“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”
PHYSICAL: Handstand Drills
Lately, we’ve been loving Handstand Drills! These drills are devised to strengthen the muscles needed for solid and stable free standing handstands that we hope to one day achieve (in the near future). We must understand that things like this take time and continuous effort, but little by little your body (and more importantly your brain) remember each attempt and learn from each session. Handstands require a lot of internal “conversations” to the rest of your body which is also called “Proprioception”. Rather than mindlessly kicking your feet over your head you must slowly (in your mind) but quickly (in your body) recruit all the necessary muscles to feel the alignment and centre of gravity all at once. Of course, we know when we do squats we need to focus on using our glutes and quads but when we’re inverting (which can be somewhat scary at times) sometimes all we focus on is getting our legs in the air which is just one piece of a handstand but not the whole pie! In these drills we focus on strengthening shoulders, back muscles and abdominals as well as feeling better/safer and more confident while inverted.
Give these a try!
Scissor your legs one at a time off the wall to feel when your feet are over your hips.
Try 10 taps alternating each leg
Pike against the wall as close to 90 degrees as you can and hold for as long as you can!
PRACTICAL: WunderList App
A great APP that helps make lists easier, and more effective. You can share lists with friends, partners or coworkers so you can both check off what needs to get done and divide who does what . You can also make notes on each list item and reminder timers so you achieve the task by said time – no later. They have a smartphone app and a desktop version so it’s always accessible. It’s helped me daily with work, studying, and even grocery lists which my boyfriend and I can see who got which item in real time so we know when we’re out what there is left to grab. Try it out! It’s free of course so there’s no risk involved, just a more organized you!
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
You have to fail to become successful, there’s no doubt about it. No one gets into a handstand the first time they try as true as no one becomes a CEO the second they graduate. We can apply this theory to our physical goals as well as to our life and career goals. Patience is key as well as learning from our mistakes and realizing it’s only human to make them.
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Amanda and Brit