Running, and walking, in the soft sand can greatly improve your ankle and hip stability. Begin with short efforts though! The increase in the activation of the stabilizing muscles can be quite high, and quickly result in an overuse injury if you are not careful. Allow your muscles time to adapt to the new stresses by adding some walking, or short runs, in the sand. Mix these sessions in a bit each week and pay close attention to any new tightness or fatigue in the muscles around the ankles and hips. Enjoy!
Instructors of Yoga and Pilates have a much greater risk of injury than their students. Instructors have learned to be aware of the limitations and difficulties of their students, but many may not recognize their own risk of injury. The problem lies, not in their ability but, in their risk of overuse.
Teaching schedules for many instructors can be as heavy as six hours per day. The demands of teaching can require much more muscular strength, and endurance, than would normaly be required in an individual’s daily personal practice.
Do to these teaching specific demands, I suggest that Instructors add additional strength and conditioning exercises at least twice a week. These additional workouts are for general strength and muscular endurance conditioning, to support the sometimes excessive physical demands of a Professional Instructor. As we all know, when your living depends on your physical ability to finish the job, many times we go beyond what is best for us individually!
Maintain your body and it will keep on working for you!
As Kuwait has no real elevations, we decided to try indoor trekking! We happened upon a great set of stairs inside the Hotel Missoni this morning. Stepping into the stairwell, Which begins on the third floor, we looked upward into the distance. Far above, the peak of our destination was eighteen floors away. When it is 46 degrees C outside, this air conditioned indoor hike looks pretty inviting.
It was a great opportunity to mix up the routine, with some stair hops, sprints, stop by the gym for a short weight training session, then returning to the indoor mountain for one last summit attempt! Looks like this will be our hiking scene until our our return to Bali.