Posts Tagged ‘fitness’
By Jamie Finnan
If you’ve never thought about yoga as a part of your health and wellness regime, you could be missing out on more than you think! While body contortion and flexibility may not be high among your fitness goals, better mobility and gradual stress relief are important to every lifestyle. Here are a few of the more obscure benefits to a regular yoga routine.
By Molly Cerreta Smith
Walking into EXOS’ monstrous 31,000-square-foot facility located on Rose Garden Lane in North Phoenix, where professional athletes of every caliber and every sport from around the globe come for training and rehabilitation services, can be slightly intimidating. But that’s only until you realize that everyone has a home at EXOS. Read more
By Dr. Michael J. Robb, DC, BA, AAS
The modern-day workplace is taxing on our health. Sitting at the workplace—at a computer, workstation, or in meetings—for 6 to 8 hours every day is a common finding. Both factory blue-collar workers and white-collar executives are at risk of developing serious health problems from sitting too long. One study reveals health effects associated with prolonged sitting, and produced some surprising results.
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BY BARBI WALKER
If your goals this year include getting fit or losing weight, biking is an ideal choice that’s not just for athletes anymore. Biking is a great way to lose weight, improve cardiovascular health, and gain muscle strength and endurance all in one sport. Bicycling burns a lot of calories. Riding at a moderate speed, around 13-15 mph, you can burn upwards of 500 calories per hour–done daily that equals 3,500 calories, which is enough to lose one pound in a week! Bicycling is a high-reward workout. Read more
BY AIMEE WELCH
-Deepak Chopra, M.D.
The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. He had two faces, allowing him to look back into the past and forward into the future, at the same time. That’s a great trick, but it seems he was missing the most important face of all – the one in charge of creating those awesome, amazing moments right now, today, in the present.
Today is the day that really matters, isn’t it?
Mahatma Gandhi said, “I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.” I couldn’t agree more.
BY DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D.
In the past two decades, yoga has moved from relative anonymity in the West to a well-recognized practice offered in thousands of studios, community centers, hospitals, gyms, and health clubs. Although yoga is commonly portrayed as a popular fitness trend, it’s actually the core of the Vedic science that developed in the Indus Valley more than 5,000 years ago.
Yoga began as a philosophy rather than as a physical discipline. The term yoga is first mentioned in the sacred Indian text the Rig Veda, which dates to roughly 500 B.C. The Rig Veda defines yoga as a union or “yoking” of the material and spiritual worlds, and it doesn’t describe any physical postures other than the traditional cross-legged meditation pose.
Another 300 years passed before the legendary sage Patanjali composed the Yoga Sutras, where he systematically describes the eight “limbs” of yoga. The Yoga Sutras offers a clear roadmap for the evolution of consciousness from ordinary states of awareness such as waking, dreaming, and sleeping, to higher states of consciousness.
Although there are standard interpretations of the eight limbs, the Chopra Center for Wellbeing has developed more contemporary perspectives that are in alignment with our philosophy of spiritual evolution.
BY TRACY HOUSE
Or what about going to the roller rink on Friday nights? The music blared and the strobe lights flashed as you and your friends skated around and around the rink, dancing to the beat and trying not to get knocked over.
Today, roller rinks still blare and flash for Friday night skate parties, but now the skates have eight wheels and are inline.