A few years back when I worked with a personal trainer I was introduced to the “plank”. A pose that is not only done in yoga but also in many other fitness routines. For some it can be the dreaded pose that you hate because at first it seems impossible to do! Arms are shaking, legs are shaking and after 10 seconds of holding the plank pose you are ready to quit! But the reality is, plank pose is one of the most beneficial poses to include in your workout.
The plank targets your core and you build endurance and strength. Through toning your core you are also strengthening your back which is critical for good posture. And as an added bonus you are also strengthening your arms, wrists, and quads!
Start today and include the plank pose in your fitness routine. It resembles the”up” position of a pushup, with your arms extended and your legs straight out behind you. Your body should be in one straight, diagonal line from your head to your heels. Start with holding it for 1o seconds and push yourself to increase the time you hold the pose each time you do it. Even 2 seconds more will make a difference!
How would you define generosity? How do you give generously? Are there ways to live generously? According to Wikipedia, generosity is “is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets, or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait”.
I do believe generosity is an act we should all practice. I value and respect individuals who possess this quality and I know I strive to be generous to my community and those who are part of it. Living generously can done in simple ways such as giving thanks before a meal, giving something away, becoming an organ donor, and even planting your own vegetable garden. It can be very easy to find ways to give back to the community around us.
I recently came across a book that is now added to my list of books I want to read. It is called “Live Generously – 50 small acts that make a big difference” edited by Julie Van Pelt. This book was inspired by a U.K. project, A Year of Living Generously, where an online community began to do generous acts for the good of community. This book illustrates 50 ways to connect with your community. It provides ways for us to improve our lives and teaches us acts of sharing rather than competing.
How do you practice generosity? How do others around you inspire you to be more generous?
Live simply, expect little, give much, love extravagantly