Use resistance bands for a full-body, do-anywhere workout.
I love to quote my friend Gabrielle Roth who says that the “greatest way to still the mind is to move the body” Our bodies were made to move. Although modern technology may be making our lives easier on many levels, it is also making us more sedentary and we just don’t move nearly enough as we should be.
Movement can be energizing, strengthening and calming, but most importantly, it is an essential component to staying healthy and vital and one of the key factors to aging well.
In this section, you will find posts on exercise, yoga and other forms of movement vital to your overall well being.
Feeling overwhelmed? Intentional breathing can help quell your anxiety. Try these four breathing methods.
Efficient digestion is the key to radiant health. Unfortunately, many of us experience bloating, constipation, and belly discomfort — all signs of a sluggish or stressed digestive track. When digestion is slow and imbalanced, we have problems with elimination — which is a key way our bodies flush out toxins — and disease thrives. Even common colds and skin issues can be traced back to imbalances in the gut.
Veronica Arreola’s schedule seemed to sneak up on her. Her job at the University of Illinois at Chicago required long hours, and she did some pro bono freelance writing for a local nonprofit. Weekday mornings, she drove her 6-year-old daughter to school and picked her up after work. She also fit in errands, housework, and social obligations. It felt manageable—but just barely. She was constantly running behind schedule.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean retiring from your favorite activities and sports.
Here’s your guide for staying fit for life.
I’m 70. There, I said it.
None of my previous milestone birthdays — not 40, 50, or even 60 — got my attention. But 70 did
There are a few lifestyle changes I make every year when summer starts. We all want to look and feel our best during the summer months, and my little mental checklist makes me feel at least a little more in control and prepared during swimsuit season. Here’s my list of healthy habits for summer-ready skin from head to toe.
One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. One of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines)? Jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer than the alcohol-induced kind. And why does jet lag still have such power over us?
It’s time to move.
It doesn’t matter if you are reading this from your bed or your chair or from the line outside of your favorite lunch spot.
The time is now, because any time, really, is the time to move.
Twists are a favorite among many yoga practitioners. These poses can be advanced and have several health benefits.
Rotating and twisting your upper body releases tightness in the lower back to promote spinal neutralization and better rotation and aids in detoxification and digestion. However most who attempt these twists are often doing them incorrectly. Jamming their bodies into a position they’re not ready for or not fully understanding the alignment of the pose are the common reasons yoga twists are often done wrong. The end result of incorrect twisting are over stretched muscles in the hips and lower back which in time will create instability and injuries.
In the female dominated world of yoga, I’m actually seeing more men attending my yoga classes. Although the classes I teach are more of a power yoga style, they’re still coming week after week and I love it. It shows me that the old association of yoga being touchy feely, only for women and for hippies is finally making its breakthrough. Men are understanding the importance of adding yoga and stretch to their fitness routine and those who are consistent are seeing results.