Healthy is not just the food on your table or the size of jeans you can fit in. Healthy is mind, body and spirit. When all three are functioning correctly, your body is working at 100% of its design. So how do they go together? How can using one, benefit the other?
Here is what happens internally when you start to exercise. The brain will recognize that the body is now under a form of stress. Next, your heart rate will increase and your body goes into fight or flight mode. As a self defense mechanism, your body will release a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor ( BDNF) which protects you and your brain from long term damage. BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. The feeling that this produces is most recognized as the peace or ease you feel after a hard workout.
At the exact same time as BDNF is released, your brain also releases endorphins. This chemical is also used to fight stress in the body, but produces the sensation to eliminate discomfort. Some scientists have classified this feeling as intense excitement or happiness.
Now that the brain has released two chemicals that create an upper experience, your mind is now in an increased positive state from the initial state of rest before you began to exercise.
You would think this would be obvious, but the body is effected in multiple ways when we exercise.
Muscles: When your muscles are put under stress, tiny tears occur. When the tears heal, the muscles become stronger.
Lungs: The more your body is in movement, the more oxygen it needs. Your lungs work to provide the correct amount of oxygen for the muscles to work properly. When the muscles around your lungs cannot move any faster to pump oxygen, you have reached what is called your VO2 max. The higher VO2 max you have, the more in shape you are.
Heart: The heart is a muscle that is also worked out when you exercise. It's job is to pump more blood to your muscles when they work hard. When this happens, your heart rate increases. It becomes stronger the more this occurs and your body will be able to recovery faster. This is what is known as recovery heart rate.
Joints and Bones: Exercise will help maintain bone mass density. As an adult, your bones will have reached peak density and then slowly will decrease as you age. Working out will keep your bones from becoming brittle and you are at less of a cause to a fracture.
No matter your spiritual practice, there is a connection between your mind, body and spirit. When there is unhealthy stress being placed on your body, your spirit is the driving force to eliminate the issue. Some researcher have shown that positive beliefs have improved the health of human beings.
Mind, Body and Spirit
When one of these three elements are not working correctly, the others will be affected. Full body health involves taking care of each aspect. You may need to turn your focus on your mental health for a season, while in the season after you will be working on your physical health.
Exercise is the common ground between all three elements. It is shown that it will positively increase your health no matter which of the three you are working. The Mantra Family wants you to be a whole healthy human. Come by one of our studios to see if Lagree is the right workout for you. We believe in taking the small steps to a happier healthier future.
what was wrong by simply changing the products she used and the food she ate. The more she discovered, the more she was sold on the lifestyle of " you are what you eat".
She wanted a lifestyle that would help prevent health problems, not cause them. This is where Simply Wellthy became her lifestyle. Eating healthy, made simply. Her site breaks down all the knowledge she has learned and studied, broken down for anyone to understand. The common questions of why eat this and don't eat that answered for you. She is an example of what is looks like to be a busy mom and wife while still eating clean.
The Mantra Family was excited to show the Simply Wellthy crew what we have to offer. Many of the women attending the event had not been introduced to a Lagree workout before. This is where Whitney, Mantra Fitness OC instructor, was able to shine. She walked each girl through the new M3 machines and the basic dynamics of a Lagree workout. Then turned up the music and dove straight in.
Her playlist kept the girls motivated while challenging any current members at the studio. Whitney, took her expertise and burned out those inner thighs. It was a great class that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Here are a few testimonies from the girls who attended.
" I’m sore everywhere!!!! I really liked the work out. I liked how you did each pose just for a minute bc it didn’t feel hard at the time or repetitive. Kept it interesting. I really liked the machines. It mentally helped me to not feel like the workout was dragging on. It truly was a full body work out. It focused more on legs & butt which I liked. It worked my inner thighs like nothing else. The trainer was awesome. Loved the music. Super nice studio and friendly staff "- Deanna
" The studio was an incredible environment to work out in, great people, great instructors, and it was quite frankly the hardest workout I’ve ever done in my entire life." - Madisen
"I absolutely loved the workout! The smaller movements really helped to hit the muscles that I don’t usually get. I also liked that is was a full body workout. And the music and environment was so much fun!! 10/10 recommend and will personally be going back." - Lindsey
"Mantra was AMAZING! I had never taken a Pilates class and had no idea what to expect! To be honest, I had no clue that it was such a workout! The class itself was easy to follow along with and I LOVED the fun playlist! The day after going to Mantra I was so sore- EVERYWHERE! I didn’t even realize I was working some of the areas that I was sore in! I love that it’s a solid, FULL body workout, and I’ll definitely be going back." - Melissa
We closed off the event with amazing Simply Wellthy treats and connections with all the new faces. Here at Mantra Fitness, we love to make our community feel like family. We are excited to be bringing in other health and wellness experts. At Mantra, we desire for you to be healthy in mind, body and soul. Can't wait to see you at our next event!
