Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 12 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 12

What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 11?

Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Making fitness and good nutrition a routine, a habit, and expression of how you respect yourself is essential to developing a desire to get moving and stay moving.  

It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, workout equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good workout.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintain an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonally and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to workout the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Sharks and Barracudas

Circle Crunches

As part of improving cardiovascular health, motor skills, and core strength change up your routine with a game of Sharks and Barracudas or circle crunches.  Begin with either activity and then work up to doing more of that exercise.  You may find doing variations on your movements or speed and distances make working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Games are key to your fitness program.  Sharks and Barracudas requires application and competency in movement patterns and a variety of locomotor skills in various directions and pathways.  Also key is understanding the concept of pacing throughout this cardiovascular activity.  Additionally, a game of Sharks and Barracudas requires flexibility, endurance, strength, and the use of various muscle groups.  To Play Round One:  Divide into equal teams by random numbers.  Each team will stand at opposite ends of a basketball court or other safe space.  One team will be the sharks.  One team will be the barracudas.  Designate one player on the shark team to be the captain.  The sharks turn their backs, so as not to see the barracudas.  The barracudas then make their way to sneak up on the sharks.  When the captain of the sharks thinks the barracudas are close, he or she yells out “The barracudas are coming!”.  The sharks then turn around and attempt to tag as many barracudas as possible.  Barracudas that make it to the shark line or back to their home base are safe.  Barracudas that are tagged become sharks.  If a barracuda makes it to the shark home base, then he or she tags a shark and that shark then becomes a barracuda.  To Play Round Two:  Have the players switch roles.  Choose a captain for the barracuda team.  The barracudas turn their backs while the sharks attempt to sneak up on them.  When the captain thinks the sharks are close, he or she shouts out “The sharks are coming!”.  *Tagging must be done gently from the shoulders to waist.    

Circle crunches is a significant exercise to develop stronger abdominals and obliques.  This activity works the muscles in the pelvis, lower back, hips, and abdomen.  Proper technique is important to gain the most out of the activity and prevent injury.  The result should be improved balance, stability, and muscle strength. Begin on your back, knees bent, hands behind your head, and feet planted on the floor.  Move your right elbow toward your left knee, then left elbow toward your right knee.  Alternate:  Move your left elbow toward your right knee, then right elbow toward your left knee knee.  Repeat.  Make sure to push up and go side-to-side as you are moving elbow toward knee and elbow toward knee.  Breathing is also important during this exercise.  

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.

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