If you know me at all you know that I LOVE to fly fish. It is one of my favorite things to do especially when we are in the mountains. There is so much that I adore about it that I started keeping a list. And then from that list came Five Life Lessons from Adventures in Fly Fishing. Here you go!
1. Peace & Quiet – There is nothing like the serenity that I feel when I am on a river with a rod in my hand. Most times there is no one else around. The calm of the current, the vibrations from nature and the hush that is inevitable becomes hypnotic. I find myself being almost interrupted when I do eventually catch a fish. My mind is still and I am only in the present moment of being in the act of just fishing. I ground down with my entire body into the strength of the earth and I wait. With our busy 24/7 lives we have very little time if any to be quiet. Yet, I find the silence so necessary. If I can’t quiet my mind then how can I possibly hope to be inspired or be in tune to God? How can I possibly think clearly and in reality if my mind is not still? I find this stillness in fly fishing. How can you find it in your life?
2. No Attachment to the Outcome – My success in fly fishing applies to my success in life when I learn the lesson of not being attached to the outcome. Not being attached to expectations. My day on the river is not dependent on how many fish I catch. I have had days where I didn’t catch a thing but a knotted up line and a bunch of sticks and algae. It still was an amazing day. How can I not be attached to the expectations in life? How can I put forth the positive energy, the work, and the intentions without being completely dependent that things go my way? When we can give up the reward, the prize the accolades or even the way we think things should go, we open up the energy for things to continue on the path of exactly how they should be.
3. I Cast with Grace! – This took a bit of time and instruction. I began fly fishing with force, push and striving. I landed my hook in trees, Matt’s sweatshirt, my own sweatshirt, the guides finger and other odd places because I could not let go of my need to muscle the cast. I was determined to cast long and far to catch Mr. Fish (still attached to the prize). Finally after much sweating and quite a sore elbow and wrist, I began to learn the grace of the cast. The float, the hover, the whisp, the flight, the release of force and the coming into letting the rod and line do the work. How much of our life are we pushing, forcing, making happen at all costs? How much are we muscling our way through so that we get exactly what we want at exactly the time we want it? Is this working? I know that all things in my past that I have pushed and made happen regardless if it felt right, have ended up in disaster and catastrophe. I can look at some of my big decisions that have gone miserably wrong and know that it was because of my own manipulation. Isn’t it time to let go and let GOD do His thing? Who better to design our life then Him?
4. Get a Guide – With the current level of ability that Matt and I have for fly fishing, we would never for a moment think about going about it without our trusty fly fishing guide. We have had several and they truly are good at what they do. They know the river, the current, the fish, what the fish are currently eating, they best type of fly, the easiest way to untangle a line, when to get the girl with blue lips out of the water to warm up a bit, and all things pertaining to the art of fly fishing. They are masterful and Matt and I have truly begun friendships because of spending the day with our guide. I know that currently without a doubt I cannot do fly fishing alone. I also know that without a doubt I cannot do life alone. I need God. I truly need God in everything, every moment, and in every circumstance. I just can’t do it by myself. It doesn’t work when I try. Some fly fishing adventures that have been incredibly successful Matt and I start to get BIG with our egos and think that we could do it ourselves. Then something always happens to remind us that we have really no idea what we are doing and to go it alone would be disastrous. To go it alone without God in my life would be disastrous. Are you trying to go it alone? Get back in touch with God and see how things miraculously take shape, become peaceful and purposeful.
5. Toss it Right Back into the River – One of my favorite things about fly fishing is after the photo op very gently putting the fish back into the water and watching it slowly swim away. Putting things back to exactly how they should be. We leave the river empty handed every time yet the experience was rich. We have nothing to show for our day except a few pictures and a load of memories. There is no memento, or purchase or coveted prize. It’s just a day filled with nothing but fishing. There is nothing to buy or acquire but a fishing license and our guide. How much is your life filled with acquiring, purchasing, conquering, filling up with more and more stuff. How often do you put things back? How much do you need? Our most exhilarating day has nothing to do with what we gain other than our experience. The time that Matt and I get to enjoy something together. The talk for days about, “Did you see the spots on that one?” Or “How big do you think that guy was?” Or “Remember when you hooked the guide?” Fill your life with the experiences that matter. The times of filling up the soul, rejuvenating the mind, and the quieting of the worldly pulls. Reconnect with yourself, those you love and most importantly God. Live your best life ever!
