strength | [noun: own it] |

  1. the state, quality, or property of being strong (physically powerful).
  2. the power to resist attack; impregnability
  3. the power to resist strain or stress; durability

synonyms: brute, clout, courage, durability, energy, force, fortitude, hardiness, health, might, muscle, nerve, potency, power, security, stability, stamina, steadiness, sturdiness, substance, tenacity, vigor, virility, vitality

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – F.D.R.

After meditating on the power of balance, and the fortitude of control, you now have the opportunity to determine this… What makes YOU strong?

“For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself.” -Henry David Thoreau

You: Placing yourself far outside your comfort zone.
You: Standing facing the strong, gusty wind (don’t let anything push you around).
You: Breaking bad habits.
You: Moving flexibly through the storm.
You: Bending like a tree, but never breaking down.
You: Solid in your convictions.
You: Practicing bold, healthy strong habits.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Gandhi

I remember the first weekend I strapped both of my feet to a board, and threw myself at Mother Nature’s winter playground… With reverence I rode her snowy mountains, and she had fun kicking my (very little, and padding required) athletic *ss. I spoke to myself, out loud, down each run, with constant affirmation of who I am and who I want to be.

“Concentration is the secret of strength.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you done this lately? Maybe on a board of a different kind? (riding waves) Or perhaps on a magic carpet?

When building physical strength within yourself, you’ll increase stress, fight-or-flight chemicals, stimulation and resistance forces; referred to as the Overload Principle. The more you handle, greater your tolerance becomes. This is how physiological training adaptations occur in exercise. When you challenge your heart, lungs and skeletal muscles to do work not previously accomplished in the past, your body will change to handle the task more efficiently and effectively. This is how people get stronger, faster, and gain movement confidence.

“To give anything less than the best would be to sacrifice the gift” – Steve Prefontaine

Philosophy In Action

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of “vigorous” exercise.  This can be split up as 30 minutes, five days a week or 10-15 minute bouts through out the day till it is done. Getting strong from the inside, requires taking the time to do it.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

"I know that I am strong."

Color Your World

The color of the month is bud green. surrounding yourself with this color will help find balance of strength and substance.

Chakra Therapy

As you may remember from last week, the heart chakra is the center of the chakras.  Your physical heart is the size of your fist. It shows sheer strength in that this relatively small muscle pumps blood to the rest of the body.

Sole Training

Why toe exercises?  Building strength in your intrinsic foot muscles will give you a stronger push-off and more confident ankle stability.

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