Fit Friday

Be In Control Of Your Body - It's not just about the calories burnt

Most fitness classes burn a similar amounts of calories as shown later in this blog.  Finding the right combination that meet your lifestyle, goals or personality is the key.  I explore how I found a combination that made me feel like I was in control of my body again and live confidently.

 I woke up this morning sleepy, a bit lonely and fed up.   I forced myself to get in the car and go to horse riding and now I feel great!  The morning is beautiful, I feel really good about myself and more then anything I am proud that all my efforts are paying off as I am improving.  

This is not actually an advert for early morning exercise – whilst I love it I know not everyone does – this is a blog more focused around how sport and fitness is all complimentary and the mixture helps strengthen the body for different activities.

 Just under 5 years ago  I had my daughter, via c-section, which shot my abs.  The most common issues we see from clients in the Studio are weak abs and glutes.  This leads to back pain, weight gain, posture issues and can result in sports injury. So I was the same as most people and needed to re-build strength.  

 

1.    I started with yoga, I would have done reformer pilates too if I could have at the time.  This started to help me with full body strength and flexibility which was great for preventing injury.  

 

2.    I then thought I would do some HIIT as I felt I lacked cardio – instantly I injured myself.  A serious back injury that stopped me doing any sport for fitness for 6 weeks.  This was crazy as before the HIIT I was actually losing weight and my body shape was really changing to become lean and toned so the move was counter productive and put me back several weeks.

 

3.    Over the next 3 months I focused on yoga and reformer pilates, really perfecting my postured and I found my strength built similar to weight training, as in reality yoga is a mix of resistance training and flexibility exercises – just like personal training and many HIIT classes.

 

4.    I then managed to get the courage to start horse riding and running again.  I found that this is where things got really interesting.  I had such a strong core my ability to control my muscles and my stamina was much improved, my posture was amazing and my enjoyment of  the various activities was enhanced.

 

5.    I used to wake most mornings with back pain, tired and varying energy levels.  I now have no pain, I stretch every day to help counter my desk job and find myself doing small exercises around the house too including plank with my daughter and press ups (just to check I still can).

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All fitness and health is interconnected for me. See opposite the similarities in muscles groups for rising and running.

I love the variety, I love that the everytime I go to class I am improving and better still I love life and my figure.  


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So lets review.  Most exercises burn a similar number of calories – see adjacent, therefore the combination that you want are those that compliment your lifestyle, personality or goals.

I have had to change some habits, bit I am in control of my body and that feels GREAT!

Class Review: 360 Mandala Flow Class

We love Mandala as it is a spiritual flow class to awaken serenity within, and further experience moments of equanimity and stillness.

As we introduce more types of yoga to students through guest teachers and FitFridays, we hope that it will help to show you how much yoga has to offer everyone.  

Mandala yoga will feature at our next FitFriday event, so learn a little more about it below.

What is Mandala Yoga?

The word Mandala comes from the Sanskrit word circle. A symbol of community, healing, and connection with the universe. Through centuries Mandala practice has been used as a sacred symbol for meditation.

This colourful practice guides you through the awakening of the body both physical and mental. By creating body awareness, it will rectify the imbalance of life bringing harmony and depth into one’s soul.

Benefits

By awakening the body through movement around the mat with 360 Mandala Flow we aim to deliver you with multiple benefits that once can incorporate into daily life.

Relaxation – Through discovery of the breath you’ll learn to unwind and rest.

Happiness – The key to happiness is when you take time for yourself and learn to love your surroundings.

Space – Will learn how to separate the demanding city life to create balance and space through your everyday journey.

Tickets are selling fast, so reserve your spot on the mat now.

Link below

http://www.studioone.co/fitfriday/

Namaste