Benefits of natural movement… In nature

How do you feel when you are walking around your local neighbourhood, listening to what’s around you, the birds, the trees, the smell of fresh flowers and breathing in the fresh air around you?

How do you feel when you’re running along a sandy white beach barefoot with the sun touching your skin?

How do you feel when you are in dense bush land, when you can hear the distinct sounds of every bird? When a kangaroo all of a sudden hops past?

How do you feel when you feel when you are inside a gym, listening to blaring music, watching TV screens, the smell of fresh sweat and the feeling of metal between your fingers?

When do you feel the most alive?

Studies have shown in the research journal Environmental Science and Technology  that exercise in the outdoors has an immediate affect on mood, mental well being, an increase in energy and revitalization, when subjects exercised outdoors they found there was a decrease in tension, depression and anger. The subjects that participated in the study stated that they would be more likely to repeat the activity at a later time, and a sense of enjoyment.

Have you wondered why animals can be so fast, so adaptable in their environments and so strong? They are simply doing what they were made to do and that is to move and survive. The human body was made the same way, we were made to be challenged, to learn, this is why our brains grew because we became highly adaptable in difficult situations.

 

The natural outdoor environment is the ultimate place where we can fully test our bodies strength, where we can test our mental capacity, to make decisions and solve problems. We want our bodies to grow to be strong to perform at its best, but it can only do this if we continue to challenge it, by changing the stimuli we encounter. We have become scared and trapped through time and our bodies are becoming tired. By moving naturally and going back to those fundamental skills we learnt as a child, and exploring our surroundings we are allowing our bodies to do exactly what it was made to do, be challenged and move. You will be giving yourself the best all round workout and as mentioned earlier, your general mental well being, energy levels, and mood levels will all be benefiting.

For those of you that do not live where there are freely accessible wide open spaces, can you tell me that there is no nearby park? Reserve? Trees? Or a backyard at your own home?

Accessing your outdoor environment, taking in those natural endorphins, moving is always accessible.

Treat your body and yourself to an adventure in your outdoor playground and get moving!

Working out… In the comfort of your own home

A friend of mine asked me if I could write out a program for her, the only issue is she lives on the other side of the world so it makes it a little tricky.

I’ve decided to share with all you keen bloggers wanting to get fit, a very easy yet affective way to see a smaller waistline, feel strong and have more energy.

Number one: Find something that you enjoy that get’s your heart rate up. This is what I want to be your core, so you should do this at least 4 times a week.

For my friend, this is swimming, so try to swim 1km in the pool or ocean on these days. This can be done at your own pace stopping when needed, but try and minimise the amount of stops each time and complete it at a faster time.

Of course this cardio can be anything you want it to be, go for a run/jog, bike ride, intense dance party in your room, whatever makes you huff and puff and makes your heart race.

Training that can be done without leaving your house:

Brushing your teeth squats. You have no excuse in the time you brush your teeth at least 20 of these can be done.

A squat is performed like your about to sit on a chair, bum out, chest out, stomach tight and not sticking out, (so abs are being worked as well) knees shoulder width apart, and bend down slowly and controlled hold and come back up to standing position.

Waiting for dinner?

Grab a chair, hold it out, arms extended and elbows locked. From here go into a lunge position . (Example on right).

keep your eyes forward, back straight and drop down, keeping hold of the chair. Try to do this at least 15 times.

Watching TV?

That’s right I have an exercise for every room you enter and it wont even disrupt the program you want to watch.

Cycle sit ups: Begin lying down on your back legs up in 90/90 (bring your legs up above the ground with knees bent). Hands behind head, as you lift your chest off the ground bring your right elbow to your left knee, extending the right leg out at the same time. Alternate sides doing this.

Awsome workout for your obliques (side abs).

Step ups:

If you have stairs in your house, you have a piece of gym equipment. I am a fan of jumping so try and do jumps up onto a step and then try and make it two, skipping that first one. Use your arms to build momentum by swinging them back and then jumping, ending with your arms out in front.

If you are not ready for jumping, then regress to the step up, one foot going up at a fast pace with the other following. Alternate which leg you start with.

There you guys! A quick few exercises that can easily be done at any point in your day.

Of course I encourage you to get outside and exercise and do those activities you love, but if you are in that lazy mood or if it’s bad weather, you can still keep fit, without having to spend money on any gym equipment.

Do one thing that scares you every day.

Why is that we let fear hold us back so often. Its just another emotion like joy, or relaxation, love.

Like any emotion we should explore why we feel that way and then take the necessary actions and decisions of what to do about it.

Too often we let fear be destruction instead of exploring it and learning and moving through it.

I have a huge fear of swings, a strange fear but it’s there. Today I went trapezing and learnt some pretty cool things about this emotion.

1. It influences a whole bunch of physical reactions, you can tremble, perspire, cry and scream.

2. The best thing is it triggers the “fight and flight response.” It is a response from a part of the hypothalamus which releases epinephrine and stimulates nerve cell firing and a series of chemical reactions which prepare our body for this flee to safety mode. This rush sensation will also trigger endorphin release of dopamine (the chemical messenger to the brain that switches on that feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment).

So from fear comes an adrenaline rush followed by a sense of achievement and joy.

Sometimes we have to just close our eyes and TAKE THE LEAP. The feeling after may just be worth it.

I would like to thank Lululemon Athletica for giving me the chance to confront my fears and have an unforgettable exhilarating experience. Everyone involved at The Flying  trapeze centre in Blackburn. https://www.facebook.com/FlyingTrapezeCentre Their instruction, expertise, experience and encouragement helped me so much. I’m so glad I did this and I cannot wait to do it again! They were absolute rock stars and so talented, it was beautiful to watch and amazing to be apart of. Thank you.

 

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