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How’s Your Headspace?

If meditation interests you but you don’t know where to start this is exactly what you need:

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It’s a meditation program you can use on your phone or computer.  It starts with a free 10-day program, just 10 minutes a day, and then if you want to continue, it’s a monthly membership fee; it’s like a gym membership for your mind.

I’ve been using it for the last month and have found it very helpful. It gets you grounded, reduces stress and increases mindfulness throughout the day.  After you’ve done the basic training you can choose meditation packs that focused on specific areas like health, sports, relationships, performance, etc.

Let me know if you try it and how it goes. Would love to hear how you like it!

 

HEADSPACE WEBSITE HERE

“Hope Is What Is Needed”

Gord, who attends my Stretch Class, shared this beautiful short film with me and I want to share it with you.  It’s a beautiful story, a beautiful film and a beautiful project. I hope you will take the time to watch it.

I think any exercise program, not just yoga, can have a significant impact on your life.

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It’s All Your Fault

runnersonbrooklynbridgeRecently I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts: The Tim Ferriss Show, he referenced a short essay called “It’s Always Your Fault” written by his guest David Heinemeier Hansson.  The essay refers to business systems and the question it asks is “How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don’t want?”. It talks about being accountable, about situations being a feedback loop and that you can take action and have the control to change.

As a fitness instructor, I immediately thought of how this relates to health and fitness. Our daily actions have consequences that affect our physical and emotional well-being and can lead us to a condition we don’t want. Inactivity and unhealthy eating habits can lead us to being out of shape, overweight, lethargic and unmotivated – or to more serious health issues.

There are many reasons we may not take care of ourselves; life gets busy, we don’t know where to start, it’s overwhelming, we never got into the habit in the first place, ignorance, etc. Most people are disconnected from the their bodies and don’t stop to realize how they feel.

Unhealthy habits become a feedback loop; lack of sleep can increase sugar or caffeine consumption to gain energy, lack of exercise causes fatigue so we’re too tired to workout, and so on. And then we tend to shirk responsibility for our actions and blame external factors.

The fact is we have the control to change and take action. So ask yourself: Are you in a condition you don’t want to be in? If the answer is yes, then consider:

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“How am I complicit in creating the condition I say I don’t want?”
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 Realize that you have the control to change and take action!

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I Believe In Unicorns

It’s so inspiring to see young girls thinking differently, this 8 year old is very wise!

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Dr. Mike Evans has looked at many studies regarding preventative medicine and determined what makes the biggest difference to your health.

The treatment has some startling affects, for instance:

  • 23% lower risk of death
  • Heart disease reduced by half
  • #1 treatment for fatigue
  • Anxiety reduced by 48%
  • High blood pressure decreased by 29%
  • Dementia & Alzheimer’s progression is reduced 50 %
  • Depression reduced by 30% with low dose by 47% with increased dose
  • For Knee Arthritis, 1 hour treatment 3 times a week reduced pain and disability by 47%

This treatment has been proven to generally improve quality of life.

What is this miracle medicine you ask?  Watch this video to find out:

 

Seriously people, the power of exercise is truly incredible.

 

“I watched the life come back into his eyes”.

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“After going there regularly, getting stronger, getting healthier, my body pain decreased tremendously.  My confidence changed. It all became more feasible.”

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“I can do this, this isn’t impossible”

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“Be a apart of a a collective group that has a community and this ability to push each other.”

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“Install some insane confidence and self worth back into you.”

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Let Exercise Be Your Medicine

Although the main reason people exercise is to look good, there are many other benefits; some can be extreme, like this one:

Our bodies are made to move and they work best when they move a lot.  As a society in general, we tend to spend a lot of time inactive: sitting at the computer, driving, watching TV, etc. This inactivity is the hardest on our bodies. For instance, notice how stiff you feel after sitting on a long flight!

People tend to think they don’t have time to exercise but if you consider all the time that is spent dealing with ailments, that time could be much better spent pro-actively taking care of yourself. Of course always check with your doctor to get the go ahead before you start an exercise program.

Consider the effect regular exercise could have on your life and your health.