My ideas on training are ways of exercising that make you feel super strong physically and empowering emotionally. At the same time you should be able to flow and just get a release of serotonin and dopamine – those feel good drugs that naturally occur in the body from strength, from balance from speed and from endurance and flexibility and rhythm and mobility.
As you can see in the sentence before there are so many facets and energy systems and styles of the body that in each of those aspects there are hours and hours of training required. So to get you back out of that everyday box of going to the office or to work look at exercise as getting back into your nature. Here are some ways you can do it:
One easy way everyone can benefit is simply taking a walk in the park and walking on grass, breathing the air and looking at trees. This activity easily relaxes you and gets you away from being too mental e.g. entirely zoned into work, laptops and mobiles.
The body and mind needs play, movement and release. Another activity I give clients especially highly productive ones who are MD’s and CEO’s of Global companies is meditation as again this allows you to relax and leave the regular thinking box and expand to the creativity of the bigger picture and what is fundamentally needed. The other thing meditation gives you from an exercise perspective, especially the way I teach it is very good posture indeed. As my belief is you are not getting the benefits of your full intelligence and energy pathways if you’re not breathing fully and diaphragmatically. The way to breathe diaphragmatically is deeply, slowly, in tune with your body and from your stomach all the way into your chest and with an upright lower back, middle back and upper back. To put it simply my way of teaching meditation creates great posture, a strong back and lots of confidence.
Other ideas I have are about cardio especially running which seems rather unpopular in the fitness world, which is sad because the benefits of lymphatic and bowel movement, perspiration, blood flow, tuning into the body and activation of all muscles joints and ligaments have gone. I firmly believe after seeing Tony Robbins that 20-30 minutes of cardio a day is hugely beneficial if you can fit it in i cant always fit it in myself and I’m a trainer so I get that you may not be able to do it everyday, but try to get in as many sessions as you can anywhere from 3 and above per week. All you need is a pair of trainers and to go for a run in the park, or a skipping rope or the bike. It can be whatever form of cardio you like and really a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 45 minutes.
For strength, if you want truly strong, lean, powerful and buff arms, it’s really simple… Do one arm assisted or unassisted pull ups for 5 reps and do 75-100 push ups in 5 sets either with weight added or simply using your bodyweight. You will get a strong core, strong shape, great suppleness and even endurance for any sports you play and improve general health and fitness. I have found so many benefits for so many clients simply doing push ups and pull ups and you really can manipulate these two exercises for incredible arms, chest, back, shoulder and core muscles and even get quite lean legs from doing them. For general health squats are absolutely essential and you can get all of the above styles of fitness from very high reps to very low reps and also do them from many different angles and positions as well as adding lunges in. Another thing I currently like is to mix squats and lunges using bodyweight only but transferring from as many different positions as I can possibly get until it’s unbearably hard work and I have found even more difficult positions to get in and out of.
Bridges and sit ups are movements that we do on a daily basis in smaller degrees that will improve our flexibility and general well being. They are difficult to do at first and but once you have progressed and able to do them your joints, ligaments, musculature and flexibility will all improve. You can either make the exercises easier using supports or you can make them harder by making it one sided, one limb instead of 2 and thats where play and seriously hard and yet enjoyable and beneficial training comes in. Exercise has to have fun, play and strength in it. Where it is testing and not monotonous? Capoeira, dance and gymnastics or even just playing around really gets your body to become alive and free as it will do for you mind.