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Posts Tagged ‘Aerobic Activity’

Nia Really Is For EveryBODY

Posted by terrepruitt on July 3, 2012

I often get e-mails and phone calls from people who say they have injured themselves and they ask if they can do Nia.  Well, I am not a doctor and I don’t know the extent of their injuries, but I explain to them one of the core philosophies (if you will) of Nia.  You do what YOUR body can do.  EveryBODY is different.  EveryBODY has something going on in their body and something going on in their life.  EveryBODY will be different every day.  So we encourage everyBODY to do what they can.  Of course, depending upon the injury, people should check with their physician and be cleared for aerobic activity and movement and when they get to class how much they do is up to them.

It is important to remember that each individual is responsible for his/her own body.  When someone has had a recent injury it is very important to remember to be their own Conscious Personal Trainer (CPT).   It is up to you to move in a way that is healthful.  You are the one that knows the extent of the injury and you are the one that has worked with a medical professional to be healed.  So here is where you really get to be aware of your body and do only what it can do.

I’ve also posted before about the levels of intensity.   In Nia we say that there are three levels of intensity and Nia teachers demonstrate three levels, but really there are many, many, many levels due to the fact that everyBODY is different.  My level one (which is deemed the lowest level of intensity) might be someone else’s level two.  My level three could be someone else’s level two AND in addition to that, it could change the very next day!  EveryBODY has different levels of intensity.  I might take BIG steps to the side, whereas the person right behind me might take little steps, and the person next to her medium steps, and the person behind him HUGE steps.  We all move in our own way.  It is up to each individual participant to do what works for them at that time.  If there is an injury involved maybe the level that used to be intensity level one, has now changed to level three intensity.  It could take some time for the body to adjust and heal and get back to its original levels of intensity.

Nia believes you do what your body can and by doing what you can you will feel good.  And when you feel good you will realize that you can do a lot.  So the next time you do it you might do more, then the next time more, then the next time—might be a rough day, you might do less—and Nia rejoices in that.  It is important to do what you can at the moment you are doing it.

I always encourage Nia participants in my classes to play with different levels.  I also encourage them to try new things, to not always do the same move they are comfortable with.  This could be something that one is required to do if they have injured a body part.  Any injury sometimes can be a chance to grow in other areas.  It doesn’t have to be a stopping point.  So I encourage people to keep moving – if they can – so, yes, people can do Nia if they have been injured.  As long as they have been cleared to do so by a doctor.  If they are fit to move Nia can easily be adapted to help them move in their new state and get them back to dancing with joy.

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Aerobic Activity

Posted by terrepruitt on October 6, 2009

I always say that people need to find an exercise they like and do it.  This is really important because if you like it, you are more likely to do it consistently.  Hopefully your favorite exercise is aerobic.  If it is not, and you are interested in being healthy, then you have to buck up and do something aerobic anyway, whether you like it or not.  The heart is a muscle and it needs exercise just like all of our other muscles.  Our respiratory system benefits from aerobic exercise.

From the American Heart Association website:

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer in America.
  • Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

An aerobic activity or what is now being called “cardio” is required for cardiorespiratory fitness.  Cardiorespiratory fitness is the most important factor when it comes to living a long and high quality life.  How well your lungs and heart function affects everything you do.  The better your lungs and heart are at getting oxygen rich blood to the parts of your body that need it, the better you will feel and be able to move.

And according to Science News:

  • Persons with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness have a lower risk of all-cause death

And this post kind of ties in with my previous 30 Minutes Per Day post, but I am trying to emphasize getting your heart pumping. I also wanted to point out that doing so — getting your heart pumping — does not require jumping or impact of any kind.  You can get your heart rate up by just bending down at the knees and coming back up fast enough and long enough to get your heart working.  Impact is not required, but intensity is.

A lot of people don’t like to do “cardio” because it is boring or uncomfortable, but it does not have to be . . . again . . . find something you like.  There is all kinds of stuff out there.  If you are reading this and are wanting something new or different to try in the area of cardio and you want some ideas, contact me and we can do some brainstorming.  There is something out there that you will love.

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