Health and Fitness

Don’t Hold Your Breath!

Now, go ahead, hold your breath. Keep holding. Keep holding. By now you probably want to gasp for air but keep holding. Getting harder? Hold. Hold. Let it out. Breathing is something take for granted everyday. Obviously, it is essential to life but proper breathing can enhance health and well-being in so many ways. Physiologically speaking, deep breathing: Now, go ahead, hold your breath. Keep...

A Script to Use to Relax

It may seem strange, but many people do not know how to relax or what it actually means. Flopping in front of the television with a glass of whisky isn't it. Relaxation is the art of having a relaxed body and a peaceful mind -- you are not after an empty mind but to just allow your thoughts to slow and become non-intrusive. Relaxation is something you can learn and become good at so we can...

Warming Up for Golf

The most important piece of your golf equipment is your body. Yet, how much time and attention is paid to this fundamental truth? If you said none, or virtually nil, at least you're telling the truth. Fact is you hear your golfing buddies talk about the new Big Bertha or King Cobra they just purchased or this never-fail putter they saw on a late-night TV paid advertisement, but talk about their...

Sore Wrists?

Wondering what might make it better? (The wrist, not the swing!) That depends on what is causing the pain. Here's an overview of some of the possible causes of wrist pain as well as some suggestions for dealing with them. Achy, sore and tender wrists can be a simple byproduct of overuse, which causes tight tendons and sore ligaments. A thorough massage to the forearms and focused work in and...

Stretching, A Must

As with any type of physical exercise, a warm up and stretch time is a must to build up flexibility and strength. Stretching before a workout also reduces the risk of injury. Achilles Tendon To protect the Achilles tendon, you will want to start by standing on your toes. From this position you will bend your knees and drop your hips. Hold this position for a few seconds and then transfer your...

Stretching Out for Golf

Looking for ways to improve your golf game? Different stretching exercises may help you gain the strength and flexibility to take strokes off your game. I know that you golfers would rather spend your time golfing than working on your conditioning, but what if it really can improve your game? What if it can make you hit longer off the tee, give you more control and accuracy, and help prevent...

Stretching 101

There are three components to fitness: aerobic training, strength training and stretching. Stretching is often treated worse than holiday fruitcake. Most people see it as inconsequential, but it serves a purpose. It allows greater motion in our movement, while keeping our muscles supple and responsive to the demand of daily activities and exercise. Stretching is that last puzzle piece to a well-...

Basics of Stretching

For any type of stretching the main goal is to relax the muscles. Relax yourself while stretching. The more relaxed your mind, the more relaxed your muscles. You don't need to go out and buy a yoga CD, but it won't hurt either. Relax Stretch slowly and in a controlled motion Don't bounce If you experience pain let up on the stretch or stop Don't compare your flexibility with someone else's...

Smell Your Way to Happiness, Health, and Success

These days more and more people have turned to aromatherapy to improve their everyday lives. Stores and companies such as the Body Shop, Illuminata, and Aveda have created businesses around the popularity of aromatherapy by selling therapeutic candles, oils, body crèmes and lotions that are all infused with fragrant essential oils. These aromas not only smell good, but they can also have an...

Natural Answers To Help Heal Five Common Health Issues

Looking for a natural way to help remedy the situation? Here are five common problems with natural solutions. Acne: An inflammatory skin disorder afflicts about 80% of all Americans between the ages of 12 and 24. Many adults over the age of 24 also experience acne. The factors that cause acne include: oily skin, allergies, stress, prescription medicine, nutritional deficiencies and exposure to...

What Every New Runner Should Know

I hadn't given running much thought when I took my first running steps. I had been teaching aerobics for a few years and was on my way to the gym when the lure of fresh air and sunshine led me to think, 'Why not go for a run?' I reasoned, "I can do an hour of aerobics; certainly I can finish a half-hour run?" In less than 10 minutes, I was breathing heavily and realized that running was not as...

Getting Started with a Running Program

If you are headed out for a run … it is very important to start off slow. Many people will go hard the first day, running a pace much too fast and end up cramping, injuring themselves or putting undue stress on their bodies. They feel the pain the next few days and don't want to continue. Their first day becomes their last day, taking up another activity in place of running, in order to fulfill...

The First 10 Minutes of an Injury

Ouch! That hurts. How long can you afford to be off of your feet at work? Training for that big marathon and can't miss the incremental runs? Most amateur athletes know the same thing professionals are told: how you treat an injury in the first few minutes can dramatically affect your recovery time. Lesser known is the role essential oils can play in encouraging your body to heal itself. I must...

Master More with Triathlons

For most Masters swimmers, swimming is the epitome of happiness in sport. They have excellent coaches, a great time training, and we enjoy an occasional low-key competition. Others may take it a step higher by training very hard, never missing a meet and striving to break some records and, perhaps, make the USMS Top-10 list. There are even a few swimmers who go a step further by trying something...

Getting Fit: Running or Cycling?

So, you want to get fit? You have made the decision that round is out, that the clothes you see people wear on TV are the ones you want to get into, and your significant other made 'a comment,' about your appearance. Successful fitness programs revolve around choice and compliance. You decide you want to get fit and you decide to comply. So now -- What Do I Do? Get basic … pick a sport, one that...