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Posts found under "Mind-Body" within Expert Articles

Movement is Beautiful: How Exercise Can Make You More Creative

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 8, 2017

Even if you aren’t a dancer, musician or poet, there is a great deal of creativity you can apply to your life—and exercise may be the key to unlocking that creativity. Learn about the research linking creativity with exercise and how you can use movement to ignite the creative genius inside of you.

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Stretching

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flexibility training is an essential, yet often overlooked health-related component of fitness, offering numerous health benefits when performed regularly. Here are 10 reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis.

Mitigate Holiday Stress With Meditation

By Webmaster on Monday, December 5, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, if you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed, consider giving yourself the greatest gift of all—a moment each day for meditation. Learn how to cultivate a sense of calm and peace and nourish your body, mind and spirit this holiday season by putting these guiding principles into practice.

8 Ways Marijuana Affects the Body’s Response to Exercise

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Regardless of your personal stance on the legalization of marijuana, as a health and fitness professional you must have an understanding of how marijuana affects normal physiological function so that you can help your clients make the best decisions for their health and fitness. Here are eight things to know about how this drug affects the body, each of which could have an impact on your client’s exercise program.

Why You Need to Walk it Out for Health

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One of the very best ways for people of all ages and abilities to get moving is by walking. This isn’t just an effective form of activity; but it can also serve as a mode of transportation and allow you to spend more time outdoors and connect with your community.

Exercise for Each Decade of the Adult Lifespan

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Until we develop the ability to travel back in time, we have to accept the fact that we can't stop the aging process. The good news is that a healthy lifestyle can be the proverbial fountain of youth and help you to slow down, and in some cases, reverse the effects of aging. Here are some general considerations for exercise, nutrition and lifestyle choices for each decade of the adult lifespan.

A Yoga Routine to Energize Your Morning (No Coffee Needed)

By Kari Luu on Monday, September 26, 2016

Start your morning off right with this time-efficient and thoughtfully designed at-home yoga routine. With a combination of invigorating breathing techniques and dynamic variations of postures, this sequence is designed to enhance stability and mobility, heighten awareness and prepare you for whatever the day may throw at you.

Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

By Kari Luu on Friday, August 26, 2016

There are a multitude of conditions that can cause hip pain, from trochanteric bursitis to osteoarthritis. The great news is that movement is the panacea for many of these conditions. Learn about the three most common causes of hip pain, as well as three effective fixes that will help get your clients back to their preferred activity levels.

How Exercise Lowers Risks of Cancer

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The second leading cause of death in the U.S.—cancer— is somewhat of a mystery. It’s not always clear why one individual gets cancer while another does not. This makes many people feel like they have no control. Quite the opposite is true.

12 Inspiring Health and Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

We all need a little inspiration sometimes. Share these motivating musings on your social media to get your clients pumped up to get moving.

5 Natural Ways to Boost Energy

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

When we feel tired or we lack energy, many of us feel the need to recharge our batteries in artificial ways, via consuming energy drinks or supplements. But what our run-down bodies and minds really need is a heavy dose of self-care. Here are five natural ways to rejuvenate yourself when you’re feeling worn out.

Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

By Lawrence Biscontini on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Signs of stress can include a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, nervousness, a feeling of general discomfort, nausea, and even irritability. Whether you experience symptoms in chronic or acute form, being able to recognize these signs early sometimes can be half of the battle. After that, two choices exist: management or reduction.

Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

By Lawrence Biscontini on Monday, November 24, 2014

From cycling to swimming to yoga, breathing is a common thread that runs through all fitness modalities. ACE Certified pro and renowned mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains several common breathing techniques, which he says can not only deepen one’s sense of relaxation away from the gym, but also enhance focus, visualization, relaxation response and even intensity during workouts.

Yoga for Clients Who Are Overweight or Obese

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, September 19, 2013

It is a common misconception that overweight and obese individuals should stick with gentler forms of yoga, rather than attempt more vigorous styles like Ashtanga or Iyengar. Yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar explains why standing asanas are far more effective for these clients and participants, particularly when it comes to enhancing flexibility and supporting weight-loss efforts.

It’s Not Wrong, It’s Different: A Modern Approach to Yoga Asana

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, August 8, 2013

There are, it seems, as many styles and approaches to yoga as there are instructors. But what do you do if your students learned their poses from instructors that followed yoga styles that are different from the one you are teaching? Go with the flow, says yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar, who urges instructors to take a more modern-day approach to teaching yoga by being respectful of other traditions and staying flexible with regards to what they consider to be right or correct form.

East vs. West: How to Choose the Best Yoga School for You

By Elizabeth Kovar on Monday, June 24, 2013

Have you considered expanding your yoga training, but aren’t exactly sure where to start? Elizabeth Kovar explains the different yoga training options available—from traditional to modern and everything in between—and how to choose the right program to suit your lifestyle and career goals.

Is Yoga Supposed to Kick Your Butt?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 10, 2013

While there’s no doubt that high intensity classes are meant to be difficult workouts, the purpose of yoga can sometimes be a source of confusion. For some, particularly those that love that adrenaline rush you get from hard workouts, it can be difficult to relax and appreciate the mission of yoga. In this article, fitness expert Chris Freytag discusses the different ways yoga challenges your mind and body, as well as tips to help you relax and focus so that you can reap all of its benefits.

How to Physically Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Check out these 5 great tips from Jonathan Ross that will keep your clients engaged and inspired to work out, even when time is tight this holiday season.

The Real Benefits of Strengthening Your Core…Beliefs

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 17, 2012

As fitness professionals, we often spend so much time focusing on the physical aspects of health that we often forget the emotional side. Help yourself and your clients reevaluate their core selves by asking a few questions that will help them achieve their goals.

Body Image: What’s It All About?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 6, 2012

Hearing a client say they want to “tone up” or “get leaner” is nothing new, but going beyond that to explore any body image issues your client may have could be undiscovered territory. Check out some insight from Dr. Michael Mantell on some signals that your client may be experiencing body image dissatisfaction and how you should handle it.

Keep Your Brain Buff

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, April 23, 2012

Major degenerative diseases in the brain are all caused by one thing – mitochondrial decay in the brain. Scientists classify degenerative brain diseases differently based on their symptoms and which region of the brain region they affect, but they all have the same cause. Why is this a good thing? Because it means that what‘s good for preventing one disease is also good for preventing others.

5 Keys to Unlocking Your Business Potential as a Yoga Teacher (Part 1 of 2)

By Stacy McCarthy on Monday, February 20, 2012

Are you ready to take your yoga practice and profession to the next level? Do you want to thrive from your practice in every way possible – from managing and growing finances to ensuring your practice supports your lifestyle? Become empowered to grow your yoga business potential with these strategies for success!

Does Exercise Grow New Brain Cells?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, November 11, 2011

“I’d like to grow some more brain cells” may not be a fitness goal of your client's, but the statement is not as outlandish as it sounds. Studies have demonstrated that vigorous exercise fuels neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — and slows neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Learn more about yet another benefit of exercise.

One Thing Leads to Another: Intelligent Sequencing for Yoga Classes

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 9, 2011

While there are an abundance of asanas (commonly referred to as postures or poses) in yoga, the foundation for a physical practice should focus on practicing postures progressively in order to enhance steadiness, alertness and overall comfort — qualities referred to as sthira and sukha in the Yoga Sutras. Learn important factors to consider when sequencing your next yoga class.