June 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Don’t ignore these pains

    Some common pain you can power through and the pain goes away on its own, but there are others that should never be looked over, including severe back pain: “Similar to the kind of agony you’d expect if you’d just tried to clean-and-jerk an armoire. The usual remedies—heat, rest, OTC painkillers—offer no relief. “The condition: […]
  • Five tips to break out of your yoga rut

    Have you hit a plateau with your yoga routine?  The Huffington Post has these tips to get things moving again: “Tip #1: Determine Where Your Limitations Lie: We all get stuck sometimes. When this happens in our personal or professional lives, we typically analyze our barriers to determine what it is that’s holding us back and […]
  • For mental health, exercise outdoors

    With the rain holding off for a bit, you might want to consider exercising outside. “The most recent study polled nearly 2,000 active participants in the 2008 Scottish Health Survey and found that outdoor physical activity had a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. The researchers, from Glasgow […]
  • Reducing your breast cancer risk

    Regular exercise can lower the risk of  breast cancer in women , according to a new study published in the journal Cancer. “Overall, women who did any exercise had a 6% lower risk of breast cancer than those who did not, but certain subgroups of women enjoyed even larger benefits. The effect was strongest among women […]
  • Six elements of a perfect workout

    What exercises you do will depend on your goals, body type, etc, but there are 6 key steps that apply to all workouts. “Step #1: Short Cardio Warm-Up: A brief bout of cardio for two to 10 minutes can cause increased blood flow, higher muscle temperature, enhanced cooling, increased hormone production, and better mental focus. Here’s a […]
  • The 18 worst breakfasts

    It’s 8:40 a.m., and you’re running short on time. So you stop by a chain restaurant to grab a quick breakfast thinking “something is better than nothing.”  Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but don’t just grab anything. “Breakfast is big business in America. In the past five years, breakfast has accounted for almost […]
  • Working out on a vegan diet

    The New York Times speaks to three experts for a Q&A about the effects of a vegan diet on athletes. ” Q: Will a vegan diet make someone a better athlete? “A: Nancy Clark: I was just at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual meeting in San Francisco, and there was a presentation about […]
  • The benefits of working out in the heat

    Working out in the heat can improve your circulation and increase flexibility — just make sure you stay hydrated. “Your body is engineered to exercise in the heat,” said Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama. “This is why we sweat.” “Heat also speeds up the heart rate, increasing the circulation of […]
  • Don’t let chronic pain keep you from exercising

    Chronic pain is never fun, but don’t let it dictate whether you exercise. A little mind of matter may be the best way to get back in the game. “After analyzing 15 studies of athletes around the world, researchers from the University of Heidelberg found that professional athletes do indeed have a higher tolerance for […]
  • The dos and don’ts of the locker room

    Don’t be “that guy” in your gym locker room. Check out Huffington Post’s list of  locker room etiquette, such as cover up: “’You’re there to get changed, but you’re not there to put on a show,’ says [Jeff] Halevy, so please curb the excessive nudity. It’s great if you feel comfortable enough in your own […]