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Health of the most complex organ in the human body
By Kim Salisbury
For most of us our satisfaction with our health and fitness usually originates from the numbers on the scale or the size of the jeans that we can or cannot fit into. We obsess over the image in the mirror and the tightness in the nether region of our pants that didn’t seem to be there the week before. We tirelessly run the amount of calories on our Fitbit and the number of steps we have logged. Yet, there are some serious facts that should draw our attention when it comes to healthy living. Like the rise of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, even Alzheimer’s. Or the importance of good health in relation to the number one organ, the brain. The brain is 2% of our body weight or 3lbs, but uses 25% of calories consumed. It is the busiest of organs in the body and its vitality is paramount.
We all know that the fat in our body is not our friend. Through research we are aware that being overweight effects our brain. As our weight increases the size and function of our brain decreases, damaging brain function and the ability to think and reason. Nine–time New York Times bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel Amen MD, is passionate about what our brains look like. Dr. Amen holds the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior. Take a look at some of his scans and you will understand the need of gentle care to the brain. Dr. Amen says, “The health of the brain is vital. As we age the brain gets less and less activity over time. From poor health habits it begins to develop holes and dents and shrivels like a raisin.” The good news is that the damage we do to our brains, do to our choices, can be reversed. But we need to develop healthy BRAIN ENVY!
How to Develop Brain Envy and Heal and Revitalize Your Most Important Organ:
1. Want to get well, get the food right~ healthy whole food nutrition, throw out refined sugar and processed everything.
2. Sleep~ 8 hours a night! Sleep Apnea is a huge contributor to an unhealthy brain
3. Exercise~ the stronger you are the less likely you are to get Alzheimer’s or other brain related sickness
4. Stay away from caffeine
5. Smoking~ really? Do we even need to bring this one up?
6. Turn off your devices~ give your brain a rest from over stimulation
7. Check your hormone levels with your doctor
8. Clean environment free of toxins
9. Stimulate your brain with new learning and knowledge
10. Omega 3’s
11. Green tea
12. Live a gratitude filled life
13. Manage your stress levels
Most of you know that I have embarked on another amazing 10 month certification on Psychotherapeutics of the Brain and Yoga, with Lifeworks Group, Dallas, TX. I am fascinated with this amazing organ and just beginning to learn its importance with our overall health. I hope to be effective in the treatment of PTSD, stress, anxiety and depression, trauma, disease and much more. I understand the absolute necessity to treat our complete body with the respect that it deserves by approaching it as the divine temple that take us through the adventures of this amazing life. Get BRAIN ENVY and heal the effects of unhealthy living on your brain.
“The peculiar fascination of the brain lies in the fact that there is probably no other object of scientific enquiry about which we know at once so much and yet understand so little.” ~Gerd Sommerhoff
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At the time of writing this blog it is the very last day of the month of January, 2016. As we have heard countless times it takes 21 days to make a habit. Twenty one days for a behavior to stick and be your normal continuous way of life. So I ask….How’s that going for you? Have your New Year’s intentions stuck? Are you on your way to a happy, healthy and fit life? Statistics say that a mere 8% of people actually are successful in achieving their resolutions. That means 92% of us fail. 92% of us go right back to our unhappy, unhealthy and unfit way of life.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We tend to go about it a bit wrong. We get caught up in the energy of the New Year and go all balls to the wall with attacking our new healthy way of life. We approach our wanted life with a fierce veracity, take no prisoners, conquer and divide mentality. It’s all or nothing baby!!!! What if we took a step back and thought of another approach. An approach based on reality. An approach based on health not inches or pounds, enjoyment not miles logged, and truth not Fitbit facts. Are you truly ready to have a healthy, fit and happy life that will last more than the token 21 days?
5 Ways to Make Living a Healthy Way of Life Become Your Healthy Way of Life for Good
1. Why? Why do you want this change? Get to the depths of why things are currently not acceptable to you anymore. Is it because you are truly unhappy? Is it because you received some scary news at your last doctor’s appointment? Is it because you are making someone you love miserable because of your behaviors? Why do you crave a different life? Why is it important for you to succeed in this change? Once you are very clear about WHY then you will have positive motion in moving forward. Get very precise and specific on why you want this so badly.
