Welcome to January.
The month where the universe attempts to exploit our insecurities by promising it holds the (expensive) key to a healthier, happier and thinner us.
Most proffer a quick-fix solution to goal achievement which, while not entirely ethical, actually makes some sense.
Who wouldn’t, if given the choice between fast and easy or arduous and sweaty, pick the former? (thats not rhetorical. if you wouldnt I need to know who you are!)
Intellectually we know there’s no magic fitness pill, but we’ve all succumbed to the dangling carrot at least once.
I, too, am here to join the ranks of the aforementioned solution profferers.
I promise, however, that my way is easy (to learn) fast (to do daily) and works (if you commit)!
The key to fitness success can be broken down into five basic areas: breathing, balance, aerobics, stretching & strength training,
B.B.A.S.S for short.
Admittedly it’s a clunky acronym but it will aid you in recalling the components of your new routine.
Setting ourselves up for a HEALTHIER 2013.
Do the 5 in whatever order fits your lifestyle and for however long works for you.
What’s crucial is completing all five areas CONSISTENTLY. We’ll save the fine-tuning for a month not burdened by holiday hangover.
Most of us breathe shallowly/mainly in our chest region. Our mini-breaths DONT fully inflate our lungs which contributes to feelings of frazzle/anxiety.
Deep breath patterns reduce stress/lower blood pressure as they encourage oxygen to flow more efficiently through the body.
The deeper you breathe the less you’ll feel like throttling your boss/coworker or loved one.
STOP. Notice how you’re currently breathing. Are you in a shortened breath state?
Force all of the air out of your lungs, inhale & count to 4 & expand your lungs as much as possible. Hold your breath for a count of 4. Exhale for a c0unt of four.
Repeat. After three or four deep breaths you should feel noticeably more relaxed.
FACT: We lose our sense of balance as we age
or if youre me you never really had it.
FACT: A few minutes a day can markedly improve equilibrium. Yoga is fantastic for correcting a flagging sense of balance. If you have no time for a class, improving your stability can still be simple.
Stand on one foot for a few moments. Now switch sides.
How long you could you hold the position? Not long? Try holding lightly onto a counter-top as you work to increase your stamina.
Too easy? Check out some balance poses to integrate into your routine.
Curious where you fall (pun intended) on the balance spectrum? Here are some norms. Remember, though, our goal is simply to be a better YOU than you were in 2012.
- Aerobic activity.
We’ve gotten the notion cardiovascular activity must be exhausting/last for at least 30 minutes or we shouldn’t bother.
I beg to differ. We’re setting ourselves up for success and any aerobic activity is precisely that: success.
Not doing any aerobics? Begin today. Step outside, walk, and do it for as long as you have the time and energy.
Yes, optimally you’d do cardio for 30 minutes a day, five or six days a week, but let’s establish a routine first.
Move. Today. Perhaps more than you did yesterday. Success!
- Stretching and core.
We lose flexibility with age.
While most likely our chance to run off to Vegas & join Cirque du Soleil hath passed (sad face), we can regain flexibility.
(Feeling overwhelmed? Simply stand up. Reach for your toes. Stretch as far as you can without bouncing/straining. Hold. Repeat daily & pay attention to how, over time, your feet aren’t as far away as they used to be.)
Remember, we’re striving for overall health not preparing for competition.
Our goal working our muscles consistently more than they’re currently being exerted. That alone is SUCCESS.
- Are you ready to join me & achieve a stress-free, flexible, healthy, & strong bod in 2013?
- Do you have any EXTRA tips for us to nail our best healthy living year yet?
Please to hit us all up in the comments below & GET OUT THERE AND KICK SOME B.B.A.S.S.