International Day for People with Disabilities is coming up on Saturday Dec 3rd, and there are a number of celebrations happening around town. (more…)
Archive for October, 2011
5. Try tai chi
“The first thing I notice about a person is whether she has a sparkle in her eye or a glow about her face,” says Margaret Matsumoto, a senior instructor at the New York School of Tai Chi Chuan in New York City. “People tend to carry stress in the face and body.” Matsumoto believes a simple tai chi stance can relax and energize while building strength and balance. (more…)
Which exercises will get you maximum results? SELF got the scoop on the ones fitness pros swear by. Try one, try ‘em all!
1. Do a headstand
“Sirsasana, the headstand position in yoga, is a massage, a swim, a hike and sex all wrapped into one move,” says Mark Blanchard, a yoga instructor at Body & Soul in West Hollywood, California. (more…)
A recent article published in the Australian Doctor magazine, stated that a growing number of patients were opting for health care from “complementary practitioners” because it seems people want more individual attention from their medical professional. (more…)
A primary example of an event that benefits from plyometrics is the long jump, which requires the athlete to use the speed from the run into the power to propel the body as far as possible vertically. This sport requires a great deal of technique as well as a high strength-to-weight ratio. Athletes who have a high percentage of fast-twitch muscle fibers, advantageous muscle insertions and can fire as many of their total muscle fibers simultaneously as possible are likely to do well in this event. The long jump consists of the approach run, the jump and the landing. (more…)
In running, jumping and many other athletic events, the athletes’ foot or hand is in contact with the ground, ball or opponent only for a fraction of a second before the next contraction occurs. The pre-stretch that occurs when running or jumping helps the next contraction be more rapid and forceful. The body has a neurological inhibition that prevents the muscles from contracting so powerfully that it damages the tendon, or the attached bone. This inhibitory mechanism is actually set too conservatively. Utilizing training methods that use the pre-stretch contraction partly reduces this inhibition, allowing a more rapid and powerful contraction than before. (more…)
Am I Lonely?
Loneliness and addiction go hand in hand. Driven by shame, many of us kept our compulsions secret (or thought we did!)
If we did have “drinking buddies,” we may have left them behind as we embarked on the road to recovery.
It’s one of the many challenges of recovery: experiencing feelings we’ve smothered for years under alcohol, cigarettes, food — whatever we’re addicted to.
Even ordinary sensations like hunger or fatigue can seem strange, even frightening. When we don’t recognize these feelings as perfectly normal, this confusion can actually trigger a relapse.