Meditation and mindfulness for any mind, any mood, any goal
You can try Try Headspace to learn the essentials ofmeditation and mindfulness with our free Basics course. If you enjoy it, then it’s time tosubscribe. Once you do, you’ll have bite-sized minis for when you’re short on time, exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.
It’s hard to talk about Headspace without talking about Andy Puddicombe. So let’s start there. In his early twenties, Andy cut his Sports Science degree short to become a Buddhist monk. For over 10 years, his meditation training took him across the world to Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand, Australia and Russia. Eventually, he was ordained at a Tibetan monastery in the Indian Himalayas.
After completing his monastic commitment, Andy returned to the UK with the huge-yet-simple goal of teaching meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible. To demystify the mystical, Andy set up a meditation consultancy and began working with politicians, athletes (that sports science background finally came in handy), and business leaders.
That’s when Andy met Rich Pierson, who needed help dealing with the stress of the advertising world. Before long, Andy and Rich were skill-swapping meditation for business advice. That’s when Headspace was born.
Headspace was officially launched in 2010 as an events company, but attendees wanted to take what they learned home with them. Andy, Rich, and a small team decided to make Andy’s techniques available online so more people could experience thebenefits of meditationanytime, anywhere. And that blossomed into the Headspace app you see today:guided meditations, animations, articles and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style.
We're going to take a break from our Monthly Fitness Challenges for the holidays this December, but you are still welcome to participate in the Asskicker Army Facebook Group. If you'd like to continue with the structure of our challenges, you can download one of the calendars from a previous month to follow. Details about all of our fitness challenges can be found on the list below.
Choose a continuous movement that keeps you moving quickly but efficiently. If you find yourself having to stop before the minute is over, you may need to adjust your pace. This could include jumping jacks, high knees, dance, butt kicks, step ups, running if you have a treadmill or biking if you have a stationary bike. You could also choose to do these workouts outside and run up and down stairs, do sprints, etc.
We'll continue to focus on strengthening our core & abs this month, while adding some new balance and stability exercises. A healthy balance system gives you more energy and strength while helping you move freely and confidently. There are immediate health benefits from maintaining your stability, including better mobility, fewer injuries and a greater ability to push yourself further during exercise which in turn increases your overall fitness level.