Sunday, January 29, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Hit the pool and burn close to 300 calories in just 22 minutes with this workout from Dave Thomas, USA Swimming sport-development consultant in Colorado Springs.
Performing drills in the water is the best way to improve form and prevent boredom.
This routine is based on a 25-yard-long pool lane; we've given times to shoot for, but go at your own pace. If needed, take 20-second rests between each segment.
|2. Alternate freestyle and backstroke||8||4|
|3. Use a kickboard||4||4|
|4. Freestyle using a pull buoy floating device held between legs||4||2|
|5. Repeat #2||8||4|
|6. Your favorite stroke (moderate pace)||8||4|
|7. Sprint (favorite stroke)||2||1|
|8. Freestyle (cool down)||2||1|
Isn’t our mind the very essence of our being—what makes us feel alive? What are we without our mind? Flesh and blood? You’d probably agree. Our perception, experiences, feelings, and the ability to think and act are all processed by our mind. Doesn’t that require us to keep our mind healthy at all costs?
A healthy mind is one that is not scattered all over the place. It is not grieving the past nor is it anxious about what might befall in the future. It is focused and productive and at the peak of its creativity. It can be all this only when it is free of stress. Stress is responsible for making a mind dull and for triggering emotional and physical problems. Have you noticed how easily someone can get you to shout and howl when you are already stressed?
On the contrary, a healthy mind keeps you calm and composed even at troubled times. You are able to enjoy what you are doing now, be it reading this article, getting a report done on time, or walking your dog. It strengthens your relationships with people. In fact, your mind is so powerful that it can also affect your physical and emotional health. You are more likely to fall ill when you are stressed because your immune system weakens.
If you can manage your mind, you can manage everything else—relationships, career, health, you name it. And meditation can help you do it from where you are sitting right now. Yes, combat stress with meditation: an age-old technique that can make you feel new every moment. Meditation is one of the most effective ways to keep your mind healthy. Just as we maintain dental hygiene by brushing regularly, meditation can be our tool to maintain mental hygiene. Let’s see how in the sections that follow.
"No pain, no gain!"
Seven –time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger said this phrase sometime during his career which went on to become the workout attitude defining statement of our times. It is crisp and apt, just the way a phrase should be. But is pain really that essential? What if one could work out a plan to minimize the pain and maximize the benefits of their workout? Does it sound too good to be true?
Surprisingly, it isn't. When most of us think of achieving a well-toned body, the first thing that comes to our mind is running. It is one of the most commonly practiced and inexpensive ways to get rid of those extra pounds. It also increases the stamina – a perfect win-win situation.
But tread with caution. Running is synonymous with injuries in the hip, thigh, knee, leg, ankle and foot regions. While most instructors recommend a bit of stretching before the sprint, just stretching is simply not good enough. As a runner one must learn to practice a couple of yoga postures through programs like the Sri Sri Yoga course to understand what postures can really help you push your limits. A couple of minutes spent reposing in these ancient yogic postures can help you go that extra mile when you hit the treadmill.
This custom-tailored yoga for runners will prepare your body for sprint with 10 simple postures :
1. Butterfly pose (Badhakonasana)
Badhakonasana is a good stretch for inner thighs, groin, hamstrings and knees. It also improves flexibility in the hip and groin region.
2. Sitting Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Ardha Matsyendrasana improves the elasticity of the spine and makes it suppler.
3. Standing Forward Bend (Hastapadasana)
Hastapadasana helps stretch all the muscles of the back of the body, tone the abdominal organs and also helps make the spine supple.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
As children, we often overheard our grandparents complain of back aches and back pain, and so we tend to associate back pain with old age. However, back pain isnt necessarily a sign of aging and it can afflict just about anyone because of the various possible causes of back pain. You may need to use more than one treatment method for back pain and this will depend almost entirely on the cause of the pain and the nature of the injury. Back pain could refer to any kind of pain that afflicts any area of the back, including the lower, upper, or middle back. Though lower back pain is a lot more prevalent, there are some people who tend to suffer from upper back pain or middle back pain on a regular basis.
The severity of back pain can vary greatly among different individuals, and while it may simply be a bit of a bother to some, it could be almost debilitating to others. In some cases, the pain could last for a few hours or up to a day, but it is also very common for people to suffer from pain that lasts for days; this is known as chronic back pain. Back pain can at times be indicative of a far more serious back problem and should never be treated lightly. Back pain is one of the most common ailments today and statistics suggest that 85 percent of all adults in the United States will suffer from low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Since you are reading this page, you probably fall into this category and are searching for a cure for back pain. Before you try to find a way to treat your back pain, it is important that you understand the symptoms and the causes of back pain.
The location and severity of back pain depends on several factors, such as the individuals age, medical condition, level of physical fitness as well as the underlying cause. Fortunately, in most cases, upper, middle or lower back pain does not stem from any serious condition and can be managed with the help of medication, simple remedies, exercises, and so on. Only a serious condition such as a slipped or ruptured disc requires surgery. Diagnosis is therefore one of the most important prerequisites to successful treatment. If you suffer from severe back pain on a regular basis you should consult a doctor for exercises, diet, and lifestyle changes that can help prevent recurrent back pain.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Eat less and lose more in 2017 with these awesome portion-friendly products to help you stay on track.
Uno Casa Bowl Set With Spoons
Scoop just the right amount of ice cream for dessert, cereal for breakfast, or soup for dinner with these colorful, easy to store portion control bowls.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Maintaining overall fitness is the goal for most people who exercise, but the “core” of your body, that area between your shoulders to the top of your legs, is one of the most crucial areas for staying active and strong.
Core strengthening not only helps you to excel at athletic activities and keeps you looking lean, it also helps you to maintain balance, preserve flexibility and prevent back injuries.
Here’s a look at why your core is so important and how you can keep the muscles and ligaments of your core in top form.