There are a bewildering number of different ways you can work with your body, and it can be very difficult to know where to start!
The good news is that maintaining a healthy body can be really simple, enjoyable, and quick. Most of the confusion comes from fitness gurus and companies competing to sell you their equipment, nutrition supplement, or method. The key is to aim for health and longevity as a life-long practice, not a quick fix.
I offer advice and demonstrations on how to set up practices and habits that nourish your body.
Did you know that studies have shown that strength training makes you a better meditator?
I mainly use body-weight exercises because I find them to be lots of fun, and they provide functional strength that translates into the normal day-to-day movements. These exercises can involve no equipment (push ups, squats etc.) or basic equipment (climing ropes, gym rings, pull up bar, dip bar) Body-weight exercises are also very scalable. You can start with very easy versions, and work up towards very challenging exercises that require some serious strength.
I prefer cardio training that is brief and intense, which evidence suggests is as effective and less draining on your body than long low intensity exercise. A typical sessions would be 20 minutes or less and involve High Intensity Interval Training (which means work hard, rest, work hard, rest.....in short intervals) There are as many ways to do this as you can imagine, but I like to use a jump rope, sprint or do exercises like burpees.
Mobility and Movement
As I get older I am getting more interested in mobility and movement. This is mainly due to counteracting the effects of aging and the necessity of keeping one's body supple and mobile, but also I have found it to be a lot of fun. Mobility is about moving your various joints through their range of movement, and this can often be achieved through different types of movements such as crawling, swinging, shaking and rolling.
How to eat healthily is a subject that is permeated with bad advice, fads, and clever product marketing. But, the reality is that it can be very simple and enjoyable. Over the years I have tried all the weird and wonderful diets out there, and have landed on what I believe to be a sane and sustainable approach. I am currently a Lacto-Ovo vegetarian, which means I eat a mainly plant-based diet and also include dariy products and eggs. I try to stick to eating whole foods, which means eating food that is unprocessed, and I am careful to get the correct proportions of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and fibre. There are many tricks I've discovered over the years to achieve this without letting food rule your actions every day with time consuming preparation.
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