Searching for Utopia – Jan Fabre
As we live and witness the struggle to move into the post-industrial age, more of us are experiencing a new type of stress and anxiety that didn’t exist in prior economies. Some would view this as natural selection and survival of the fittest. From the standpoint of cultural evolution, I completely agree. The important question is how this impacts our health and well-being in the meantime. We are essentially dealing with the consequences of progressively removing the humanity from the work experience. The pressure to sustain ourselves during this turbulent economy is leaving little down time to recover and restore. If all you do is work than where is the time for the human? Individuals are finding themselves accumulating more but still feeling empty and burnt out. Most people give their best energy to their work because we were taught to find our identity through our Job Title.
Yes stress is a normal part of life but it IS meant to come and go. Some stress is obvious: Divorce, Job Loss, Illness. Some stress is less intense but always there. It is when that low grade stress remains constant that our health begins to break down. Technology is breaking barriers in Western medicine. We now see the seamless relationship between the brain/mind and body. You can not achieve Optimal Health if both are not working properly and in unison. The only scale I like to use on a daily basis is a Perceived Scale. On a scale of 1 -10 how do you feel about (insert item)? In other words, we all have our own version of Pain, Love, Wealth, Purpose, Taste, Intensity, Risk. So when I ask my son what he thinks of a recipe that has ground flax seed, black beans and quinoa in it and I get a 7 – I feel pretty good about that. A 3 would let me know the recipe needs more work. In fitness, perceived exertion is our best way of monitoring a client. In Yoga, we refer to it as ‘your edge’.
Sadly when I ask clients to rate their stress level, my most common answer is an 11. I have gotten a 50 and even a 1000 but anything over a 7 on a constant basis is putting you at risk for some major physical or mental issues. This video is to remind you that you have more control of your health than you realize. True Optimal Health is built from the inside out. You probably know more than you realize. Some how you just found your way to the bottom of your priority list. It happens more often than we realize. I found my way there and that is when I knew I had to hit the reset button. Here are some of the resources my team and I created based on our research and experiences.
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What to look for if you are hiring these people personally or for your facility:
- Life Coach: This professional deals with more conceptual behavior modification. They help you realize your perceptions of living and develop strategies for you to move through barriers that are interfering with the next chapter of your life. A high-level life coach should have some type of training in physical exercise. If they don’t, they should have a qualified trainer assisting them.
- Personal Trainer: This individual specializes in physical health. Their role is to educate and supervise you with a structured plan that was a result of a complete fitness analysis. – behavior and medical. To maximize your experience, create a concrete vision of what you really want out of your sessions. Weight loss is a byproduct.
- Expert: This person can seamlessly blend from one role to another. They have a strong background encompassing a wide range of academic training and hands on experience working with multiple populations.They must have some specialized experience in the science of the mind and body as well as have a panel of academic, credited professionals that are part of content development. This person has a traceable record. What happens when you Google their name? Remember you are looking for credibility not celebrity.
Ropes Course: Ormskirk, England
Accountability and support is only one layer. When you gel with your teacher in a way that is multidisciplinary you begin to optimize your own skills and assets. It should never get casual and completely conversational. Their job is to keep you fully present with your body – noting the sensations that go along with great form and proper use of breath. The program should never be repetitive and every live session should be different.
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Healthy Culture in Amsterdam, 2011
Most people are looking for a general sense of well-being and stress management in these turbulent times. Spending on pure aesthetic desires is hard to justify for families on a tight budget. As we move into an era where the foundation shifts on a daily bases and time is currency, efficiency is key. The following are some things to look for this year as you (Teacher or Student) try to reconnect with the authentic importance of fitness in 2012.
- Diversification: Look for facilities that represent a more global, free-thinking healthy culture. Experiential/sensory activities should be the focus. The generic spa setting is no longer sufficient. The environment should promote a sense of healing as well as indulgence. You should feel like you are investing in your health and not buying into a cookie-cutter template.
- Mind/Body Integration: Because time is limited, the actual moments spent in a facility/studio are precious. A 360 approach is imperative in order to truly serve you. Regardless of whether you are attending a class of any description, working with a trainer or independently, there should be elements included to ensure you are nurturing you mind and body simultaneously. East/West; Psychosocial/Physiological; Artistic/Uniform; Connection/Noise; it really doesn’t matter which lens you view it from. Decompression followed by excitement concluded with restoration is a cycle that can be translated into any discipline if the professional is a Linchpin.
- Accessibility: Most facilities, studios, independents all get caught in the same trap – catering to the early adopters or small percentage of people whose current lifestyle demands match the model that has been used for decades. Technology is allowing us countless ways to personalize health and fitness training and client retention. If there ever was a time where we could develop creative programs that are easy to adhere to, it’s now. Healthy living applies to every person not just a certain convenient demographic.
- Restoration: Recovery is key to any successful program. Ironically this concept has been industrialized like most everything else. No down time as we push our limits. Zen spaces and free space for self-led members encourage recovery and downtime. Pushing the physical body is pointless if the center of the human is not grounded. If your teacher or trainer isn’t providing you this experience and knowledge, this may be a red flag.
- Culture Conscious: Understand the ‘mind job’ the marketing of the fitness has created on everyone. This dysfunctional limb of the industry is still present and will be as long as we continue to buy into it. Good professionals know how to translate their continuing education into an experience that brings out the best in their clients. Understand that pros are also human. They are so inspired by what they do that they are willing to live in a fishbowl for you.
Active Living in Amsterdam, 2011
Bringing TED to my Windsor Essex Community is very important to me. A mentor introduced me to TED in 2006. As I explored the eclectic data base of information, I realized I was home. The best way I heard it described was ‘for intellectually hungry’. My first opportunity to host a TEDxWindsor event was last year on December 8th. It was a last minute opportunity which gave us 8 days to put it together. The BUZZ of this first event was magical so we decided to do it again on March 2nd in conjunction with TED’s 2011 theme – Rediscover Wonderment. What better way to discover wonder than to be part of a creative atmosphere. Our Art Gallery of Windsor seemed the most logical choice. As a teacher who tests boundaries, we decided instead of our guests just viewing art, lets make them part of it. Cue FLASH MOB.
We 'Raise Our Glass' w/ Pink
We wanted to make it clear that in order to truly be creative, we needed to step out of our comfort zone. I haven’t taught a ‘live’ fitness class in 4 years. Rehearsing for this event gave me a reason to not only do it again but do it a way that also proved to me and my guests that I had NO FEAR of the FUTURE. Healthy living in 2011 requires an open-minded intellectual approach. Thank you Sanja Frkovic for a well written article on the piece. The emails I received after the event were incredible. I believe we left changed for the better. My warmest thanks to everyone who played a role in making this event brilliant!