2. Slow Your Roll! We all know the moral of the fable about the tortoise and the hare-perseverance beats speed. I can’t tell you how many times at my studio I hear aggressive and outrageous plans to get back in shape and eat healthy. “I am going to work out 7 days a week at least two hours a day and I am only going to eat things that are green!” Of course this is exaggerated but the fact remains that we need to get realistic and create a successful plan. One that will last. One that is possible. Realize that it has taken many years for you to get to where you are and it is going to take some time to get you where you want to be. The most devastating thing that you can do for your health and wellness success is to be overly aggressive, unrealistic and to burn out and fizzle fast. Baby steps! Maybe it would be to start with 2 days of working out and eating 3 healthy meals a day of whole food goodness while staying away from sweets. After a couple of weeks of feeling successful and maintaining your plan, then increase the demands a bit, get more specific and see how that plays out. The tortoise throughout history has represented longevity and that is the key to making your plan YOUR way of healthy living.
3. Its GAMETIME! “If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time.” ~Fran Tarkenton What’s your game plan? Spend some time getting a successful plan in place. Maybe you need some basic education and knowledge about nutrition and what to eat? Do you know how to detect ingredients that are harmful to you on food labels? Is the gym that you joined right for you or do you feel great when you exercise outdoors? What type of physical fitness makes you happy? Zumba, Cycling, Yoga, Walking, Belly Dancing, Swimming, Tai Chi? Or maybe you want to explore them all? Do you need a workout buddy to hold you accountable? Are you at a loss when you approach the workout equipment? Maybe a trainer is in need? Are you a disastrous cook in your kitchen and need to hire a healthy meal delivery option? These are all great things to ask and then answer. A proper game plan will lead to a successful routine and set you up for your healthy way of life for good.
4. Be Kind! Especially to yourself. There will be setbacks. There will be brief failures. There will be chocolate cake with big fluffy icing flowers. There will be days that you just don’t feel like getting your sweat on. Big Deal! Realize that you made a bad choice and get on with it. If you are living your healthy way of life then one mishap is not going to change anything. Get back on track and start again the next day. Knowing that there are many more days and choices that have been excellent than the one that you regret.
5. This is NOT a diet! Realize that if you have done the above, to get where you want to be it is not drudgery, or excruciatingly painful, or starving or a diet, or a torturous boot camp. It is pure JOY! The feeling that you experience when you begin to get healthy is comparable to none. Make a shift in your mindset that you are not “taking things away, depriving or isolating you from fun”! Instead “crowd-out” the old negative, not good for you behaviors with so much awesomeness in healthy living that it is of little sacrifice to be on your new plan. In my studio you will hear often…. “Nothing tastes as good as healthy living feels!” There is truly no vice that can give you the bliss of living right.
Above all else realize that YOU are so very worth it! Imagine, visualize, meditate on your desired healthy life. Take time to rest and contemplate. Keep moving forward and BE STRONG! As always The Fit Room is here to help with all of your health and fitness needs. Currently offering resistance training, Pilates, yoga and health coaching. Group and private sessions available. Connect with us today!
I come from a family of four girls, four sisters, and I like to think that I am my dad’s favorite. I think this not just because growing up we seemed to like the same things. Or our love of fitness and health. Or that I was the youngest and when my older sisters were doing “mature” girl things my dad and I would hang out. But I think that I am his favorite because we share something very special, our birthday. The day I was born my mom was hugely pregnant cleaning up a surprise birthday party for my dad and while mopping the floors she realized it was time for ME! April 20th has always been a very incredible day for my dad and me.
Growing up I loved sharing my special day with my dad. Each year we would do something to celebrate just the two of us. It became a tradition for him to take me to the local mall and into Toys by Roy, the most fantastic toy shop that I had ever seen and tell me that I could pick out one special present. I already had a pile of presents at home yet to be opened, but there was something magical in walking throughout the store filled with Barbie & Ken, Madame Alexander dolls, Pick up Sticks, Checkers, and every stuffed animal imaginable, knowing that I could choose anything. There weren’t any parameters or stipulations or limits set. The one item could be anything that I wanted. Some years it took me hours to choose others I knew exactly what I wanted in 2 minutes. The anticipation for this trip to the toy store built up for weeks. I would begin to count down the days until my dad and I could spend our special day together. I was so excited. I would lay awake at night with thoughts and dreams of our birthday extravaganza and have detail by detail expectations of the event. I just knew that it was going to be special and so worth the wait.
