BREATHING - THE SECRET TO PAIN FREE STRENGTH TRAINING

Do you believe your body is only capable of low-level activities such as restorative yoga and Pilates?  Has a medical professional scared you out of ever lifting weights?  Have you tried lifting weights by yourself or with a trainer but ended up hurt and feeling miserable?  If so, let me share a secret with you.  Did you know people breathe over 20,000 times a day?  Any movement performed that many times will have an effect on the rest of the body and its ability to move and perform well.

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TAKE A BREATH: YOU DESERVE IT

Are you a worrier? Are you constantly stressed?  Women tend to be worriers. They worry about everything and everyone before taking care of themselves. If there was an imaginary cup that would dictate how much stress women can handle, many of them are definitely letting their cups overflow, taking in more than they can handle.  When is the time for women to do something that makes them happier and healthier?  Do they have to wait for the rare vacation, the random spa days or the occasional girls’ night out?

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IS IT EVER TO LATE TO START MOVING BETTER?

With a society that sits all day, works too long and doesn’t stay active, we have seen a huge decline in people’s quality of life.  At our gym, we see many people in their 50s and 60s who come in their first day with a belief they’re “getting old.” They believe their movement quality has no choice but to decline and never get better. With our technology-filled world, we’re even seeing people in their 20s who think feeling stiff and restricted are a few things they’ll have to deal with for the rest of their lives.

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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO EXERCISE MORE?

(exercise/ stress) without ever putting money back in (recovery).


People not only need to recover from the stress exercise puts on them, they also need to diminish the impact life stressors put on their body.


Your kids’ insane schedules; a toxic work environment; crazy work deadlines; relationships; the loss of a loved one; an autoimmune disease; horrible diets; dysregulated breathing; and low quality of sleep … Every single aspect of your life is something to consider when starting a workout regimen, because they will impact your ability to succeed and get results from exercising.


Before you let another trainer tell you you need to go harder to see better results, try considering you may not be recovering enough. Instead of beating yourself up for not doing more, try taking a step back and see how you can do less. Try working on your sleep. Start taking a daily walk or begin a meditative practice. Find a personal trainer who utilizes a holistic approach that will take your ability to recovery into consideration when he or she trains you.


    

If you’re looking to get results you can sustain for a lifetime, it’s time to put money back into your body bank account. If you start taking care of your body, it will return the favor and give you the results you’ve been looking for.

LUCY HENDRICKS

Lucy Hendricks is co-owner of Enhancing Life and Teacher at The Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training Program. She is a personal trainer that takes a holistic approach to health and fitness. She looks at all factors that impact her client’s results in the gym: stress, nutrition, breathing, routine, sleep, and more. By considering the whole picture, her clients can expect to achieve sustainable results and avoid plateaus or over-training.

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If you’re tired of clocking in hours at the gym with little to no results, try not to fall into the trap of the idea your workout regimen is not hard enough.


When health and fitness results are hard to come by, most people start wondering what other exercise routine they can add into their week, how many more calories they need to restrict or how much more time they need to put in the gym since what they’re doing obviously isn’t enough.


Our fitness culture and some health experts have misguided many people into believing success is driven by how hard you go in the gym. That’s why there are high-intensity boot camps opening all over town with the promise of crushing you into the ground and rewarding you for going all-out during every single workout.


Unfortunately, this type of exercise program has left many people with little to no results, beat up and confused as to why all their hard work has only dug the hole deeper for them.


The truth is, people are exceeding the amount of stress they run their body through and are not putting any emphasis on recovering from it.


If we were to compare bodies to bank accounts, many people are walking around with overdrawn accounts. When you keep taking away from the body, it will eventually start fighting back by not giving you the results you’re searching for. You can’t keep taking money out