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BODY BALANCE: SWITCH UP THE EXERCISE ROUTINE THIS SPRING

Springtime in the Valley of the Sun is ripe with opportunities to indulge in the fun of life. We feel the increased energy as people crowd the valley to partake in nonstop activities in near perfect weather. Many of us feel a revival of our active routines. Gym visits, fitness class attendance, outdoor excursions, and clean eating routines undergo resurgence.

While it’s wonderful to resume our quests for self-improvement, it probably won’t last. Falling back into the same program means falling back into the same end result. Complicate this with the fact that we have changed and may not be able to attempt the same undertakings. It’s time for a little personal spring cleaning and maybe a little self-reflection.

Why does is hurt here? How do I fix this? Why do I feel this way? 

Balance – Nature finds a way

Our bodies are transformable. You want to inflate your muscles? There’s program for that. You want bigger boobs? There’s a procedure for that. You want clearer eyesight? There a treatment for that. You want a stronger mind? I’m sure there’s an app for that. There’s always a cost. Human physiology is more sensitive than we realize.

For over fifteen years of my life I studied and practiced every discipline of weightlifting I could find. Bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic lifts, CrossFit – I wanted to master them all. It was fun, I learned a lot, and I forced changes in my body envied by peers. I’m still paying for those changes.

I’ve spent all of last year in physical therapy.

The conditions manifesting in my physique is the cost of altering the God given balance within me. I will never be 100 percent, and I’m happy that way. I got what I wanted and I’m paying the price of obtainment. I’m not trying to relive my former accomplishments. I’m reestablishing my starting point.

An important lesson – the location of symptoms within us is not the source of concern. When a person complains about lower back discomfort we examine what’s happening in their hips and legs. If they have neck pain, we’ll see how the rest of the spine is moving. Shoulder issues? Let’s check out the chest and upper back. Something feel abnormal in your left leg? I’ll bet your right handed.

Why does that matter?

Everything within us is connected and our bodies fight to maintain equilibrium in every way. Pain is often the result of overcorrection. Our habitual natures encourage routines that ignore subtle, but potentially detrimental ailments, while maintaining body balance is key.

Adam2At least twice a week I have a client complain about chronic pain around the hips, shoulders, or spine. These people routinely practice a repetitive activity such as biking, running, tennis or even yoga. The lack of countermovement leads to tightness, overdevelopment and often the opposite in the opposing muscles and connective tissue.

This is a great opportunity to learn something new.

“Switching it up” doesn’t mean just jumping into a new program. Sometimes it’s a matter of realizing that we don’t know what we’re doing. Even seasoned teachers and instructors value continuing education. We should spend the extra time to work with a professional to understand how our body is moving and why a revamp of the routine is needed.

Take a class, go to a workshop, or schedule a private session. Even running is not simply one foot in front of the other. Often, when we don’t like something different, it’s because we don’t appreciate the variances. Maybe we’ve been missing out on our true love.

Let’s listen to our bodies to enhance the enjoyment of our lives without forcing something unnatural. If we’re happy with complacency then let’s die as a beast of burden. As for me, I’d rather be a stallion than an ass.

Fitness Retreat

NEED A BREAK? CONSIDER A FITNESS RETREAT

Often the best way to ingrain something into our lives is to immerse ourselves in it. Why not take the same approach with our health?

re•treat: an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is disagreeable; a place of privacy or safety

Name a discipline and there is probably a place to escape and envelop into it. Commonly referred to as retreats or camps, such programs are available around the world. We can attend by ourselves or with loved ones. We can stay for days, weeks, months, and maybe longer. We can learn as much as possible or leave it all behind.

More Than a Vacation

When surrounded by individuals with a similar focus we create an environment to encourage change. We learn from our teachers and from each other. We learn what we can teach one another. We learn how to make our lives healthier. This extends beyond the physical. Immersion also involves mental and emotional strengthening.

Sound intense? It can be. When our entire world feels structured and planned we may crack. This is good. Part of learning to love ourselves is to identify and remove the barriers that restrain our growth. There’s nothing wrong with the way we are now, however there’s always room for enrichment…if we want it. Let’s not forget, we’re striving to enjoy life by focusing on enhancement, not repair. Wherever we are is where we start.

Take the example of yoga retreats, one of the most popular types of fitness retreats. Sitting here in a villa in Bali, Indonesia, I have removed myself from the conveniences and culture of western society. My bungalow is little more than four pillars and a roof. In an open air bathroom I shower under the stars every night. I only eat food that is grown and prepared locally. I practice yoga twice a day and study a little in between.

This is not as extreme as it sounds. While some programs maintain a meticulously planned agenda, I have chosen one that has afforded me time to scuba dive, hike a volcano and participate in various other activities, as well as get in a few massages. This is balance.

Thanks to unreliable Internet and no desire to pay international wireless rates, I have unplugged from my world and have been forced to rely on what is real in human nature. This is living. There’s a unique strengthening from exposure and vulnerability. I’m learning a lot about myself.

Self” Study

Besides the increased internal self-awareness I’m discovering how my body responds to true natural living. As I mentioned above, I am only consuming food grown locally using traditional, labor intensive methods.

For example, the rice fields behind the villa are irrigated from lakes and rivers, use ducks for pest control, are harvested by hand and the grains are dried in the sun. Every meal is cooked from fresh, raw ingredients. I feel like a heavy cloak has been ripped from my body. My digestion is smooth and regular, energy is consistent, my head is clear, and I sleep soundly through the night and wake refreshed. I feel like King Kong!

Yoga in Bali is not the only option. I could have chosen another discipline and I didn’t have to choose to travel halfway around the world. There are other fitness modalities, and some are even local. Nearby resorts offer health and wellness packages that include classes on exercise and nutrition.

Don’t feel overwhelmed with the commitment. None of these should be viewed as a regular exercise regimen. They are tools to break through plateaus, a way to learn something new, and let go of what no longer serves.

Excitement stems from discovering how our bodies can be revamped. Not just learning about it, but actually experiencing the distinction. This is lasting reinforcement. It’s easier to maintain what we have than build something new.