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A Different Type of Core

That Keeps You Healthy & Well

“An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!” That is one way to get to the core of the matter. However, there is another core that matters. Your core!

The exercise studio I have been going to for two years now really opened my eyes and awareness to the function of my core.

***Please note I am not a doctor or health professional. I am writing about my personal experiences. Thank You!***

The Core

Your core is more than your abs and stomach. Your core matters to your strength and overall health and wellness. Your whole body is connected through your core.

Who knew there was so many layers as well as deep layers of the core. This blew my mind! In focusing on your core you perform movements more safely and effectively.

I have learned that your core does matter in ALL that you do!

The Pelvic Floor

I remember first starting out and the instructor talking about our pelvic floor. It was so nonchalant and just put out into the open. I was thinking to myself who talks about the functioning of one’s pelvic floor. I thought I was pretty open about my body until the pelvic floor was openly talked about!

A pelvic floor that is properly strengthened has health benefits. It helps with prevention, pain and discomfort and dysfunctions. It helps with your overall core strength and that helps your body move and be in motion, including improving your posture!

There are many aspects when it comes to being open about your body and being body aware! One is being comfortable with who you are and how you feel in your body!

Think about how you simply hold yourself up throughout the day!

Benefits

One benefit is more effective breathing! Really knowing how to inhale and exhale. Especially when engaging your core and connecting to the deep layers of the core. Breathing helps release stress and tension as well as clears your mind and body!

Stress affects your whole being! When to release, respond or react by tuning into your self awareness. Tapping into your self care tool kit to protect yourself. A great stress reliever as well as self care is how you use movement (i.e. standing, stretching, taking deep breathes, going for a walk, etc.)!

My biggest take away! Slowing down while practicing. In using control and a smaller range of motion your help yourself create stability and strength throughout your whole being. Injury prevention is key to being a healthy and well being too.

Learning Lessons

Lessons I Have Learned . . .

  • I breath better. I am learning how to maintain my stress level.
  • I have become more in tune to my whole being, especially in how my body moves. I decrease my range of motion and focus in on my core activation.
  • I have learned to tap into my body’s energy through practicing.
  • I create power for my whole being through my energies and increasing my strength and stamina.
  • I have learned how to use and engage my body in everything I do, especially posture, movement and motion.
  • I can create space and lengthen my whole body. I am practicing and learning how to lengthen properly and safely.
  • I am seeing results in my tone, movement, posture, etc.


(Photos by RSheridan)

My quality of life has changed for the better too! I am continuing to practice and learn . . . From core connection to strengthening the pelvic floor to breathing and everything in between!

What Are Your Learning and Practicing? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Practicing Activity

One Step At A Time . . .

Here’s a challenge for you.

Do the thing you are most likely to procrastinate on and maybe place it in the first position to tackle for the day!

Especially if that thing is something you have put off and keep putting off! At times you feel so much better after tackling it. You may even feel a little lighter and freer too!

  • Experiment and explore.
  • Wonder and wander.
  • Learn and grow.
  • Create and color outside the lines.
  • Inspire and engage.
  • Movement and involvement.
  • Motivation and energy.


(Photos by RSheridan)


Comfort

Not Talked About Enough!

Do you ever crave comfort? I really hope you do!

I am not sure if comfort helps simplify or simplifying creates comfort!

  • How does comfort help you simplify?

For me simplicity can create clarity as well as connect me to my creative being too! There are times you need to clear your mind. There are times you need to clean and organize your being and the environment you live in. Think about how you can simplify throughout your day!

Bring more simplicity into each and every day! Think about what you want to create in your life and let it in!

  • How does comfort affect your whole, well being?
  • How does comfort connect you to your self, soul and spirit?

What do you do for yourself for self comfort? Knowing what brings you comfort is key to releasing and relaxing as well as recharging and restoring your whole being. What do you do for yourself to fill up the tank? From energizing to balancing to motivating to calming. Remember to really tap into that when you need it most!

  • How is your comfort sacred to you and your well being?

You have the choice in how you practice for you and your whole well being when it comes to supporting your health and wellness. You make the decision in what matters the most to you as well as your whole well being.

Remember to create that space for yourself! To honor yourself. To live with intention, meaning and purpose. To make time for your practice. That matters and is sacred to each and everyone of us too! 

  • How does comfort provide self encouragement and self empowerment?

