How to Make Every Exercise Mindful

Most people will discuss body-mind connections when referring to certain forms of exercise like Yoga and Pilates.

While it is true that these two forms of exercise do wonders for the connection between movement and concentration of the muscles during a workout, Dr. Jim Gavin brings up a great point in his article on Mindful Exercise.

Dr. Gavin argues in favor of what he calls the body-mind cube, discussing ways to incorporate focus and consciousness in the commonly categorized body-mind exercise into all forms of exercise. Dr. Gavin breaks down mindful exercise sessions into three elements and transfers them to his cube technique (you can read the details here).

To summarize, every exerciser, regardless of the exercise they are participating in and what fitness level they are at, can make an activity mindful:
1.) Focus on Breathing
2.) Focus on the muscle you are engaging for the movement
3.) Leave the rest of the day at the door

I understand that number 3 is the most difficult by far. However, a completely focused, intensely engaged muscle focused and even breathing session will give you that truly mindful exercise experience.
So next time you head to the gym, track, or weight room leave your to-do lists, plans, kids, friends, family, etc. out of your session!

Healthy Fall Recipes

Fall is a great time to try out new recipes and really capitalize on the bevvy of fresh vegetables and hearty foods in season. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes, broken down by meal. All are healthy, and some are even speedy to-go options. Hopefully our list will encourage you to venture out of our comfort zone and discover some exciting new meals.

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Just click the links to view the full recipe. Happy Fall Cooking:

BREAKFAST

Mini Frittatas are a great way to get you out the door quickly since you an make them the night before and heat them in the morning!

Quick PB J Wrap

Make a mixed batch like these for all your picky eaters.

LUNCH or DINNER:

Shrimp Tacos for the healthy version of taco night

Curried Eggplant; A great Vegetarian Meal

Spinach Lasagna Rolls make Italian food healthier!

SIDES and SNACKS

Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad yum!

Simple Zucchini Chips

Signature Selection – Airopes TW

This Fall, Smart Workout is unveiling its Signature Selection. These are specfically selected and originally developed classes to address all fitness needs (cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and mind/body connection).

Each month, we will feature one of Smart Workouts Signature Classes and explain why it should be in your workout regimen!

First up is Airopes TW.

This 60 minute class is an awesome workout for your arms, providing intense cardio, improving balance and agility, and increasing your upper and lower body strength.

Airopes are small weighted ropes that add both a cardio and strength component to your basic arm exercises, allowing you to tone every muscle in your arms!

“TW” is a double entendre for the Total Workout achieved by incorporating the Trampoline and the WAVE. Both the Trampoline and Wave are cardiovascular workouts that tone the legs as well. The Wave in particular is a completely new piece of equipment, and unique to Smart Workout. It also incorporates balance and agility and is a blast to workout on!

It’s a true fusion class The best 60 minutes of fitness and fun you’ll ever spend, and your body will thank you!

Ready to try it out? Fill out free guest pass form today! You can find it on our website, www.smartworkout.net, or on the right-hand side of this webpage.