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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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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.
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A walk up the hill

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

Check Mark!

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Walking on the beach with the jellyfish

Headed back to the physical therapist for a final session.  Check mark for recovery, but I do have to keep up with the exercises and movement or the body starts to tighten up.  Very fortunate that it is all very manageable.  The lesson of traveling and finding a way to keep “walking the talk” was invaluable for pointing out the deliberateness of taking care of one’s self. Part of the challenge is being your own cheerleader and realizing the importance of wellness for freedom in one’s day-to-day life. Youth is often forgiving, but aging not so much.

Timely article with all of the holiday responsibilities.

When Dieting and Exercise Hurt You

8 healthy habits that start with good intentions--but can end in disaster

8 healthy habits that start with good intentions–but can end in disaster

Mistakes that set you back
It’s hard not to get excited when you finally make the decision to get in shape. And who wouldn’t be tempted to speed things up with an extra workout here, eliminating certain foods there? Understandable, sure, but definitely not wise: Overdoing exercise, especially after a hiatus, can cause serious injuries, and drastically cutting calories can make you irritable, forgetful, and may even age you.

Here’s why too much of a good thing can be a bad thing–and how to strike a healthy balance to still get the results you want.

Mistake: You drastically cut fat, carbs, or calories 
Why it’s bad:
 Your skin, hair, and nails will suffer–and so will your mood.
When you cut calories, you deprive yourself of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration, and overall skin tone and texture, explains David E. Bank, MD, FAAD, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. “The skin also requires essential fatty acids–which the body can’t produce on its own–to maintain hydration. A diet that’s too low in fat could cause dry skin, hair loss, and brittle nails.”

Other key youth-boosting nutrients include vitamins A, C, and E. Being deficient in A, for example, can cause acne, dry hair and skin, hyperkeratosis (thickening and roughness of skin), and broken fingernails. A lack of vitamin C can affect collagen synthesis (the “glue” that binds our ligaments, bones, blood vessels, and skin), and low levels of vitamin E can cause chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis to flare up. (Check out exactly what to eat for clear, glowing skin.)

Fat is also an essential building block for brain cell membranes, explains Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, author of The Good Mood Diet. Different types of fats play different roles in the brain, but DHA, which we get primarily from fish oil in our diets, is linked to cognitive function, memory, and mood. If your diet contains less than 25% total fat, everyday coping skills may diminish, and you may feel increased anxiety, frustration, and stress.

Mistake: You go the extra extra mile 
Why it’s bad:
 You could end up with chronic foot pain.
If you’ve ever felt a stabbing pain in the arch of your foot after working out, you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. This painful foot injury occurs if you put excessive strain on the underside of the foot, explains Ryan Halvorson, a personal trainer from the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. It can strike runners and walkers alike when the muscles of the foot are overused due to repetitive motion. The arch support becomes strained, small tears develop, and the tissue stiffens as a protective response. Plantar fasciitis is especially common in women who often wear high heels. Halvorson recommends wearing lower-heeled shoes and–when you just can’t skip the high heels-purchasing good orthotic inserts with sturdy arch support. (It also helps to wear the right sneakers; check out our 2013 Sneaker Guide and find the best ones for you!)

Mistake: You’re a slave to one type of workout 
Why it’s bad:
 Your knees may suffer.
Any body part is at risk when you overtrain, but knees are especially injury-prone, says Halvorson. Knees can cave in toward the center of the body, especially when running, and put pressure on the knee joints. Using orthotics in shoes can help prevent your arches from collapsing and putting additional load on the knees.

“It’s very important to vary workouts and cross-train,” says Halvorson. If all you do is run (and run and run), over time, soft and hard tissue structures start to break down faster from all the repetitive strain. (If you’re not strength-training, find out the 9 Reasons Every Woman Needs To Lift Weights–then head to the dumbbells!)

Mistake: You pick up where you left off after a break 
Why it’s bad:
 Your back may rebel.
Even if you killed it in Zumba 3 months ago, don’t assume you can jump back in if you’ve taken a significant hiatus. Why? Chances are that during your break, your core strength was reduced, and a weaker core-paired with sitting down for extended periods of time–is the typical cause of back pain, says Halvorson. Your deep abdominal tissue ends up not being strong enough to support the spine, and the hips and butt muscles aren’t strong enough to hold the pelvis in a neutral position.

