Some people think that working hard and fast is the way to go to maintain their fitness and health. Working hard is doing free weights and weight machines fast and furiously like a non stop vigorous boot camp class. I have heard from my clients that it is an endorphin high. I have also heard from other clients that spinning is very orgasmic.
Well guess what the are ways to get that high feeling and moving soft by doing Mind Body Fitness Techniques. To name a few; tai chi, Chi Quong, The Nia Technique, Pilates and Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic.
Basically what all these Mind Body Techniques have in common and the ability to do are to free the energy from the feet on up and throughout the body so that one can move with complete ease and efficiency.
How is this done?
Simply by moving from the Core of the Body. First, is it done by using the breath followed by connecting the breath to the center or core of the body located between the top of the pubic bone and the belly button. Once one feels the connection to the center of their body and make it the starting point for all movement then one can move from a balanced place in your body. The benefits of this balanced way of moving decreases your chances of injury. Most of time, injury occurs when one compensates from one side of the body to another. Another words, one starts to favor one side more than the other.
Furthermore, there has been a misconception of what Core work really means. I have heard from my clients that they were taught to tighten their abdominals and sometimes their glutes all times in order to be connected to their Core. Consistently tightening and contract the abdominals it will interfere with the digestive process. Eventually the back muscles will tighten or contract. Furthermore, if you consistently tighten the glutes the sciatica nerve will activate and will result with shooting pain down the legs.
Longevity is the key word here. You have a choice if you want to work hard and eventually blow out your joints or work softer and age gracefully.