Fit for Life: Just Do It!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The toughest part is over
Once I put on my sneakers, I am all in, and there is no turning back now. Beast mode has been activated. I begin with some exaggerated movements, such as high step knee grabs across the room. I feel the muscles start to release tension as they begin to work through their proper range of motion. While I am stretching one muscle, I make the mind-muscle connection, and activate a different one at the same time, while trying to maintain proper form and balance. This helps you in a functional way, so when you lift something outside the gym, you lift it properly, without injury. Next is to grab a jump rope, and make the air whirl for 5-10 minutes. During this time I shut out everything around me, and think about every body part that’s working, from the balls of my feet to the caps of my shoulders and every muscle responsible for good posture in between. This helps make this and any other exercise more tolerable, because they all feel and work better with the right form. Now the sweat is starting to flow, the heart rate is elevated, the blood is pumping, endorphins are kicking in, and my adrenaline is off the charts, time to go move some weight.
Getting to bliss
I approach every resistance exercise the same way, with a lightweight, and a few warm-up sets, using weight I can easily control, and move slowly through a specific range of motion. After that, its weight that I can perform for 5-8 repetitions, a good range for building strength, and muscle volume. Three sets into it, I can feel the blood flowing vigorously through my veins, and my skin starts to feel tighter, as my muscles become more and more engorged with blood. Sweat starts to pour profusely, as I keep adding more resistance, and getting more aggressive as the workout progresses. I continue this through several exercises, until my shirt is completely soaked with sweat, my body is so swollen that I feel like I am 6 feet tall and 25 pounds bigger then when I started. My breathing is deep, and my stomach feels hollow from hunger, and this all feels damn good to me. Yes, folks, this is the anatomy of a workout.
Make it happen – again.
You won't feel it immediately. Actually, quite the opposite. It's that moment that you stand up, put your feet on the floor. The moment you put on your sneakers. You're not thinking about the blissful experience you are about to encounter. You're going through the toughest part of the work out. Get going! The moral of the story is to think about the next step, and forget about the daunting task it will take to reach personal bliss. As we get older, we should get wiser, and think ahead. We should know by now that anything worthwhile takes hard work and discipline to achieve, so your workout should be no different. Don’t think about how hard it will be, think of the feeling and benefits you will get when its over. Then go out and make it happen.
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Providence Power Yoga
Providence Power Yoga is the perfect place to get your daily dose of calm, whether you are just beginning the exploration of yoga or have been reaping its benefits for years. Try Revive and Restore for the ultimate class in revitalization and relaxation. If you’re a music lover, Chillwave Solar Flow is your go-to class, complete with fun electronic indie music and heated power-yoga.
51 Bassett Street, Providence, RI. (401) 273-3500.
Bristol Yoga Studio
If you are a yoga beginner or are experiencing the body changes that come with pregnancy, Bristol Yoga Studio is the place to go. Beginners will benefit from Kripalu Yoga, a mixed-level class that emphasizes wholeness, meditation, and balance. Pre-natal yoga will teach breathing techniques, body awareness, and more that will help both in labor and after you have had your child.
13 State Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 569-0147.
Boiler House Bikram Yoga
Boiler House Bikram Yoga in Providence is the place to be for all things Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga is a yoga practice that incorporates 26 traditional Hatha Yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises in a hot room. The benefits of Bikram Yoga include detoxification, increased libido, reduced stress, and so much more. Try it out for yourself; we did!
166 Valley Street, Providence, RI. (401) 383-3840.
Yoga Loft RI
Beginners can’t go wrong with Yoga Loft RI in Warren. Try out Yin Restorative Yoga to bring balance to your life, Sunday Morning Yoga for a healthy and rejuvenating start to your week, or Beginners Belly Dance for a fun and creative experience. If you’ve got little ones, sign them up for the Kid’s Yoga Club!
16 Cutler Street, Warren, RI. (401) 245-0881.
Santosha Yoga Studio
Santosha Yoga Studio & Holistic Center offers so much more than yoga. Enjoy complementary wellness consultations to learn the right path for you to take at the center. Explore acupuncture, therapeutic massage, organic facials, and other great holistic services at the center. If you or someone you know are a survivor of cancer, be sure to check out special classes geared towards survivors.
14 Bartlett Avenue, Cranston, RI. (401) 780-9809.
Eyes of the World
Saturday, January 18 from 12:30-2:30 pm, start your yoga journey at Eyes of the World Yoga Center in Providence. For only $18 with early registration, try out a two-hour beginner’s workshop that will show you everything that the center has to offer. Learn the basics of yoga posture, focus, contentment, and humility. Another unique feature of Eyes is free yoga for veterans that suffer from PTSD—visit their website to see how you can help.
1 Park Row, Providence, RI. (401) 295-5002.
Breathing Time Yoga
Breathing Time Yoga in Pawtucket is out to prove to the world that yoga is beneficial to everyone, regardless of weight, age, sex, or ability. This is made evident with their Yoga for Curvy Women class—awesome! Other unique classes and workshops include Stress Less for Teens, Mom & Baby Yoga, Mindful Eating and more! Take a trip to the studio to find a class that’s right for you.
541 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 421-9876.
The Heron Studio
The Heron Studio in nearby Fall River incorporates yoga, meditation and dance into their studio culture. Yoga is taught on three levels: introductory for beginners, intermediate to broaden understanding and goals in the practice of yoga, and advanced for students who wish to bring yoga off the cushion and into their daily lives. Several dance classes are taught that embrace community, fitness, strength, and well being.
187 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, MA. (774) 365-4016.
Check out Shri Studio in Pawtucket for a mindful and relaxing yoga experience. Highlights of their extensive class list include Yoga for Seniors, Gentle Yoga (free for followers of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Center, plus one guest!), and Forrest Yoga—designed to address physical and emotional stresses that may be stored within the body.
21 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 441-8600.
Next Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm, visit Serenity Yoga in Warwick for a $10 drop-in yoga session. The class will incorporate a half-hour of yoga practice and a half-hour of guided meditation—the perfect remedy for your hectic week. While you’re in, make sure to check out all of the classes that the center offers.
21 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI. (401) 615-3433.
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