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Yoga & Athletes

Sage Rountree is a pioneer in yoga for athletes, an endurance sports coach, and author of six books, including The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, Racing Wisely, and Everyday Yoga. Co-owner of the three-studio Carolina Yoga Company and director of its teacher trainings, Sage also teaches nationwide and online at YogaVibes and sageyogateachertraining.com. Angela Ambrose: Why is it so important for serious athletes to do yoga? Can it help reduce injuries? Sage Rountree: Yoga is going to Read More

Deep Breathing Meditation Technique

Deep breathing is one of the most effective ways to start meditating and can be performed anywhere. The two key elements of any meditation practice are finding a focal point and letting go of any thoughts or emotions that arise. According to Yoga Instructor Mary Bruce of Phoenix, Arizona, focusing on your deep, rhythmic breath helps turn your mind inward and activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation. “When the breath is made steady, Read More

Fueling For Peak Performance

Planning to go on a long run or play in a soccer tournament this weekend? What you eat before, during and after your workout can make a big difference in your performance, says Penny Wilson, Ph.D., registered dietitian at Ironman Sports Medicine Institute in Houston. “Your nutrition can really make or break your workout.” Carbohydrates are a critical energy source when engaging in long-duration, moderately intense activities such as running, strenuous hiking or biking that Read More

SilverSneakers Keeps Seniors Fit

SilverSneakers is a fitness program designed specifically for older adults. It helps them improve their fitness level, reduce the risk of falling and enrich their social lives. The program name is a helpful reminder that graying seniors should dress appropriately when exercising. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing as well as sneakers that have rubber soles for good traction and stability. How to Join More than 40 Medicare health plans offer this program to encourage Read More

Setting Fitness Goals: All Together Now

Most people start the new year with the best of intentions. They plan to start exercising regularly, yet about 80 percent of Americans fall short of that goal, says Neal Pire, owner of Inspire Training Systems and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). A simple, but powerful way to stay committed to exercise is to work out in small groups that create a supportive, motivating environment, Pire says. With the ailing economy, Read More

Healing Herbs

Spices and herbs not only add flavor, color and aroma to food, but also vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Replacing salt with fragrant, tasty herbs and spices is also a simple way to cut your sodium intake. Naturally help lower your blood pressure—whether you’re hypertensive or prehypertensive— just by switching from salt to various herbs and spices,” says Dr. Susan Mitchell, a registered dietician in Winter Park, Fla. Many herbs and spices are loaded with disease-fighting Read More

Sitting Disease: Stand Up for Health

Sitting for hours at a time can cut years off your life and increase your risk for a number of chronic diseases, says Dr. Michael Jensen, endocrinologist and researcher at Mayo Clinic, who has been involved in sedentary behavior research for more than a decade. A plethora of studies have concluded that sitting for too long can endanger your health. For example, an American Cancer Society study showed that sitting for more than six hours Read More

Ayurveda: In Harmony

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine, originating in India thousands of years ago. In the last decade, it has become increasingly popular and many of its treatments are showing up in spas and clinics across the country. The goal of ayurveda is to bring harmony and balance to your mind and body using a number of therapies, including herbs, healthy eating, massage, body cleansing, meditation, yoga and lifestyle changes. According to Read More

Acupuncture: Point Well Taken

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to reduce pain and stimulate healing in the body. In modern day treatments, very fine sterile, disposable needles are inserted into specific parts of the body called acupoints. Low electrical stimulation or heat can also be applied after the needle is inserted. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is believed to balance the energy pathways known as meridians, which flow throughout the body. An obstruction in a pathway Read More

Get Centered

When people hear the word yoga, they likely envision the practice of stretching and strengthening the body through poses. Although this is the most popular form of yoga in the United States, it’s isn’t the only aspect of the discipline that can deliver a state of centeredness and inner peace. Other forms of yoga include breathing, meditation and chanting, which are often incorporated into yoga classes. If you’re new to yoga, shop around before you Read More