Michel De Montaigne
“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.”-Michel De Montaigne

Body Articles Q3 2012(5)

Updated Abdominal Practice

Updated Abdominal Practice

Sep 28, 2012

Take a look at the updated abdominal practice and see if there is something that inspires you to work that core! The right abs workout routine can strengthen not only your abdominal muscles, but also the core muscles that support your body. By establishing a regular abdominal workout routine that works all of the muscles of your abdominal region, you're well on your way to a lifetime of fitness. Having a good abs workout routine is important to your body's overall level of fitness; however, getting a great abdominal workout involves more than just doing sit-ups or crunches.

Read More: The Mindful Body

5 Reasons to Start Strength Training Now

Sep 28, 2012

Even if you exercise regularly, you’re missing out if you’re among the estimated 83% of women who don’t life weights. Pumping iron two times a week can decrease back pain by 18% after 16 weeks and by 42% if you’re strength training four times a week. More research has found that just 30 minutes of strength training two to three times a week can improve cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, increase bone density and speed fat loss. This article will help to inspire you to venture past the treadmills and into the weight room (or even to simply dust off those dumbbells in the back of your closet)

Source: Natural Health

Updated Body Resources & Tools

Updated Body Resources & Tools

Sep 10, 2012

We have updated the Body Resources & Tools. Not only have we added tons of new resources that may benefit you, we have also redesigned and updated the tables and search functionality. Take a look and find something to help enhance your daily exercise or fitness practice!

Read More: The Mindful Body

Running Revolution

Aug 8, 2012

The reasons for running’s popularity are many—from the euphoric “runner’s high” and decreased rates of depression to body benefits that include weight loss, lowered blood pressure and levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and reduced risks for osteoporosis (thanks to a boost in bone mineral density). The best bonus? It’s free and you can run anytime, anywhere. But for all its pluses, running can be painful and, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, at least 50 percent of distance runners experience injuries every year. The reason for that comes down to mechanics, says William Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.S.M., director for the Twin Cities Marathon and a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. “But the cause isn’t necessarily universal,” he adds. “The person could have an acute biomechanical imbalance—say they stepped in a pothole or have tight joints. They could also have run too many miles, beyond their limitations.” Read more to learn about reducing the painful risks, ChiRunning and Barefoot running.

Source: Natural Health

How To Meditate While Running

How To Meditate While Running

Jul 27, 2012

My meditation instructor said to follow my breath, but as I ran up a steep trail, 8,000 feet above sea level, I was breathing so hard that my mind could barely keep up. I was about a mile into a 2.5-mile run. Dry air filled my throat, my leg muscles burned, and all I could hear was my own panting breath. I hated that sound. Each heavy gasp for air reminded me of how tired I was, which then ushered in the thought that I was desperately trying to avoid: stop running. Usually I block out that thought by dialing up the volume on my iPod, filling my ears with Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls, or thinking about what I will wear that day, what I will write in an e-mail to a friend, and what I'll eat later—any mental project that will distract my mind from the present pain. Unfortunately, for the next three days I was supposed to avoid those distractions. I had arrived with 37 other runners at The Shambhala Mountain Center, a remote Buddhist retreat in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, for a program called "Running with the Mind of Meditation and Yoga" that promised to teach me to meditate while I run. I would learn how to be completely present, with my mind free of all discursive thoughts and focused completely on my breath, the surrounding environment, and the way my body feels. This iPod-free exercise would bring more peace, compassion, and sanity to my daily life, and it would also make me a better runner. Or so I hoped.

Source: Runner"s World