October 28 Routines Provide Rhythm

October 28 Routines Provide Rhythm

Listening to live Afro-cuban music tonight and  I was carried away by the rhythms.  The rhythms are different than the ones normally employed in our  American pop music. This got me thinking about how our habits become routines, and how the routines set up the rhythms of our day.  Yesterday, my rhythm was thrown off by missing my tabata in the morning.  This feeling of being off my rhythm continued throughout the day. Try to link your new healthy habits with a certain time and a certain order in your day.  Often this helps create routines which provide the right rhythm to your day. This reinforces your desire to get your healthy habits completed. Today’s tabata is a combo of leg lifts and bridges, 4 sets each exercise, 8 sets total, each set is 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest.  For the leg lifts,lay on your back and place the hands palm down under your gluts to protect your back.  Envision your body as one long muscle you are trying to elongate and contract. Slowly raise your legs together till they are perpendicular to the floor and then slowly lower them.  Keep your lower back stuck to the floor throughout the whole move.  For the bridges, you also start laying on your back with arms at the side. Lift your hips toward the ceiling keeping thighs parallel. Tighten gluts and pull abs in to get most out of move and slowly lower self back to floor.  Kettlebell folks can either substitute a tabata of russian swings or do both tabatas, one after the other.