For the healing blood flow, arthritic relief, balm to sundry aches and pains, meditative relaxation. For good conversation, or the sensual intimacy of it. The hot tub is one of a few things I really really like about winter.
How can anyone survive without it? Though contraindicated for anyone with high blood pressure or compromised heart health. Regular soaking dramatically alleviates
Challenging your body on a daily basis, can help extend life exponentially. Squatting twice a week profoundly boosts testosterone, and that’s good for any gender. All that tightness evaporates immediately upon stepping into a hot tub.
Be flexible, strong. Have great stamina… and yes, the party is coming.
Weight-lifting Tuesdays tonight. Friday Night Yoga with Ian. And Saturday Abs.Ciao, my alter-ego, Pietro
Finding ways to make yourself consistent is first and foremost. For bolstering health, and transforming your body, consistency is the most crucial ingredient.
Achieving consistency is unique to you. The regularity of classes may work, especially if you enjoy the company. You may work out harder with others and do stuff you just wouldn’t do on your own.
Or acquiring the services of a personal trainer. The fact you have an appointment is motivation enough for some. A professional will safely deliver proper form for your specific physical priorities and level of fitness and dramatically accelerate your progress.
Teaching the class requires consistency. Sleeping in or premature happy hour to alleviate stress isn’t an option when you’re the one leading the charge. I teach what my body most needs to learn, and my body has a lot in common with others.
Nothing Flaky About T
Flakiness creates mediocrity, not exceptional results. If you want core strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular definition, chiseled gluts, toned tris, ripped, jacked, all that good stuff, be consistent.
No Weight-lifting Class this Tuesday. Friday Night Yoga is on with Ian. And Saturday Abs!
First the tickle in the back of the throat, then the cough. If this is your tendency for getting sick try the following routine proactively. Or even after the congestion has gone into your lungs.
Or if you have a cough that’s becoming chronic. Derail bronchitis this way. Start by slicing up a single clove of garlic. Chew the slices slowly at the back to release the heat, and allow the antibacterial juices to coat your throat below the gurgle line.
You have to be patient or it will burn too much. Garlic has anti-cancer properties galore and does a number on viruses and bacteria. I’m not a doctor but chewing raw garlic has been effective for me, no drugs needed.
Then, skin a thumb-sized piece of ginger. Bite off little chunks, and do the same as you did with the garlic. Ginger burns too but not as much as the garlic. The ginger cleanses the palate, freshens the breath, fixes stomach issues. And just plan works for eliminating coughs.
Later in the day take 1000 mg vitamin C. Let it melt at the back of your throat as well, coating the area below the gurgle line. Before bed, I take orally ingestable peppermint oil to soothe the throat and reduce mucus.
Try this for a week or so every once in a while. You may just get through the winter without coming down with flu.
Don’t forget Friday Night Yoga, Saturday Abs Class and Weight Lifting Tuesdays.
In retirement, especially, health takes precedence over financial concerns, the kids. All that takes a back seat to staying alive, and enjoying family and friends.
No excuse for not dropping those extra pounds, fixing your lower lumbar issues, your joints, bolstering those scrawny legs and butt. If you don’t start earlier on, it may be difficult to shift habits later.
What strategies counterbalance unfavourable genetic tendencies? What areas of your body would benefit most from a more concerted effort? Cardiovascular, digestive, sinuses, throat. Why not get rid of that nagging cough, or do something about that compromised immune system?
Holistically, it’s better to get a personal trainer with some miles on him or her. Someone with a broader spectrum of life’s phases. Who has seen all the injuries, all the operations and their recoveries? With real experience in all the genres of fitness and survival maintenance.
Someone with expertise in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, rehabilitating injuries. Getting ahead of whatever issues exist. You may have more power to affect the outcome of your life than you ever thought possible.
Abs Class is on this long weekend. No Yoga though.
Curling, arching, twisting should be done almost daily, or at least whenever that all-too-familiar stiffness creeps into the spine.
