#HealthyLiving Saturday: Your lower back hurts and all you want to do is rest with an ice pack glued to your back. But some types of exercises are incredibly good for your back. They will strengthen your back, stomach and leg muscles. They will help your muscles support your spine and relieve your low back pain much faster.
Saturday #HealthyLiving Edition: One of the hottest trends in the fitness industry is Suspension Training Systems. Those of us over 50 can get into the act as well. The idea is that you hang from your hands or feet in several different directions and then contract your muscles against gravity. Simple, easy to set up and transport - plus, you control how much effort you have to exert.
Saturday #HealthyLiving Edition: A recent local TV station news broadcast promoted an upcoming story as “The Holy Grail of Weight Loss.” Now we’re talkin’! Who’s not looking for that - the fast way to lose weight? But it has been clinically proven time and again that losing weight slowly, which requires some degree of lifestyle change, is the only way to keep the weight off for good.
Since 2006, a group in Montreal has been developing and refining a wearable body metrics system they call Hexoskin, testing it on themselves as they run, cycle, ski or work out daily. Their vision has grown beyond the personal, and they have imagined a whole host of uses their smart shirt, with its all-textile sensors, could be put to.
Tried Yoga Once? Try It Again! - With so many yoga styles and classes available in most cities, I often recommend that yoga newbies try a few different styles of yoga. Choosing the best yoga for your body and your fitness personality is integral to enjoying your yoga experience and receiving the benefits of your practice.
Healing Trauma Through Yoga - Kyra Haglund, a somatic psychotherapist and yoga teacher specializing in trauma, suggests that yoga causes a physiological shift in one’s internal space. This usually lowers levels of cortisol, which cause stress. This kind of shift can also increase serotonin and dopamine, which are the feel good hormones.
How to Become a Minimalist Runner - While minimalist shoes attempt to change the way people run, people can be trained to run differently in any type of shoe. 90% of runners will heel strike in traditional shoes. Unfortunately there’s a group of about 10% of runners that will heel strike regardless of shoe.
Healthy Tech - Staying healthy is a daily challenge, but you don't have to do it alone. Thanks to millions of dollars of innovation and research, there's a bevy of tech gadgets on the market that make it easier to stay in shape and maintain your health. Here are five great devices that have been designed to improve both your health and your general quality of life.
Go - Fetch - Run! - DOGS may be our best friends, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the easiest exercise partners. The fitness trainer Angi Aramburu thinks otherwise, though, and this spring she started Go Fetch Run, an exercise class in which owners and their dogs can work out and play together.
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Athletic Shoes - Athletic shoes have two primary types of traction. One keeps you sticking to the ground as you move forward. The other, called rotational traction, kicks in when you move sideways or shift direction. The amounts of each type of traction depend on a shoe’s outsole material and on whether it has cleats and, if so, how many, their size and shape, and how they are positioned.
The Scientific 7 Minute WorkOut - The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.