Do you want to drive or be driven when it comes to living life! Connecting to your heart and soul. Tuning into your intuition and instincts. Growing into the person you want to be. Being true to yourself!

How do you become one with yourself! I open up my posture, stand tall, feel my toes to my fingers and just deep breathe. It helps you envision and evoke your physical presence and your inner power. Think of yourself rooted from the ground on up!

  • How do you create the time and the space you need?

Living can be fast and busy. Pause and breathe. Living can be complicated and messy. Take a break to relax and rest.


Say What???


Relax Dude!

Being aware and making the time to be in the here and now! Knowing where you are and being in that moment. Experiencing, expanding, and growing! 

  • Ignite your curiosity and spark your interests.
  • Discover your purpose in what drives you and your passions in what motivates you.
  • Try new things and continue to learn.
  • Give yourself more of what you love, especially joy and happiness!


(Photos by RSheridan)

 Here’s to Craving Comfort, Adventuring and Experiencing and Creating Your Own Life Story! Love to Hear From You, Please Share.


Practicing Kindness

How DO You DO KIND To Your Whole Well Being

It is so IMPORTANT to practice kindness for yourself and your whole well being! You are also able to share that kindness with others too!

Think about the chances and opportunities given to you daily, weekly and/or monthly! Remember to acknowledge the wins. Remember to celebrate. It helps inspire and motivate you!

My Top 3

  • Spending quality time with my greatest someone(s). (Due to COVID a little different with social distancing, however; thank goodness for technology.)
  • Taking time for myself throughout the week for my overall health, exercise and wellness.
  • Bookending. Taking 30-minutes for myself at the start of the day and at the end of the day.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Self Care = Self Love! Love to Hear How You Are Practicing Kindness, Please Share.


My #1 Wellness Practice

Be Kind & Gentle to You & Your Whole Being

I have learned throughout my health and wellness practice that I truly needed to shift my mindset! The “Golden Rule”. “Treat others how you want to be treated.” You really need to take care of you before you can take care of others!

Are you truly doing it for you too?

That is a big question to ask yourself that really matters! Know your “why(s)”. When you tune into doing as an act of self love you are tapping into your desires and passions. That you deserve this and remove that doubt, self-limiting beliefs, guilt, etc. You make that commitment to yourself and make yourself accountable too!

You truly have the ability to achieve your “why(s)”! When you are able to relax your whole being you help yourself connect to your whole being better. You communicate to fully connect and engage. That level of communication and that deep connection you have with yourself helps you get back to the basics in what you need and achieving your whys! 

That relaxed state also helps you slow down and maybe even get some good rest too! When relaxed you are more mindful and present. You take yourself out of stress as well as survival mode. Just taking time to pause and just breathe and clear the mind is a big assist to your whole well being!

I am finally out of that mindset that I need to spend hours getting my fitness on! Long as well as extreme workouts were not sustainable for me. I burnt out and had minor repetitive injuries that were becoming chronic. Start small and little by little it will add up!

I have been giving myself more grace, patience and compassion lately! For instance there are times I want to get up and get a workout in on the weekends. Then there are times where I want to sleep in, take my time and get in a later workout. Balance matters!

Another big mind blower is TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE! Your wellness practice needs to motivate and drive you. Not bore you and become a chore. Think outside the box and try new things!

It is good to set goals, however; be careful in setting rules and restrictions as well as limitations and high expectations! Basically do not be too hard on yourself. Learn mindfulness and being more present. Learn forgiveness and acceptance. Learn to tune and tap into your whole being and what it needs! 

The best reward is seeing and feeling how you want to see yourself and how it makes you feel! That positivity and happiness. That excitement and motivation. That drive and passion. Only you know how that looks and feels!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear About Your Wellness Practice, Please Share.


Bookending

Adding It To My Practice

I had that aha! moment! I get wrapped up in the needs throughout my work day that I forget to do for myself. I need to make time to nourish and nurture my whole well being!

I have recently added bookending to my daily practice. Basically for me it means taking 15-to-30 minutes for me, myself and I at the beginning as well as the end of my day. I can set an actionable plan for the day and then put a close to it at the end of my day. I usually end my day with a good book in my hands!

Bookending helps you focus by giving you clarity throughout the day! You may learn how to better develop your concentration. You may feel more productive and less stressed out. You may feel that you communicate and engage at a higher level. You may feel that you are paying attention more to what is good for you!

