AHA News: Is Yoga Heart-Healthy? It's No Stretch to See Benefits, Science Suggests

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For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better mood, increased energy, and stronger bones and muscles. But there’s another form of physical activity that’s grabbing headlines — yoga.

Some studies suggest the mind-body practice may be good for heart health, from reducing blood pressure and cholesterol to lowering stress and body mass index.

While yoga often is associated with images of limber practitioners, it is more than just stretching and handstands. Originated in India, yoga includes physical poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. There are […]

How Inactivity and Junk Food Can Harm Your Brain

By Dennis Thompson | Article Featured on US News

If you’re in your 50s and your typical day involves sitting at a desk followed by lounging on the sofa and succumbing to late-night snacks, the long-term toll on your mind might be greater than you think.

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Take the Stairs: An ‘Exercise Snack’ Can Do Wonders for Your Heart and Lungs

By Robert Preidt | Article Featured on US News

Just a few exercise breaks — or “snacks” — a day can provide significant benefits, a new study says. Specifically, it found that short sessions of intense stair climbing spaced throughout the day can improve heart and lung (cardiorespiratory) fitness.

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How to Prevent Pelvic Floor Problems

By Anna Medaris Miller | Featured on US News

Stop Doing This to Prevent Incontinence (and More): Five common habits that are wearing on the important group of muscles.

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How to Tone Your Arms With Yoga Alone

Article Featured on US News | Article & Images By Jake Panasevich

TANK TOP ARMS ARE BUILT in sweater weather – and fortunately, pumping iron isn’t the only way to tone your shoulders, biceps, triceps and forearms. Yoga, I’ve found, can make your whole body even more lean and chiseled than weight training (and can help you find your zen too, of course). Here are the best yoga exercises for shaping your arms:

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Just 6 Months of Walking May Boost Aging Brains

By Amy Norton | Article Featured on US News

Walking and other types of moderate exercise may help turn back the clock for older adults who are losing their mental sharpness, a new clinical trial finds.

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How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise When You Don't Want To

By Karen L. Smith-Janssen | Article Featured on Prevention.com

Motivating myself to work out is hard. At the beginning of every week, I have such high hopes for my healthy agenda. Then, within a couple of days, reality sets in and life flattens my workout motivation like a pancake. Could be long work hours or New York City’s current heat wave that has everyone wilting—and opting for ice cream.   Looking for inspiration, I asked everyone (everyone! I swear) about the ways they motivate themselves to exercise. Most of the answers made me want to bang my head against a wall—there was one […]

Carb Cycling: An Exercise in Weight Loss

By Len Canter | Featured on US News

Trying to choose between a high-carb and a low-carb diet? There’s a third option that might suit you even better. The concept is called carb cycling, shorthand for alternating between high- and low-carbohydrate days. There’s even a variation that lets you make every seventh day a cheat day.

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Neglected Muscles That Need Exercising

By Anna Medaris Miller, | Featured on US News

The forgotten muscles

Quads, abs, biceps, pecs – chances are, your strength routine involves these muscle groups. And while they’re indeed important for functioning (and looking fit), they’re far from the only muscles that deserve attention. In fact, says Sean Kuechenmeister, a certified athletic trainer at the New York Sports Science Lab in Staten Island, the hard-to-see muscles often play a big role in posture and movement. “If these muscles are neglected in training, they can diminish the appearance of the glorified beach muscles, because they aren’t able to support your […]

Pilates helps 64-year-old with nerve pain; 'I can do more things now than I could in my 30s'

Original Article By Live Well Nebraska

Former dancer and gymnast Karen Kocourek has always kept a busy and active lifestyle.

When she retired as a pharmaceutical rep, she took up Zumba, to get a little bit of dance back in her life. She added weight lifting and machine work at the gym to her routine.

Her daughter Katrinka Stayton urged her mom to try Pilates last year. She thought

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