As we continue on into this new year, I am determined to get myself into better shape. I have the nutrition side of it down, but fitness and exercise are a HUGE sticking point for me. I’ll be blunt…
I HATE TO EXERCISE!
But, I know just how crucial exercise is to our overall health, so I need to find some inspiration. This past weekend, I shared a post with you about Ernestine Shephard, the world’s oldest female body builder. Today, I would like to introduce you to Charles Eugster, a 98 year old athlete, and considered the fittest pensioner on the planet. Born on July 26, 1919 in London, U.K., he was active in rowing, boxing and skiing in his youth.
But, as he grew older, he became less active. So, in his mid-60’s, he began skiing and rowing again. For 20 years, he reigned over senior rowing, eventually winning 35 masters gold medals.
He didn’t begin lifting weights until he was 87, for vain reasons…his muscles had begun to sag quite a bit and he had a “pancake butt.” (his words! 😊)
“He craved strength, a longer life, and the attention of “babes.” (1)
Not only did he lift weights, but he also began sprinting.
“He won three Stren-Flex World titles, and recently broke the 200 meter and 60 meter world records for the 95+ age group.”
Here are a few of his accomplishments: (1)
- 95+ World Sprint Records
- 200 meters: 54.77 seconds
- 60 meters: 14.56
- 1997 Munich Euro Masters: 1
- 1998 Munich World Masters: 2
- 1999 Seville World Masters: 2
- 2000 Hazewinkel World Masters: 3
- 2001 Munich Euro Masters: 3
- 2002 Racice World Masters: 2
- 2003 Vichy World Masters: 2
- 2004 Hamburg World Masters: 3
- 2005 Strathclyde World Masters: 1
- 2006 Munich Euro Masters: 2
- 2006 Princeton World Masters: 2
- 2007 Zagreb World Masters: 3
- 2008 Trakai World Masters: 4
- 2009 Vienna World Masters: 1
So, I leave you with a short video, highlighting Mr. Eugster.
“ANYONE CAN DO IT.” he says
So, no more excuses, for me…or any of you!
As of 2013, it is estimated that approximately 129 million children worldwide have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). (2) The mind-body connection so prevalent in Yoga can have a beneficial impact on individuals with ADHD. Some benefits of yoga for individual with ADHD include: (3)
• Decreased Fidgeting
• Connection between body, mind and spirit
• Improved Focus
• Improved levels of flexibility
• Increase strength and muscle mass
• More balanced metabolism and digestion
• Relaxation and quieting of the mind
• Promote empathy for others
• Decreasing stress and anxiety
• Improved lung capacity, energy level and respiration
If you’ve spent any time doing yoga, you know just how calming it can be. These same benefits can help your child as well.
Besides the benefits stated above, here are a few other reasons you may want to introduce yoga to your children: (1)
- Develops body awareness
- Mindfulness training
- Stress management
- Healthy moving
- Awareness of breath
- Improved balance
Below, I have gathered together some yoga poses, information and videos for you. There is a ton of information on the web about teaching yoga to kids. It is my hope that I have peaked your curiosity on this topic. ENJOY!
“Garden” poses for kids…
Calm Down Yoga for kids
Sun Salutation For Kids
(Via: Childhood 101)
Yoga for kids resources:
- 58 yoga poses for kids
- Childhood 101 – Yoga for kids – Information on the posters above.
- Kids yoga stories – purchase cards/posters/games/books
- Kids yoga stories – free resources/pdf’s
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – Literally DOZENS of free kids yoga videos! -Super fun, story themed videos, such as Spiderman, Star Wars, etc.
- Next Generation Yoga – Free online yoga videos – mainly geared for younger kids
I have pulled some of the super fun Cosmic Kid videos for you to see. There are so many more at www.cosmickids.com and the Cosmic Kids Yoga youtube channel. (Keep in mind, when you watch them…they are meant for young children! 😉 They are meant to engage the kids, get them moving and most of all, help them have fun while they exercise!)
Star Wars | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
Moana | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
Episode 1: Squish The Fish |
A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
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Hello everyone! I’m back after my 2 week hiatus. I’m getting a bit of a late start today. Normally, the morning videos are posted first thing in the morning, around 8:00. So, I apologize for the lateness of this post. Stay tuned later today for my usual long post.
Wishing you a wonderful day and blessed week!
The benefits of yoga are many and well known. But, when you think of yoga, you most likely think of someone in workout clothes, standing or lying on a yoga mat, doing different poses of varying difficulty.
I personally LOVE yoga, but often have difficulty finding time to work it into my busy schedule. I’m sure you can relate. So, when I discovered chair yoga, while researching this article, I was excited. Now, when I’m studying, I can take a 10 or 15 minutes break and do one of the following routines.
Chair yoga is a perfect way to relieve stress…at the office….at home…in a hotel room…while traveling…anywhere you have a chair!
If you’re a beginner and not familiar with yoga, chair yoga would be a great place to begin. It’s also great for senior citizens, obese individuals, and people with neurological problems or other injuries who may want to stay active.
- Improved strength
- Improved flexibility
- Improved posture
- Improved bone health
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced stress
- Improved mental clarity
- Pain management
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
- Drains lymphs and improved immunity
- Lower blood pressure
- Regulates adrenals
- Lowers blood pressure
- Makes you happy
grab a partner…
pick a routine…
let’s do some yoga!
Here are 4 different routines, ranging in length from 10 to 20 minutes.
12 Minute Chair Yoga
for Travel and the Office
10 Minute Chair Yoga
for the Office
Yoga at your desk
– Chair Yoga