Posted by: 4pack | September 22, 2008

“Ideal Shape”: Continuous Core Exercises Throughout Day Are “Key” To “Core Strength”

IF YOU WORK, YOU WALK…IF YOU CAN WALK, YOU CAN INCORPORATE ISOMETRIC CORE EXERCISES INTO THAT WALK…DOWN THE HALL, DOWN OR UP THE STAIRS…TO THE CAR…IN THE CAR FOR THAT MATTER…CONTRACT AND SQUEEZE THE RECTUS ABDOMINIS MUSCLES AND PUSH YOUR TWO HANDS TOGETHER AND FORCE THEM DOWN AND AWAY…DO IT….ALL DAY AT WORK…THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG THEME WITH FOUR PACKS… 

 “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“… Perhaps the key to becoming fit is embracing the concept that maintaining fitness is a continuum – a rhythm of natural activity that continues uninterrupted, though in changing patterns and forms, throughout a yearly as well as lifetime cycle. Our bodies cycle. Our seasons cycle. Our fitness – our health, well-being, strength, energy, flexibility, weight, etc. also cycle. It is our task to acknowledge the validity of addressing fitness individually and as a family as one of the foundational blocks of our existence.

 Is the path to fitness all work? Arnold Toynbee, the British Historian, states, “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

Fueling our bodies appropriately – including deliberate exercise in our daily lives – and honoring rest and relaxation help us in our quest. Being spontaneous, choosing active rather than passive leisure, including family and friends, joining teams, playing games and keeping our hearts and bodies light all help us to blur that line. Some of us respond better to clearly defined training programs; some to competitive events; some to individual and some to group activities. Find what works for you and, as the Nike ad says, “Just DO It!”

….. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Don’t stop. Don’t put your own exercise needs on the back burner when life gets hectic. Grab your appointment book and mark off a time each day to train. Meet with friends for a quick jog at halftime during a child’s game. Discuss business during a walk rather than over lunch. Catch up on the day’s events during an early evening run. Borrow some of the many helpful hints of inserting brief blocks of purposeful activity multiple times during your day. Set your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier to get in some time for yourself before the day begins. Be accountable – to another, to yourself, with a phone call or with a journal.

Find what works, and just DO it!”

http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080921/SPORTS/809210303/1004/SPORTS

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