Injury Prevention, Strength Training, Wellness

Body in Balance

Body balance is so important in our everyday lives, because it represents control. It’s an often overlooked principle of functioning in everyday life. This is true no matter how old you are. Better body balance keeps you upright, makes it easier to move, and helps avoid injuries. It allows you to perform activities often taken for granted, like walking in open spaces without holding onto something, turning to talk to a companion, negotiating steps or curbs without a handrail, walking in grass or sand, or stepping over obstacles. But body balance falls into the “use it or lose it” category, which means it’s important to practice balance, no matter what your age.

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Self care and recovery, Wellness

Meditation is for Everyone

When you hear the word “meditation” what comes to mind? Buddhist monks chanting for hours, new age hippies burning incense, pagan religions? There are so many misconceptions about the practice of meditation, because over thousands of years, people have taken this simple act of sitting quietly and just breathing, and made it into something more. Meditation can be whatever you choose it to be. For me personally, it’s a science-backed wellness practice that really helps keep me balanced.

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Motivation, Wellness

Consistency: The Key to Reaching Your Health Goals

con·sist·en·cy

/kənˈsistənsē/

  • Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.;
  • Agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing;
  • The condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.

Consistency is one of your most powerful tools. It helps power you through the day-to-day so you can reach your goals. It can also make tougher routines become more automatic, triggering action, which in turn boosts motivation. [Read: Momentum to Move]

But consistency does not necessarily mean doing the exact same thing, every time, every day or week. Not only is that a path to boredom, but from a fitness perspective it will soon lead to a lack of progress. The body – and the mind – adapt quickly and settle into a new status quo. [Learn more about this, known as General Adaptation Syndrome]. Only through new challenges do we become stronger and more resilient.

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Wellness

The Brain: Your Body’s Most Important Muscle

Image credit: Gerd Altmann

When you think about being healthy and fit, you probably think of a strong core, lack of aches and pains, having lots of energy, and being able to perform the physical activities you enjoy – everything from playing with your kids or grandkids, to running a marathon. But do you ever think about the health of your brain?

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Motivation, Wellness

Self Acceptance

So January is behind us now…the month of “new year, new you.” Did you set goals for your health and fitness this year? If so, and you’re like most of us, the enthusiasm has already waned. Life takes over, change is difficult, information overloads us. We all want to be healthy and fit – even achieve an epic goal such as completing a triathlon, obstacle race, or running event. But what does it really take to make those goals a reality? Two things: smart goal setting, and self-acceptance.

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Wellness

Demystifying Oxidative Stress

Pile of question marks

If you haven’t heard the term “oxidative stress” mentioned at least once a day in social media, supplement advertisements, and popular magazines, you might be living under a rock. (Can I join you there, by the way?) Oxidative stress is the latest fear-mongering buzzword tossed around the health and wellness community these days. It sounds scary and bad, very scientific, and hard to understand. In this article I hope to shed light and clarity on just what oxidative stress is, so you can make lifestyle choices for yourself and your loved ones based on facts, not hype. Continue reading “Demystifying Oxidative Stress”

Wellness

Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock

Julia Hawkins
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, 103-year-old record setting runner

Age is just a number, they say. I thought about this especially when I saw the inspirational video of record-setting runner Julia Hawkins, age 103. She took up running at the age of 100! Let that be me in another 46 years!

Aging is something that most of us would like to deny. But really, it’s not growing old that kills us. Instead, it’s usually one of many “lifestyle” diseases such as certain types of cancers, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, most of the research dollars go to finding ways to fix these diseases (with pharmaceuticals and increasingly, unregulated nutraceuticals) instead of preventing them from occurring in the first place. So what happens to our bodies as we age, and what can we do to turn back the clock? Continue reading “Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock”

Wellness

Perfectionism

perfectionism vs wisdom

Perfectionism is a type of what behavioral scientists call a “schema.” A schema is a mental structure we use to organize and simplify our knowledge of the world around us. We have schemas about ourselves, other people, food, and in fact almost everything. Everyone tends to have favorite schema, which they use often and becomes their go-to means of interpreting the world. Perfectionism is mine, and it can often have detrimental impacts on my life. What about you? Continue reading “Perfectionism”

Wellness

Are your feet killing you?

Heel pain

Do you experience anything like this? One day, as you get out of bed and take a few steps, you notice a sharp pain on the bottom of your foot (or both feet). It hurts, but as you move around it goes away. Over days or weeks, you notice your arch(es) hurt every time you put pressure on your foot, but you’re busy so you ignore it. Maybe take an ibuprofen. But the pain doesn’t go away. Now it hurts all the time, not just when you’re walking but even when driving. If you are a runner or fitness enthusiast, the activities you enjoy are now so painful you have to cut back or stop altogether. What is happening? Continue reading “Are your feet killing you?”