Stress Management Practices [Infographic]

“The word stress refers to the body’s physical and emotional response to a demand that forces a person out of their comfort zone. These responses can sometimes help, providing bursts of energy to escape danger, but it is when such responses are a reaction to something emotional that people could start to suffer.”

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Pilates or Yoga [Infographic]

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Which Practice is for You?

Pilates and yoga are two popular workouts that, to the untrained eye, may appear like the same thing. Although they do have some similarities their difference make them two separate workout styles. Pilates’s slow and controlled movements vs. the held positions of yoga are just one way these two workouts differ.

If you’re looking to increase your muscle strength and tone, yoga may be the workout for you. If you’re looking for a workout that improves core strength and stability, then try out pilates. Take a look through this infographic to figure out which one is right for you.

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Ginger & Cinnamon Everyday for Muscle Soreness

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Many well-intentioned workout resolutions have been thwarted by the first signs of sore, stiff muscles in the days following a visit to the gym.  A new study finds that two common kitchen spices help relieve that post-workout muscle pain.

Researchers at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences studied the effects of ginger and cinnamon on the muscle pain of 60 fit female competitive Taekwondo players, aged 13-25 years.  The women were divided into three groups. For six weeks, each group took three grams (1 tsp = 4 grams) of either powdered ginger, cinnamon or placebo every day.

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The Meditative Power of Swimming

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The meditative power of swimming

When I was 25, I went on holiday with my boyfriend to Cinque Terre, a protected marine reserve on the Italian Riviera. The relationship was not a good one, and the holiday was not a seamless week of intimacy. However, one memory will always stay with me. We were on the beach, arguing about some triviality, and my parting shot was to walk away in a huff and dive into the sea. A couple of minutes later, my mood had changed completely.

Treading water in a clear, azure Mediterranean, craggy cliffs surrounding me, I felt a wonderful sense of wellbeing. As I swam further out and immersed myself in the salty water, this sense of contentment got stronger. By the time I returned to the beach, I couldn’t remember what the argument was about – let alone care who had won.

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