How Can Your Gyrotonic Practice Help Your Heart

How Can Your Gyrotonic Practice Help Your Heart

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of physical activity per week, but only one in five adults and teens get enough to maintain good health.

Are you fitting in at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of heart-pumping physical activity per week? If not, you’re not alone. Only about one in five adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. Being more active can help all people think, feel and sleep better and perform daily tasks more easily. And if you’re sedentary, sitting less is a great place to start.

These recommendations are based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and are based on current scientific evidence supporting the connections between physical activity, overall health and well-being, disease prevention and quality of life.

Recommendations for Adults

  • Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Add moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (such as resistance or weights) on at least 2 days per week.
  • Spend less time sitting. Even light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary.
  • Gain even more benefits by being active at least 300 minutes (5 hours) per week.
  • Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.

    How do you know if you are exercising at the right intensity?

    Physical activity is anything that moves your body and burns calories. This includes things like walking, climbing stairs and stretching….and Gyrotonic Exercise!!!

    Aerobic (or “cardio”) activity gets your heart rate up and benefits your heart by improving cardiorespiratory fitness. When done at moderate intensity, your heart will beat faster and you’ll breathe harder than normal, but you’ll still be able to talk. Think of it as a medium or moderate amount of effort.

     

    Know Your Numbers: Maximum and Target Heart Rate

    This table shows target heart rate zones for different ages. Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. Your target heart rate during moderate intensity activities is about 50-70% of maximum heart rate.

    The figures are averages, so use them as a general guide.

    Age Target HR Zone 50-85% Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%
    20 years 100-170 beats per minute (bpm) 200 bpm
    30 years 95-162 bpm 190 bpm
    35 years 93-157 bpm 185 bpm
    40 years 90-153 bpm 180 bpm
    45 years 88-149 bpm 175 bpm
    50 years 85-145 bpm 170 bpm
    55 years 83-140 bpm 165 bpm
    60 years 80-136 bpm 160 bpm
    65 years 78-132 bpm 155 bpm
    70 years 75-128 bpm 150 bpm

     

    How to bring more cardio into your Gyrotonic Practice?

     

    To get started, you will want to know your target heart rate and become aware of it in your Gyrotonic Session. You can do this by wearing a fit bit or heart monitor or stopping for a moment and taking your pulse.  You want to be in the 50-70% range of your Target Heart Rate during at least 30 minutes of your session..or more!

    If you want to increase your heart rate, you can increase your rhythm, or the resistance on the equipment.   You can also focus on short bursts of more intense Gyrotonic Movement to bring up your heart rate as a kind of circuit training.

    Move your Body and Open Your Heart…One more point

    I want to point out one other way that Gyrotonic Movement can help your heart. Gyrotonic Movement not only moves the body, but moves it in a way that let’s you drop into your body, take a deep breath, open your heart and step into a powerful place of openness in your body and your mind.  And this may be one of the best results of all for your heart and mind!

    All the best!

    Dawn

     

    Setting SMART Goals

    Setting SMART Goals

    Hey  everyone, 

    This  is Dawn  Strom with  CARE Bodyworks  and what I want  to talk to you today about  is creating health and wellness goals.   So when you think about setting your goals,  I know it can seem a bit daunting sometimes,  like how do you set the right goals, how do you  set ones that you know you can achieve so that you  can have success with them. But I think there’s a couple  ways that you can set goals that make them really simple and  really easy and can really help you to achieve your goals in a simple  and doable way.

    So  one of  the first  things that  I like to use  when I talk about  goals is an acronym  called SMART. So SMART  goals are going to be Specific,  Measurable, Attractive, Realistic,  and Timed.

    So  to start with, you  want your goals to  be very specific. So rather than saying, “I want to lose weight,”, you would say, “I  want to lose x amount of pounds in x amount of time”, for instance.

    And  the second point  is you want your goals to be  measurable. You want to make  sure that your goals are something  that you can measure over time that  you can actually track. So if it’s weight  loss or it’s flexibility or strength, that it’s  something that you have a way to track.

