There is MORE to the CORE

Photo by Corey Motta on Unsplash

If you are looking to get amazing abs, there are far more effective exercises to be doing than crunches. I could run a whole course on why this is so, and what you should be doing instead. But this is just a post to get you thinking and to realize that there is far more to the core than meets the eye. 

When I was looking for a picture to go with this post, it was difficult because I thought, most people will expect a picture of someone’s six pack, but that’s not all the core is. I could use a picture of someone doing a sport or an exercise, but that still doesn’t truly represent the core. Some people might think, well what does someone with a body that looks like that have to do with me, or, I will never do that sport or never be able to do that move, so why will I identify with that picture?

This is why I chose this Photo. These two men doing what they are doing has nothing to do with anything most of you will likely ever do, and yet it has everything to do with every part of the core that is involved plus much more in your bodies and so is very relevant for everyone. 

Get ready, I have a major news flash! haha!! Some of you may already know this. Our core is made up of many parts, and our entire trunk from about the glutes up to the shoulder girdle is ALL Core! The full front and back! If you train your body only in isolation, you will do your body a disservice. You could seriously injure yourself either with an acute injury or through repetition cause a chronic injury and/or serious postural issues. There is so much more to say, but its really something that needs more time spent to teach people about. 

I will return to this picture. Man #1 requires overall core stability and strength in order to support man #2 on his shoulders. He also needs flexibility and mobility. Not only that, but he needs full body stabilization through large muscle groups and small stabilizer muscles within the main core unit and the rest of the body (and you know man #2’s end goal is to totally stand up tall on top of man #1. Who knows…maybe he is even planning a crazy flip or something!). Man #2 needs everything man #1 has, plus the added requirement of balance. Another news flash….balance and stability are not one in the same, and you can’t have one without the other. These need to be trained differently.  Both man #1 and #2 need the ability to use different breathing techniques in conjunction with how they use their overall core unit in order to execute what they are doing or are about to do.

So everyone, if you don’t train your full core unit, and the entire body in an INTEGRATED way, no amount of isolation exercises is going to do you any favors. What good is a body if it can’t move well?! If you train for functionality for activities of daily living, or for a sport or activity you may do, the side effect is great looking abs and body (provided you support proper training with proper nutrition). 

You may be wondering now, how do I start to get myself working towards the right things?

Are you thinking, OH MAN….. I had no idea the body was that complicated, and now I think I have no idea what I am doing when I go to the gym, and no wonder I am not seeing any changes in my body!

 

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AIM HIGH – An Amazing Short FILM

Amazing Short Horror Film!

Where to start!!? First I am happy that I met Daniel McGuire a few years back through Muay Thai. But unbeknownst to me, I found out, he is also a horror movie buff. And not only does he enjoy horror movies, but it also turns out he writes and directs short films of this genre. Back when we met he told me all about this horror movie he was working on. I can’t actually remember if it was another movie or his current one AIM HIGH. I just know, that off and on, I would always ask him how the progress on his movie was going.

For those of you who don’t know me that well…. I LOVE HORROR MOVIES!!! At Halloween, I used to always watch all the Halloween specials, and horror movies…

Now, into my adulthood, all of October, I watch at least 1 horror movie per night. It is the way I celebrate Halloween every year now. I even go to Horror Movie Festivals!

I felt very honoured to be one of a smaller circle of people to get to view AIM HIGH in its final editing phase. And now, to have just seen a private screening tonight of it as a feature short film was so exciting!!

What can I say!!?? I thought this movie was amazing! What else can I say without giving to much away!???

I really enjoyed the suspense that was developed from beginning to end. I felt there was a lot of creativity not only with set, music, lighting etc., but also with use of the ongoing conversations going on in the minds of the characters involved. If you like dark humour like me, it was HILARIOUS at moments that were perfect! I also really like the actors that were chosen for this movie. Not only are they talented, but I love how expressive their faces are, especially Rebekka Gondosch and Michael Pearson. In particular their eyes!!

Daniel McGuire and the rest of the AIM HIGH team will be starting their festival run in June! They have submitted their short film into a variety of Film Festivals both locally, provincial, nationally, and internationally!

AIM HIGH has been officially selected to screen at this years Calgary Horror Con, Canada’s first and largest Convention dedicated to Horror!! Talk about exciting…I wonder if I can manage to find a way to go!!??

Congratulations Daniel, and congrats to all the rest of the AIM HIGH Team!

WHO ELSE HERE LOVES HORROR MOVIES AS MUCH AS ME?????? Please comment below! 🙂

Trust the wait!

I am sure at some point in your life and maybe even many times in your life you have been put into a position where all you can do is wait.

How you choose to spend that wait time is up to you.

My suggestion is, sure wait, but don’t put your life on hold for anything or anyone.

