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Monday, January 27, 2014
TFC Day 20 - Organic, not Mechanical
Do you consider your progress
to be less than optimal if it isn’t moving upwards on a straight line? Are your
ideals for movement goal focused, such as running faster each time or lifting
increasingly heavier weights? Unfortunately, we are made organically, like
cats, dogs, antelope, and octopi. Our energy and cycles are in tune with the
Earth, we make progress and we reverse and then progress again.
Perhaps the most important part of the Therapeutic
Fitness Challenge is learning to assess your own physical and energetic
condition and using your mind to help your body heal and increase fitness. One
of the best ways to do that is to make comparisons. Today, we will redo the
range of motion assessments from Day 1. You may notice “improvements,” and you
may not. The body adds strength and flexibility in a non-linear fashion.
Learning to realize the ebb and flow of your body is one of the most important
things you can do for yourself. After the assessments, there is a breathing practice and a scheduling assignment. Do them in any order you wish.
Range of Motion Audio #1 (13 minutes)
Range of Motion Audio #2 (17 minutes)
Range of Motion Audio #3 (9 minutes)
Breathing Practice: Observe your breath. Notice the
length of your inhale and exhale and the spaces between. If it isn’t already,
extend your exhale so it is at least as long as the inhale. Spend 5 minutes
with your breath making it as smooth as possible. Make a note of what you
notice and compare it to your breath on Day 1 of the challenge.
Third assignment: Make a schedule for yourself next week
with activities that will continue the progress you have made in the TFC.