Let's hear your comments. The above obituary announcement is not actual, but it could be, judging by the number of huge schmaltz-laden young men who frequent the mikva every morning. Will Bilky get Gan-Eden or the opposite?
The 4-Minute Total Body Warmup is an important preparation for any workout or other athletic activity. It's critical for avoiding injury, particularly muscle pulls and sprains. This routine consists of 8 exercises, 30 seconds each with no rest in between. They are:
Before you eat that extra piece of cake or kugel on Shabbat, think if you want to go into the summer with a flabby midsection. That's no fun. Healthy and responsible eating together with exercise can put you into shape and help you feel much better. Try this easy exercise, which can either be done with an $8 AbWheel or with a dumbbell. Enjoy today's emuna fitness lesson and have a delightful Shabbat!
People who don't know me often say, "Hey, you don't look like a fitness trainer! Why don't you stick to being a rabbi?"
Two answers to the above comment: First, I'm not a YouTube trainer that wants to show off my six-pack abs and flaunt what he can do but what you can't. Second, following in the tradition of our forefather Jacob who outwrestled an angel, Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel, who was both a juggler and a gymnast who could do pushups on his thumbs alone (see tractate Succoth 53a), Maimonides and many other great sages, coaching people in physical well-being is an integral part of spiritual leadership.
Emuna Fitness is harmony of body and soul. What good is a perfect figure or 21" biceps if you suffer from anxiety and depression?
In my years of athletic experience, training in all different types of sports from running to weight training to wrestling and combat arts, I went through a vicious cycle of approaching what I thought was my peak fitness, then suffering a big setback of an injury or flu. I was repeatedly burning myself out rather than building myself up. Even while learning to become a fitness trainer and health coach, most of my teachers were teaching me the same methods that didn't lead to the results I was looking for.
With Hashem's help, I came to the conclusion that true fitness is the optimum state of body-soul well-being, when physical and emotional ills disappear and a person functions at his or her best. This is opposed to the person who wins the marathon, then spends the next two weeks recuperating in the hospital. With emuna fitness, your goal is not to run the 42 kilometers, to build the massive triceps or to become the aerobic-dance queen who is so carbo-starved after her workout that she eats twice the carbs that she burned. Your goal is to feel good...
I came to the conclusion that emuna fitness is functional fitness. Functional fitness means that you function effectively: despite your age, you can run, walk, climb and lift as you need to. It also means that your body is free of disease and your soul and emotions are free of their diseases - worry, anger, anxiety, worry, depression, jealousy and other negative emotions.
Emuna fitness, which addresses diet, disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle, is therefore the epitome of fitness, the true holistic balance of a healthy body in perfect harmony with a healthy soul.
If you'd see the "LazerBeams" site statistics, you'd see that many of our former viewers have left us because we no longer deal with such non-consequential time-wasters as political conjecture and Moshiach projections. But, we certainly welcome back our old faithfuls and our new viewers who want to feel better. With emuna fitness - when you feel your best inside and out - your Moshiach is already here.
Today, we learn a simple and very effective dynamic stretch to enhance flexibility and mobility of hip flexors, especially important in an age where so many people spend many immobile hours at desks and in front of computers.
Have a wonderful Shabbat. Please enjoy yourself, but eat and drink sensibly. We'll be talking a lot about nutrition in future posts, G-d willing. Shabbat Shalom!
Today's emuna fitness lesson is especially for those people who are "afraid" of breathing; in other words, since they're short of breath or don't breathe properly, they don't want to hear about exercise. This advice in this clip will make breathing much easier, and therefore open the door to exercising. And, if you already exercise, this will make your breathing more efficient:
People ask for a simple way to speed up metabolism - here it is: the ASK (Arm-Swing Kidney) Metabolizing Exercise. It's simple to do and it has several fantastic merits: 1. Anyone can do this, regardless of age or fitness level; 2. It's great when waking up in the morning or as part of a dynamic warmup before any strength or cardio workout; 3. It's an easy and natural way to stimulate metabolism, burn more calories, improve circulation and to feel more energy and less fatigued. 4. It's great for an easy work-break to regain energy and focus and to reboot your metabolism.
Enjoy this emuna-fitness vid and have a healthy new week with blessings in everything you do!