I try to have a pen and pad of paper at hand! 

  • To write out a to do list.
  • To write down some reflections and maybe even frustrations.
  • To write down distractions and interruptions to remain focused on the task at hand.

It clears your mind and just gets rid of the clutter, noise, etc.! 

Do you catch yourself ruminating? Then write it out to get it out of your head!

  • It can help create calm to settle things down.
  • It can help create balance to smooth things out.
  • It can help you use your time and energies more efficiently and effectively.

Talk about a freeing experience! 

Remember to break up your day too!

  • Focus on the here and now.
  • Go for a walk, take a lunch break, etc.
  • Connect with others.
  • Get mindful and present.
  • Pausing, closing your eyes and just breathing.

Think about your sanctuary place and go there either visually or physically! 

  • Your greatest someones.
  • Where you heart is.
  • A place of nourishment for you and your whole well being.
  • Your favorite place.

Really tune into what you bring into that space! What is speaking to you. Truly put yourself on silent mode and relax!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Recharge and Reset Throughout Your Day. Love to Hear What You Do, Please Share.


Take 30

For Your Whole, Well Being

Are you up for a reward? How about taking 30-minutes for yourself. How would you use those thirty minutes? Remember at times you may have to break it up into increments throughout the day to get your thirty minutes in.

  • Spending time with your greatest someones.
  • R&R.
  • Health, Wellness, Exercise.
  • Getting creative.
  • Goal setting.
  • Planning and scheduling.

Your needs will change from day to day, week to week and month to month! What are you truly needing? What would have the biggest impact for you? Just go with the one that speaks the loudest to you!

What is truly beneficial to your whole, well being! Remember to value yourself and your needs. Remember to make yourself and your whole, well being a priority. Ask yourself what you are needing and know your whys in meeting those needs and making a desired impact for yourself and your whole, well being!

Some favorites of mine.

  • Carving out time to cook, entertain and gather round with my greatest someones.
  • Making date night a priority a few times a month.
  • Connecting and catching up with my greatest someones.
  • Trying new things and meeting new people. Being part of a community.
  • Doing nothing and just enjoying and soaking in the day.

I use to wish for more time and still do! However, I am learning how to use my time and energies more efficiently and effectively. Stop wasting it and start using it proactively and productively!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear How You Take 30, Please Share!


Tuning Into Your

Inner Well Being

As of November 2017 I have been in my new exercise practice for two years. I think I finally get it. Connecting and engaging mind and body as one being!

Also, find and do what brings you joy and happiness when it comes to health, wellness and fitness! Why continue doing something that feels like a chore and that you really loathe. Bring playfulness and fun to it!

I do a self check in how I am feeling before exercising now. Am I tired and in need of a second wind or a slow down. Is my mind racing and my body ready to go. What am I in need of (i.e. relaxing, cardio, etc.).

You truly honor yourself and your whole being! You honor what matters most to you too!

I try to be fully involved when exercising now. I no longer try to zone out and instead focus in on what I am doing. Movement and posture. Breathing and positioning. Going at my pace level. It makes a difference in really feeling like I got a great workout in!

Think of it as exercising with an intention or purpose! It helps you to self motivate and self drive yourself. It helps you manage your energies and tap into your power. It helps you turn off autopilot and shift into manual mode. You truly are practicing more aware and towards that purpose that matters the most to you and your whole, well being!

I enjoy going to a studio that offers multiple exercise programs. It gives me options as well as variety. Plus I get in the warm up and cool down my body needs as well as a proper stretch during my workout. I have the ability to communicate and engage as well as interact and connect mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually!

That makes the whole being feel GOOD! 

As you practice you start being more aware of what is going on for you and in doing so you keep that conversation with your whole being going! You are present. You are mindful. You are experiencing!

The biggest lesson of my practice is breath work. It is amazing how you can connect to your whole being through proper breathing. It is grounding too. You will find yourself focusing on your breathe in other areas of your life, especially to release and clear the mind! 

  • How does your breathe feel?
  • Are you breathing through your nose or your mouth?
  • Is your chest or belly rising and falling?

Through practice you learn your natural rhythm!

Another major lesson is to make your practice your own!

