TIF'S TIPS! 6 Dec 2010
FORM. It's so important...From sitting at your desk, driving, to most importantly challenging the body during something like Lithe to maintain balance for your structure (which is why I'm such a stickler). Proper form maximizes efficiency during a workout and doesn't overstress muscles that might be working too hard to compensate for muscles that aren't working hard enough. Our goal is muscle balance.
BODYWORK. I highly recommend Bodywork. Muscle imbalances due to poor form are inevitable whether you're tired and hunching at your desk, or still working to strengthen certain muscles to equal their antagonist. When imbalances occur, usually one muscle group tightens up while the antagonist gets over-stretched. Massage, deep bodywork and Melt (Myofascial Release) can release restrictions so the muscle can return to working at its maximum capacity. After some of my clients get a treatment, they tell me that they are so sore after their typical workouts. That's because their muscles are working in a more balanced state, at their full capacity.
WORK ETHIC. Go hard or go home. Time is precious and if you make the commitment to be here for the hour, you might as well give it your all. There is nothing worse then planning time out of your day for a workout and walking out knowing that you didn't give it everything (the ultimate waste of time). During a workout, I like to be soaking wet and I always aim for that post-workout quiver. I don't necessarily get BOTH every time, but I'm always striving to "feel it" during my workout so I can feel the effects for hours...Sometimes days after. If I miss a workout my mood is definitely effected so that keeps me moving and motivated 6 days a week.
FOOD. I have to be honest...I don't really deprive myself of anything. I choose not to eat meat for environmental and health reasons, but I do sometimes eat wild caught fish. I also don't eat/drink much dairy due to lactose intolerance- which I strongly believe we all are- it's just that some of us display more symptoms than others. If you really pay attention, you might make some correlations between the dairy you eat and the digestive disruptions that you might otherwise be overlooking or thinking of as normal. Don't get me wrong, I do come from an Italian family and some of those cheeses (ricotta and mozzarella) and desserts (cannolis) are hard to pass up. So I indulge a little and deal with the consequences every now and then!
Sweet Cheeks images of Lithe Instructor, Tiffany Nork via Dominic Episcopo.