Maintaining positive habits

During the winter months maintaining positive habits can be difficult, however all the more important.

Keeping fit and healthy during the winter will help you to stay mobile and maintain good health, where you may otherwise be more likely to get under the weather.

Sometimes the weather may seem off-putting, when you have to make your way to the gym for example. However remind yourself always of how important it is and how good you will feel afterwards. Stay positive and keep up with your positive habits.

The effort will always be worth it. 💫

3 ways to note progress

It’s important to recognise our progress in training and there are many ways to do this, the following are a few I recommend.

  1. Physical, have you increased your weight, your reps or speed where possible, these are all great progressions, take note 🙂
  2. Cognitive, has your focus and concentration improved, these are very possible outcomes as well as improved memory. Take note and track your improvements when you notice these too.
  3. Emotional, do you feel better in yourself, happier and more engaged socially. Take note of these as it’s a great outcome that can sometimes get overlooked.

Important also for us to recognise, is if any of these factors begin to reverse, this is something that can happen with overtaining so is helpful to be aware ofas early as possible.

When keeping our own progress notes we can keep on top of our training and ensure we stay at our best, something well worth doing.

Enjoy the process and progress 🙏💫

Practicing Presence

So often in our busy lives we can be caught up by where we have been, or where we have to be, rather than simply being.

This has become such a way of life for many that it’s important to learn to be fully present once again, so how can we practice presence.?

Practicing presence first has to be realised as important for our health and wellbeing, more important than any past or future moment and truth is, this moment is really the only moment there ever is, and why it is most important. For if we miss it we are missing out on life.

The greatest way to train ourselves to be more immersed again in the now and practice presence fully, is through our senses.

Our senses are interacting with the world around us in the now and the more we become in touch with the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and sensations all around us the more present we can become.

Make it a daily practice to become absorbed in one or more of your senses on a daily basis as a mindful meditation and observe how it can help you to become more constantly present.

Enjoy the practice, enjoy the present 🎁 🙂

Fast or Slow

In training what is better fast or slow movement..? Largely it is relative to your purpose and outcome, therefore neither is better, only dependent on what you want to achieve. For most goals however you can achieve the same result with either tempo.

For example for weight loss, training at a slower pace can be a great way to achieve your goals and build your fitness at a rate that is safer. Training at a slower pace is also better for building and maintaining correct movement patterns. It can also be more meditative and help you to focus.

So what are the benefits of a faster speed training?

Depending on your goals, faster speeds can help to exert excess energy or stress and boost cardio levels, it can also help to boost your reaction time.

However the two can and do crossover you can get benefits from both types of training and both will help you improve fitness and lose weight/maintain a healthy weight.

Most importantly is to always listen to your body and be in touch with the needs of your own body and mind, and as always of course, enjoy your training 🙂🙏💫

Exercise after Ilness/Injury

Exercise after a prolonged illness/injury can be a bit scary for some. Not knowing the right things to do or worring that it may make things worse can be some of the main concerns.

From personal and professional experience I have found the following to be most helpful;

  1. Have a firm faith and vision for your recovery- see how you want to be and work your way towards it step by step.
  2. Listen to your body and stay empowered-work with your body and what’s within your control and measure your outcomes from there.
  3. Support your exercise plan with adequate nutrition- just as important and sometimes more so is your diet, its essential that you get the right nutrients for your recovery. Do your research and get advice as needed.

Overall you must believe you can improve, believe you can and you will. This will empower you to take all the actions you need and maintain it.

Empower yourself within and results will come without 🙏💫

Miranda

Time to Train

A lot of people before they start exercise feel they don’t have enough time. Here are 3 top reasons of how and why to find the time.

  1. Make it a priority- Once it’s a priority you’ll find the time, book it in your diary like any other important appointments.
  2. You’ll have more energy and more time – with regular exercise you’ll find you have more energy and be more efficient with your time.
  3. Without health there’s not time for much else– it can sound a harsh truth but without our health we will struggle to do much else. Make it a priority before it has to be and reap all the benefits from doing so. Your health is 100% worthy of your time and effort.

What we value most we will always find the time for, therefore it makes the most sense to value something of such importance and then you’ll always find the time.

Time to train 😊🙏

Positive Focus

Having a positive focus is essential in training. Firstly in getting started and aiming towards your targets and then to keep going. To help you stay positive on your journey, here are my top 3 tips;

1. Focus on what you can do and build upon it; doing this will give you confidence and allow for building up more on this positivity.

2. Recognise your personal milestones and then set new ones at a pace that works and feels right for you.

3. Keep it fun yet challenging, the right balance will ensure you maintain your joy and motivation.

Most of all stay positive and enjoy the journey.

Happy Training 🙏🙂💫

Miranda

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 light 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 🙏😊💫

Technique or Spirituality..?

“Jeet kune do ultimately is not a matter of petty technique but of highly developed personal spirituality and physique.”

~ Bruce Lee

Jeet kune do developed by Bruce Lee takes us on a journey, Bruce Lee also stated that Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is a process not a product, one that for many becomes a personal journey of discovery.

What he meant by the quote in the picture is open to interpretation as many things, personally I have seen it as one of opening to all possibilities where we then realise how different each moment is and the beauty and bliss that it brings.

The opportunity to develop in mind and body and find all the ways that suit us personally, discovering what works and what doesn’t and finding our way within it.

For JKD to be only about technique or to be a product would have made it confining which was not his purpose at all. Personal liberation being one of his main goals, Bruce Lee’s own journey took this path of continual discovery and refinement.

This way of being then becomes a part of all aspects of life allowing one to develop deeply within their own self in mind, body and spirituality.

Realising that all exists in this present moment of beauty and bliss takes one beyond technique being in all that is. 🙏💛