Winter Blues and Fitness

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This winter is INSANE! Snow storm after snow storm, and OH, don’t forget the Polar Vortex! How in the world is anybody suppose to get in a workout with all this?! How can anyone expect us to beat up winter blues with exercise? We can just stay at home, eat, watch tv, and sleep. Its more comfortable. 

Sure its comfortable. For now. Day after day of doing that though, you will find yourself more sad, and more lethargic than before. Your body isn’t moving, and your fighter instincts aren’t being tapped. Rather than moving for survival, your laying down in the “I GIVE UP” position. Your body hates this. On a very fundamental level, your genetics are repulsed by this. They want to survive! 

Ok, smarter pants, if my genes want to survive, then why do I feel so crumby? 

Simple. It all fits into one awesome, beautiful word: OXYGEN. Your cells get their energy from oxygen, and your blood becomes more robust and nutrient rich with oxygen. It all can only happen if YOU MOVE. 

There’s also been a lot of snow. Too much snow. It might not be safe to go outside to go to the gym, or to go for my morning jog. What then!? 

Your at home, stiff, and shut down. You’re creating a prison for your body. You are restricted, physically. The trick is to break those bans of muscular tightness. That’s where bioenergetics comes in. 

There is a great breathing and stretching exercise I have been doing a lot of lately, and its called The Bow. Perform with the mouth open, and continue PAST the point at which you begin to shake. Going beyond this point will be incredibly rewarding, and takes the exercise to a new level. I may get a chance to post a video of this exercise, but lately, I’ve been swamped with a lot of work. If you have a minute or two, you can find some great videos on this exercise. 

Oxidizing your cells and stretching the muscles that normally never get the chance to be stretched, will greatly enhance your mindset, and make you feel as if you put in your fitness for the day. Opening your body up, physically, so that it can receive oxygen. Your cells will be incredibly happy for it! 

Do the exercise for 20 deep open-mouthed breaths, and allow your body to tremble. 

Good luck! Fight that winter blues like a pro. 

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Aggravation from work

Stay up late at night? I do. Do you stay up late at night thinking about your day at work? Yeah, I’m right there. 

It keeps me up late sometimes, thinking about the annoying bits and pieces from work. My basic instinct is to launch, grab, and attack it. IT CAN’T DOMINATE ME!! But then it does, by keeping me wide awake ALL night. 

Everything in our daily lives revolve around the approach to attack. We set goals; attack! We want a person to fall in love with us; attack! We want our bosses to recognize all the hard work and production value we bring to the job; attack! But when it comes to falling asleep at night, we can’t exactly attack that one. We can’t force ourselves to sleep. To grab and launch at sleep. No. We “FALL” asleep. 

We pack on more and more stress throughout the day, whether your at work, or a full time student, you pack on more and more stress. It piles up! Then you go home, and what do you do with it? Nothing. You eat, watch tv, then toss and turn in bed wondering what’s wrong with you cause you just can’t sleep. 

All of that stress is still raging in your body. Bioenergetics is alive and well. Energy has to flow out, just as it flows in. If we don’t release all that energy in some physical way, it stays in. While some say a late night workout is great for muscle gains, to optimize muscle growth, the truth is, late night workouts are best for you sleep because you release all of the days stresses. Worn out from the day you had? Still stressed out? Workout. 

To fall asleep, we must “fall” asleep. We have to be receptive to “fall” into sleep, relaxed and ready. 

A nice walk outside is a good start, or lifting heavy objects in a blast approach, will do the trick. Otherwise, you’ll need a lot of coffee in the morning cause you were up all night!