About Mind Body Fitness

What does that mean? In short, that means you ask your mind and your muscles to be present and accounted for and to stay intentionally connected to each other. Inward focus means you pay attention to what you are feeling in your muscles as well as your breathing. Through the focus comes the contemplative state attributed to mind-body practices. In addition, mind-body fitness is an outcome, while mind-body exercise is the process. Mind-body movement focuses on the present, not the future. There is no goal, just a continuing practice, which in most cases leads to overall wellness.

So, compared to traditional Western fitness routines where your goal may be to lose 10 pounds or drop three minutes from a 5-kilometer running time, mind-body fitness routines are about just being there and doing them. Build it and they will come. Do it and fitness will happen. This synergistic approach in health … Read the rest

Improving Flexibility Fitness

Flexibility is enhanced by the controlled stretching of muscles that act on a particular joint. The primary strategy is to decrease the resistance to stretch(tension) within a tight muscle that you have targeted for increased range of motion. To do this, you repeatedly stretch the muscle and its two tendons of attachment to elongate them.

The three major types of stretching techniques are static, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation(PNF), and ballistic. Static stretching techniques involve the slow, gradual stretching of a muscle and its tendons, holding the muscle or muscle group at a point of mild discomfort(a burning sensation is felt within the muscle), followed by the slow return to the starting position.

When static stretching is done properly, it stimulates the tension receptors to allow the muscle being stretched to relax and permit the muscle to be stretched to greater length. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation(PNF) techniques have been shown to be superior … Read the rest

Creative Ways to Get in Shape

  • Eat a big lunch and a smaller dinner; this will enable you to consumer fewer calories before you go to bed and give you ample time to burn them off.
  • Many people often snack due to boredom, not necessarily hunger. So next time you feel the munchies coming, make a conscious effort to drink water instead.
  • Speaking of water, replace at least one of your sugary drinks (soda, energy drink, juice, etc.) each day with a bottle of water.
  • Plant a garden. Not only will it give you a sense of accomplishment at all your hard work, but home-grown vegetables are delicious and good for you!
  • Keep your fridge stocked with cut up veggies and fruits. They make for convenient, delicious, and healthy snacks especially during the warm summer months.
  • Don’t cook for 8 when you only have 4 people for dinner; having the extra food can lead to overeating.
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Stomach Exercises After Pregnancy

  • Do the plank. The plank is an isometric exercise that requires you to hold a position. You lie on the floor face down, and then put in a “push-up” position but standing on your elbows and toes. What you need to do then is hold the position with your body straight like a plank for 60 seconds. This may sound simple but it isn’t. Then rest and repeat 3 times.
  • Run or take walks. It depends on your state after pregnancy. My wife took a daily walk around a big park close to home. This helped her heart rate and metabolism. But best of all it became a habit she still does to this day.
  • Don’t over train your stomach. I know it is tempting, but it is better a consistent effort than a “spur of the moment” exercising madness.
  • Train your lower stomach area. This is the area that
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Exercisers and Nail Fungus

Exercise enthusiasts are at a higher risk of developing nail fungus than the average person because of the following risk factors:

  • Nail trauma associated with exercises such as those listed above can make the nail bed more susceptible to fungal growth.
  • Sweaty socks and tight athletic shoes or boots…the type such exercise enthusiasts as those listed above wear…promote a warm, moist environment that contributes to the growth nail fungus.
  • Nail fungus is contagious and warm and can thrive in moist environments such as communal showers and gym locker rooms….places where the fungus is often easily contracted.

Nail fungus also known as onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails that affects approximately 35 million Americans. It occurs when fungi called dermatophytes, usually Trichophyton rubrum, invade the nail. The incidence of nail fungus is higher in men but is found in both men and women and in all ages.

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Ultimate Destressor

Numerous studies have shown that regular workouts can help to relieve anxiety and boost mood. It is now irrefutable that a definitive relationship exists between fitness and mental health. By providing a direct outlet for channeling your emotions, exercise helps to deflect external stresses. It provides an escape from the chores of daily living and can help to free your mind from life’s troubles.

Moreover, not only does exercise reduce stress, but it also can actually enhance your mental state. During a workout, your brain secretes chemical enzymes called endorphins. These are “feel-good” enzymes that tend to uplift the spirit and produce a natural high. Hence, it is common for a person to experience euphoria after completing a training session, feeling an overall sense of happiness and well being.

In addition, exercise has been shown to improve sleeping patterns, increasing sleep duration and decreasing rapid eye movement (indicating a deeper

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Pick a Gym

  • Talk to a personal trainer about your goals. Many gyms will offer this service free for new customers. Make sure that you understand how to operate the equipment so you do not get hurt.
  • Look around the gym. Is the equipment new, old, or out of repair? Are the lockers clean? If you like the elliptical and they only have three, you will never be able to use them?
  • Check the people in the gym. Will you be intimidated by them? Are the women wearing makeup? If you do not feel comfortable, you will not go to the gym.
  • Call several gyms about their prices. Gyms can be like car dealerships. If you have them on the phone, they cannot pressure you. Check around and compare prices. The offers will depend on other gym’s offers.
  • If you have children, look at the care class. Check if it is it overly
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Preventing Ankle Sprains

Warm up exercises

Adding warm up exercises to your daily routine helps your body get ready for activities. Not only will a good warm up get your muscles and joints ready, but it also helps your heart and lungs prepare for the exertion.

Balancing Exercises

Anything you can do to help your body balance will help prevent injuries in your ankles and other joints. By challenging your balancing abilities, you strengthen your proprioception, which is the ability of your body to be aware of where your limbs are at all times. In regards to ankles, your legs have less of a chance of stepping down wrong or making another mistake that could injure you.

Plyometric Exercises

These types of exercises including skipping, jumping, hopping and other activities that involve bouncing off the ground. This is a great way to condition and strengthen the muscles as well as the ligaments and … Read the rest

Cellulite Exercises

Exercising to get rid of cellulite can be done at home, you can join the gym, or you can take regular 30-minutes walks. Pilates and yoga are also very effective in getting rid of excess fat from the body and firming up your body. There are many ways of exercising that can suit any lifestyle.

Going a gym is effective in the sense that you will be exercising regularly, and you can have a personal trainer guiding you in your exercise program. You can actually discuss your gym trainer the weight loss goals you have and the parts of your body for which you want to get rid of cellulite, and he can prepare a suitable program for you.

Walking everyday in the morning or in the evening can also help in getting rid of excess fat from your body. All you need is a 30 minutes walk everyday. If … Read the rest

Bodyweight Mobility Training

Daily practice of these moves will almost guarantee that you’ll suffer fewer injuries. Studies also show that rhythmic movements like these can help improve your mood. So the next time you’re feeling grouchy or blue, give it a shot. As if that weren’t enough, practicing these moves daily will help ward off the inevitable stiffening that comes with getting older.

Steve was kind enough to let me use the article from his site to help share this information with you. I’ve modified it just a little bit. Each of these moves should be done in sequence. The number of reps should equal your age. So if you’re older, you have to do more reps. It should take you about 10 minutes to perform the full routine.

Try this circuit before your next workout and see how much of a boost it gives you. It’s really amazing.

  • The hula hoop. Stand
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