The concept of fasting:
Fasting has been around for centuries. Fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink for a specific amount of time. First introduced for religious reasons, fasting has many health benefits as well.
The body needs energy to function. The primary source of energy is a sugar called glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. That usually is a trigger word and your mind could goes straight to pasta, bread, and dairy products, but carbs also include fruits, vegetables, and beans. The liver and your muscles will store the glucose and release doses of it into the bloodstream when the body needs it.
However, when you fast, this process changes. During the fasting period, after 8 hours has passed, the liver will have used the last bit of glucose it was able to store. When this occurs, the body reaches a state called gluconeogenesis, which mean the body transitions from releasing glucose that is stored to creating its own. The body will use fat within the body to produce glucose to give energy to the body.
After about 8 hours of fasting, the liver will use the last of its glucose reserves. At this point, the body enters into a state called gluconeogenesis, marking the body's transition into fasting mode.
Studies have shown that during the gluconeogenesis period, the body will burn more calories than in its natural state.
Eventually, the body runs out of sources to make glucose with which in then turns into starvation more. Here, the body will start to use tissue to create energy for the body to use.
24 hour fasting has a few more benefits than just burning more calories. It can improve your cardiovascular healthy, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.
Concept of Intermitted Fasting:
Intermittent fasting is the process of cycling in and out of periods of eating and not eating. There are a few different forms of intermitted fasting. The two most common are known and the 5/2 method and the second is 16:8.
5/2 is very simply. You eat normally 5 days out of the week and fast the other 2. On the alternative, 16:8 is a daily fast. You restrict from eating 16 hours of the day and consume a day’s worth of food in the other 8.
The theory behind intermitted fasting comes from the caveman era. It was rare to have access to food like we currently do today. Food was only consumed when it was available. The body was able to thrive during the times when food was not available.
Intermitted fasting is not a diet, but a lifestyle. Choosing to be selective to when you consume your food rather than when it is convenient.
This lifestyle has many health benefits, along with the mental discipline of self-control. The list below are a few benefits:
Here at Mantra Fitness, are excited to be connected with some of the best experts in the business. We will be collaborating with Lindsay Huelse bringing to you an intermitted fasting meal plan. Please check back to the blog and our social media pages for the release of the FREE meal plan!
It’s Valentine’s Month and the perfect time to take true stock of where we are romantically... right? Sure, we all want that amazing intimate relationship--or maybe we’re already in one--but finding and keeping love can feel very different and sometimes downright scary. How do I keep it fresh and exciting? Am I going to mess this up (like I always do??) Is he/she going to cheat on me? Am I too quiet/too loud/too out of shape? Does this dress make me look cheap??!
The real deal about our love lives has little to do with... sex.... and everything to do with how we feel about ourselves. We lead with our confidence. Passion is our fashion. But how do we get from anxious to awesome? How do we improve and move our love life like never before??
Here are 5 Fast Ways to Improve Your Love Life:
1. REAL FEEL DEAL - If you psyche yourself up and get all angsty about your relationship it’s going to show. So stop it. Quit with the negative self-talk. Embrace what’s amazing and own the issues you want to improve. There’s nothing more attractive than confidence--fake it til you make it and in no time it’s real!!
2. KEEP IT PHYSICAL - This goes for a good work out, between the sheets and beyond. When you’re in strong physical shape, your heart is pumping at peak potential-- plus you just feel better all the way around. Fitness isn’t an app you can just tap and have it delivered (I wish) so maintaining lean muscle, tone and strength really matters. Moving and maximizing your exercise is key to being ready, willing, and oh so able to improve your love life now!!
3. JUST DUO-IT - There are fabulous perks to coupling and here are some great ideas for play & foreplay:
4. FUN & FLOWERS - Romance in a rut? Endorphins in need of charging? Anything on this list leads to laughter and love-- you just need to remember to have fun and make it happen:
5. PRICELESS - We put a lot of stock (and cash) into things that aren’t nearly as important as our partners. Remember to show gratitude for your special Valentine with an abundance of the little things you do for them--coffee, flowers, special notes, tokens, gestures, etc. Invest in and value your relationship, mark your milestones, create an amazing space for each other in the home of your hearts. Remember... actively love the life you have together.... and your love life will follow!!!
START WITH YOUR HEART: Mantra is showing some kinda love this month with our February is Friends are Free!! Sign up at all three studios-- Tampa, Sarasota and OC-- for special schedules and events. And don’t miss our annual affirmations from the heart!! This year when you tell us “Why You Love Mantra” we’ll donate $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation® for every heart put on the wall in each of our studio locations. A Pilates-body and Valentiny tone... what’s not to love?!!
Britta Wilder is a writer based in San Clemente. With a background in film and journalism, she is currently working on a novel. Plus, improving her love life.
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