IGNITE YOUR DAY – Monday

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Dish of the Day:
Venison Marsala Don’t be intimidated by “venison” – use chicken (or pork) and you’ll still get rave reviews.  (Click here for additional recipes)

 

 

Movement of the Day:
Kettlebell Swings  This is a super simple, but great movement to do on a regular basis – like Overhead Squats, Kettlebell Swings help “undo” the bad effects of all the sitting we do (like me creating this post – dang!) (Click here for additional workouts)

 

Journal of the Day:
Quote of the Day: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford
Essential Element It has long been recognized that journaling your life’s experiences is one of the most effective strategies to manage stress. [click to view Spark Insight -  Coping Mechanisms]
Journal: Writing down what’s bugging you – the stresses in your day, in your life – is often very helpful in diluting the stress those situations are causing. Write down three things that are grinding you down; now, if you can, outline a plan to: (a) delegate them; (b) manage them versus worry about them (meaning take action); (c) let them go altogether. (Click here for additional Journal work)

Kettle Bell Swings

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This is a super simple but great movement to do on a regular basis – like Overhead Squats, Kettlebell Swings help “undo” the bad effects of all the sitting we do  (like me creating this post – dang!)

 

  • Notice in the video how Dr. Stephen is using the hip thrust motion to “swing” the kettle bell – although the arms are active and involved, it’s not their motion that brings the weight to vertical; the arms simply continue the momentum of the motion of what the hips generate.
  • That (above) being said, use your arm strength to maintain a controlled stop at the top.
  • One thing to be careful of: Don’t hyper-extend your lower back at the top – engage your core (your abs and upper torso) to stop the motion of your pelvis at vertical – meaning DON’T arch your back.