I remember researching “enlightenment” at 14 years old. I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for, but I knew that something inside me sought answers. I wanted to learn about life and intention. Little did I know it would be the experiences throughout the next decade that would teach me the all-too-important lessons a book never could.
To say the last several years had their share of ups and downs would be a slight understatement. It hasn’t been an easy journey… yet I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My quest for greatness begins with what I strive for in life: authenticity, integrity and purpose.
Authenticity (def): the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures.
Perfect. How often do we hear that? Perfection was so important to me; it caused me to abandon my … Read More »
Continuing from a previous blog, here are a few more fitness misconceptions I often hear from clients:
1. More is better
In an effort to get stronger, faster or to improve athleticism, most people resort to adding more volume. This is often at the expense (or neglect) of added recovery. In order for your body to adapt, it needs sufficient recovery time. While periods of volume increases can be beneficial in increasing one’s capacity, continually adding volume without rest will eventually have detrimental effects on performance. If you’re practicing a skill with a fatigued body, muscle memory will remember it just that way. It’s important give yourself time to recover from skill-based practices or you’ll be teaching your body to remember undesirable movement strategies.
2. Strength is not important for distance running
Although it’s true that every distance runner should not be built like … Read More »
You’ve heard them. In fact, you’ve probably told a friend one (if not all) of these myths at some point in your life. You may want to grab on to your seat and take a deep breath before you read the next part of this sentence… not everything you read, hear or see on TV is necessarily true. Here are the most common fitness misconceptions that I have encountered throughout the years from friends and clients alike:
1. The best way to burn calories is to run on a treadmill
If you have been a client of mine, you may remember what I refer to as the “car analogy”. Does your car use more gas driving in stop-and-go traffic or coasting the highway on cruise control? Our bodies work the same way. When you run on a treadmill for long distances, your body … Read More »
Wake up, rush to work, quick lunch, speedy workout and a hurried dinner later, we finally lay our head on a pillow preparing to do it all over again. Coupled with a book I recently read, an article entitled “Put Food Back in its Place” written by friend Cassandra Jella (rootedtransformation.org) elicited awareness to just how fast our lives pass us by. We as a society feel overwhelmed attempting to keep up with the daily demands of work, school and family obligations. With lives set on “fast forward”, we mindlessly go through the motions in such a way that we simply don’t take the time to stop and smell the roses. We miss the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis. Life is amazing and it is meant to be experienced. When you feel like the world is spinning faster … Read More »
A conversation with a fellow yogi provoked the following thoughts. Nearing the latter end of our teacher training, we discussed how we feel significantly more in tune with our bodies than ever before. The conversation got us thinking how unfortunate it is that most people live a life out of sync. Unable to tune in to what their body is trying to tell them, they are debilitated from reaching their full physical, mental, or spiritual potential.
Energy. Everything around us has it… the chair you’re sitting in, our bodies, and yes… the food we eat. If energy doesn’t do it for you, you must at least agree that everything around us moves on an atomic and subatomic level. This movement causes all objects to vibrate at a certain frequency. Have you ever been instantly attracted to someone before a word was even spoken… drawn to his … Read More »