Exercise! Who loves it? Who doesn’t so much?
It is one of those beautiful endorphin creating practices that come easily to some and not to others. The essential part to remembert is to find a form that resonates with you. Move your body, in a way you love! Exercise is an essential part of wellness and vitality as it moves blood and oxygen around our bodies also helping to motivate our lymphatic system (which cleans our blood), burn toxins and fat but most importantly make us feel amazing! SO…with all these benefits you need to find an exercise that suits you – your body and mind. I would like to share a few ideas to inspire your motivation as well as a unique form of exercise that is also anti-ageing.
Some people enjoy high intensity workouts that allow them to sweat profusely while others like to move their body in a gentler way like yoga. I personally like variety. During the course of a week I can sometimes be found bushwalking, doing yoga, rollerblading, swimming laps at the pool or in the ocean, enjoying a morning brisk walk through the lovely streets of my neighbourhood, the beach or perhaps the cane paddocks near by, dancing, riding my bike, or anything else that has been offered to me by friends that allows me to move my body. The 5 Tibetan Rites is another form of exercise that wakes up the body, increases our strength and prevents ageing. Beautiful bonus hey?! I’m going to explain what these amazing Tibetan Rites are below, but first…what do you do for exercise? Let’s brainstorm some ideas…
Various ways that you can enjoy exercising during your week may be:
- Chasing your children on the beach in the sunshine
- Swimming in the ocean
- Swimming laps at the local pool
- Meditating (although it’s not a form of exercise if you are having trouble loosing weight because you are so stressed juggling the many aspects of your life then meditation helps to bring your hormones in to balance providing many side benefits like weight loss)
- Going to a class at the gym (I’m not one for being inside if I can help it, so the gym doesn’t suit my regular needs, however I know it provides structure and routine for some. I also know that at certain times in my life I have enjoyed short 4- 7 week blocks at the gym allowing me to attend classes such as body attack, zumba, body balance and the like. I do love exercising to music – which is my favourite part of being at the gym)
- Stretching on the grass or at the beach with your dog beside you or your favourite tunes playing
- If you watch TV of an evening this a perfect opportunity to double dip and stretch while tuning in to your TV program
- Climbing stairs (avoid the elevator or escalator)
- Skipping (this can be a lot of fun – try and beat your last number of skips)
- Riding your bike to yoga class if you live near by or perhaps to uni if you are currently studying. Enjoy functional exercise. Otherwise tee up a time to go Mountain Biking with friends at the Smithfield or on the Atherton trails one weekend (for those Cairns locals amongst us) or simply ride to the esplanade to enjoy a juice with a friend
- Interval training (alternating between walking and sprinting or jogging and sprinting – try to sprint for 30secs every 3 mins, as a starting point)
- Yoga (attend a class or do your own practice at home if you are comfortable with that…start with 5 sun salutations – a fabulous way to wake up our digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems…assisting with weight loss and a disease free body)
- Lift weights while talking to your partner and catching up on each others day
- Squats, planks, leg lifts or your own resistance training at home
- Buy an exercise dvd from Big W (or the like) and use it during the wet season or on those cool winter mornings when you don’t feel like getting out of bed
- Sit on a fit/Swiss ball at work (to strengthen your core)
- Walk to the shops or to post your letter – you don’t really need to drive do you?
- 5 Tibetan Rites…to ignite every cell in your body, strengthen and tone your muscles, improve mental focus, decrease pain, regulate your hormones and therefore increase longevity. Click here to find out details on how to join myself and other like minded individuals every Wednesday morning @ the Seeds Of Health Morning Activation Sessions. The 5 Tibetian Rites are apart of these sessions.
The 5 Tibetan Rites are a practice of 5 different exercises that activate and move energy through our major endocrine glands which in turn regulate our hormones. Our hormones play a big part in the ageing process. Therefore when we include these exercises daily (for best results), or weekly, into our routine, we are preventing ageing! These movements originated 2,500 years ago but didn’t become publicised and exposed to the Western world until 1939. These rites move energy through every cell in our body, open our heart and create lasting health and vitality. All it takes is around 10 minutes each day.
Here is a link to the 5 Tibetan Rites exercises if you wish to learn them yourself, or come along to my Wednesday Morning Activation Sessions at Yorkey’s Knob @ 6:15am to activate your body and mind! A fabulous way to connect with like minded individuals – just bring your towel, water bottle and a gold coin donation.
Exercise, in its many forms oxygenates our body, pushes lymphatic fluid around the body, releases endorphins which make us feel happy, connects us with community (if we exercise with others) and supports the ageing process. So either choose to introduce the 5 Tibetan Rites anti-ageing exercises into your daily routine or find a form of exercise that ignites you and makes you feel excited about moving your body. Oxygenation through exercise is vital! Review the list above for exercise inspiration or write in the comments below how you love to MOVE YOUR BODY. I would love to hear from you. Together we can inspire each other to get moving daily!