  • Make yourself comfortable to connect and engage your whole being (mind and body).
  • Discover your whole being from the inside out. Awareness, mindfulness, presence, etc.
  • Think about what your whole being can do for you and have gratitude for that.
  • Think about the satisfaction and reward you are giving yourself and your whole being.
  • Think about the empowerment and energies you are giving yourself and your whole being.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Honoring YOU and YOUR WHOLE BEING’s Needs! Love To Hear What You are Doing for YOU, Please Share.


The Now

In Practicing . . .

Where are you experiencing your heart’s desire?

  • Where you get to experience your passion come alive in the flow of the now.
  • Where you get to build your self confidence by trying, being, practicing, doing . . .
  • Where you get to show up regularly for you to experience growth and life.
  • Where you get to explore, experiment and experience.
  • Where you get to take and make the time for you and your “whys” in what you need, desire, want, crave . . .

I use to strive for perfection and found out I was barely thriving let alone living. Perfection had me stalled and stuck. Then I learned about practicing! The one caveat was discovering my “whys” in what I needed/wanted more of in living my life.

We are continuously learning, growing and experiencing! We are continuously building confidence through opportunities to try, be, practice, do, etc. We are continuously transitioning, changing, growing and transforming through those opportunities to learn and practice our skills, talents and gifts. Learning and practicing go together and once you figure it out it so makes sense as to why they pair well together!

The best part of practicing is making it your own! From stretching and stepping outside your comfort zone. From trying and learning the new. Anything and everything is a practice to progress and experience growth!

What are you practicing?

For me . . .

  • Trying new exercise programs.
  • Writing and photographing.
  • Learning about home design.
  • Exploring new foods and experimenting with cooking.
  • Making time for me.

When I am practicing and learning I keep one main thing in mind! What two things can I take away from those experiences. In doing so through development and personal growth you find your zest for living your life. The other amazing thing is what it teaches you about yourself!

I believe that in practicing and learning you expand your world as well as yourself from the inside out! You tune into who you truly are and the essence of your spirit. You tap into your intuition, heart and mind. You communicate and connect with yourself on a whole other level!

Practice to Learn. Learn by Practice. 

Practicing breaks up the norm and maybe even challenges you a bit! It can help you question your self judgment and criticism. It may help you see your self limiting beliefs and fears. It can be freeing and transformational!

Practicing builds your sense of self and being! It gives you satisfaction and joy as well as achievement and celebration. It drives and motivates you to discover your craves, desires and passions. It gives you vision and guidance as well as purpose and direction! 


(Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Practicing the Now? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Happy Medium

Finding “IT” . . .

Connection versus Disconnection

A Sense of Belonging versus Isolation

How does one be a “social being” in a technological advancing world? To communicate and interact. To connect and engage. To find a common ground.


Grounding . . . Balancing . . . Connecting . . .

Where does that balance come into play between interactions with technology versus face-to-face? Balancing the real world with the virtual world.

I have been hearing a few buzz words lately that peaked my curiosity. Emotional intelligence, positivity, empathy, etc. I am curious. What do these words mean to you?

In one way I find it a little old school and in another way I am glad it is being brought to the forefront again. It got me thinking about finding that happy medium between face-to-face versus tech interactions. How does one find “it”! Especially with technology at our fingertips!

  • Are we time saving or time wasting?
  • Do you think we need to tune into and tap into our emotional intelligence, positivity and empathy?

Especially when it comes to those artificial intelligence interactions!


Can You Hear It?

I also see it as a way to perceive and look at all sides! To try and take the judgement and bias out of it. To gain a deeper understanding. To better inform your responses and actions!

Empathy is a way to identify with different types of people. Communicating, interacting and even connecting with others, our communities and with the world around us. Being open and cultivating understanding. Taking the time to listen with those conversations and interactions with others.

  • Listening, observing, focusing.
  • Being patient.
  • Asking questions to gain insight.
  • Opening the dialogue to improve communication and connection.
  • Making an environment more warm and welcoming as well as comfortable and relaxed.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Practicing empathy towards others as well as for yourself.


Exploring . . . Opening . . . Being . . .

It is very much about being a teacher as well as being a student.
  • Learning to understand more about yourself and who you are. From your abilities and skills to your attributes and performance.
  • Learning your communication style to build better relationships. From your responses and reactions to your social and soft graces.
  • Practicing flexibility and humility. From your traits and habits to your emotions and behaviors.
  • Connecting to your personal identity and emotional intelligence. From logic to emotional and in between with your whole being, especially with your mind set and physical being.


Learning . . . Growing . . . Experiencing . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

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