When I recall those sensations as a young girl I ponder if we can feel that same wonder for this New Year? With it being the very 1st day of the year 2016 can we look upon the next 365 days with the same excitement, anticipating what is in store? What will we receive? What will we enjoy and what will show up? What is the detail by detail list of expectations for this year? Do we know that it is going to be special and so worth the wait? Have we created a no parameter, no stipulation, and limitless idea for what 2016 brings? Do we believe that this year can be anything that we want? Will we lay awake at night with thoughts and dreams of what will happen? Do we know immediately what we want from 2016 or will it take time to formulate a plan?
I don’t know the answers to all of the above but I do know that we choose what becomes of this year. We determine the greatness of what is in store. With the help of the laws of the universe, what we put out comes right back to us. What good mojo, energy, vibe, presence, light, God or whatever you want to call it, shines bright. David Romanelli (www.yeahdave.com) reminded me in his latest soul inspiring email that, “We are moved by and healed by and inspired by people who know how to manage their energy….who are ALL THERE. These are people who share the full force of their being with others, not on social media, but in the flesh. It starts with your very next conversation….if you can look them in the eye.” According to Business Insider, “Eye contact is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a person feel recognized, understood and validated.”
That afternoon I decided to give Dave’s advice a try. At each of my stops that afternoon I stared deeply into the person across from me. Guess what? Not one single person would look me in the eye. I asked questions. I waited for responses. I discussed the weather. I said please and thank you. Yet not a single person would look me in the eye. Have we become that disconnected that rushed, that insensitive? Is anyone present and engaged? Are we so accustomed to standing across someone whose full attention is directed solely to their mobile device? I felt ill……..
There are many intentions that I hope to see fulfilled in 2016. But my most prized is to connect deeper. To build relations and community. To be present with those I love and those I have yet to get to know. To give time to those that need it and to ask for time when I am in need. To live with good mojo, energy, vibe, presence light and especially God so as to feel, hear and live with inspiration and intuition. To exist for purposes outside my own desires, ego and pride and to try every day to make this world a little bit better.
What are your intentions for 2016?
Much Gratitude and the Most Happiest and Present of New Year’s!
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5 Must Do's For Your Optimum Health
1. The Golden 5! Most every health publication focusing on supplement recommendations will list these or at least most of these.
Multi Vitamin is the most essential supplement of them all. Try for plant based with vitamins A, C, D, E, and K as well as potassium, zinc and iodine.
Vitamin D deficiency is common. It is essential for calcium absorption and critical in protecting against osteoporosis and bone injury. It has also been linked to preventing some cancers. Several years ago I attended a lecture by Dr. Cooper and he at that time recommended 4,000 mg.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids help protect your heart, nourish your brain and lubricate your joints. There are different types of Omega 3's, you want DHA.
Probiotic intake for overall health has been underestimated. I could write an entire blog about the health properties of Probiotics. In a nut shell, the health of your gut effects you both physically and mentally. In order to have a healthy gut you need good bacteria. Probiotics strengthen your immune system, reverse ulcers and IBS, help in healing of most GI issues, lowers inflammation in the body and much, much more.
Magnesium is effective for bone and teeth health. It also tends to help keep your digestive system moving and aids in elimination. Other benefits include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification and energy production.
2. Let's Get Physical! Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health. Just to name a few reasons why I LOVE it: control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduce your risk of some cancers, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood, improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult, increase your chances of living longer. And MOST IMPORTANTLY.....it just feels really good.
3. Need a Friend? Having friendship is invaluable to your health. Someone you know who will be there in your highest moments and your darkest days. Recently being an empty-nester I have realized the importance of friendship. My family and kids especially have been my social group for so many years. Now that they are all living their lives I have found the need to reach out to like minded people and begin to build an uplifting community for me. Friends give our life more meaning. They allow us to experience things on a deeper level. They support us and help us when things get tricky. Check back in with me to see how I am doing with my circle!