Spend time doing things that are meaningful to you. Reconnect with friends, try something new. Enjoy life!!!

Main thing is, try not to get stuck in a negative downward spiral feeling like life can’t continue until whatever or whoever you are waiting on is ready for the next move, next idea or next step, whatever that may be.

When things are “ready” they will happen

It’s like waiting for a pot to boil….lol. It will boil when the temperature is hot enough …..

Life wouldn’t be life without these moments. Embrace it, and enjoy what happens when you do

My experience with the Usana 5 day RESET

Yesterday I did a Facebook Live talking about my experience with the 5 day Reset through Usana. I am going to provide you with a You Tube Link so you can hear what I have to say. Just below the video, I talk a bit more about people’s testimonials and the difference between Food Grade and Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements. Please read on after.

What a difference 5 days can make!!

I forgot to mention in my video about the women who talked about their stories where they had dealt with serious health issues almost their whole lives, always wondering no matter what supplements they took (and they took everything you can imagine recommended), why nothing seemed to work.

Part of this is because a lot of supplements out there are Food Grade. There are Food Grade and Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements.

What is the difference?

Food Grade – there are no absorption requirements, contaminants may be present (no pre-inspection requirement) and dosage can vary. Somtimes you are only getting 20% of what you need out of a supplement in a whole bottle!

Pharmaceutical Grade – Absorption required within 45 min, ingredients are inspected prior to production, and you get the exact dosage (100%).

Many of these women, who were on their last rope with things, were willing to try anything else if it meant an improvement in the quality of their lives. Some were skeptical when introduced to the idea of Usana. They moved forward to try Usana supplements because nothing else had worked to help them turn their health around. It was their last resort. Their testimonials were very moving.

One of the big things about Usana products is that they are Pharmaceutical Grade quality. Which is likely a big reason changes were seen in these women. I am huge on anything going into my body being high quality.

If you or anyone else you know has any unresolved health issue, Usana may be the right answer for you. As I like to say, don’t knock it unless you try it. As well, health issues sometimes take a long time to develop, so you also need to be taking a supplement for a while to let the ongoing effects take hold. That being said, I did notice very quick effects on the 5 day RESET. But that product is meant to do that. If you would like to try a product or check something out for someone else I will provide my website below.

On a different note, I am also searching for positive open-minded people to help me educate more people on how Usana can help them to live a happier and healthier life. If you are interested in building a team with me to do this as well as wanting to improve your phyiscal/mental/emotional/ and financial health, visit my website.

https://thrivekellykinetics.usana.com

Partnering with a Health & Wellness Company

For years, I have been wanting to add something to my business so I could provide my clients and more people in general with access to high quality health and fitness supplements. The research has been long, sometimes laborious and sometimes down right annoying! I have found the perfect Health and Wellness Company to partner with and I have started using their products. My mission is to educate people about Usana and how it can help their health!

Usana is a company that has been around for 25 years and provides people with exceptional high-quality pharmaceutical grade health and wellness supplementation for men, women and children. Usana is approved by Doctors and 8 of their products can be found in the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS). When I seek to work with a partner on something or go to learn with someone, I only ever seek out the best!        

As I plan to prepare my body for an upcoming photo shoot for my new website, I decided what better timing than to start with Usana’s 5 day RESET program. I am usually not into the idea of meal replacement shakes, but I can’t knock it unless I try it. Good thing is, you drink 3 shakes a day providing you with all the protein, fats, fibers and carbohydrates required, but you also get to still eat 2-3 whole food snacks a day.  Its working well so far!  I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a kick-start into further weight-loss.          

I would not suggest anyone eat like this on a long-term basis. Its strictly to be done for 5 days, only a few times a year. Generally, you will hear me say, “eat your meals, don’t drink them, your body was built to go through a full digestive and absorption process”.           

So often people will tell me about digestive issues, bloating etc (because they drink shakes/ green drinks etc. ALL the time).  Another thing is, if you have digestive issues or didn’t lose weight on a shake system it could be because of what your shakes/meal replacements are made of.  Usana’s FREE shakes are gluten free, dairy free, and made with NON-GMO plant protein. As well, if you do a shake system and add extra things into your shake, you must recalculate how much you can have in other snacks through the day.    Myself I just do the plain shake and have the snacks. Sometimes I add extra to my snacks or add an extra snack because although the Usana 5-day RESET suggests moderate exercise, that’s not me. Nothing I do is moderate intensity level, so i must adjust the plan to suit my caloric needs. But guess what?! I am still losing weight, and I never feel hungrier than i normally do when I am just eating normal.

The 5 day RESET is great for curbing cravings for sugar! I have found all my cravings have been curbed (yes, even trainers get cravings!) You also have a daily probiotic with it as well supplement with necessary micronutrients needed for excellent cellular health.           

