Turn up the heat

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It may be October and autumn may be in full swing. The leaves may be falling from the trees a leaving a colourful carpet on the ground. Yet this is a most beautiful time of year. The harvest is almost over. There are just a few apples, pears and berries on the branches. Late pickings for a snack . The heat may have left our skies but there is plenty of heat around at lifetrainme.

In the kitchen the dehydrator is working overtime. This week the air is rich with the warm scent of apple and cinnamon. There’s not too much heat in this raw kitchen but things are definitely hotting up everywhere else.

In the gym this week we are all about ‘hot feet’. Also known as “fast feet” it’s the super fast tapping of the feet and transferring the weight from one foot to the other. You kind of look like you are wriggling from side to side on hot coals, if you can imagine that. Try incorporating it into your daily exercise regime. It might sound simple but after three repeats of 1 minute each I guarantee you’ll feel it. Your calves will be on fire.

My 3rd exposure to heat this week comes from HOT YOGA. What a beautiful practice this is . There are many reported benefits of hot yoga. The one that’s most often talked about is detoxification: sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. The heat allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures. Practicing yoga in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder. It helps the body relax, improves breathing (helpful for conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind.

And lastly, How could I forget my sauna and steam rooms? I’ve been all about infrared FAR saunas this week. The interesting thing about these types of saunas is that they differ from “regular saunas” because their light directly penetrates your skin but does not warm the air around you. The temperature in your body goes up quickly, yet the light has no effect on your surrounding environment, so they are perfect to have at home. The results of an infrared sauna are produced at lower temperatures than a conventional sauna and might even be tolerated better by people who can’t cope with the heat of other saunas or steam rooms. It’s a nice quiet place to sit and contemplate or even get on with some study.

Why don’t you try a little heat this week?

Written by: Mimi

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