4. Getting Into the Flow! Have you experienced moments when you felt connected, at peace and part of something BIG? Maybe a feeling of being in harmony, clear, alive and authentic. This is LIVING A LIFE OF PURPOSE. Doing things and surrounding yourself with what feels real and passionate. In addition to emotional and psychological benefits, living a life of purpose also helps you: live longer, protect against heart disease, prevent Alzheimer's disease, handle pain better and have better relationships. Extensive research on the science of wellbeing has found that people with a strong sense of purpose are better able to handle the ups and downs of life. "This is the true joy of life: being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." - George Bernard Shaw
5. Time Out! We must make room, time and space for a regular spiritual practice. We need a profound connection to the divine within us. To touch the sacred inside us each day. Spirituality provides clarity, hope, comfort, depth, truth, simplicity, intimacy and an overwhelming sensation that YOU are not alone. If you are new to this it doesn't have to be much. It might be a walking prayer as you are out with your dog. A moment at a traffic light connecting to your God. A quiet thought that gets you through a conflicting encounter at work. The more that you devote, dedicate and depend on your spiritual connection the more it will flourish and keep you afloat amongst chaos and frenzy.
Heads up to all of you who are interested in gaining a healthy happy belly. A gut rich in probiotics and digestive enzymes that works at full optimal health. Stay tuned for more information on a class that I will be offering on lacto-fermentation. I have been experimenting this fall and my belly has never felt so good, clean and efficient. You will definitely want to be a part of this!
As always, BE STRONG! Know that I am here to help you with all of your health and fitness needs.
One of the most amazing books that I was introduced to several years ago during my yoga therapy certification was “You’re Body Speaks Your Mind,” by Deb Shapiro. Since reading this book the very first time it has remained at my bedside and weekly I go to it for answers and inspiration. It is filled with stories and recommendations for decoding the emotional, psychological, and spiritual messages that underlie illness. It presents the idea of how interconnected the mind and body are and the importance of listening to both.
The most striking story from the book is about a woman by the name of Jenny who throughout her life has broken the same hip in the same place three separate times. The first time she fell off a horse just two weeks after her fiancés death. The second, twenty some years later, from a car crash just weeks after her mother passed away. And the third, years later after the death of her dad. Each time she broke her hip, the person she was most emotionally dependent on had died. With each death she transferred her dependency to the next person in line. Jenny, who now uses a walking stick, realized this pattern and the emotional relationship to her accidents, she vowed to take herself off on a solitary retreat to: “Find out who I am so I can walk by myself for once.”
In Jenny’s story we see a more “negative” relationship between the mind and the body but the connection between the two can be used in very powerful positive ways as well. Colonel Alfred Richmond who is 76 years old ran his 40th Marine Corps Marathon today in Washington D.C. He is called a “ground pounder” because he is someone who has run every Marine Corps Marathon since the beginning of the event in 1976. Colonel Richmond is outrageously positive and is defying his age in leaps and bounds. He is someone that sees things half full and his body responds in the same way. In 1990, Alfred had been brutally shot three times in New Orleans while on vacation and had proceeded to have three serious operations that summer. He wasn’t planning on running the Marine Corps Marathon that year but right before the event he read an article featuring veterans like him and decided to give it a go. He ran three times before the big race. Two three milers and one six miler. Colonel Richmond ran the marathon that year and finished in record time. That is called the power of the mind over the body. The body achieves what the mind believes.
