How Yoga Makes You Happy

How Yoga Makes You HappyCan we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate.

Train Your Brain If You Want To Lose Weight?

Train Your Brain If You Want To Lose Weight?Despite massive government, medical and individual efforts to win the war on obesity, 71 percent of Americans are overweight. The average adult is 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. Our growing girth adds some US$200 billion per year to our health care expenditure, amounting to a severe health crisis.

Your Ideal Body, And Why You Want It

We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want? Mike/Flickr, CC BY-SAA 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight, while 29% of men think about their appearance at least five times a day. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?We all know exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and most will agree kids should be doing more of it. However, a recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body Moving

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body MovingNo one says it better than Dick Van Dyke in his new book Keep Moving. The secret to maintaining lasting agility lies in joyful movement. Van Dyke turns a very vibrant 90 years old this year, and he continues to not only hit the gym every day, but to dance every chance he gets -- not for the exercise, but simply because he enjoys it!

Four Common Myths About Exercise And Weight Loss

Four Common Myths About Exercise And Weight LossIt’s that time of year when many are trying, and some are failing, to live up to their New Years' resolution of losing weight. Many of these probably include resolutions to be more physically active in striving for this goal. But first, there are some common misconceptions about exercise and weight loss that need to be addressed.

Do You Really Need Carbs To Recover From Exercise?

Do You Really Need Carbs To Recover From Exercise?Carbohydrate-rich diets are often recommended as part of exercise regimes to promote recovery and maximise performance. But recent research suggesting such foods may not help exercise recovery and their potential link with metabolic diseases are raising questions about whether this advice is still appropriate.

QiGong for Spiritual Development and Balance

QiGong for Spiritual Development and Balance

Throughout history, peoples in many parts of the world have sought ways to develop their energetic potentials for improved health, martial power, and to bring themselves closer to the divine. In China these practices are called QiGong. It is believed that the correct regulation of body, breath, and mind will harmonize yin and yang, balance Qi and blood...

Pilates Exercise On The Ball Heals Body and Soul

Pilates Exercise On The Ball Heals Body and Soul

When I first laid on a Pilates mat after twenty years of not dancing or doing any sort of physical activity with the exception of walking, surprising and volatile emotions surged up. The first emotion was denial -- I don't need this, I have managed for years without structured exercise. Then there was a deep releasing of regret and grief

The History of Qigong, An Art of Healing and Health Preservation

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Qigong, as an art of healing and health preservation, is thought to have originated as early as four thousand years ago in the Tang Yao times as a form of dancing. Qigong, through mind, breathing, and posture regulation, aids in the prevention and treatment of diseases and preserves and lengthens life. Qigong cultivates intrinsic energy (genuine Qi) which is found naturally within all people.

The Why and How of Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing for Body, Mind, and Spirit

Belly dance (by whatever name it is called) is excellent for any age. It is a celebration of womanhood, a dance by women for women's purposes. It can be practiced in preparation for childbirth and after childbirth. This dance has also helped many women who have suffered from PMS and menstrual discomfort...

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

It's that time of year: Bicyclists young and old are lubing chains and dusting off cheap supermarket bikes, top-of-the line Treks and everything in between. A bike, of course, offers a way to get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint or just have fun. But biking activity, in large part, is driven by the pedaling opportunities available in your community.

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