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Being a Good Sports Parent

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

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Why Strength Train?

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

Yoga Hand Postures for Women

Excerpted from Power Mudras: Yoga Hand Postures for Women By Sabrina Mesko, Ph.D.H. Grass Meadow 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

How to Breathe in Yoga Practice

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

Yogababy

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

Inner Lights or Spotlights?

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

Real Men Do Yoga

Excerpted from Real Men Do Yoga: 21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility and Peak Performance By John Capouya No, you won't have to stand on your head. There will be no strange and painful contortions here. No chanting, no incense, no gurus. And, no, it isn't a chick thing. These are probably the biggest misconceptions that some men still have about yoga. In the last few years, yoga has exploded in popularity in this cou

The T-Tapp Basic Plus Workout

Excerpted from Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes: Lose Up to 2 Sizes in 4 Weeks Workout By Teresa Tapp, Barbara Steinberg Smalley T-Tapp's Basic Plus Workout is designed primarily for beginners and to help the lit get litter. It delivers inch loss as well as improved health and wellness. Tills quickie workout tightens and tones, strengthens and stretches, de-stresses and energizes-plus saves lime. It takes just fifteen minutes to complete, yet still provides cardiac condit

Exercise and Diet, the Dynamic Weight-Loss Duo

Excerpted from Escape Your Shape : How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru) By Edward Jackowski, Ph.D. Weight loss can be achieved only by creating a caloric deficit. This caloric deficit can be done in a number of ways: with proper and consistent exercise, with a reduction of your caloric intake, or with a combination of the 2. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to do a combination. There is no other healthy way to lose w

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Strength Training

Excerpted from Runner's World Guide to Cross-Training By Matt Fitzgerald We runners are notoriously reluctant to strength-train. A typical runner has about as much interest in hitting the gym as the average powerlifter has in hitting the track. The three reasons runners commonly give for resisting resistance exercise are fears of "bulking up," a perceived lack of time and energy to devote to it, and the belief that strength training offers no particular benefits to runn

What Is Strength Training?

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

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Menopause: Yoga and the Endocrine System

Excerpted from Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond By Suza Francina A woman's physical well-being during the menopausal years depends on the healthy functioning of her endocrine (hormone-producing) glands. In order to understand just how important the endocrine system is during menopause, it is helpful to have some basic information about its structure and function. Compris

Yoga - How to Structure Your Practice

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.

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The Straight Facts on Nutrition and Weight Loss

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

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Youth Sports - Teaching Kids Lasting Values

Excerpted from Raising a Team Player: Teaching Kids Lasting Values on the Field, on the Court and on the Bench By Harry Sheehy, Danny Peary Youth sports seems to be facing an overwhelming national crisis of conscience. What can parents do to make a difference? It is overwhelming. For a problem this large, the natural tendency is to look for a large solution. Unfortunately, I don't think that there's an easy systematic answer. If we want youth s

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The Truth about Cellulite, Fat Burning, and Weight Loss

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

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Pilates - The Method

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.

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Married People Exercise Less Than Singles

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

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101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent

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

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The Smart Way to Get Fit Fast

Excerpted from Lean, Long& Strong: The 6-Week Strength-Training, Fat-Burning Program for Women By Wini Linguvic In case you are wondering, I'm here to give you some answers: Yes, you can be strong and be graceful. Yes, you can get fit and still have time for the rest of your life. Yes, you can enjoy a workout that makes you feel energized and balanced, and sculpts lean, long muscles. &#

Fitness - Firm Foundations

Excerpted from Firm for Life: A Lifelong Plan for Fitness, Strength, Energy and Overall Good Health By Cynthia Benson, Anna Bruni Benson The FIRM was the first fitness program to prove, after extensive research, that aerobics and weight training could (and should) be combined. The result is a super effective workout that gives three times the fat loss of aerobics alone. And, unlike aerobics, The FIRM workout rebuilds the strength (the muscle tissue) that age takes away.

Relax with What Is

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

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Yoga - Reducing Stress

Excerpted from Yoga Zone Yoga for Life: An Intermediate Guide to Health, Fitness, and Relaxation By Alan Finger, Al Bingham Everyone experiences stress-it is a phenomenon as old as the human race. The fast pace of twenty-first-century life provokes the stress response-and exacerbates its negative side effects - probably more than any other rime in history. Never before have people experienced so many pressures in the course of a single Jay. pressures to earn money, be s

Chi Running - Form Focuses: Basic Components of Technique

Excerpted from Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running By Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer One of our main goals in writing this book was to make your learning process as easy and understandable as possible, so we've divided this chapter into two sections. We'll begin with an overview of the ChiRunning technique so that you know what to expect: how the technique works, what the process will look like along the way, and what the future hold

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Workouts That Work

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'

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