John Lennon Quote - Happiness is the key to life

Take a second and read this....

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Punishing yourself in the gym...
Depriving yourself of good food (medicine)....
Measuring yourself against others on social media.....
Not taking time for yourself daily to just breathe, relax, process, and just be alive....

We are all on a quest to reach some kind of better health or fitness level. If we are not HAPPY with/or during the process the results will not be sustainable, or even as optimal as they could be with more balance and happiness in our lives. Being happy is the ultimate form of health - THE MIND IS PRIMARY! (Shout out to my Gym Jones Crew)

Lucius 

Walking Meditation

"Walking is man's best medicine" Hippocrates

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"A walking meditation is simply taking the time out for yourself, time to get away from people and phones and break free from the stressors of everyday life to listen to your soul. As you walk, time your breathing to your steps. For example, inhale for four steps, hold your breathe naturally for one step, and exhale for four steps. Adjust your effort so that you don't have to keep changing your breathing. It is a good idea to simply count your steps, emptying your mind of all things other than the step count and breathing until you've mastered the process and it becomes innate. A walking meditation should be no less than 15 minutes. It is best to walk in nature, where you can benefit from the natural earth energies, experience a variety of colors and appreciate life forms in their natural rhythm." Paul Chek

I personally believe as coaches we should be advising people to walk and build a "human being base level of conditioning" before starting a program full of lifting, running, jumping, and sprinting. This is part of what it really takes to truly train GreenStrength - You better be okay with walking, alot! Give the walking meditation a try, you'll find it not only will enhance your mind but it will do wonders on your physique as well.

In Strength,
Lucius

Balance - The key ingredient

As a teacher of physical culture I always try and communicate the importance of 'balance' for my students and others. Today our lives are on the go constantly. Stress, anxiety, and fear, seem to haunt many of us from day to day in many sneaky ways. By the time we find time to exercise we feel we have to go full throttle and make up for lost time. Eventually the accumulation of stress is too much and burnout takes over. It's an all or nothing world today. Health, happiness, and loving oneself here have taken a backseat sadly. This can be tackled, reversed, and conquered. Our physical culture lifestyle can be enhanced with one simple trick.. 'Balance' 

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony." Thomas Merton

This quote speaks loudly on so many levels. In regards to exercise at the very least it really speaks to the importance of not worrying about the intensity level. Did I do enough?, work hard enough?, sweat enough? etc… Well, that's not what matters. What matters is that you're in rhythm and harmony with your body, and your thoughts towards exercise. With balance we know we will have hard days, easy days, strong days, and even weak days. The days we know we won't have is the "punish ourselves days."  Balance is being a mature human and knowing that moving, breathing, fueling the body with nutrition and care is an everyday thing. Our balance in practice will be what keeps us in rhythm and harmony. #GreenStrength 

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