Monday, February 16, 2015

This week's challenge ...

We all know how important stretching is, but most of us don't do it every day.

It's one of those things we don't think about until we start experiencing pain or tightness somewhere in our body. 

But… rather than thinking of stretching just as "injury prevention" or as a "have-to" task, what about thinking of it as a way to improve performance?

Or as a way to reduce stress?

How about to help you feel more energized & refreshed throughout the day?

These are just some of the benefits of mobility & flexibility, and we can take simple steps throughout the day, anytime, anywhere.

Your challenge this week is to get in a minimum of seven minutes DAILY of mobility/flexibility work for the next 7 days (starting today!)

When can you get this done?

  • watching TV
  • while on a conference call
  • when you wake up in the morning
  • right before bed
  • while you're sitting at your desk!
  • I love this hamstring stretch in a doorway, not only is an outstanding stretch, you can text, check email, talk on the phone and read a book or magazine all while lengthening the back of your leg! 
  • Same idea for your hip flexors, this kneeing hip flexor stretch allows you to watch the weather on TV, or use your phone to correspond to email or update your calendar!

We have 96 increments of 15 minutes in a 24-hour day.   Use half of one of those for this challenge and you will see an improvement in your performance, stress levels, and feel less pain during the day.

Who's in for the 7-minute mobility and flexibility challenge for the NEXT 7 days?! 

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Share the Love!

Welcome back to Adventure Boot Camp, we're super excited for a fabulous 4-week session!

Last month we worked on your 2015 Theme – creating a word that encapsulates what you want this year to be all about. 

We reconnected, or perhaps strengthened a dream that is super meaningful to you, and we set out our Big 5 or Bucket List for the year!

All these exercises are important because they give us meaning, a focus and direction, energy and enthusiasm.  Keep these things in front of you daily, use these as guideposts of inspiration to plan your day, week and the next 4-weeks. 

What results, or outcomes, or a new daily habit do you want to create THIS camp session?  Perhaps you set a goal for a weekly number of Ideal Eating Days, or increasing the frequency or intensity of your weekly workouts?  What do you want to get out of the next four weeks?

It's Valentines Week, and yes I can be a little cheesy at times, but I believe that everyone needs to feel the love this week.    

So I want to challenge you THIS week to "Share the Love" by offering some sort of act of kindness to someone in your life.   

Your Challenge this week is to "Share the Love" with a fellow Camper!

Some ideas:

1. If you are inspired by or notice someone working really hard in camp, or notice amazing progress from a fellow camper, tell her!  Or tell us about her in the new Adventure Boot Camp PRIVATE group here! (More on the new FB Private group page later).   

2. If you are the person being recognized, it's now your turn to do the same for somebody else (not the person who recognized you, but of course, you can gush on her too)… i.e. sharing it forward.  Share the Love with someone else within 24 hours. 

3. You can share in person at camp, or via email/text, or in social media … if using Facebook, make sure you tag her so that all her friends get to revel in the compliment too!

Let's make someone feel a little extra special this week! :)

Are you IN for this challenge?! 

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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