Daily stretches rarely last more than 5 minutes. They are superficial but take the edge off. One full yoga class a week is required to make any real progress. Then those quickies on the road take on a real significance.
Yoga isn’t just about limber joins. It’s about calming the nervous system. You learn a tool for unwinding anxiety. You learn to breathe, meditation. You step back from the assertive pursuits of life, and experience acceptance and receptivity.
Yoga is a healing art. And a science. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure.
Know your numbers. On the next blood test make sure you call your doctor to get the numbers for your liver, kidneys, PSA, cholesterol, etc. Keep on eye on your blood pressure. Your lungs, sinuses.
So you know what to work on. Information is power. But knowing your weaknesses is of no value if you lack the ability to change. Adaptability requires you to quit this or that. Or pick up certain routines.
The perfect bowel movement is green, I say. I like to do a round of liquid chlorophyll once in a while, a month or so of daily caps of Vital Greens gives my immunity system a boost. That alkaline infusion gets rid of acidity in the alimentary canal.
Get rid of your itchy throat too by knawing on raw ginger until your throats heat up. Do it for a few days, it works. I’m also taking the expensive orally ingestible Frankincense oil. I’ll let you know it how goes…
Weight-lifting Tuesday tonight! Ian this Friday for yoga!
Become aware of the insidiousness of sugar. It’s everywhere, almost unavoidable. If your immunity system is lagging, try systematically cutting back on your sugar intake.
Sugar is in your morning coffee, most commercial yoghurts, peanut butter, carton juices, alcohol turns to sugar in your body, not to mention pastries, sauces, pop has crazy amounts, anything processed.
Sugar is food for cancer. It really boosts cholesterol, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease. A perfectly balanced workout routine, combined with restful sleep, forgives a lot of sins. Make sure sugar isn’t lurking in the shadows behind you.
Discipline is powerful. The ability to alter habits and lifestyle regardless of age is the best weapon you got. The discipline of working out infiltrates every aspect of life. Take aim at sugar.
Don’t forget the discipline of Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. And Saturday Morning Abs.
Don’t get flabby. Abs Class is back Saturday, Sept 8 @ 10 am.
Make your workout the highlight of your day. Because it is, in fact, the most important thing you do, for you. All other activities pail in significant to facilitating your health. So make it the priority it deserves to be.
Come back to battling the bulge. It gets a little easier ever time you do. And results come quicker. The profound benefits of kneading the underbelly organs are underappreciated. Love Handles and Muffin Tops are surgically removed.
20 minutes of concentrated effort is applied to the upper and lower back during this class. Do this, plus yoga, which starts back up on Friday, Sept 14 @ 7:30 pm. I guarantee you’ll have the best back you’ve ever had.
To protect your back just shave off a little depth on your Deep Squats. Make your squat a little less deep, if your back is a concern. Because the tendency is to lean forward at the bottom end of the squat. And that puts your back in jeopardy.
Squats are another thing we do in Abs Class. Massively beneficial. You won’t find a class like this anywhere.
Weight-lifting Tuesdays starts on the 18th.
Your good old trainer, at it again. Ciao, Pietro
I love the traditional disciplines of yoga. But I can’t say it’s my forte.
As we speak, Ian is participating in yet another demanding training session, the knowledge and wisdom of which he’ll share with us on Friday nights. Implementing these new ideas and fitting them to needs of others. And I’ll be there on his night too, as always, not to teach, but to learn… to cherry pick his ideas, I like to say:)
And put my own spin on them. I participate in the traditions, only to rebel and go my own way. I’ve been hosting yoga classes out of my studio for over a decade now. I’ve done at least a class a week with great consistency. And a quick post-spin stretch several times a week.
My approach is to linger at significant moments. Holding poses longer, and even repeating postures that are particularly relevant to the cast at hand. Even designing my own series of feel-good postures, and luxuriating in them. Targeting the lower back, spine, hips, groin, shoulders…
Your body re-discovers a youthful suppleness. She you tonight at Yoga, and Abs Class Sat 10 am.