    And, thirdly, you  also want your goals  to be attractive, so you  want the goal to be inspiring  and something that you know you  want so you can reach your goal. You also want it to be  realistic and achievable. So, it needs to be something that is possible for you at that moment.  And this is going to be different for each individual. So if you’ve never been a runner before  and your goal is to run a marathon in 2 months, that’s a great goal, but it’s probably not realistic in that time frame. But  if you’ve been running half marathons, it’s going to be more achievable goal to say I want to run a marathon in two months.  

    And, lastly,  you want it to  be timed. And this  is something that has  to do more with how you  talk about your goal. So to  have it be timed means to speak  your goal in the sense that it’s actually  happening. Okay. So rather than saying, well,  I will be able to run a marathon in the future. You say, “ I am a marathon runner”. You step into being what you want to become. And  that’s a way to really talk about your goal to yourself and to other people in a way that actually brings it into  being, as you say it.

    So  think  about this  with your goals.  If you have any health  and wellness goals, and everybody  does, think about making sure that  they’re specific, they’re measurable, they’re  attractive and inspiring to you, they are realistic,  and then practice stating them in a way that makes them  present as you say them in a timed way like they’re actually  happening.

    And  then just  a little tip  that actually I  love to do. We all  have smartphones. So if  there’s something that I’m  really trying to accomplish,  a lot of times I’ll automate  it. This sounds a little techie,  but you know, you have those little  reminder apps on your phone. So if there’s  a goal that you have that you really want to  achieve, you can set it to pop up as a reminder. And you would want to write the reminder as your smart goal. So if my goal is to get up and train for my marathon, I would put that “I am a marathon runner heading out for my training run” as the pop up reminder. So  something that really both inspires me, states my goal as if it’s happening and also reminds me to do it. It’s a very positive way to remind yourself of your goal in a way that it helps you really feel like you’re actually stepping into realizing it.

    So  if that  helps you  as a helpful  tip, go ahead and  use it if not, let  it go, but think about  any goals that you may have  and see if you can weigh them  against the SMART acronym and if  that helps you to clarify them a little  bit more, then just try your hand at automating  them.

    Thanks  so much.  I hope this  was helpful and  go ahead and leave  any comments or, or you  can also email us too if  you have any questions.

     

    Take Care,

    Are you ready for a vacation?

    Are you ready for a vacation?

    Are you Ready for a Vacation?

     

    Do you ever feel like you never get enough vacation time, like you are always exhausted and can’t wait for your next opportunity to get away and get some down time?

    What is the secret mojo that you get from going on vacation and how can you find it on a day to day basis so you will never have to feel like you are starving for time off again?

    I just spent the last six days on vacation and I was reminded once again the importance of taking time on a daily basis to just be, to release the stress of daily life and to connect to nature and do the activities that nurture your sense of connection to yourself and others.

    As I am heading home feeling amazing I can’t help but think, why do I need to go away and is there a way to get this kind of release and rejuvenation without leaving my home?

    The answer is YES! and Maybe not entirely…

    I realized that the there are four main things that help me to reconnect and rejuvenate on vacation and I can create daily practices at home to create a mini-vacation for myself on a daily basis. Here are a few practices that I plan to implement as soon as I get home.

     

    1. Take time off each day to turn off you cell phone and just be silent in meditation. Pull your attention back in from its position of responding to every email, text, or outside need. Take at least 3-5 minutes(or more) a day and just shut it off!
    2. Take at least 10 minutes a day to stretch and tend to your body. Our bodies take on the stress from our lives. They are constantly giving to us to support our activities and our needs.  Taking time to just connect and listen to you body ask what it needs..do some stretching, breathing, or just ask what your body needs that day to stay tuned up. This daily check in will help you stay connected to your body and make suer you are keeping it in good health.
    3. Take time every day to connect to those you love and express how you feel about them. Tell them you love them, thank them for what they do for you…whatever you are inspired to do. Connecting daily with the love in you life will keep your energy flowing.
    4. And for an added bonus, do the above 3 exercises in nature: meditate in nature, go for a walk or stretch outside, and bring your loved one along to catch up and connect while you walk!

    Lastly, as great as these three practices are for helping you connect with yourself, de-stress and rejuvenate on a daily basis, there is no substitute for getting a change of scenery and taking the deeper exhale that comes with a good week or two to fully let down and regenerate. So make both a part of you self care practice and you will always be a day away from a little Re-Creation!

     

    In joy!