Your body's readiness for a mile is a basic marker for functional strength, and this session with Coach Kim will guide you through 10 dynamic exercises that warm up your body and get you ready for your journey. Whether it's a mile or just a trip to the office.Read More
Coach Kim's Corner
2017 is shaping up to be a stressful year so far. With political unrest around the United States, stress trickles down into the workplace and at home, then settles inside the body. It seeps into the brain and makes it very challenging to stay on course, especially when it comes to frivolous activities like your workouts.
Except that your body's health is NOT at all frivolous, and exercise is exactly what you need to ward off the effects of the heightened level of stress that you are no doubt experiencing right now. Stress is a slow killer, but make no mistake about the affects of anxiety on your health. Stress curtails your body's ability to function optimally. And it does so automatically. Your body is hard wired to react physically to stress. Think caveman era stress, when your body needed to shift into high gear quickly due to a wild animal attack or dangerous weather conditions.
The heart pumps faster, blood pressure increases, and hormones are secreted automatically so that your muscles can react quickly. Nerve endings are on heightened alert. Your brain's natural rest cycle is disrupted so that you can stay alert despite the hour of the day. What is happening in the United States and around the world today doesn't seem like a wild animal chase, but the body's reaction is the same.
Treating stress is something that we should all be taking seriously right now. Regardless of political or religious beliefs, your choice to ignore or treat this stress will make a difference during these tough times. Medications, food and alcohol have short term benefits; they mask stress they way that ibuprofen masks the pain of an injury. But they do not treat stress.
Exercise is your only physical choice when it comes to winning the war on anxiety. Deep breathing, mindful meditation, and healthy social connections also combat stress in a real way, but exercising the body makes a huge difference. Exercise every single morning. Don't add to the stress by thinking that you need to go to the gym every day. You don't. You don't need shoes on your feet. You just need an extra 15 minutes, so roll out of bed and find a spot on your floor.
Start with ten deep breathes so that you can stand up real straight and think about your body parts. Say good morning to your toes and feet, greet your legs and butt with a little squeeze, zip up your abs to wake up your trunk and vital organs, shake out your arms and roll your shoulders. Look up, look down, look to the right and look to the left. Then start moving.
Move up and down with squats and/or lunges, and if your legs are strong enough, jump around a bit. Yoga moves like downward dog and upward dog stretch out the torso and the back of the legs. Plank works the abs. Hip bridge and crunch variations are all good. Whatever your moves, exercise stabilizes the processes going on inside of the body that you can't control. Exercise helps to bring you back from the brink of stress effects.
High stress looks like it might be sticking around for a while, so start tomorrow and within thirty days, this fifteen minutes will be part of your daily ritual. With so much uncertainty, your body deserves the chance to rely on something. Let it be exercise. And if you ever find yourself chased by a wild animal, your body will be ready for that too.
During a period of about 15 years, from the late nineties until 2013, the number of participants in road races increased by more than 300%. Over the last couple of years, these registration numbers have plateaued. For longer distance events, the numbers continue to increase; however, for shorter races, participation has actually declined. A reporter called inSHAPE this week to ask whether we thought that this information meant that the running fad might be over.
1. Was/is race running a fad: YES!
2. Is it ending: HOPEFULLY!
3. Why: FADS DON'T WORK!
Fad diets and fad exercise come and go. Like Jane Fonda style aerobics, race running may have hit its mathematical peak but will never fade away. We don't want it to. Everyone should be running. Maybe not running marathons, maybe not running races at all. But running, the act of accelerated self-locomotion is critical to quality of life.
Running, jogging, skipping, fast walking, sprinting, hiking, and strolling can all be practiced by people of all ages. Congenital and severe orthopedic conditions may limit your range, but forward movement leads to more movement and ultimately, to a higher quality of life. Running, however, demands an education in mechanics, and it requires practice, and patience.
Even if you are relatively fit, do a little homework and/or speak to a coach about running mechanics and other details before you begin to run regularly. Two-three weeks of prep work can help you launch into a new fitness regimen that you can truly do anywhere, at any age, without fancy equipment and an expensive gym membership. Get in touch with Coach Kim if you have any questions: email@example.com.
Flipping through a book about Thomas Jefferson's life at home over the holiday led me to learn how our Third President of the US managed his own garden. The omission of the word, "vegetables," piqued my interest and led me to this post and an infographic about edible botanicals.Read More
What you do first thing in the morning impacts your metabolism for the entire day. Read this straightforward explanation of the steps you need to take every single day to help your body stay in shape on the inside and outside.Read More
Summer temperatures and high humidity can really take their toll on a fitness regimen, not to mention the body. We don't want you giving up and cloistering yourself in the gym for all of your exercise time, so read our top five tips for making the most of your outdoor fitness plan while taking good and safe care of your body.Read More
You might be too smart to be fit. Higher thought skills developed in the human brain have elevated developments in technology, communications, and so many other fields. However, more instinctual middle brain expertise may be the way humans tap into long term health without drugs and other costly interventions. Read how Mother Nature can help!Read More
At just 21 minutes in length, this workout can get squeezed into almost anyone’s schedule. After a quick warm up, the moves activate your core but zero in on your shoulders, biceps, triceps, and overall strength of the entire upper body. Sleeveless dresses will definitely be in your future! Sign up at www.inmotionworkouts.com (first 30 days are free).Read More
Featured this week at MSN.com and the Active Times, inSHAPE's the Functional Five is a game changer for people who do not wish to spend their time in the gym or at an exercise class. Read why and test it out for yourself!Read More
NBC's Today Show featured a segment about a mom putting her foot down to yo yo dieting. While touching and somewhat liberating, this story has sparked a debate about why the number on the scale means more than what goes on inside the body. How you stay healthy, medication free, energized, and functionally strong is so much more important. We break down two issues with the post and hope that you will help us continue the conversation.Read More
February is Heart Health month! You owe it to yourself to learn more and practice better habits when it comes to your cardiovascular health. You don't need a gym or fancy equipment. However motivation starts with information so read up on key facts and get moving! To try our mobile app for free, visit www.inmotionworkouts.com and set up an account. All February, new members get a free three month upgrade!Read More
Ski season arrives with the holidays, and kicks into high gear just after so start preparing NOW! We have five important tips that will help you stay injury free and full of energy when you hit the slopes.Read More