By Margarita Nahapetyan
Couples who get married should beware that matrimony can lead to unhealthy consequences, says a new British poll.
The survey by Loughborough University and commissioned by the Department of Health, found that married individuals exercise much less than single people, and it turns out that it is married men who appear to be the laziest. To come up with this conclusion, guidelines developer Dr. Len Almond, visiti
Excerpted from The World's Fittest You By Joe Decker, Eric Neuhaus
I hate using the word exercise. Although you'll see the word used a few times in this book, I like to refer to exercises as activities. Exercises makes you think of something you don't want to do. That's why you'll see my program is completely different. It's not about exercising at all, it's about activities, things you'll want to do, things that are fun, and won't take up lots of your time. If you're o
Excerpted from A Woman's Book of Yoga: Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles By Machelle M. Siebel, M.D., Hari Kaur Khalsa
Diaphragmatic Breathing - Opening the Belly and Discovering the Breath
Long, Deep Breathing is the foundation of your yoga practice. This breath feeds your blood with precious oxygen, relaxes you, and heals you. The Long, Deep Breath is slow and controlled. You begin learning the Long, Deep Breath by learning diaphragmatic brea
Excerpted from The Little Strength Training Book By Erika Dillman
Building a Better Body
Once considered an obscure sport practiced mainly by competitive athletes and vain bodybuilders, strength training has become one of the most popular fitness activities in the country, with more than twenty million participants.
Why are so many people including strength training in their fitness routines? Because it works. Improving
Excerpted from The Little ABS Workout Book By Erika Dillman
The first step of spinal stabilization is developing an awareness of spinal alignment. The spine has a natural curve at the lumbar region. Physical therapists use the term "neutral spine" to describe optimal spinal alignment, or the position in which the spine is best able to carry load and move most safely and efficiently. It's also the position of the lower spine when th
Excerpted from The Little Yoga Book By Erika Dillman
Elements of Practice
In order to maximize yoga's benefits, practice regularly and design an all-body routine that improves balance, flexibility, stamina, and strength. A well-rounded practice includes the following types of poses: abdominal strengtheners, backward and forward bends, balancing, spinal twists, and poses that stretch and strengthen the legs, hips, arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
Excerpted from The Little Pilates Book By Erika Dillman
Pilates is an exercise method designed to condition and connect body and mind, correct muscle imbalances, improve posture, and tone the body. Created by German fitness trainer Joseph H. Pilates more than seventy years ago, Pilates is based on a combination of eastern and western exercise philosophies. The exercises mix yoga-like movements with strengthening techniques to develop strong, lean, flexible muscles.
By Margarita Nahapetyan
Massage after exercise does not improve blood flow to the muscle, and what is even more, it actually impairs the flow of blood, and therefore oxygen, to the muscle, according to Canadian scientists at Queen's University in Kingston, Ottawa.
Our findings contradict a common belief in the general population about the way in which massage is very good and beneficial for health, Michael Tschakovsky, a professor of
By Margarita Nahapetyan
A bowl of whole-grain cereal along with nonfat (skimmed) milk, appears to be as effective as carbohydrate-electrolyte energy drink, for the recovery of the body and muscle revitalizing after exercise, claim researchers from Texas, USA.
Exercise psychologist Lynne Kammer, from The University of Texas in Austin came to this conclusion after examining the post-workout physiological effects of the foods. For the st
Excerpted from Toning for Teens: The 20-Minute Workout that Makes You Look Good and Feel Great! By Joyce L. Vedral, Ph.D.
The first thing I want you to do is to realize that you are beautiful right now. You are the same adorable, miraculous human being that came from your mother's womb. To make sure you understand this, I want you, right now, to do something that may seem foolish. I want you to go ask your mother for a baby picture of you when you were first born, and s
Excerpted from Real Fitness for Real Women: A Unique Workout Program for the Plus-Size Woman By Rochelle Rice
By now you've probably tried every diet and fitness program out there, only to be disappointed every time they fell short of your needs. You've put down your money for a gym membership, never to return. I am here to tell you the truth about why the diet and fitness world fails plus-size women-not why you fail them.
Like many other plus-s
Excerpted from Yogababy: Exercises to Help You Bond With Your Baby Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually By DeAnsin Goodson Parker, Ph.D., Karen W. Bressler
When you and your baby do yoga together, it is about two people getting in harmony so that each feels better connected to the other. What I call "relationship yoga" is an ideal method to learn how to parent intuitively. Relationship yoga is a way to share fun and quality time between parent and baby while building
Excerpted from The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor's Complete Guide for Parents By Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., Carol Shookhoff, Ph.D.
