It’s that time of year again; the time of year when more skin is showing. It’s peeking out from under sun hats, stretching out of the bottom of summer dresses and curving out from the shoulders of tanks and sleeveless tops.
In 2009 the U.S. Census Bureau released a profile of American Seniors and their top ten concerns for the future. They are as follows:
- Loss of health.
- Inability to care for self.
- Loss of mental abilities.
- Lack of money.
- Inability to get good health coverage.
- Inability to drive.
- Becoming a family burden.
- Ending life in a nursing home.
- Inability to work or give to the community
- Being alone.
An average cyclist can spin their wheels 4,000 to 7,000 times per hour. That’s an average of 22,000 revolutions on a four hour ride. With this amount of repetition, proper cycling biomechanics is crucial for injury maintenance and performance. Proper fit and mechanics can greatly influence the rider and their injury potential. Custom orthotics are a powerful piece of the puzzle when attempting to improve any of these factors.
DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOGA DOES FOR YOU? – part 4, The Pineal Gland
As we were discussing in the previous blog, the pineal gland has been described by the master yogis as the door of perception, the connection we have to the cosmos and our highest consciousness. The pineal also controls all the cells of the body by increasing the cell nucleus projection through its vibration. This relates to tangible effects in increased nerve and muscular strength, and sexual function, and the more intangible effect in our extra sensory perception and electro-magnetic field strength. Recently western scientists have been studying melatonin, which is secreted from the pineal gland. Melatonin regulates our sleep patterns, as well as an agent which opens the mind to perceptions of alternate realities. This research was connected to dreaming, the use of hallucinogenic drugs and altered states of consciousness. Yogis do not use drugs, their experiences come from the natural secretion of melatonin, which is increased by chanting mantras, pranayam breathing, asanas, meditation, and diet. This increase in production of melatonin leads to the state of the neutral, meditative mind, which most westerners associate with the religious experience of an epiphany.
The secret to success in the outdoors this summer is not in your gym bag. It is not the stack of weights in the corner of your garage or tucked into the soles of your exercise shoes. It is not on the asphalt, the treadmill or the bike. The secret to your fitness success this summer is in a tall, clear glass of ice-cold water.
Forgo carbs and eat fruits and vegetables. Never take a day off from the gym. Burn more calories than consumed. Mathematically, losing weight is foolproof, but our mentality, emotions and insecurities seem to be the culprits for failed weight loss attempts and even contribute to weight gain. If specific time frames and number goals have been ineffective, discouraging and repetitiously lowering your morale, then it’s time to get creative—by getting creative. As Albert Einstein said, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity. Yield different results by getting crafty, creative and colorful with the following weight loss ideas:
Pack up the skis and snowboard for the summer and pull out the yoga mat – it’s time for cycling season!
That’s right, as Aspen prepares for one of the most anticipated cycling seasons in its history with the Aspen Cycling Fest just around the corner and the USA Pro Challenge Race kicking off the first and the second stage of the race in August, cyclists in the Aspen area are stepping up their game and improving their cross-training with perhaps the least expected form of exercise of all; yoga.
If you’re an active person who wants to help others with your passion for health, maybe it’s time to consider becoming a personal trainer. The following steps will give you an idea of how it all works.
The Labor of Statistics reports that there’ll be a 24 percent growth in personal training-related jobs, so strike while the iron is hot, the market is good, and you have the necessary means to grow your new business.
Pack Your Bags with an Immune-Boosting Massage
If this spring finds you globe-trotting, you’ll want to include a pre-departure massage. Travel can put you in “immunity-challenging” spaces: bustling airports and train stations, shared seats, and other germ magnets. And spending time in other countries can introduce you to intestinal parasites, viruses and disease, and different foods and sleeping quarters. You want your immune system to be prepared. Massage can help!