Sit-ups are the most famous or infamous exercise people have traditionally used to strengthen their core. Years of science and studies have given us extensive evidence to support alternative and more effective exercises for building a strong core.
What am I talking about when I say, “total body movements”? As the phrase implies, the whole body is involved in the movements. What you probably didn’t know is some of the most basic exercises are considered total body movements. For instance, the deadlift is a great total body exercise that includes, lower body, core, and upper body engagement and work. If you’ve been well instructed on how to properly do a deadlift, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
When I was young, I crossed my eyes. My mother would try to correct me and tell me not to (I think I remember her actually getting frustrated and yelling at me about it, but those memories fade over time) until we discovered it was not something I could control. I had a lazy eye and needed glasses. I didn’t really want to wear glasses because I was very active, and glasses got in my way. I went through several pairs of glasses. My favorite pair was a set with rose-colored tint in them. I truly wore rose-colored glasses. The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines the idiom as: “through rose-colored glasses - with an unduly cheerful, optimistic, or favorable view of things.” It was quite fitting and described me perfectly.
As a mom, to a half dozen amazing humans, I can without a doubt say young kiddos are most INFLUENCEDby what they see their parents modeling for them. We’ve all seen the adorable pics of a little girl in her mom’s high heels, or the cute little guy standing at the bathroom mirror, face covered in shaving cream imitating his daddy shaving. Sigh...
We ALL know injuries during exercise are a part of life, it happens!
But how many times have you heard somebody say they tweaked their back picking their dog up? Or got a knee injury walking up and down stairs at home. Injuries from daily activities happen far too often than we like to admit.
5 Ways to Focus on Your Fitness (Now That the Kids Are Back in School)
Yahoo!! The kids are back in school. Okay, not everyone feels that way, but many do. It’s great when they get out for the summer, but by the time school roles back around (and it seems earlier every year), I was always ready to get mine back on a schedule. Summer is fun and we generally are very active during the summer, but the structure of a daily schedule is often out during the summer.
Diastasis Recti or “DR” is abdominal separation along the lines alba. While it is most common with pregnancy and postpartum, anyone can get it from not regulating their intra-abdominal pressure correctly.
DR can lead to “umbilical and ventral hernias, core dysfunction due to a weak inner core unit where pooches form (and getting a flat tummy again seems impossible), back pain, digestion issues, pelvis instability, and pelvic floor dysfunction” (Bower 17).
Grilling meat (steak, chicken, hamburgers, pork loin or chops) on a gas or charcoal grill can be a bit tricky. My husband used to overcook steaks every time and I, on the other hand, always undercooked them. Then one day while my good friend Denise was visiting, she gave us a few tips and oh my goodness, what a difference!
If your core is not strong you will suffer the consequences. Your core is the foundation for your strength. Without a strong core, imbalances in the body occur which in turn cause injury and issues later in life.
Foundation, in every aspect of life, is vitally important.
We all seem to have busier lifestyles than ever before. We juggle work, family, kid’s sports and activities, family time, church, volunteering and occasionally some hobbies we enjoy. Fitting fitness into our lives seems nearly impossible, but there are ways to overcome these obstacles.
Summer is here and the Fourth of July is right around the corner! It can be difficult to stay on track with your healthy eating routine when celebrations are centered around hamburgers, hotdogs, warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream!
Have you ever noticed that throughout the year, your skin changes with the seasons?
In the winter you notice dry spots and itchiness, while in the summer you experience more breakouts and oil? Or maybe your skin is one or the other year round and you just can’t seem to figure out how to get that “perfect model skin.”
Summer is here, which probably means you have a get-away planned in the next few months. Whether you are going on a cruise or to the mountains, a common question is: “Should I stick to my workout regimen while on vacation?” Isn’t the whole point of vacation to rest and unwind? It absolutely is! When it comes to getting a sweat sesh in on your time away, consider a few things:
Spring is a fickle time of year. You never know if it’s going to rain or possibly even snow. Sunshine is always possible and winds can howl to the point of hurricanes. Depending on where you live, the temperatures can be below freezing or above 80 – and each day can be different than the next. So, you have to be prepared for whatever comes your way or you may get caught in a storm.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that “Without sleep you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it’s harder to concentrate and respond quickly.”
DON’T GIVE UP WHAT YOU TRULY WANT FOR WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT NOW. PAIN IN THIS LIFE IS A GUARANTEE. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE PAIN. THE PAIN OF SAME OR THE PAIN OF CHANGE. THE PAIN OF WORKING OUT OR THE PAIN OF REGRET. THE PAIN OF NOT EATING WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT, OR THE PAIN OF THE CONSEQUENCES IF YOU DO. WHICH PAIN WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Blame it on my thirst for knowledge, but I feel like I’ve come across some solid items in the last few years that are often used for business and yet parallel perfectly with your lifestyle choices!
For example, I’m sure many of you have heard of the Pareto Principle, also known as the “80/20 Rule.” If not, the rule simply states that 80 percent of your progress comes from 20 percent of your effort.
You want to live a long, adventure filled life. You want to see your kids grow up, play with them and your grandkids. You want to spend more time doing the things you enjoy than time at the doctor’s office. You’d rather spend your money on doing things or buying things you really want than on medications, and doctors’ visits.
For most people there is a myth, or Holy Grail if you will, called “Work Life Balance.” If you haven’t discovered already, this doesn’t exist. But please don’t let this discourage you, because you can in fact live a life a fulfillment and create a sense of calm and purpose among the chaos.
For so man of us life continues to get in the way of the things that we know we need to do. These can range from getting enough sleep, spending more quality time with family and friends, meal prepping, mapping out your daily calendar intentionally, and of course regular exercise.
Does it give you a nice comforting hug if it doesn’t give you the number you were hoping for?
Does it check in on you throughout the day to make sure that it hasn’t upset you too much?
Do you ever feel like a good number on the scale can give you permission to eat outside of your healthy choices and an upsetting number send you in a down hill spiral of not caring what you are grabbing because does it really matter anyway?!!!