In my profession I have the opportunity to work with many who come to me injured, depleted and ill. I also work with a very healthy population as well. From the first session that we spend together it becomes very obvious those that are connected and in touch with their bodies and those whose relationship between the mind and body is foggy at best. But regardless of where they are at, building the lines of communication between the two is a necessity. When information is not being shared things begin to get very loud and noisy in the form of injury, sickness, fatigue, and disease. Oftentimes being too late. Deepak Chopra says, “The mind and the body are like parallel universes. Anything that happens in the mental universe must leave tracks in the physical one. “
How do we get up close and personal with our mind and body? We begin to slow things down. We meditate. We spend time in Shavasana. We quiet the noise in our heads, our lives and the lives around us. We become present. We take time to be still. We take little pains, aches, and slight injuries seriously and give our bodies the time and patience to heal. We choose appropriate forms of exercise that fit the needs of our mind and body. We commit to eating a healthy whole foods diet, rich in nutrition so that our guts can quiet down and work efficiently. We stop competing, striving, pushing and forcing. We seek counseling to heal. We prioritize the relationships and those we love. We turn off the t.v. We bring a reverence and peace into our daily activities. We have gratitude for the amazing lives that we are able to live. Most importantly we LISTEN! Know that the relationship between the mind and the body is not a dictatorship but a democracy. Work as one to be the most finely tuned, highly efficient, living bio computer that you can possibly be.
If any of this resonates with you and you are looking to make some healthy changes for your future, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to get started with you on a journey towards optimum health and fitness and a life filled with joy and purpose. As always BE STRONG!
“Just as food is needed for the body, love is needed for the soul.” ~Osho
Most of you know that I have taken on a year-long certification with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health and nutrition coach. This has been a fascinating experience thus far and I am learning much (yes, showing my nerdy side). The school is based on a simple thought of the importance of PRIMARY FOOD. I have intuitively believed in this thought but have never put it into terminology or definition until now. Primary food consists of healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice.
Primary food is much more than what is on your plate. In fact we cannot even begin to address secondary food like pizza, chocolate cake and twizzlers until we balance the primary food in our lives. Secondary foods don’t come close to giving us happiness, fulfillment, purpose and joy that we receive from primary foods. “The more primary food we receive, the less we depend upon secondary food. The opposite is also true. The more we fill ourselves with secondary food, the less we are able to receive the primary food of life.” Says Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Remember a time when you were in love. Or a time when you felt especially purposeful and thrilled in your life. Or maybe a time when you were a child and to take time out to eat dinner and have to go inside from playing kick the can with your friends was unbearable. In all of the above scenarios you were being feed well with primary food. We need to get back to the zest for primary food and get away from numbing out with the real or not so real stuff. “When we use secondary food as a way to alleviate or suppress our hunger for primary food, the body and mind suffer. Weight gain is just one of the consequences. Diet related disorders such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are national epidemics, and one of the main reasons is because we are stuffing ourselves with secondary foods when we are really starving for primary food.” ~Joshua Rosenthal
I have worked with many people that are very healthy eaters and I enjoy eating as whole and clean as I can. But, I also know a lot of people that eat tons of kale and yet they are still unhappy. If the concept of primary food is of interest to you and you would like to know more, I would love to talk to YOU! Please contact me or come into The Fit Room. We have so many excellent options for you to thrive in a healthy and fit life. As always BE STRONG!!!!
Adventures in a Bathtub
Last week I had the opportunity to move my son into his first adult apartment. He had made an arrangement with one of his buddies to take over the lease since he was moving to Austin. Among the details there was obviously no communication about the apartment needing to be cleaned before the big move-in. Needless to say the place was filthy. As I was heading into the bathroom I noticed a glass vase on the counter that was filled with cloudy dirty water, a plant and something moving inside. Upon closer inspection there was a live fish in the vase. I guess this was my son’s house warming gift from his buddy. He now is the proud owner of a Chinese fighting fish.
After cleaning the bathroom we decided to tackle the disgusting fish tank. We filled the bathtub and began to get excited for the fish to have the entire tub to swim in while we cleaned its tank. We were thrilled for the fish. We talked about the bathtub being a great vast ocean for the fish and the exploring and adventuring that was about to happen. We were anticipatory for the fish to dive in. We dumped it in and waited………and waited……and waited. The fish did nothing. It remained in its 2 inch diameter spot that was the same circumference as when he was in the tank. We couldn’t believe it. The fish had a huge tub to swim around in and it remained the entire time in the exact same place. Never moving never venturing.
When I came home that night my thoughts kept going back to the fish. I couldn’t help but to think that at times or maybe frequently we aren’t that different from the fish. How often do we stay in the same spot? How often do we play it safe rather than explore and adventure? How often do we set limits and boundaries on what we can do and who we can be? How often do we play small instead of living large?
