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
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
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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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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