What a wonderful start to the year we have had! In the month of January we explored a few topics to have helped you make not only this year the best year ever, but to make every year to come full of healthy choices and habits. From goal setting, to changing your mindset, to finally kicking crash diets, I have shared some of the tools that have revolutionized my own life and put me on a path to be healthy and happy for as long as possible.
So where do we go from here? How do we continue to pursue a balanced, healthy, happy lifestyle? Well for the month of February I am going to let you in on another secret to my own success in fitness.
When I decided to switch from studying earth and ocean sciences to studying anatomy, physiology and other exercise related topics, my perspective on exercise completely changed. When I went to the gym, I was able to piece together a better workout and target certain muscle groups properly because I actually understood how my body worked. I would squat and understood that my quads needed to contract, and I could literally visualize what that was. I felt more connected to the muscles, bones, and processes going on inside of me, and it opened my mind to greater possibilities in the gym.
This isn't a unique experience to me either. I have a client who, when she started, had very poor kinaesthetic awareness (general awareness of your body in space). We would be doing squats and she would say "ow" and hold her thigh because she was feeling the muscle working. After working with her for a few sessions, I proposed making her a document that had pictures of all of the muscles we typically use during various exercises. Now that she better understands what is working, and why we do certain exercises, she is able to get through a full workout without any complaints of pain!
Fall in love with your body
This month I am going to be putting in some serious work to bring you A TON of information to help you understand your body better. When I say a ton, I really mean it. I will be posting every other day. You read that right - EVERY OTHER DAY. That way you can check back here and learn something new about how your body works so that you can fall in love with the wonderful complexity of the human body and use that information to feed and train your body really well. I will say that some of this information is very technical and, at times, confusing, but I will do my very best to make everything as clear as possible.
If you ever are reading one of the blog posts and find something hard to understand, then please, do not hesitate to leave a comment or send me an e-mail with your question/suggestion.
I hope you all are excited to fall in love with your body this month!
Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.