Balance

Ritchie Ledges / Virginia Kendall Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Balance.

How is it that massive sandstone boulders, such as this one photographed at Ritchie Ledges within the Cuyahoga National Park, can remain balanced with seemingly little to keep it from tumbling?

And yet, as is evident throughout these trails, this rock’s demise will eventually involve a plunge below among the hemlock needles and sand sediment.

Who are we to believe we are such skilled magicians able to juggle work, family, friends and all of life’s distractions without one of them falling?

We cannot.

We are like the rock….it’s just a matter of time.

This is an essential part of health and wellness that is often overlooked.

Balance. So many distractions that pull us away from what is truly important.

Of course we need to work. But we should not neglect the people we care about. They deserve our time and energies.

Learning to decompress during our down time will keep us from falling victim to health issues and other tensions.

I share many effective ways to bring cortisol levels down, raise the ‘bliss’ hormones (oxytocin), and raise energy levels.

Balance is so much more than just moderation. Life harmony contains as many layers as the sandstone rocks shown in this photograph.

Learning to address the whole and not just one portion is needful for stability in life. And not just stability; but a sense of true peace and contentment.

 

Photography by Terri Kern Pouliot

 

Angry

 

Angry?

It’s best to calm down prior to hitting the gym.

Yes, I know. Exercise is a proven stress reducer. But, if you’re under duress, working out is not a good idea. In fact, research shows it can be risky for our heart health.

If you’re very upset or mad, a strenuous workout might seem like a good way to blow off steam. But that could be extra risky for your heart, according to a study in the October 2016 Circulation.

For the study, researchers surveyed nearly 12,500 people from 52 countries who had experienced a first-time heart attack. They questioned participants about their emotions and activities the hour before their heart attack symptoms began and also during the same hour on the previous day.

Anger or emotional upset was linked to more than twice the risk of having heart attack symptoms within an hour; the same was true for heavy physical exercise. But among people who recalled being angry or emotionally upset while also engaging in strenuous exercise, the risk of heart attack was three times higher.

The findings are a good reminder to try to stay calm and centered when you’re coping with extreme emotions—and to avoid intense exercise during those times.

If you’re experiencing extreme stress or emotions are running rampant; try these relaxing and restorative types of activities:

Tai Chi
Restorative Yoga
Leisurely nature walk
Meditation
Relaxation / Deep Breathing

Extreme exercise, such as High Intensity Interval Training , Tabata. Long Distance Running, tend to raise cortisol levels.  Over training can also raise cortisol to unsafe levels.  Chronic elevated cortisol levels can lead to a plethora of health issues.

Cam and centered should be the main focus and goal when under extreme stress.

No Gym? No Worries!

 

Can’t get to the Gym?

No problem! There may be many reasons why a ‘Gym’ setting is not the ideal place to exercise.

Compromised immune system. Many health issues create a weakened immune system making it necessary to avoid as many germs as possible. Clients who are going through chemotherapy are warned to avoid as much physical contact as possible to avoid germs.

Preference to a ‘private’ setting while exercising. Many people prefer a place of solitude, as opposed to a social spot, like a gym, to exercise

Time. We are all time crunched these days, but for some, time is a major player when it comes to fitting in exercise. The gym may not be convenient during the time needed to exercise.

Intimidation. So many people experience a feeling of intimidation regarding a gym setting, especially when new to exercise. A gym can be scary for new exercisers.

-Introverted. There are many people who prefer a more private setting for exercise. ( I totally get it!)

Equipment. Many people prefer to work with equipment that only they use. This also falls under the necessity of remaining as germ-free as possible. Having your own set of resistance bands, weights, and other equipment means less exposure to germs.

Less Stress. Exercising at home, under the careful guidance of a Fitness Professional, can lead the way to a lifetime of enjoyable exercise. Once the proper form, basic exercises, and fundamentals are taught; a client can exercise when it is convenient for them. As a professional, keeping a support system in place is essential. After all, it is not our intent to keep you depending on us. The idea is to coach, mentor and teach you what you need to know so you can enjoy a more active lifestyle.

Everyone is unique. An exercise program can be designed to fit your unique goals, situation and personal likes (and dislikes!)

Introducing a client to the enjoyable world of exercise and movement is a thing of beauty! Newly found energy, purpose, and enjoyment are natural by products of an active lifestyle.