You're working out the way you have for years but aches and pains don't go away.
Minor injuries keep piling up.
You really want to get fit, but going to the gym just doesn't feel right.
You've lost your edge at your favorite sport.
You've never really enjoyed exercise and its hard to keep pretending that you do.
You're recovering from an accident, injury or surgery and can't seem to find your groove again.
Fitness classes feel more like a fashion show than a health benefit.
Your daily stress gets in the way and exercise doesn't calm you down anymore.
You have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, diabetes, chronic fatigue etc. and it hurts to exercise.
Most of the exercise solutions out there feel at odds with my lifestyle and values.
Any of these sound familiar?
The problem is that we live in a fast paced, competitive, aggressive world and the fitness industry reflects that. Their solutions are usually some form of harder, faster, tougher...
From Joe Pinella, Founder of Yin Fitness
Many of have experienced accidents, illness and physical breakdowns in our lives. Our everyday routines may have kept us from optimal wellness and fitness for many years.
If you are struggling with a way to stay fit, healthy and pain-free, I would like to offer you a solution.CALL TO ACTION
“Exercise is SUPPOSED to be hard!”
“If you don't breathe hard and sweat a lot, you're not getting any benefit.”
“No pain, no gain!”
Are you one of the thousands of out-of-shape people who have heard these common myths about exercise and decided that you could never succeed at something so unpleasant or difficult?
Or have you tried one of those hyped-up fitness programs du jour, then given up because the results were minimal, or the exercise itself caused severe discomfort or even injury?
The fitness industry is filled with instructions for tricking yourself into exercising harder, urging you to ignore pain and discomfort. Such programs often recommend starting at a low level of whatever the exercise is, and working up to more and more strenuous repetitions.
Once you have conquered those strenuous exercises, you are encouraged to take on even more and more difficult routines.
It's almost as if the goal of exercise is to do more exercise, rather than to improve your strength, cardiovascular tone mobility, and overall health.
But what if there were a different way, a better way? What if you could improve your fitness comfortably, gently, with no feeling that you are pushing yourself beyond your limits?
What if you could begin and maintain your fitness starting at any age, from nearly any level of current fitness?
Let’s take another look at those exercise so-called truths I listed earlier:
Myth #1: “Exercise is SUPPOSED to be hard!”
FALSE. All body movements, including exercises, should be easily within your capabilities. If something is too hard—if you have to force yourself to finish it because of discomfort, then it is depleting your energy reserves and limiting your ability to increase those capabilities without damage. One of my students always considered herself fit until she enrolled in a very vigorous yoga program. There she was exposed to people who could seemingly easily do poses she could not manage. Her fellow yogis urged her to keep trying. “Pain is only a sensation,” her instructor told her. After working on it for months, and with two class members helping to force her body into the pose, she finally achieved it, at the cost of injuring her back so seriously that she could not do any poses for months.
Myth #2. “If you don't breathe hard and sweat a lot, you're not getting any benefit.”
FALSE. Many people believe that a good workout must include a pounding heart and rapid breathing. This is because in Yang exercises exertion itself is prized. In Yin exercises, on the other hand, control (strengthening the essential and relaxing the unnecessary) is the goal. Rapid heart rate and rapid breathing are unnecessary for strengthening the heart and the lungs. In Yin exercises, breathing is the fundamental level of control. If you breathe fast you stimulate the sympathetic nervous system: fight or flight. Using controlled breathing, you turn the parasympathetic nervous system on, replenishing your body’s store of energy.
Myth #3. “No pain, no gain!”
This is perhaps the most common exercise myth, and the reason that so many people push themselves to do harmful, depleting Yang exercises. This myth is based on the fact that muscles experience micro-tears when you do strenuous exercise, and then supposedly heal stronger than ever. The unfortunate truth is that torn tissue is not replaced by new muscle tissue—instead it is replaced by scar tissue, which is not elastic, like muscle tissue.
With Yang exercises the main benefit of the exercise occurs while resting after vigorous activity, using your body’s ability to stimulate the body’s repair mechanisms. But these can become emergency repairs when you overdo it, or when your energy reservoir is depleted. With Yin exercises, like my Healing Movements System, the benefit occurs both during and after exercise. What you get is energized relaxation without damage, and restoration rather than repair.
The real truth when it comes to exercise is that no pain means MORE gain.
When you work within nature’s perfect balance, MIRACLES HAPPEN.
What if there was a different way, a better way!
What if you could improve your fitness comfortably, gently, with no feeling that you are pushing yourself beyond your limits?
What if you could begin and maintain your fitness at home, starting at any age, from nearly any level of current fitness?CALL TO ACTION
The great news is that there IS a better way. My Yin Fitness Program works with your body to promote overall health while improving your physical condition. Based on the ancient Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Chi Gong, my system works on the principle of energy balance within your body.
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