Here are your Tuesday spiritual fitness and nutrition tips!
Fitness: Breathe. It might sound easy, but I see many people in a state of waking apnea. Breath is motion, it is essential to life. When we take control of the breath and breathe with intention we can move stagnation out of the body. When we hold our breath it is hard to move. As a fitness trainer I see many people huffing and puffing through workouts, some even turning bright shades of red by holding the breath. If you do not breathe during a workout: The blood pressure rises, your core weakens, and you can’t give 100% to the exercise since you will tire out quickly. Try running while holding your breath. It’s almost impossible. We we become conscious of the breath not only in working out, but in our daily lives we see where stagnation is present, and we take responsibility for moving through it. When the breath controls us, we end up hyperventilating. Take a moment today and see where you might be holding your breath. Exhale through the experience, inhale in new experiences.
Nutrition: Balance. Sometime in our desire to be mega healthy we forget about balancing out our nutrition. When we want to build muscle we may focus on trying to get as much protein as possible, but forget it is carbohydrates that fuel the body through those strenuous workouts. Certain levels of fats must also be taken into the body for vitamin uptake and energy. I’ve said it before, and I can’t stress enough the use of a diet journal. It does not need to be complex, but a place where you can scan your intake and see where you might be lacking. A simple dietary intake for those living an active lifestyle is: 60% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 10% from fats. You take the amount of calories you are planning to intake and multiply that number by the percentage (or use a calculator) and this will give you the amount of C/P/F you are supposed to intake for the day. Don’t get too hung up on exact numbers, but this is a simple guideline for creating balance in your diet. I’ve never been a big fan of math, but we can make our high school math teachers proud by using simple numbers to create balance in our diets.
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Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT