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 🙂🙏💫

Honour your progress

It’s important always to honour your progress and all you’ve put it in to your training.

There are several ways you can do this;

  1. Keep a record of your progressions.
  2. Reward yourself when you achieve milestones.
  3. Adapt as progress, enjoying the process.

The journey is where the joy is as well as keeping track of your milestones along the way, this is important, so you can really see how far you’ve come.

Enjoy the process and progress 🙏💛😊

Constant Evolution

Finding the balance between learning new things and refining what we already know is a process of constant evolution, but one well worth doing.

If we stay on the same thing for too long we may become very good at it but we can slowly become very stagnant and limited in this way.

When doing something new however it’s completely out of our comfort zone and for a while maybe difficult, yet if we enjoy it, worth all the effort put in and progress we see.

I have found the best approach is to have a balance of the two, that way you never become too limited or stagnant yet are always fulfilled in your growth as well as learning new things to constantly evolve.

Always enjoying the process.

Happy training 🙏😊💫

Miranda

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

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 💗

From form to flow

Every process in movement can be one that goes from form to flow. This is a process where we learn the movement and then become one with it and in a state of flow.

For this to take effect several elements need to be in place with the movement. The main ones of these are your form, focus and breathing.

The specific steps for this process are;

  1. Learn the most effective form of the movement.
  2. Match your breathing with the movement.
  3. Practice the movement and find your flow, applying your focus.

When you find movement that you enjoy doing, then this process can be really rewarding. Find what works for you, apply the process and most of all enjoy.

For more info on movement flow courses and training, please get in touch.

To your flow 🙏💫

Miranda

Top 3 tips for getting back in to the fitness habit

After Christmas and New year many people find it hard to get back in to their fitness habit. So what can you do to help yourself get back in to the habit of fitness, and make it one that stays throughout 2022 and longer?

Here are my 3 top tips;

  1. Set a weekly schedule and stick to it. We are creatures of habit after all. So once this schedule sticks after a month it will become a habit. Aim for a minimum of 3 days a week to see the full benefit.
  2. Have all your fitness clothes at the ready each day and make it at the forefront of your mind. Fill your cupboards with nutritious food and stick reminders around your home for added motivation. Being surrounded by visual reminders can be very powerful for reinforcing new habits.
  3. Have encouragers, whether this be friends, family, fellow training buddies or a pt. Having people around you who support and encourage your journey can be very helpful and a great boost where needed. If you currently don’t have people who support you in this way. Please drop me a msg to inquire about either Pt or local training groups that may be of help to you.

Most of all as always, enjoy your training. Enjoy the journey 🙂

Miranda