Sport and Performance Psychology

2012-10-25 / Sports / Comments Off on Sport and Performance PsychologyComments

How can I use my mind to get more from my life? Sports and performance psychology holds the answer. It is often as easy, and as hard, as relaxing the body and calming the mind. Then our actions in life become a choice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Balance Exercises

2012-10-17 / Fitness / Comments Off on Balance ExercisesComments

Vestibular (balance) problems are much more common among people of all ages than one could think. They cause a lot of discomfort including headaches and lack of ability to concentrate. Luckily, the situation can be improved by exercises. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exercise and Diet Can Reduce Blood Pressure

2012-10-02 / Fitness / Comments Off on Exercise and Diet Can Reduce Blood PressureComments

Results from a new study should be of no surprise for those who are familiar with the benefits of exercise: It found that exercise, combined with a low-calorie diet, is very effective for reducing blood pressure in overweight people. The study was reported at the American Heart Association’s 55th Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking In Hiking Boots

2012-09-21 / Fitness / Comments Off on Breaking In Hiking BootsComments

Well, let’s see. We have our new Jack Wolfskin pack, a new Moonstone sleeping bag, a brand-new just-outta-the-box GPS unit, more Gore-Tex clothes than most people know what to do with, our trekking poles, and a new pair of hi-top, lace-to-just-below-the-midpoint-of your-shin, leather, Gore-Texed, Thinsulated hiking boots. WE ARE READY… Read the rest of this entry »

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Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 4

2012-09-14 / Fitness / Comments Off on Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 4Comments

It looks like you had a great week of exercise! Great variety and frequency. If you can have a week like this all the time, you will see the results that much quicker. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 3

2012-09-14 / Fitness / Comments Off on Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 3Comments

Women are more likely to store fat because of their hormonal makeup. If you restrict calories too much, you will only teach those fat cells to store fat more efficiently. The trick is the reduce your calories somewhat, but never go on a starvation diet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 2

2012-09-14 / Fitness / Comments Off on Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 2Comments

I’m hungry in the beginning of the day and early afternoon. That’s when I take on the calories, the proteins and the complex carbohydrates. But when I eat upside down like this, I’m not hungry at the traditional dinnertime. In the evening, small snacks of yogurt, a little cottage cheese or even salt-free pretzels are enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 1

2012-09-14 / Fitness / Comments Off on Trisha’s Journal: Week Six. Part 1Comments

Only the tape measure cheers me up this week. I’ve lost another inch around my hips, waist and chest.
Well, the exercise plan is just a bit too ambitious. Pushups from my knees to about 4 inches off the ground have proven very difficult to start. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tai Chi’s Benefits, Part 2

2012-09-13 / Fitness / Comments Off on Tai Chi’s Benefits, Part 2Comments

A ‘warming up’ routine is needed before engaging in Tai Chi practice perhaps even more so then other ‘body-work’ routines. The body seems to need to slowly engage the Chi before the energy moves through it in a directed way. I do two things: (1) a routine that works every major joint in my body, and (2) a little stretching via Yoga. The ‘joint’ routine goes something like this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tai Chi’s Benefits, Part 1

2012-09-13 / Fitness / Comments Off on Tai Chi’s Benefits, Part 1Comments

Tai Chi is unique. The benefits of this training are also unique. Here’s some background.

I’m sure any health and fitness trainer could enthusiastically expound upon the benefits of techniques or routines he or she teaches. While those routines have particular strengths in the area for which they were created, few are as all encompassing as Tai Chi. Read the rest of this entry »

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