Hi everyone, welcome back! This term we bring our year of adventures together for the best whole body exercise I know……walking. Which we already know how to do, but let’s look at how we can make it even more effective.
HOW DO I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY CLASSES THIS TERM MEL?
BE YOUR OWN CHEER SQUAD!
What you tell yourself matters. Don’t tell yourself that the situation is hopeless. If you were learning to play the piano you wouldn’t expect to be brilliant in one day. I mean it would be nice, but hey, you’ve got to do some scales along the way. Instead of scales we’ll be balancing and swinging. How many ways can you fit our two hero exercises into your life every day this term? Don’t beat yourself up if you forget, but be so proud of yourself when you remember, and celebrate every little victory along the way. Here they are:
PRACTICE YOUR TWO HERO EXERCISES
These exercises are key to whole body walking and are both ones we can be doing a lot of compensation to achieve. If you practice these every day in some form or other you’ll really start to notice some recalibration taking place. They seem so simple until we zero in on how we are getting them done:
standing on one leg (for optimal foot, leg and hip function - pg 80. Dynamic Aging)
arm swing (doing this one without well without force and/or compensation equals strong and stable shoulders and core and toned arms too - pg 184 Move Your DNA)
Big Clue: standing on one leg is easier when you’ve done some leg stretches, arm swing is easier when you’ve done some chest stretches. Your Teachable channel awaits!
READ, LISTEN, WATCH, DO MORE
If you have Move Your DNA, our focus this term is Chapter 9 , Walking The Specifics. If you own Dynamic Aging, Chapter 4 is on walking, but we’ll be dipping into many other parts of that book too. You can’t read Katy’s books too much. Every single time I take in something I hadn’t noticed before. Go back and read or listen to those chapters again and you’ll be amazed what makes more sense now (especially when we are doing classes together and you’ll recognise where some of that bla bla is coming from).
DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
Go for a walk after doing your exercises and test and feel the difference. Even on your walk you could stop and practice balance for a while, practice armswing (bonus points if you do a calf stretch and a thoracic stretch too, a gold star if you do a quad stretch, for real, I’ll bring it into class. Because as I mentioned above … balance and arm swing are much more accessible when you’ve worked on the tissues currently making them tricky. If single leg balance is too easy, fear not, more variations coming every week….Yay! If it’s a challenge, see Point 1)
The more you sense and feel what a difference it can make to get some circulation into areas that are a bit nutrient starved the more you’ll feel inspired to do more. Speaking of movement here’s Ron and Winsome on their recent trip to Mt Augustus in north central WA. Beautiful work utilising what’s around you to stretch and release (meaning more of you is available for the walk up the mountain, and the walk down too!)
SEE YOU IN CLASS!