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Stay Healthy With Yoga

28 Jun

When it comes to exercise, I guess I’m a fairly traditional, “strength training and cardio” kind of guy.  I must admit, however, that after thinking more and more about trying Yoga, I finally added it to the list of services offered at my facility.

I found a terrific Yoga instructor, Megan, and added a weekly class to my routine.

According to research, yoga can benefit flexibilitystrengthposture, and breathing.  Yoga has also been associated with decreasing stressimproving concentration and moodlowering blood pressureboosting energy levels, and even positively affecting learning and memory.

Now, it seems, yoga can even improve overall health and wellness.

In separate studies, scientists from Japan and India say that you can strengthen your immune system by practicing yoga.

The Japanese study found that, after a 90-minute yoga session, people had a higher concentration of a peptide that attacks microbes and lower cortisol (stress hormone) production.

The Indian study reported that even 35 minutes of daily yoga can reduce elevations in cortisol.

For all you athletes and active individuals, Yoga can improve muscle strength and flexibility, improve athletic performance, and reduce injury risk.

Strike a pose!

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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Strategies for Dealing with Stress

9 May

How-to-Manage-Your-Stress[1]Life’s daily anxieties cause stress.  And though experts say that some stress is good for you — it can sharpen your senses and your mind — too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health.  Ultimately, you can’t control everything that happens, but you can choose how you react to and deal with it.  Here are some strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress:

  • Accept that some things are out of your control.  Focus on impacting and influencing those things over which you have control.
  • Be positive.  Avoid thinking and expecting the worst.  Adopt a “can do” attitude and don’t hesitate to ask for help if and when you need it.  Believe in you.
  • Be efficient.  Manage your time wisely and prioritize.  Commit to a reasonable, daily “to do” list, in writing.  Give yourself time to get things done, and allow adequate time to prepare for an event.
  • Have a hobby.  Do things that are enjoyable and provide you with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
  • Don’t always depend on others to provide your happiness.
  • Allow yourself some quiet time.  Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect.  Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.  Meditation and prayer can help you process things.
  • Exercise regularly.  Hit the gym; ride a bike; go for a walk or jog; go hiking — stay active!  Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Get enough sleep.  Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.  Aim for at least 7-8 hours per night.
  • Seek social support.  Family and close friends (along with clubs, organizations, and support groups) can provide perspective and help you stay balanced.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Stay Healthy With Yoga

17 Feb

yoga[1]When it comes to exercise, I guess I’m a fairly traditional, “strength training and cardio” kind of guy.  I must admit, however, that I have been thinking more and more about trying Yoga.

According to research, yoga can benefit flexibility, strength, posture, and breathing.  Yoga has also been associated with decreasing stress, improving concentration and mood, lowering blood pressure, boosting energy levels, and even positively affecting learning and memory.

Now, it seems, yoga can even improve overall health and wellness.

In separate studies, scientists from Japan and India say that you can strengthen your immune system by practicing yoga.

The Japanese study found that, after a 90-minute yoga session, people had a higher concentration of a peptide that attacks microbes and lower cortisol (stress hormone) production.

The Indian study reported that even 35 minutes of daily yoga can reduce elevations in cortisol.

Strike a pose!

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Strategies for Dealing with Stress

10 Apr

How-to-Manage-Your-Stress[1]Life’s daily anxieties cause stress.  And though experts say that some stress is good for you — it can sharpen your senses and your mind — too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health.  Ultimately, you can’t control everything that happens, but you can choose how you react to and deal with it.  Here are some strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress:

  • Accept that some things are out of your control.  Focus on impacting and influencing those things over which you have control.
  • Be positive.  Avoid thinking and expecting the worst.  Adopt a “can do” attitude and don’t hesitate to ask for help if and when you need it.  Believe in you.
  • Be efficient.  Manage your time wisely and prioritize.  Commit to a reasonable, daily “to do” list, in writing.  Give yourself time to get things done, and allow adequate time to prepare for an event.
  • Have a hobby.  Do things that are enjoyable and provide you with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
  • Don’t always depend on others to provide your happiness.
  • Allow yourself some quiet time.  Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect.  Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.  Meditation and prayer can help you process things.
  • Exercise regularly.  Hit the gym; ride a bike; go for a walk or jog; go hiking — stay active!  Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Get enough sleep.  Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.  Aim for at least 7-8 hours per night.
  • Seek social support.  Family and close friends (along with clubs, organizations, and support groups) can provide perspective and help you stay balanced.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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