Posts Tagged ‘fitness’
By Cheryl Hurd
You are committed to getting in shape. So you set your sights on a gym and vow to go every day. When you walk in, you see a row of muscle-bound men hefting monster-sized weights and wonder how long it will take you to join their ranks. Day after day you return to the gym and although you see some changes, you can’t seem to achieve the results you want. So you lift more, invest more time, and still, your workout isn’t working.
Don’t get discouraged. Take a break, go get a healthy snack, and read on. 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.
BY TISHIN DONKERSLEY, M.A.
Known for making the inflexible flexible, having trained over 12,000 clients including celebrities Nicole Kidman, Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Aniston, Liz Hurley, and the current Mayor of Los Angeles, Sebastien Lagree’s fitness program blends resistance training with slow and steady movements to provide a complete workout that will get you fit and fabulous.
Growing up in France, Lagree had a passion for fitness starting from when he was 14 years old and idolizing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme. “I grew up in the ‘80s watching Arnold and Jean-Claude, and I started to emulate what they did, and do as many weights as possible. I became obsessed with working out – so much so that I had insomnia, and at one time anorexia, because I obsessed about the last 6 percent of body fat and worked out 40 hours a week. What happened is that I ended up gaining weight, but thought I was doing the right thing.”
Lagree said that the mindset at the time (and oftentimes still today) was the more weights, the better – that was considered fitness. It wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 24 and began working in a chiropractor’s office that he began to witness the aftermath of this traditional fitness mindset. “I saw tons of men, regular good-looking muscular guys that you would consider ‘healthy,’ and they all had back problems, neck degeneration, and low mobility – some even had back surgery,” Lagree recalls. “They had been lifting the ‘traditional way,’ lifting for the larger muscle groups, not for the smaller muscles, and now they were all messed up. I started to envision myself in the doctor’s office 15 years later with these problems and didn’t want to end up like that. I wanted to look good and feel good, and started to recognize that high-intensity is important but it has to be effective.” Read more