I plan to report on my results soon! My 5th day was on Friday May 3rd!            

Anyone interested in learning more about Usana and how it can help you check out my site!                                                                                     

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Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning. What can I say about meal planning/meal prep?

A lot of clients just starting out don’t even know where to begin. Along with all the other lifestyle changes that need to happen when choosing to learn about and develop a healthier lifestyle, meal prep can be quite a daunting task! But, it doesn’t have to be. I will share some basic tips to help you to get started.

  1. Set aside time during the week to decide what you would like to eat the following week for all your meals and snacks. Lay it out on your computer/phone in a chart, spreadsheet or a piece of paper (whatever suits you best).
  2. Make your grocery list
  3. Decide where you are going to schedule time in for grocery shopping and meal prep on your calendar and keep those days and times consistent.
  4. Go grocery shopping which may include buying containers to both store food and carry food with you to work/class.
  5. Start meal prep.

Some people buy enough to prep for the entire week. Some people who have meal prep down to a T may even meal prep twice a week, making enough at the beginning of the week up until say Wednesday, then Wednesday making enough to last until Saturday.

There are so many other details involved in Meal Planning and Prepping, but these are some guidelines to get you started. When you can be organized in your meals, your workouts/training sessions with your trainer, and everything else, become that much easier and you will see more consistent and faster results because you are consistent with your nutritional intake.

Not sure you can deal with doing it all?

Need some healthy recipe ideas and grocery lists to go with them? Join my mailing list to find out how you can get these so all you have to worry about is meal prep! When you join you will receive a free gift.

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Prepping Asparagus for the oven. Olive oil, salt and pepper, and a little bit of red pepper flakes

Belly Dance – My Story

I talked all about “why belly dance” and realized I never really shared my story with you about how I got into belly dance and how it developed for me.  This is the short version of a lot of years.

Once upon a time when I was still working as a Medical Secretary at Women’s College Hospital, there was a very well known Belly Dance School in Toronto called Arabesque Academy which at the time was located on my walk from the subway to the hospital. One day  I said to my best friend and a close work friend, lets go try belly dance! The work friend bailed on us, but my best friend went with me. After one class we were hooked!!  This came at the perfect time for me because the guy i was dating had just broke up with me and I needed somewhere or something to help me through the healing process. Belly dance was perfect for that.

We took classes for a few years, did recitals, made other friends there, and then started an amateur dance troupe for fun.  Over the years I trained with a few different dancers at this school. Later I ventured out and studied with Roula Said  at Om Laila, and at what was once Hannan’s Belly Dance Studio and later became Egyptian Dance Academy.

Somewhere along the way I went back to University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My friends there got wind of the fact that I was learning to belly dance and asked if I would teach them. So i figured, sure, I could show them some basics, and i wouldn’t charge a lot, but enough to make sure i could pay rent for a studio on the University Campus. People loved it, and if i remember correctly, I taught them more than once.

It was at that point that I realized, maybe i wanted to get a  bit more serious about belly dancing and teaching belly dance. I told my significant other at that point that i was thinking about trying to find a belly dance/middle eastern dance teacher certification. I found this amazing internationally renowned dancer on google – Hadia. She had a 3 level middle eastern dance teacher training course. Level 1 was all the way out in Victoria, B.C. I told my best friend about it and asked her if she wanted to go. We went out there together. It was one of the best things I ever did. Over the years, I continued to complete level 2 and then level 3 to get the whole certification. I also spent two weeks during two summers in her intensive Professional Course. It was hard work, and I felt most dancers were more advanced than me at least the first year. But I toughed it out, and feel I gained so much. I also had fun travelling to different parts of Canada to do this!

I went on to teach actual belly dance course sessions and workshops and developed my own dance troupe in to a company later on with Belly Dancers and Flamenco Dancers. Everyone’s lives got busy, so i shut down the dance company. Off and on i would go back to either teaching belly dance or performing belly dance. I don’t perform belly dance that often any more. Last time was at a Purim Event a couple years ago, and most recent as a birthday gift to a close flamenco friend of mine this past weekend.

I also off and on taught some drop in classes at a private gym I was doing personal training out of. After another long break, I am bringing belly dance back under my Fitness Business – KellyKinetics.

I am very excited to bring it back!!

I will be offering a short bellydance teaser class at:

CAMH’s “One Brave Night Fundraiser

http://give.camh.ca/site/TR/OBN/OneBraveNight?px=1184442&pg=personal&fr_id=1130 – visit and help me donate to a great cause.

And I plan to run a free Intro Belly dance workshop on Wednesday May 15th from 12:00-1:30pm  – I will be providing a link to sign up for that soon!

Hope to see you there!

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