Simple tweaks on your work place set-up or work station can substantially improve your posture.
Breathing is a fundamental biological rhythm that sustains life, a functional mechanism of moving air in and out of the lungs for the purpose of maintaining blood gas levels to sustain other physiological functions. The automaticity of this crucial function often times denies it of our attention.
Recent proliferation of studies and practices about breathing proposes that it interacts and influences therapeutic, homeostatic, psychophysiological and spiritual functions. It can be noted that the celebrated practice and concept of conscious or voluntary breathing comes from different cultural practices that touches spirituality, meditation, and health. These cultural and religious practices and rituals that emanates from the core concept of voluntary control of breathing spans from Taoist Yoga, Buddhist meditation, therapeutic breathing such as Buteyko Breathing and Holotrophic Breathwork, physical activities like Pilates, Tai Chi and Qi Gong and many obscure practices (Courtney, 2009).
The advent of trans-disciplinary and multidisciplinary practices alongside alternative medicine has created an avenue to maximize the emerging science and evidence in this field. Among health compromised and health conscious individuals, the holistic and spiritual impact of mindful and conscious breathing and its carryover to health and fitness is widely supported and practiced.
Pilates practice anchors on this practice: Breathing.
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Note: This is a term paper from school 😉 I’ll post the rest sometime later.
by Jamie Alcantara, PTRP
Spirit of fun withstanding, it is always wise to know the methods and demands of a specific exercise or sport activity before engaging into long-term practice. Check if they are complimentary to your goals. You might want to start by asking yourself, ” What are my motivations for doing this?” and “What am I willing and prepared to do physically?” These questions and your corresponding answers will lead you to realistic goal settings. If you are injured, you might want to get checked with a health care professional regarding your injury in order to build a specific rehabilitation plan for your condition. If you want to build more awareness and coordination, mind and body exercises would be a better fit for that. If you want to build big symmetrical muscles, body building would be the best for that. If you want to be a better athlete, sports specific training is the exercise you want to be doing. You can engage into any of these but are they safe for you and at the same time can it be effective for you? Here are a few tips before committing your time, money, and effort into any fitness regimens.
1. Ask for your doctor’s approval if you are fit to exercise especially if you have any medical concerns (hypertension, diabetes, etc.)
2. Know the background of the fitness regimen that you want to follow and if the benefits are fit for your goal settings.
3. Find a gym/studio which has instructors/trainers knowledgeable about their practice and if you have a consensus on where the both of you are heading.
4. Always start with the basics and gradually progress your exercises. Your instructors know the exercises but you know your body more. If an exercise causes pain or discomfort, ask your instructor if that is normal or if it is possible to change or modify the exercise.
5. Don’t just follow others people’s advice and don’t experiment on your own. Try to research from credible sources and always ask your instructor for guidance if it is your first time to do the exercise.
6. Lastly, learn and observe your instructors, from your community, from your experiences on how your body works and how to make your body more efficient. Some things cannot be taught in words or demo. You have to feel it, adjust and modify to what feels right, stable and sustainable. Learn from yourself.
WHY EXERCISE IS NOT ENOUGH