Halvorson suggests easing back into things by strengthening and developing your core muscles and glutes. Try bridge moves and plank exercises to work your back and core, and move around as much as possible throughout the day to prevent back pain.

Mistake:
 You don’t properly fuel your workout 
Why it’s bad:
 You’ll tax your immune system.
When it comes to your health, think of your body as a computer: Many systems run simultaneously, and your brain prioritizes them according to importance. “The immune system is secondary to heart functioning, so if you’re not eating enough, your natural immunity is at a lower ebb,” says Dr. Kleiner.

Plus, a Georgia State University study found that when you don’t eat enough calories, your metabolism actually slows down and you burn fewer calories. Take the guesswork out of proper fueling with these 20 Perfect Workout Snacks.

Mistake: You don’t let your body rest 
Why it’s bad:
 You’ll lower your sleep quality.
If you can barely keep your eyes open all day but toss and turn at night, it could be a sign of overexhaustion, says Halvorson. Other clues that you’re working out too much include extreme muscle soreness that persists for several days, unintended weight loss, an increased resting heart rate, interruptions in your menstrual cycle, or decreased appetite.

“Plan your rest as well as you plan exercise,” says Polly de Mille, RN, a registered clinical exercise physiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Rest is a critical component of exercise, because it’s when rebuilding takes place, she says. “If there’s no balance between breakdown and recovery, then the muscle is in a state of chronic inflammation–and what may start as a simple case of soreness can turn into an actual overuse injury.”

Mistake:
 You’re trying to lose 5 pounds–again 
Why it’s bad:
 You’ll overeat when stress hits.
Yo-yo dieting can cause binge eating, especially on high-fat foods, according to recent research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Study author Tracy L. Bale, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, used mice to examine how stress systems were affected after dieting. The results? Repetitive dieting was shown to cause long-term changes in DNA that can make you more sensitive to stress.

Dr. Bale says her findings support the need to find healthy ways to reduce stress–like doing yoga and meditating–and the importance of stopping the deprivation-binge cycle.

Feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or frustrated? Soothe yourself with these 2-Minute Stress Solutions.

Mistake: You go on an extreme short-term diet 
Why it’s bad:
 You’ll gain weight when you stop (and be really miserable in the meantime).
If you ever tried a fad diet (e.g., the 2-week cabbage soup diet), you probably know that the weight always comes back. A 2007 study in American Psychologist reviewed the results of several long-term studies on subjects who followed various low-calorie plans and found that the potential benefits are too small–and the potential harms too large–for dieting to be recommended as a safe and effective treatment for obesity. Several other studies show that most dieters often gain back more weight than they’ve lost.

So what can you do? Lose the fads and make lasting, healthier changes. See Eat Like This, Never Diet Again for easy, lifelong strategies.

By The Editors of Prevention

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Nutrition, Selfseeds
Tag: day to day program, holiday fitness, self discipline, Selfseeds, walking

Selfseeds Cruising

The Amazing Adventure continues now from Australia to New Zealand. Views off the top floor of the ship and out the gym windows.  Nothing like a cruising gym and someone cooking!

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Sydney, Australia

 

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Gym window onboard the cruise ship. Selfseeds Fitness

 

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Sydney Opera House (Amazing inside and outside!)

 

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No excuses not to exercise with these views. Nice parking spot!

 

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Sydney Harbor

 

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Solarium (Selfseeds Stillness)

 

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Sydney (view from the harbor.) (Personalize 5 Selfseeds)

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Home for 12 days, Sydney to Auckland. Selfseeds abundance!

 

No lack of Selfseed opportunities while cruising–fitness, stillness, nutrition, emotion, weight distribution, balance…  Hope you are discovering, planting, or nurturing one of your own selfseeds daily! The Selfeed community would love to have you add one of your favorites!  Send a newsletter or Daily Selfseed video to a friend, family member, significant other and inspire the start of a Selfseed garden.

The Selseeds travel collection continues… Selfseeds #101 through #108 (view videos below.)

 

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: Cruising, emotions, fitness, motivation inspiration cheerleading from Selfseeds, nutrition, ocean, personalized 5, ship, stillness, travel