The physical body is a complex machine and a temporary vehicle for higher awareness. In order for our entire being to operate at its optimum, the body needs to be strong and the mind healthy. Understanding the importance of how to maintain the mind, muscles and bones can mean a big difference in quality of life regardless of age. Life can be hectic, and oftentimes we let ourselves get too busy and too tired to bother with a little mind/body maintenance.
According to a study published by the Mayo Clinic, less than three percent of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle.” Frankly, we were shocked to see such a dismal number. The study defines “healthy lifestyle” as meeting the following qualifications:
- Moderate or vigorous exercise for at least 150 minutes a week (2.5 hours)
- A diet score in the top 40 percent on the Healthy Eating Index
- Body fat percentage under 20 percent for men and 30 percent for women
- Not smoking
We know it takes a lot of time and effort to stay healthy, and before creating FlowLIFT, we struggled to fit in quality “me” time. Breaking a sweat and challenging the physical body translates into a balanced mind, improved decision-making and increased feelings of contentment. Instead of spending an hour doing yoga and another hour doing cardio and weight training, you can get it all in one 45-minute FlowLift session. Since the class moves like a vinyasa class, you’re also getting the benefits of being in the flow.
What exactly is flow? Imagine that you’re playing a tennis match. Your attention is focused on the power of your muscles, the movements of your body, the force of your lungs, and the feel of your arms swinging to hit the ball. You’re in the moment and completely absorbed in present reality. Time seems to fade away, and you’re tired but you barely notice.
According to positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, what you are experiencing in that moment is known as flow, a state of complete immersion in an activity. He describes the mental state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” Being in the flow strengthens the mind and keeps the nervous system in a positive state.
FlowLIFT blends the format of a vinyasa class with cardiovascular sequences and resistance training using light ankle and hand weights. The integrated movements require complete focus and concentration, so students stay in the flow and never get bored. Since the moves are always changing, students also never plateau.
There will always be excuses and a long list of things to do, but we’re hoping that this class will help alleviate the stress of trying to stay fit without making big changes to our current schedules. Sign up for a class and get FlowLIFT fit!