Keep moving, mental health is your reward

The continuing order to endure enclosed spaces for most people means a lot of time spent being either complacent in their life’s choices, or deliberate on staying focused and active. Which are you?

Well, for starters I like being active. I love to workout, mostly outdoors with my ruck, kettlebell, sandbag, hilly area or just a trail. Either way, I can make it work also at home since exercise is not exclusive to either out of doors or indoors in the context of moving. Complexity is not useful, simplicity is the norm.

Using basic movement patterns of push/pull, press, extension, flexion, and rotation you can basically move in any pattern that your body can get into without much effort, but the magic in that pudding is the amount of times you perform it, and frequency with a good serving of either resistance, time or speed.

Look around your environment right now. Where are you seated? Let’s begin with a simple chair, either folding, fixed four legged model with or without padding. Pry it up against a wall and you can use it for squats if you’re learning to sit and stand again for rehab or prehab. Squats once more if you are trying box squats with a weight to a prescribed depth. How about upper body work by performing dips, on one chair while legs are elevated on the other, or push ups with feet atop of seat while hands are on floor?

Core work? Sure, lets try this: Sit ups with elevated feet on the seat portion of the chair, plank holds in same manner, or glute work like butt biters- where your butt raises from the floor while feet (heels) remain on seat portion of chair for multiple reps. Bridges (one legged) with heels in the same place (atop of seat) go for multiple reps/sets. You see that it’s just imagination that is the limiter.

Food items – no, not raw food like chicken or frozen fish. I’m talking about canned foods, and there are plenty of sizes and weights to use for exercises. Cans in a backpack/rucksack wrapped in a towel so it doesn’t jostle around in the pack while you exercise with it. You can run with the pack, squat it, swing it, plank with it and press it. Imagination once again is your limiter. Indoors/Outdoors are your playground.

Just because you’re asked to stay home does not mean you should be sedentary. You need to keep moving, because mental health is not a given. You’ll need to make the effort to sweat a little and get the benefits you so desire.

Happy Easter All!!

Butt biters, dips, hill bear crawls, ground to overhead, and team squats!

Caked

Today we’re going to get caked in a bit of sand, not sugar cookie style (if you know the reference). However we are going to be using sandbags, and kettlebells to play with.

This week we’ll be picking up the tempo so today is the kick off to a Spooky & Scary Halloween WOD week.

Have fun and hope you will join us.

At Roos Recreational Center, Forest Park, IL.

@Vb court – AFAP

  • 20 x squats
  • 50 x kb swings
  • 30 x sb cleans
  • 20 x kb pp
  • 30 x sb thrusters
  • 60ft sb lunges
  • 120ft sb clean and toss
  • 20 x sb get ups
  • 100 x flutter kicks

Benched again!

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a run to benches workout. So, today we’re heading forward to the benches in a group run. It’s dark, damp, and chilly. However not chilly enough to wear long pants so sweaty is what we’re going to be.

Ab strength is important for balance, power, and stability. Every single day you’re either pulling, pushing, or pressing as a human being. Groceries, kids, driving, stocking, mechanical work. You name it the core is critical for those daily functions.

Let’s not overlook the benefits of the core strength in athletic endeavors like running, jumping, rowing, weightlifting. All of these movements require more strength of the core to acquire speed, stability, dynamic explosive power to achieve your goals and not get hurt.

So, today we find ourselves at the Hill in Westchester Woods, Westchester, IL

1200m group run to benches

  • 40 x flutter kicks
  • 50 x mountain climbers
  • 40 x squats
  • 50 x step ups
  • 40 x bench dips
  • 50 x reverse lunges

1200m group run to hill

For results, not four results

Working out deserves a standing commitment to yourself to improve on your well being internally as well as externally. Wonder why someone doing half as much as you looks better and more focused? It’s called rest, and good nutrition.

No amount of work will out perform sound nutrition and sleep. Sleep being the primary recovery tool for every human being. What do you fuel yourself with? Ever try working out in the morning in an empty stomach? It is tough, but your body adjusts and boy the spikes in energy are astounding!

Hydration, and not liquor the night or two before your workouts make a difference. It’s okay to grab a swig of water while you workout but lingering around the water bottle for more than swig is wasting time. Sip, and go. Teach your body to work a little harder without too much wasted movement will take you to another level mentally and physically. Try it, and get back to me with your results.

Today we’re at the Hill – Rucks On!

⁃ 1 mile run with ruck

• 20 x step ups

• 30 x leg levers

• 40 x squats

• 50 x mtn climbers

• 60 x kb swings