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Health and Physical Fitness for YOU   Leave a comment

Health and physical fitness mean getting the body, mind, and spirit into Health and physical Fitness for YOUmental and physical shape. Those who are serious about their health, will commit to their training and stay with a program that will benefit both their body and spirit. Eating the proper food and getting enough rest, are very important. Smoking and abusing the body with alcohol and drugs, will cause damage to the body, and weaken the immune system.

Good things in life come from hard work. To get the body you want, will come from hard work and commitment. That will require sacrifice, endurance, and perseverance. You will have to find the strength to overcome those things that will challenge your mind and defeat them. Understanding that the spiritual person within you, is greater than the challenges you face, will help you reach your goal.

__ Ellen J. Barrier

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The Power to Endure and Persevere of a Career Woman   Leave a comment

The strength we find within ourselves gives us endurance and perseverance power.

The Power to Endure and Persevere

 

Being a career woman with a family is challenging in many ways. Spending time with family, while keeping a schedule up- to-date with meetings, and job performances are demanding.  I t  leaves very little time for personal care and activities.

To be able to have a meaningful career and a family life that is well organized, takes lots of effort and adequate planning from day- to-day. Having a physically fit body with a competent mind to make decisions are absolutely required.

There are many things that challenge our ability to endure and persevere. When we discover the power within ourselves, we become victorious. The strength we find within ourselves gives us endurance and perseverance power.

The best gifts anyone can give to themselves are good health habits and activities to stay healthy.

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Yoga   Leave a comment

What is yoga

What is Yoga?

It is a Hindu spiritual discipline which includes the relaxation of the mind and body.  Yoga is a good way to experience the spirituality of the mind, body and spirit. In Yoga the mind, body and spirit are fused to be one. It helps you to maintain a distance between various day to day tensions, struggles, sickness, etc. It helps you to relax after a tiresome day.

Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.

Before You Start: Staying Safe While Practicing Yoga

Even though for most healthy people yoga is a safe non-aerobic form of exercise, it is not without its risks. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the yoga injuries most commonly treated  in emergency rooms involve overstretching and strain from repetition to the:

  • neck
  • shoulders
  • spine
  • legs
  • knees

Also, certain poses can increase your risk of injury if you have conditions such as:

  • severe osteoporosis
  • high or low blood pressure
  • ear problems
  • problems with your spine
  • pregnancy (including risks to your unborn child)

If you are pregnant or have a pre-existing health condition: Consult your health care provider before starting a yoga program. Your health care provider can help you know how to judge what type and level of yoga exercise is safe for you.

 

Yoga for Exercise at Home

Yoga classes are best for beginners because you can get feedback on your poses and ask questions. If you want to try doing yoga at home, there are videos available that offer fitness-based yoga. Here are a few that I’ve reviewed:

  • P90X Yoga: You have to purchase the whole P90X system to get the yoga workout, but it offers a nice at-home routine.
  • Yoga For Beginners: Body + Soul: Pilates for Yoga offers an introduction to this ancient form of spiritual and physical exercise. The disc contains a variety of starting poses designed to lead the viewer slowly and easily into this discipline.
  • Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown Jillian Michaels, winning trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” introduces a new yoga workout unlike any other. Combining hard-core yoga power poses with her dynamic training techniques, Jillian will get you real weight-loss results fast. YOGA MELTDOWN includes two complete 30-minute workouts that include a warm-up and cooldown. Begin with the Level 1 workout which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn mega calories. Then progress to Level 2 which adds twists and balance poses for an even greater burn.
  • Yoga Pregnancy: Pre and Post Natal Workouts: Pregnancy and Mothering are some of the most challenging and fulfilling times in a woman’s life. An appropriate yoga practice can help us stay healthy, happy and calm, both as we prepare for and recover from our babies arrival. The 30-minute pre-natal sequence is designed specifically to help moms-to-be develop the strength, flexibility and mental focus that will help them not only in the delivery process but also in facing the new challenges of mothering.

Captain’s Chair Leg Raise – Abdominal Exercise   2 comments

Captain’s Chair Leg Raise

The captain’s chair leg raise is effective move for the rectus abdominis as well as the obliques.  The captain’s chair looks like a large chair with no seat. It has a padded backrest, padded horizontal supports for the arms and supports for your feet. The key to keeping this move safe and effective is, first, to avoid swinging your legs or using momentum to bring the legs up. Second, keeping your knees bent will help you focus more on the abdominals and less on the hip flexors.

How to:

  • Begin with your back pressed against the back rest, feet on the lower supports and forearms resting on the upper supports with your hands gripping the handles.

 

  • Slowly remove each foot from the supports and let your legs hang straight down.

 

  • Keeping your legs straight and together, lift them in the air in front of your body.  Don’t swing the legs up or arch your back.

 

  • Once your legs are parallel to the floor, slowly lower them down and repeat.
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