Working on all of your body is imperative to overall fitness. Unless you’re hitting all your major muscle groups, you aren’t being effective or efficient with your fitness. Regardless of whether your goal is gaining strength, losing weight, or purely aesthetic, you’re going to want to get a total body workout throughout the week. So, what are the best total body routines for your goals, and how should you balance strength training and cardio throughout the week?
One of the most important things to think about when it comes to a full body workout schedule is balancing lifting with recovery, particularly if you’re attempting high-volume strength training.
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Posting up at a desk for eight or more hours a day can do a real number on our bodies. Extended sitting not only has prolonged health risks, it can make you feel stiff, achy, and uncomfortable in a matter of hours. The good news: Yoga can help. By incorporating a few yoga poses into your daily work routine, you can stretch out the muscles that get tight and sore with all that sitting—no mat or form-fitting pants required.
Yoga doesn’t have to be limited to a studio. Incorporate these poses into your workday to help prevent the aches and pains that often accompany a 9-to-5 desk job. Read on to learn how.
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Meditation is the practice of purposefully focusing your mind and body to achieve a state of relaxation. Through techniques such as breathing exercises, chanting, physical activity or some combination of them, practitioners of meditation hope to achieve a clearer state of mind and ward off the effects of physical and mental stress. In one form or another, meditation is a component of most major religions, as well as a popular form of maintaining wellness.
This infographic will guide you through the benefits of meditating as well as the different types of meditation:
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You have a built-in stress reliever, always free and always available: your breath. Fortunately most of the time you don’t need to think about breathing. With no conscious effort, your body keeps the oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH levels of your blood in balance by varying your breathing rate. However, you have the power to consciously control your breath when you want to, and learning to do so can be an incredible tool for health and wellbeing.
For thousands of years, people have learned to control breathing for health and spiritual reasons. In the Indian yogic tradition, breath control is called pranayama, and it’s practiced to facilitate meditation, enhance physical yoga practices, and change mood. Scientific research affirms pranayama can help people feel better. The practice of Sudarshan Kriya yoga, a series of breathing exercises, has been shown to reduce anxiety, relieve insomnia, and dramatically reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and disaster survivors. Keep reading to learn why breathing can be so powerful, and discover how to harness the power of your breath to feel calmer and more alert.
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Joint pain can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks or exercise. However, regular movement is necessary to keep the joints healthy. Yoga, an ancient practice, may be the ideal exercise to prevent and treat the modern epidemic of joint pain. It’s gentle and low-impact, and it promotes circulation, strengthens the muscles around the joints, increases flexibility, and improves bone health. Keep reading to learn how yoga can help you keep your joints healthy, mobile, and pain free.
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