When babies learn to sit, they elongate their spine, which is naturally efficient and comfortable. Moreover, it provides the most skeletal support without requiring a lot of muscle strength.
In spite of this, around 4-years old, most of us began to slump. Why? Well, significantly, this is probably when we started school, and began spending more time sitting.
We’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Well, it turns out that, in the long term, too much standing isn’t all that great for us either. In fact, long-term effects of standing are back problems and muscle damage.
Vertical, water-based exercise (jumping, kicking, running, strength training) offers multiple benefits for any fitness level. To begin with, buoyancy decreases the amount of weight-bearing and impact you feel in your joints. Further, an aquatic environment is beneficial with treating painful and/or chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
When we think about money, how often we get to the gym may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, think again. To begin with, you know exercise is good for you. Surprisingly, working out regularly can have financial benefits too.
It’s really this simple: Research shows that people with a positive outlook on life live significantly longer. To begin with, a...
Self-myofascial release (SMR, also called foam rolling) is a fancy term for self-massage. “Fascia” is connective tissue that stabilizes your muscles. By massaging it, you increase your muscles’ range of motion, boost blood circulation, break down tightness or knots in your muscles and bolster muscle tissue integrity.
What does it take to really achieve something? How can we reach a goal that we want to accomplish? How do we go from saying we want something, to following through? Our first mistake, usually, is we make too many goals at once. Following that, our second mistake is...
What do you need to be more excited about your life? How would you design a happy moment? Perhaps you remember this episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show: Mary said (glumly, in distress), “I need a change. Every day, I get up in the morning, I go to work, I do my...
It takes creative strategies to stay fit on vacation. To begin with, we are creatures of habit. For example, we have a regular routine (wake up, eat meals, work out, go to sleep at the same times). With this in mind, most of us occasionally leave the comfort of our...
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you need. Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first, because no one else will. In fact, if you’re not clear on what your purpose in life is, you’re in good company. Frequently most people are in the same boat.
Self-care is a peculiar, mysterious concept for a lot of us. For one thing, you may feel selfish putting yourself first. Paradoxically, you gain with greater accomplishments. In the final analysis, taking care of ourselves is important to remain fully alive and healthy.
Is your life in a rut? Are you just treading water? Are you floundering about? Is your current direction a dead end?
Consider this: Treading water is a personal-safety survival technique that is taught in most swim classes. Successful treading water is done using as little energy as possible. The point of treading water is to stay afloat