Adaptability & Diversity in Fitness Training

We all have different needs and with that different abilities, then as we all have the importance of maintaining health and fitness, how do we find what is right for us?

Within most forms of training if not all to some degree, there are adaptions and modifications.

The main guidance I would give is;

Find what you love, follow your body and adapt where you need.

Whatever way of fitness you follow , first find what you enjoy, find what feels right to you and then any adapt as you need.

For example in building strength, you can start with resistance bands and then ligh free weights to build up. Taking guidance where necessary.

There are many different ways, there’s always a way, and you can always find yours.

To lots of joy on your Journey 🙏😊💫

Freedom of Movement

Having freedom of movement within our training is highly beneficial not only for our bodies but also our minds.

By staying open and having freedom and looseness in our movements like that of a dancer we will begin to notice how this positively affects the way we think and feel.

When our joints are more free and open and our bodies move easier, our minds reflect this and vice versa.

If this sounds like something that you also want or need, here are some ways you can increase the freedom of movement in your training.

  • Stretch Daily
  • Loosening/mobilising exercises
  • Bodyweight training
  • Being adaptable in your training methods
  • Lessen any force and increase softness in your training
  • Adequate rest and recovery

These are some of the ways I have found to be helpful, and as with anything it is always a work in progress.

Below is a short video I created of some loosening exercises you can add to your warm up/cool down routine to help improve your freedom of movement.

For any further advice please get in touch.

Loosening exercises

Enjoy the journey, enjoy training 🙂💛🙏

Miranda

3 Ways to Overcome Plateaus

Hitting plateaus in training is inevitable and a regular occurrence when training consistently and regularly. Even where we are gradually progressing with techniques and rep range these can still occur. However there is always a way to overcome.

Here are 3 steps to help you overcome them.

  1. The first thing is to recognise them and address them as quickly as possible, before becoming stagnant or bored. Then believe in your mind you can and will overcome this plateau, not allowing it to defeat you.
  2. Then break the mould of your training and diversify a little, this is as important for your mind as well as your body as its important to feel free and joyful in your training.
  3. Then listen to your body, feel what’s working and what isn’t and add or takeaway what you need. This also will apply to your diet as that can contribute significantly.

I hope you find these tips helpful and are able to apply where you need. Remember there is always a way. 💫

Most of all enjoy your training, stay happy and free 🙏🙂

There are no limits only plateaus and you must not stay there you must go beyond them

~ Bruce Lee

Discovery

Each new day provides new beauty and insight,

As soon as we open our eyes, when we set our mind to see all the new and beautiful things,

Then each day can be filled with discovery and be a beautiful way of living,

A way filled with openness where every moment you will feel the newness,

Life is always changing

Nothing stays the same

In this is great beauty;

Let your every day be one of discovery 🙏💗

Miranda

Maintaining Balance

Seek balance in daily life

Finding balance in our lives is a constant re-adjustment. As we are always changing and life is always changing, how much we need to give or recieve in certain areas is always adjusting.

With this, our mindset has to readjust also and sometimes we may experience a lag. We may perceive that we need more than we do based on past experiences or give more than we need to for the same reason, or to strive for something that is not necessary for our lives.

In finding balance our bodies and minds are the best signal, if we are out of balance and giving too much in a certain area we will be certain to feel the symptoms, such as fatigue or stress and if left too long this can worsen.

The first step to finding or refinding our balance then is to listen to ourselves and the feedback our body is giving and then make the adjustments accordingly.

We may need to either reduce or increase certain activities to find our balance again.

Another helpful practice can be to sit down and reevaluate our goals and see what still fits with where we are now and where we want to be. As we grow and change our goals will naturally change and/or we can find a different path.

Lastly trust your inner self, your intuition above all, it will always guide you to what is right for you and the correct balance in your life.

Enjoy the search, the growth and the process,

We are all a part of nature

And nature always seeks to find balance

Miranda 🙏💛

Disadvantage or Advantage

There are many aspects of our life that may first appear as a disadvantage, yet within every disadvantage can come an advantage.

How we find it often is a part of the journey and how we can turn it in to a success. A disadvantage may for example cause us to have to try a different way or learn a new skill.

An injury is a perfect example of this where we can learn ways to strengthen a previous weakness and then become stronger overall.

It’s also the same with an illness, however tough it can be, there are many lessons and advantages we can learn along the way. Such as being able to have compassion and understanding for those in similar positions and then be able to help them through similar struggles.

Nothing is ever a disadvantage nor advantage, it is simply what we make of it and how we choose to view and use that particular situation.

I have a Monday challenge for you :).. take any situation you have been finding difficult and aim to see the higher purpose of how you can use this to your advantage in the long term.

When you look for it, you will find it 🙏💛

Daily Practice

What we do daily is what really makes a difference, its the small consistent steps that add to whole well-being; spiritually, mentally and physically

The following video of the yoga practice Sun Salutation is one of my daily practices. Its also one that I recommend to many because of its significant meaning of giving gratitude for that which we can not live without, and its ability to stretch out the whole body as a great way to start the day.

Please give it a try if you feel able to 🙏

Daily Sun Salutation

Please also share your daily practices and how they help you. I would love to hear from you.

Miranda 💗

Overcoming Injuries

With intense and consistent training many of us can incur injury or two at some point.

This can happen for a variety of reasons, overtraining being one of the main causes as well as poor techniques, muscle imbalance or weakness in certain areas.

This post will look at how do we overcome them and prevention as part of this also.

There is no simple one way to overcome an injury, it often takes a multifaceted approach.

This is however an overall approach I have found most effective.

  1. Find the cause. Discovering the cause of the injury as soon as possible is the best way to help in your recovery and prevention of a future injury. For example, it may be due to over-stretching or an imbalance of muscle use, find this out through your own investigation and advice from a physio if you have one.
  2. Take a holistic approach. Focusing your mind when recovering from injury is as important and in some ways more so than the physical. Apply your mind in terms of belief in your recovery and how fast and good you want it to be. Determine to be stronger and better than before. I can attest to the fact this is more than possible and by applying both mind and body you will also improve your overall performance in training.
  3. Rebuild specifically. This is where an injury can really become an advantage, as once you apply the knowledge of what went wrong and combined mind and body focus, by training this way specifically you will enhance everything you do. As our mind and body are interconnected, specific focus on the injured area will have an accumulative effect on your overall improvement and performance, ensuring you come back far stronger and better than ever before.

If you suffer from any injuries, get the best advice possible from multiple sources and find what works for you. Along your training journey you will gain your own experience on what works best and quickest for you.

As we are all different, results always differ for different people but most of all have faith and determination you will recover and be stronger than you were before.

To your best in health and happiness,

Miranda

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