This is an excellent exercise to build core strength, especially the lower abdominal muscles. I enjoyed doing this exercise at @the_accidental_artist 's Progressing Ballet Technique class. I'm missing the weekly classes and grateful for them in the past few months. My muscles got entrained with the correct memories for ballet movements and that's invaluable. In addition, I think the training saved me recently from getting a worse outcome from a home accident where a few vertebrae in my lower back got slightly displaced. At first I was unable to walk or sit properly. Fortunately I found a traditional Chinese medicine doctor who did a few maneuvers and got me back on my feet within a week. Whew! When treating me, he said I have very strong muscles and good muscle tone, a body that's 10 years younger than my biological age. I reflected on how important it is to train our bodies as we get older. Accidents happen. But a well-trained body helps shorten the recovery time. I'm looking forward to doing PBT again with my teacher Sarah Arnold in the fall. Will you join us? 😃🤗
When you think of a big problem you're facing, does your brain immediately present you with thousands of different options and hundreds of steps to get to the solution?
A little video summary of my organic gardening adventures... so far. 🌱🌱🌱🍅🥦🥬🥒🌶🥕
"I knew I had to do something about my belly fat but I just didn't know where to start. Now I have a plan and am feeling hopeful! Finally I have the help of someone who knows how to solve my problems in a smart way. " ~Heiddi Z.
In my recent sessions to help clients make a strategy to zap their belly fat, I have realized that one common misunderstanding that midlife women share, is that they need to ramp up their exercise level in order to lose that fat. This is especially true for Type O women like me, because we were told that Type O individuals need rigorous cardio exercises, 3-4 times a week, each lasting about 40 minutes. To be honest, I don't do that myself! How can a working woman with lots of responsibilities fit that into her schedule? Or, if we are already low on energy, how do we muster up the motivation to get on the treadmill or run a few miles? Or, what if we are putting undue stress on joints that already hurt?
There is a Korean phrase: "sinto buri" ‘신토불이’, which translates into "body and soil cannot be separated." It means that our bodies and spirits are at their best when eating foods that grow on the soil we step on. In Korea, it is used to emphasize the importance of local food and where food comes from. Isn't that cool? I am so happy and proud that I can practice this concept with the help of Newburgh Armory Community Garden. Finally, my dream of eating food that I grow myself has become a reality!
Thanks for your enthusiasm. All spots for my free "Zap the Belly Fat Strategy Session" have been taken and I had to add some extra slots due to popular demand! For those of you who didn't get a chance to sign up, I will be offering the session as one of my coaching services in the near future. Stay tuned!
Any midlife women here who want to supercharge your metabolism so you can burn your belly fat in a smart way, without working out till you drop?
My veggies have grown from babies to adults now! Yesterday I harvested my very first root vegetable - a beet. And it's not just the regular beet but a chioggia beet! If you haven't eaten a chioggia beet, you've gotta try it. It's delicious and beautiful! I love adding it to my salad or steamed veggies. As a gardening newbie, I was over the moon to have such a huge beet. Listen to the sound when I pulled it out of the ground. So satisfying! Farming is a sweaty business for sure, but the reward is huge! I hardly buy any veggies from the grocery store now, except for a few that I can't grow or that are not ripe yet. I just spotted a flat bean and I look forward to more!
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