Core conditioning — It's not just about abs

Original Article By Harvard Health Publishing

Many of us have wished for flatter stomachs, a goal that seems more frustrating and elusive the older we get. You might have been tempted by infomercials for exercise devices or breathless magazine articles promising “flat abs” and tighter tummies “in just days.” Despite the hype, spot exercising abdominal muscles won’t get rid of fat. The only way to do that is to expend more calories than you take in. Working these muscles has its place, but the smart money these days is on strengthening a variety of trunk muscles, collectively known as […]

Massage Therapy for Stress Relief and Much More

Original Article By By Susan Seliger

Few sensual experiences rival a full-body massage for pleasure and stress relief — at least among those things you can talk about in front of the children at the dinner table. Word on the health benefits of massage therapy for stress relief has spread. In 2006, 39 million Americans — one in six adults — had at least one massage, according to a nationwide survey by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

“Americans are looking to massage for much more than just relaxation,” says Mary Beth Braun, President of the AMTA. “Massage therapy […]

Why Pilates Is the Missing Link in Your Fitness Regimen

Original Article By Cassie Shortsleeve

It’s time to stop scoffing at Pilates. While the workout Opens a New Window. —which focuses on building core strength Opens a New Window. , mobility, flexibility, and strength Opens a New Window. —seems to be primarily loved by women, it was actually created by a man—a German bodybuilder at that. And today some of the fittest men on the planet (i.e. Navy SEALs) turn to the discipline to counteract their weaknesses and become more well-rounded athletes.

“When you’re out on a site somewhere, you can’t just pop into the gym and get your […]

Pilates Is Famous For Sculpting Lean Bodies, but It’s Actually the Ultimate Injury Rehab

Pilates Is Famous For Sculpting Lean Bodies, but It’s Actually the Ultimate Injury Rehab

Original Article By DOMINIQUE MICHELLE ASTORINO

When you’re injured, recovering from a trauma, or experiencing any kind of pain, your workout is usually the first thing to take a back seat. In most cases, physical therapists and doctors will tell you to pause your running routine, skip Spin class, ditch the boot camps, and cool it with exercise — except Pilates. Andrea Speir, founder and master trainer at SPEIR Pilates, knows this firsthand.

“The aesthetic side of Pilates — wanting to look a certain way — came […]

Yoga for anxiety: Even 10 minutes of daily practice can help transform your life

Original Article By Amy Wright Glenn

Earlier this year, Harvard Medical School published an updated reflection on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. It was noted that nearly 8 percent of American adults had “tried yoga at least once” and around 4 percent had practiced yoga in the last year. Most importantly however, the report summarized studies that focus on how yoga modulates our pain/stress response systems. This is a good thing. Because “the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent.”

In conversations with individuals who struggle […]

Practice Mindfulness In Yoga Poses

For a sense of ease that can permeate your whole life, try practicing mindfulness meditation techniques on the mat.

By: NORA ISAACS Original Article

You’re standing in Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I). You actively reach through your back foot and allow your tailbone to descend away from your lower back as your arms reach up toward the ceiling. As you hold the pose you start to notice your front thigh burning, your shoulders holding tension, and your breath becoming labored. Still holding. Soon you get agitated and start to anticipate the joy you’ll feel when the pose is over. […]

Looking To Boost Brain Power? Try This 10-Minute Trick

By Darcy McDonough

Original Article

You probably already know about the myriad health benefits associated with a daily mindfulness practice. Meditation has been credited with everything from stress relief to weight loss and even increasing longevity. But finding the time and patience to actually implement a regular meditation practice can be intimidating. Who has 10—or even five—extra minutes in their busy schedule to just sit down and be? And when you actually do try it out, you might feel like you aren’t getting anything out of it.

Not to worry, though: Turns out, you can reap the brain-boosting benefits […]

21 Fun and Free Summertime Exercise Ideas

By Julie Rains | Featured on Wise Bread

There are many reasons why exercising in the summer is fun and more feasible than ever. For starters, there is much more daylight during the summer, so you can get outside for more hours, say from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (rather than 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter).

Your schedule may be less hectic in the summer and give you the leisure time to devote to fitness, especially if you do not have to make sure your children go to school in the morning and finish homework at night. Plus, […]

8 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Article by J.J. Beasley | Featured on Healthline

Low-cost, healthy eating can be easy

“I would love to eat healthy, but I just don’t have the budget or time for that right now.”

With all the expensive juices, powders, and superfoods that people think they need to be “healthy,” I don’t blame people for saying that! But as a nutrition student applying to get my master’s degree and become a registered dietitian (RD), I’ve been living that college budget life for quite some time.

One of the most common questions I get asked is: “How can I afford eating […]

Pilates for Knee Pain

Article Featured on CenterWorks | © MMVIII-MMXIII, Aliesa George and Centerworks©. Used by Permission. Originally posted on Centerworks.com.

I’ve been on a knee strengthening kick lately with my Pilates workouts, cardio fitness activities, and weight training program, all because I took a hard fall inline skating with my puppy a few weeks ago.  So I’ve really been trying to pay attention to my habits and here’s what I’ve discovered and how I’ve been compensating because of knee pain.

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