The Consequences of Emotional Overinvestment
So what? You might ask. Why shouldn't I go to my kid's games? She's only going to play for a few years. What's so terrible about yelling myself hoarse? Isn't that the American way: rooting for the home team on Friday night? And up to a point, you would be right. If athletics
Excerpted from Leslie Sansone's Eat Smart, Walk Strong : The Secrets to Effortless Weight Loss By Leslie Sansone
There are constant new companies that stand to make a lot of money by contusing you about weight loss. Their hopes of getting you to buy their diet foods and pills rest on convincing you that good nutrition is a complex science, that you'll need experts and special help to achieve weight loss.
The diet-food industry has been abetted b
Excerpted from The Ultimate Body Rolling Workout: The Revolutionary Way to Tone, Lengthen, and Realign Your Body By Yamuna Zake, Stephanie Golden
The basic principle of Roily Rolling is creating space. Just as people exclaim, "I need my own space!" every part of your body needs its proper space to I unit ion at its best. Pain or discomfort due to a sprain, muscle spasm, or pressure on a nerve is the result of compression-meaning lack of space-in the painful area. Lack o
Excerpted from The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week By Fredrick Hahn, Michael R. Eades, M.D., Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
Most people think of strength training as something just for body builders and, absent any desire for a sculpted, rippling physique, not something of particular interest to the rest of us. But this common Perception has recently begun to change. Lately, we've begun hearing about the impor
Excerpted from Body, Mind, and Sport: The Mind-Body Guide to Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Your Personal Best By John Douillard, Ph.D.
We are conditioned to think that to win, to be the best, is the only legitimate goal. An Olympic gold medal, parlayed into Coke commercials and TV appearances, is the sign of the greatest achievement. A silver medalist -second best in the world, and not a small accomplishment -is considered a risky investment by the marketing wizards who
Excerpted from Power Mudras: Yoga Hand Postures for Women By Sabrina Mesko, Ph.D.H.
You have a secret hideaway in your world of nature.
It is a lush grass meadow filled with wildflowers.
Be adventurous. Take off your shoes and feel the life force beneath your bare feet.
The grass will tickle you, massage you, poke you, and soothe you. The unusual feeling gets
Excerpted from Triathlete Magazine's Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide: Plans, Scheduling Tips, and Workout Goals for Triathletes of All Levels By Matt Fitzgerald
There's an amusing story about how Bruce Jenner trained to win the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal for the United States. As you probably know, the decathlon competition comprises 10 track-and-field events ranging from the shot put to the 1,500-meter run. By way of preparing to compete against the world'
Excerpted from 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent By Joel H. Fish, Ph.D., Susan Magee, M.F.A.
Give your child permission to be nervous
Tiger Woods said in an interview that he's always nervous when he's playing golf. Kids need to know that even professional players who look calm on the outside get butterflies in their stomachs before and during competition. Children lack the experience to know that most people get nervous before they have t
By Margarita Nahapetyan
Individuals who think that a good day's workout will give them a good night's sleep, appear to be wrong, if the latest research is to be believed. According to new findings, by making you more tired, a good exercise will keep you awake, rather than send you off.
The findings are based on an analysis of an experiment that involved 14 adult individuals. All the participants were asked to wear actigraphy armbands
Excerpted from 40 Days to Personal Revolution: A Breakthrough Program to Radically Change Your Body and Awaken the Sacred Within Your Soul By Baron Baptiste
Life is full of pressure and difficult moments. In an instant, we can turn the arrows of strife into opportunities simply learn to relax with what is. Wisdom comes from not losing our cool in turbulent moments. The yoga master B. K. S. Iyengar once said: "Before we can find peace among nations, we have to find peace
Excerpted from The Little Butt& Thighs Workout Book By Erika Dillman
Let's face it. Before you can get the legs you want, you have to address your cellulite situation.
We all have it. We all hate it. We spend millions every year on creams, pills, and spa treatments "guaranteed" to get rid of it. We try the latest diets and buy exercise equipment designed to help us "burn the fat," and still, most of us seem stuck with our dimpled, flabby thi
Excerpted from The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It Yoga : The Safe and Gentle Way to Health and Well-Being By Alice Christensen
Almost every Yoga exercise includes a specific breath pattern, which is an essential part of making the exercise work for you. Note also that each technique usually begins with three Complete Breaths. This focuses your attention on the breath, which will help to insure that you keep breathing throughout the exercise.
Excerpted from Aerobics Program For Total Well-Being: Exercise, Diet and Emotional Balance By Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.
What Is Total Weil-Being?
One of the great principles of the universe is the principle of balance. If the earth were a few miles closer to the sun, it would be an inferno. If it were a few miles farther away, it would be a desolate, frigid desert. But in its present location, balanced at an ideal distance from the sun, ou