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Fitness Evaluation


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.


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

How to keep the show going on the road


multi-tasking: fitness, balance, weight distribution

Working out at a gym can often be a privilege and a convenience.  Trying to keep up on fitness while traveling is not always easy.  Now that I have moved to India, I am in the midst of designing a fitness program that fits with the rhythm of the rest of my new life and doesn’t become guilt ridden, because I cannot do the “ideal” workout.   The gym is not going to be a realistic option, so I did invest in a spin bike and a few weights–and of course, I have my “I” band.  Meditation and a walk are in the morning.  The afternoon is 70 minutes on the bike with the integration of light weights, sitting, standing, and stomach crunches in varying intervals.  I finish up with heavier weights on the ground and my “I” band to check on my balance, flexibility, and rotational integration that I know from dancing, (no high heels right now.)  The afternoon and evening is more meditation, but with always an awareness for a straight spine, relaxed shoulders, and regular/deep breaths–trying to create the posture from the floor of my pelvis upward and radiating from inside to outside through my extremities, (dance position while sitting.)

Posture is posture: sitting or in motion

Here are two useful articles around staying fit and not making yourself crazy while traveling:

Staying fit when your workout takes a holiday

Hotels Take Fitness Into Guest Rooms –

Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: challenge, fitness, gym, hotel, travel

Magic Garden

While I was staying on Whidbey Island, I was able to workout at my host’s gym.  It is always fun to see what equipment is available, how it is arranged, and how the gym is managed.  This particular gym is very, very clean and a lot of attention to detail to make it feel personal and inviting.  Their pool didn’t use chlorine, so I wish that I had brought my bathing suit.  I really like swimming, but the level of chlorination can make or break my desire to swim.  If I wasn’t on the countdown for leaving the country, I would have taken more advantage of hiking on the trails or walking on the beach.  The nature setting is absolutely stunning.  Sitting outside watching and hearing the water was very satisfying for my stillness practice.  Notice the bench in the garden and how beautifully it is placed to take in the spectacular view.

Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: fitness, gym, India, travel, Washington