  while sitting on the floor is increasing my range of flexibility–big time!

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Stretching is no longer a warmup, it’s the workoutNew York Daily News

Most people think of stretching like dessert — it might make you feel good, it’s optional, and it’s probably not worth it. But when we found ourselves strapped to a 

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8. Selfseeds Rhythm: breath, heart beat, footfall, music, temple bells,  and activities for the day.

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 9. Selfseeds Integrative Band: TapouT XT is the mega band program, core awareness, and integration for moving and sitting.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/tapout-xt-master-band-program/

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10. Selfseeds Partnering: riding , standing with your elephant, walking your dog, sharing a conversation.

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11. Selfseeds Personalize 5 : walking in nature, watching the sunset, listening to a favorite song, be creative… it is for your soul.  I am enjoying taking photos.

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, emotions, fitness, flexibility, integrative band, nutrition, partnering, personalize 5, rhythm, Selfseeds, stillness, weight distribution

Safety While On The Run

 

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Amber Fort, India

Stubbornness and a joy of exercising have created a must look at the safety factor of running, walking, working out at the gym in foreign places. What is the point of exercising if you are hurt or violated in some way that completely unhinges your wellness physically or mentally, but what is the balance?  As a warrior type, I probably dip too far into the risk taking mode, so living in India on or off for the past three years has brought a reality check into the vulnerability of women–period.  As a white woman walking, there is an underline, since I am visible, a novelty, and come with all of the western connotations of “loose women,” because of what is often depicted on television shows.

I tried the gym, but it was sort of like adding a bloody carcass to a shark feeding area and saying, “Don’t touch.” No matter what boundary, amount of disinterested focus, attitude or whatever technique I drew upon for the day, the sharks kept coming and the mental work out became a bigger price than the benefits of the physical workout.  Plan B, exercise outside the gym or in my room.  Playing workout DVD’s is good and there are a lot of choices, but I hunger for the outer world too. Plan C, the strategy has been to start the work out early, before “the world” is too alive, but late enough that there is light arising.  Having lived and traveled internationally a fair amount, there is a window of opportunity for walking, running, etc. that intuitively feels safe as a woman, but as a woman there is never an absolute.  Yes, the extra radar awareness needs to be turned on when moving through areas that are unfamiliar. Walking with purpose and a sense of presence (not the look at me, here I come type) are all ingredients for body language, setting an intention, and a tone for business. I have found there are usually others out exercising too even if they aren’t strategizing about safety.
Another benefit of starting early, you feel satisfied and fulfilled to start the day with something precious to your state of being. Check mark by the “you are important and I value my state of well being.”  The activity takes the “edge off,” but also invigorates me for a place of inner calmness, problem solving with less ego attachment, and a sense of ease in the body structure.  On a personal note, I love the light of the morning and watching what starts to unfold as the master painter adds light and shade to what was in darkness–the magic of light.
Is this possible for everyone, all of the time–probably not, but the share is regarding exercise and safety while living and traveling in foreign places. Are there places in the world that woman don’t have to consider there personal safety?  Maybe, but since i have grown up with some need for awareness, that hard wiring is a part of me and I need to respect it.  Friends and family may be shocked to hear me concede this point, since I am the warrior type, but the gang raping situation in India and the distorted individuals who are opportunistic and without moral boundaries worldwide means I need to look out for me without losing all freedom.  A balancing act, but one to be honored.
A walk up the hill

A walk up the hill

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: exercise, safety, Selfseeds personalize 5, travel