About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. Could you do these exercises for one minute each every day this week, and see if your strength and mobility improve?
Leg Pull (Back)
Rolling to Standing
This month we feature a fun mobility exercise – Rolling to Standing!
How easy is it for you to get up and down off the floor? While we can use a variety of markers to gauge our health (waist measurements, cardiovascular tests, and strength tests, for example) an often overlooked aspect of fitness and longevity is mobility. If you have trouble getting up off the floor, this move is for you!
Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now.
These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.
If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:
While I get back into the swing of “regular” life, my goal is to hang on to as much of our chill aloha vibe from vacation as possible. Keep reading to find out how I plan to do this…
Ok hands own, number 1, very favorite thing from vacation – whales! While floating on my back (with my ears underwater) I could hear the whales singing!
This is what they sound like:
We also saw (and heard) loads of tropical birds, Here are the sounds I heard every morning from our condo:
Our very first stop once we got off the plane was the farmer’s market in Kihei. We loaded up on fresh fruit, and of course, banana bread.
Here is our typical breakfast:
Travel now requires apps, including proof of our negative Covid tests, so Eric talked me into getting a smart phone. While I loved that my old flip phone phone was tiny and indestructible, (why do I drop my phone so much?) my new phone tracks my steps (I know y’all already know this, give me a minute to catch up).
Our location in Kihei meant we could walk to most things. We averaged 6,500 steps each day, mostly barefoot, on sand, rocks, and grass. While here in Portland I spend most of my day barefoot, this is mostly indoors on flat surfaces. My calves were feeling all the beach walking! During my neighborhood walks this week, I looked for rocks, roots, and other uneven surfaces to walk on.
My favorite beach was Kamaole II.
It rained a little on and off the first few days, but once it stopped raining we we able to swim! Eric even tried snorkeling for the first time. Swimming in warm water is such a treat, especially if you have only experienced Pacific Northwest swimming.
Here was Eric’s favorite beach, Kahekili. Look close, that tiny black spec to the left of the catamaran is a whale.
A few days it was windy on the beach, so I got in some pool time.
They had Hawaiian radio on at the pool, playing a mix of Hawaiian pop, slack key guitar, reggae, country, and then every once in a while the dj would come on and read a recipe; like the whole recipe, out loud, from start to finish.
Speaking of entertainment, I love watching local t.v. stations when I travel and Hawaii did not disappoint. We watched a high school football game, an outdoor cooking show, skin divers spearing fish, and some sweet local commercials.
Even with all this good food, by the end of our trip both of us noticed our pants were looser. How is this possible? For one thing we walked, and swam a lot. We were also under very little stress. We started our day with fresh fruits and veggies, ate mostly whole foods, and had one big meal each day that often included fish. We also drank lots of water.
Now, how to bring this aloha vibe back to everyday life?
5 fruits and vegetables a day. Click here to learn why this is important.
Daily walking. My goal is to average 6k steps each day, click here to to learn how to add steps by doing your daily activities.
Watch this video for my tips on reducing stress, and taking good care of yourself this spring.
How can I help you look and feel your best this spring? Do you need a walking buddy? I walk most weekday afternoons here in Sellwood. Call or text me and we can schedule a time to meet.
Do you need accountability? I’m happy to email you once a week to see if you are meeting your goals.
How about personalized help improving your diet, lowering your stress level, or adding strength and balance work to your routine (or starting a routine)?
Contact me today for a complimentary consultation.
Looking for an affordable way to add new moves to your repertoire? Join Fluid’s Fit Club! Each week you receive an email with a new video. These range from 5 minute to 60 minutes, and include: – strength and balance exercises – Pilates, yoga, Energy Flow, and Barre – Therapeutic exercises for shoulders, hips, feet, and hands, and – guided meditations.
Wednesday and Friday afternoons available now for one on one training.
Were you released from physical therapy with a list of exercises, but can’t to remember exactly how to do them?
Are you walking, but not currently doing any strength training?
Have you struggled with establishing, or maintaining, a workout schedule?
Have you suffered an injury and want to learn the best way to exercise without reinjury?
Do you find the activities you used to enjoy you can no longer do (or don’t want to do)?
Take my hand, and come with me to the land where movement is frequent, safe, and fun!
Together you and I will develop an at home routine, customized for your preferences, physical body, and current emotional state, that you will actually enjoy! My goal is to create, and sustain, a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship with you. Most of my clients I have known for years, and I truly believe we are “creating a culture of healthy movement” (which, by the way is the tagline for Fit Club).
If you are able to commit to ongoing, weekly training, I would love to set up a time to talk to see if we are a good fit.
As of February 2021 I have the following days and times available:
Wednesdays 3 – 4 pm
Wednesdays 5 – 5:30 pm
Fridays 3 – 4 pm
Prices for one on one training range from $210 to $720 per month depending on how often we meet, and your session length.
To get started give me a call (503) 705-4762 or shoot me an email Anne@FluidPortland.com
Join us this Saturday at 11, as we practice our circular breath.
Focusing your attention on your breath has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide a sense of calm.
Please use my phone number as the meeting ID: 5037054762
Call or email me Anne@Fluidportland.com if you have any questions.
Those of you who have attended our yoga, Barre, Pilates or Energy Flow classes this month have experienced a short version of this meditation. This Saturday we will do a 20-30 minute variation.
Things seem extraordinary, novel, chaotic and out of control right now. One idea that is bringing me some peace is that we have gone through this before, and we made it!
The flu pandemic from 100 years ago, changes in political leaders, even violence and unrest in our town. While this feels catastrophic right now, could this be a loop that has happened before and will happen again? You know, time is a flat circle, reincarnation, deja vu. Even if none of these concepts resonate with you, would you be willing to sit with us for 20-30 minutes (or however long you like) and focus on your breath?
When the world feels out of control, your breath is one thing you do have control over.
I record these (audio only) so you may tune in with your video on or off, and you may mute yourself if you like.