Accept your past for a better future

How many things in your life do you “not want to talk about”, often pushing these backwards and locking them in a little box where you hope they will never come out? I do not know of anyone that doesn’t have something they are yet to deal with, I did for years and this is how I dealt with it!

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What then? … “Adapt and overcome”

Goals are great and are sometimes needed as checkpoints in your on-going journey called life ... but, once you have achieved this goal ... what then? Often we become fixated on an end result … "When I get to Friday ..." , "When I get a six pack" ... "When I can handstand" , "When I get on my weeks holiday abroad next year I will be happy." etc.

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What is the core?

The core is the term we use when we’re describing the muscles in the body that stabilize and support all of the body’s movements. By mistake many people think that the core is only the abdominal muscles, but actually the core is described as just about everything on your body that isn’t your legs and arms. The core is our body’s midsection, the body’s corset or belt. It is here your inner power or your center is generated in order to carry out any movement. The inner and outer abdominal muscles play a large role in core stability, but the muscles on the front, back, sides, pelvic floor, and also the scapula, glutes and hips are all needed to maintain body balance.

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A muscular imbalance occurs when you use one side of your body more than the other. Over time, the overused muscles on that side become tight and sore, while the underused muscles on the other side grow weak and atrophied. This can cause one-sided pain and stiffness, and increase your risk for injuries. Some habits that cause muscular imbalances are easy to identify. For example, tennis players and bowlers often overwork their dominant hand. However, even the most innocuous movements can lead to imbalances. Here are some things to watch out for.

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Why should we incorporate yoga into a fitness routine?

Yoga asanas are the physical postures that we all know well and see in local fitness studios, healthy lifestyle magazines and on wellness retreats. Indian sages spent lots of time contemplating the human body and nervous system and developing asanas over generations to mobilize the body and create a sense of psychosomatic balance. When combined with breath, this idea of balance is experienced and extends to the mind, helping it move towards silencing the ongoing dictation of deadlines, worries and troubles that knock us 'out of sync’ with the present moment.

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Why should we incorporate yoga into a fitness routine?

As a yoga teacher, I’ve always advised my students to work on their poses from the ground up. This means that their legs must be strong to first ground them in the pose before they work on everything else. If you can’t keep your legs firmly grounded on the mat while doing triangle pose, there is really no point to opening your chest and bringing your arm up. If they practice arm balances, their arms must be strong and capable of carrying their weight. Forget about the fancy leg work. If you can’t lift your body off the mat, the ethereal-looking splits in the air don’t matter. Flexibility can be worked on and eventually your hips, chest, and shoulders will open. But to get there, strength is paramount.

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benefits of indoor cycling

The benefits of indoor cycling

If indoor cycling is not yet part of your workout, then what are you waiting for? Just 20 minutes on a bike a few times a week will help you feel energised, reduce any stress and get your body strong and healthy.

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Five Effective Ways to Get Fit

We all want to get fit but sometimes we are unaware of what to do. With the large amount of material that is available, it is hard to know who to trust!

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Benefits of Stretching

Many, if not all of us have been taught that stretching is a good thing to do after we exercise- but how many of us even know why we're doing it? What is happening when we stretch? How is it benefitting our bodies? The purpose of this article is to shed light onto what stretching is and how essential it is to include not only as part of your training routine but also as a form of therapy. Here are five things you didn't know about stretching. 1. Stretching is not about muscle! 2. Stretching can have the same effect as a massage... 3. Stretching can make you stronger.

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