You may think you just carry your stress in your neck and shoulders. But is that really what's going on? In a sense, yes, that's similar to what is happening. But what is the cause? Why is it being carried there? Shallow breathing into the chest is usually the culprit. It activates the 'fight or flight' element of our nervous system. In turn, we shallow breathe some more, and as a result, we end up with a super tight neck.
HOW TO CREATE SIMPLE HABITS
You've heard it, 'The devil is in the details' but not when it comes to creating solid habits. We like to follow to rule of 3 to make them as simple as possible. You start with the habit you would normally implement. For example, giving up alcohol altogether. Let's say you have some form of it 6 nights per week. That's a big change! First, ask yourself 'Is this sustainable for the rest of my life?' If the answer is no, simplify it again. That's one. Repeat that twice more. By the third time, you'll probably have reduced it to exactly where it needs to be.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STOP COPING?
What is coping? We define it as the endless cycle of waiting. Waiting for pain to go away, waiting to move more freely, waiting to have energy, waiting to keep weight off consistently, waiting to do what you say you'll do.
ARE FITNESS WATCHES WORTH IT?
People are either borderline obsessed or rigidly against fitness watches. From monitoring heart rate to steps to sleep - they have their benefits and their downfalls. They are excellent for giving you a marker as to what might need work, or even to give you added accountability. Many people sleep worse and move less than they think. However, it falls in a heap when we stop assessing how we feel. How rested we feel, how our muscles are, how our energy and brain clarity is. When we obsess over a number - which isn't 100% correct - and ignore how we feel.
MOVEMENT TO RELEASE TENSION AT YOUR DESK
Desk work is some of the worst for fostering less than ideal positions and a build-up of tension. Here is a mix of simple movements you can perform during the day to stop the tension build-up and be on your way to less pain and better posture.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR NEAT (NOT YOUR TIDINESS)
NEAT = Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. That's a lot of big words. Let's break it down. Non-Exercise means any movement that isn't organised. Think walking to the shopping centre from the car park. Activity means some form of movement - walking, bending over, squatting etc. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production, which contributes to our metabolism. So altogether we look at the day-to-day movement that will make us burn more energy, instead of trying to exercise 2-3 times daily.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A COACH?
Coaching people in fitness and nutrition can mean many different things. Our Coaches work with many different types of people, in all kinds of settings to help them do all kinds of stuff. Some of what coaches do is cognitive - like planning and reasoning. Some of it is emotional, and some is guiding intuition.
It’s a harmonious blend of science and art. This is why not all coaches are the same. Our Coaches give clients information, perspective, tools, and strategies. They push when a client has become too comfortable, and pull back when a client has been pushing too hard.
Coaches are not best friends, drill sergeants, cheerleaders, or all-knowing gurus. They are more like facilitators, navigators, and guides. Our favorite definition is a Coach is like a tour guide to a place you already live.
IS YOUR BODY RECOVERING OR BREAKING DOWN?
Who needs to recover? Is it just athletes after a game or a big event? It's actually anyone who does anything day-to-day apart from blinking and eating. Whether you casually exercise, seriously train, or don't move a great deal at all. You need to recover from movement, but in turn, movement is helping you recover. It's a pretty amazing cycle. We need to find a balance where we aren't over-exercising, but we're not under-moving either.
THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE BED
Do you have a night time routine? A series of actions that help your body and your brain start to wind-down from the day before getting into bed? Creating this routine is vital to achieving quality sleep. Quality sleep reduces cravings, increases focus and performance, and allows our bodies metabolism to regulate itself.
WHAT TO DO INBETWEEN WORKOUT DAYS
Surprisingly, what you do in the gym isn't the most important thing in the week when it comes to how you look and feel. It's what you do on the days in between.