How Hybrid Exercising Can Give You the Body You’ve Always Wanted

Getting into the best shape possible requires that you switch up your exercise routine before your body adapts to it. You want to confuse your muscles. Combining two forms of training in one session makes for a successful hybrid experience.

Just like the “two heads are better than one” adage, the same holds true when it comes to getting the best physical results. Ideally, you’ll want to combine aerobic and anaerobic exercises.

For example, dancing (aerobic) with weight-lifting (anaerobic), or Pilates with jumping rope, or yoga with sprinting intervals. The combinations are endless.

Double-dipping will actually allow you to lower your body fat while improving cardiovascular and muscle strength. One trainer offers a compelling list of classes offered around the U.S. Other formats include pairing trampolines with spinning with TRX with indoor wakeboards with ballet, and classes with live DJs, adding to the fun.

Hybrid workouts can keep you motivated, challenged, and get you to a whole new fitness level. Mix it up!

 

 

Bad Moms, Average Moms, Best Moms?

In the best of all worlds, mothers should be honored on a daily basis, not just one day a year. And within that honor, should include an understanding of a basic human reality—no one is perfect. With that, lives the contradiction that no mom is perfect, yet each mom is perfect. The mom we get and the moms we become are perfect for our individual lives. How we were raised and how we are raising children, shapes who we are and all that we can become.

In today’s media-driven society, everyone clamors to post their best photo or most impressive description of their mom. One husband may post that he is grateful for his wife who cleans, gourmet-feeds, brand-name dresses, gently disciplines, and mini-van chauffeurs the kids. How wonderful for him and their children. But is mom getting enough rest or any of her other needs met? Hopefully so. And for that family, that may work out wonderfully.

Yet, what about the mom who gets up and has to hop in the shower so she herself can be clean for work? She doesn’t have time to make pancakes, eggs, and bacon for the kids. But she yells to them from the bathroom, as she dries her hair, to grab a banana, a granola bar, and put a frozen waffle in the toaster. She reminds them to be polite to others on the bus and not to talk to strangers. Is she a less superior mom?

There’s a comedy film soon to be released titled, Bad Moms. Whether the movie turns out to be funny is irrelevant right now—the point is that every woman who’s seen the trailer or heard of the title laughs aloud and is intrigued by the concept.

We’re compelled by this notion because being a “bad mom” swirls in our heads daily. It’s either something we identify with, something we experienced, or something we are deathly afraid of becoming. Whichever of these fit our description, we still deserve to be celebrated on Mother’s Day—without judgment.

Moms need to be celebrated for bringing us into the world. By their divine grace and through our own years of experience, we learn tolerance and forgiveness.

Your mom was perfect for you. She may have brilliantly nurtured you or, in other ways, caused emotional damage; either scenario, it has supplied an experience into your life that has helped inform who you have become.

As we age, we realize we must take responsibility for our choices and behavior, just as that is the same information we must impart to our children, regardless of the wonderful things we’ve done for them—or the mistakes we’ve made.

Hope your Mother’s day was perfect for the perfectly imperfect mother you are and for the mother that you have (or had.) All we can do is our best, and that is worth celebrating.

 

 

Is Meditation a Replacement for Student Discipline?

We’ve already outlawed the ineffective and inhumane practice of beating students as a form of punishment for bad behavior. Should detention be dismissed as a “lesson in behavior” as well? It seems that schools that are implementing meditation, yoga, and mindfulness are reporting boosted grades and better behaviors. Let’s explore their success…

Social Media Following

A short video on Facebook highlighting the benefits of meditation practice at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has been circulating as of late. The trending video is not brand new, but the message may be for many. The West Baltimore school is one of many around the country utilizing meditation and yoga to help students monitor their own behavior.

At Coleman, all the students practice deep breathing and yoga in the morning. It centers them and gets them ready to do schoolwork. It also helps them focus and reset, allowing them to shed negativity they could be bringing in from their lives outside of school.

A Good Form of Discipline

When two students have an altercation, instead of sending them to the principal’s office, they are sent to a “mindful” room. In some schools there are counselors in the spaces set up specifically for kids who are angry or having a hard time. Going to the special room allows them to “blow off steam” and get calm. (The room can have distinctive lighting, beanbags, blankets, soothing music, colorful walls, trace scents of essential oils—anything to invoke serenity in the environment.) Once the students are calm, they are more apt to explore and discuss their feelings. They are encouraged to look at better ways of handling challenges and frustrations.

Schools implementing meditation practices report fewer office referrals, fewer or zero suspensions, and overall improved school environments. Mindfulness has also shown to help students attend better and perform more proficiently on tests. The main bonus is that the child learns that he/she has the ability to attain calmness and make better behavioral choices.

Is Meditation a Form of Religion?

The most concise answer is that practicing meditation is not a religion. There are certain religions that advocate meditation and yoga as tools to center oneself. But in and of itself, the practice of deep breathing, stretching, and bringing awareness to the body and mind is not a religious thing. It may actually be more rooted in science.

Mindful Meditation

Any child (or adult) can reap benefits from yoga and meditation, regardless of his or her faith. JAMA Internal Medicine published a study reporting that mindfulness meditation can help decrease stress. School is a huge stressor for kids. The research also revealed that meditation can not only ease anxiety, but depression, and actual physical pain as well.

Other benefits of meditation for students:

– It removes the feeling of competition. The practice is about getting to know yourself; you win when you learn about you.

– You don’t have to have any athletic ability; anyone can do it.

– It improves self-image. Kids are very self-conscious, especially about their bodies. Positive self-image improves overall health.

– It increases respect for the body.

– It improves posture.

– It improves the ability to manage stress and the ability to respond more appropriately.

 

A mental health professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health had a beautifully articulate talking point about the introduction of yoga and meditation into schools. She said this about deep breathing, “When we sit with pain or discomfort rather than act on it, we learn that feelings and sensations come and go. We don’t necessarily need to act on them all. We have a chance to pause and make a thoughtful choice about how to respond.”

It’s this type of statement that can help us to understand that detention or other forms of punishment many not be as effective as once thought.

Check out GetThrive for more articles on healthy living tips for you and your family.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/10/health/yoga-in-schools/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/04/health/meditation-in-schools-baltimore/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

Man’s Best Friend is the Best Medicine

Man’s Best Friend

They say a dog is a man’s best friend, but this story of a 73-year-old man and his dog takes this to a whole new level.

Love Sick

Seventy-three-year-old, James Wathen was hospitalized due to an illness. Over the course of a month, his condition worsened and he stopped eating. At the same time, his Chihuahua, Bubba, was brought to an animal shelter for care while James was in the hospital. “Bubba” also stopped eating and became ill.

Remarkable Recovery

Once hospital and shelter staff figured out the separation was literally killing both the man and his dog, the two friends were reunited. Soon after, both made a full recovery.