We do this in all areas of our lives. We do this on our yoga mats in our yoga practice. What pose have you crossed off the list of you ever being able to achieve? What form or shape of your body do you think impossible to attain? What athletic ability have you determined will never be in your grasp? What career opportunity would be your dream job? What distant acquaintance is your soul mate? What destination have you longed to see? Sometimes these self-defeating thoughts are of our own making. Sometimes they come from others telling us we can’t or shouldn’t or aren’t good enough. All the while we are missing the opportunity to swim around the entire bathtub. We are missing the adventure. We are missing the opportunity to truly live authentically with purpose, passion and vibrancy.
Through this experience I am reminded of another fish. A most amazing, lovable, adventurous fish. Dory from Finding Nemo. Dory has a zest for life. She lives with passion and purpose. There is nothing that Dory doesn’t think she can do or is afraid of doing. She meets a shark and thinks that they will be best friends. Having no idea that she is about to be breakfast. You see Dory has no memory. She doesn’t remember past hurts or fears or traumas. She doesn’t remember scary situations or times where she felt defeated. Dory only lives in the present without any experiences to hold her back from being her most authentic self.
What would your life look like if you were able to move throughout it with no memory of past failures, hurts and defeats? What would it look like to boldly go into this life without holding yourself back or putting on limits? What would it look like if you truly believed that all things were possible? In yoga we use mantras to connect, quiet the mind, and instill focus. We use mantras to diffuse the voices that distract us from our authentic self. Dory had a mantra….”Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming.” Maybe we should do the same.
We are excited to dive in head first into fall at The Fit Room. Lots of new classes and programs are being added to the schedule. Stay tuned for……meditation, Yoga Tune Up balls, soothing of anxiety, and much more. As always BE STRONG! If we can assist in any of your health and fitness needs please contact us.
The Importance of Moving
From The Fit Room & Kim Salisbury
I have the awesome opportunity to spend time with many different people throughout my work week. They come to me to get healthy and fit. Some have physical injuries, serious health concerns, rehabilitation instructions from a recent surgery, overweight and obese issues and persistent aches and pains that won’t go away. Some have issues that aren’t as visible and obvious like anxiety, heartache, loneliness, depression, chronic stress and fear. Thankfully I am an expert on movement and I am able to help all of them with one simple basic prescription…….GET MOVING & KEEP MOVING!!!!!!!!!!
Why is it so vital to move?
* Movement helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases
* Movement improves your chances of living longer and living healthier
* Movement helps protect you from developing heart disease and stroke or its precursors, high blood pressure and undesirable blood lipid patterns
* Movement helps protect you from developing certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial (uterine lining) cancer
* Movement helps prevent type 2 diabetes (what was once called adult-onset diabetes) and metabolic syndrome (a constellation of risk factors that increases the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes; read more about simple steps to prevent diabetes)
* Movement helps prevent the insidious loss of bone known as osteoporosis
* Movement reduces the risk of falling and improves cognitive function among older adults
* Movement relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves mood
* Movement prevents weight gain, promotes weight loss (when combined with a lower-calorie diet), and helps keep weight off after weight loss
* Movement improves heart-lung and muscle fitness
* Movement improves sleep
Specifically in relation to the brain……
“Physical activity is crucial to mind and body alike,” said neuroscientist Lise Eliot. “The brain benefits as much as the heart and other muscles from physical activity.”
“We’ve found exercise has broad benefits on cognition, particularly executive functioning, including improvements in attention, working memory and the ability to multitask, “said researcher Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Atrophy of the hippocampus in later life is generally considered inevitable,’ said Kirk Erickson, professor of psychology at The University of Pittsburgh. “But we’ve shown that even moderate exercise for one year can increase the size of that structure. The brain at that stage remains modifiable.”
My Own Experience
I have experienced with my own body and those of my clients that doing “nothing” does not make you feel better. If you have been active or participated in athletic pursuits throughout your life as you age there are going to be little aches, pains, nagging muscle and joint issues. The absolute worst thing you can do is be sedentary. Yes, sometimes it is uncomfortable to get moving but as you continue to move your body begins to feel better. Moving in multi planes, using multi muscle groups and multi modes of equipment and styles of training is the very best medicine that you could ever give yourself.
I have often been heard saying that exercise for me has been my psychotherapy. My running shoes were my therapist. My sweat was my tears. There is a tremendous mental benefit from getting off the couch, putting on your workout gear and getting sweaty. Many a days I head outside for a run or lay down on my yoga mat with much on my mind and heart and miraculously after an hour of using my muscles, breathing, sweating, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone I feel calm and ready to take on the world. It does not mean that my problems are solved but my mind frame is balanced and able to cope and strategize about what needs to happen next.
What seems impossible today will one day become your warm up.
Sore? Tired? Out of breath? Sweaty? Good….It’s working!!!
The only bad workout is the one that you didn’t do.
As always BE STRONG! Get outside and move! Please connect with me if I can help with any of your health and fitness needs.
For many years running was my main mode of physicality and workout. Needless to say my hamstrings were tight rubber bands and my lower back health was beginning to feel the impact. Jump a few years ahead and my body and flexibility has completely changed due to my regular practice of yoga. I no longer suffer from tight hamstrings and my back has never felt better. I continue to run occasionally. I work out with weights practicing functional movement and I do Pilates at least once a week. All of the above are equally beneficial to your health and fitness but focusing on improving your flexibility will feel incredible. Being able to move your joints fully will calm aches and pains that you have possibly been feeling for years.
Five Reasons Why Flexibility Matters & How to Improve It
1. Flexibility Improves Your Posture. In order for you to have good posture your muscles and joints have to be able to move freely and easily. The stronger and straighter you stand and sit, the more your muscles, joints and ligaments will be protected. When you are able to move more efficiently because of increased flexibility your body will not get as tired and worn out as it does when it is stiff and restricted.
2. Flexibility Increases Your Relaxation and Stress Reduction. Practicing yoga, stretching or doing other exercises to help you increase your flexibility can help you mentally and physically relax. At The Fit Room we practice a form of yoga called Yin. It consists of deep long stretching poses that are held for extended lengths of time. At the end of the session you feel completely stress free, rested and ready to take on the world. It is truly amazing. Exercise science expert Len Kravitz says, “Some fitness instructors and doctors even consider flexibility exercises, along with overall fitness, as one way to unify your mind, body and spirit.” At The Fit Room we experience this sensation weekly.
3. Flexibility Increases Your Blood Circulation. Efficient circulation throughout the body is important for your cells and organs, and will help you feel healthier overall. The most requested pose at The Fit Room is called Viparita Karani (legs at the wall). Basically we lay on the ground with our legs up on the wall in an L shape. This amazing stretch gets the blood that is stagnate at the base of your legs and feet from sitting and standing all day and moves it throughout the body. Your heart rate and blood pressure is lowered and the amount of blood that runs throughout the muscles and organs is increased.
4. Flexibility Helps You Move Better. When I was suffering from back pain, my discomfort came from overall tight muscles. If you sit at a desk all day your lower back is effected from tight and shortened hip flexors and pulled long and week lower back and gluteal muscles. Our flexibility or lack of it effects every area of our lives. How we get into our car, open cupboards high over our head, bending down to weed our garden or over to load a dishwasher. If your body is inflexible you are most likely suffering from imbalances in the muscles and joints.
5. Flexibility Can Keep You From Getting Hurt. If your joints and muscles are tight you are more prone to injury in all your physical pursuits. If you aren’t able to move freely sudden movements or actions could result in injury or lead to you getting hurt.
At The Fit Room we have multiple options to address your tightness, inflexibility and overall muscle and joint imbalances. From deep stretching classes, yoga, Pilates, Yin and Restorative Yoga you have many choices to change your health and fitness. Contact us today for more information or to register for a class that fits your needs.
Other Exciting News!!! I have just taken on an amazing certification from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition to become a Health Coach. This will be a yearlong experience and I am over the top excited. Stay tuned for much more to come. As the training progresses I will need several “test cases” to work with focusing on living a healthy way of life. Of course this will be completely complimentary and free of charge. If this opportunity is appealing to you please let me know.
As Always....BE STRONG, GET OUTSIDE & MOVE!
Kim is a passionate fitness junkie that is certified in Personal Training, Pilates & Yoga. She thrives on introducing you to your healthy, fit, joyful and amazing self through fitness, life and nutritional counseling.