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Yoga in the Real World

Don’t ever “Namaste” me.  Just don’t. I love yoga, but I won’t go to a 90 minute class.  If I can find a 60 minute one, you have my attention, but otherwise forget it. I don’t want incense, Indian philosophy or sanctimonious white people projecting on a perfectly legitimate form of exercise. What I want is for my body to last a lifetime. When you have kids, things (everything) take a back seat. Stretching is one thing. Sleep is another. In order to be the best parents, we need to stay in shape and get the most out of our shuteye. Lower back issues start to show up after decades of chair-sitting and driving, and yoga can help to fix...

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The New Age of Working Out

Remember Tae Bo? Billy Blanks made some $ and disappeared into the nineties. What’s next? Asylum? Insanity? Zumba? Crossfit? Yoga is not dead yet, and sales of yoga clothes (assuming that relates to statistics of people actually practicing yoga) indicate that more and more people are making it to the yoga studio. Why do these fads come and go? It’s easy. Exercise can be boring.  If we aren’t properly motivated, it becomes a chore and not one we attend to with happy enthusiasm.  And then, sooner before later, we quit going to class or the gym or the studio. I don’t have time for a 90 minute yoga class. I need one that has child care, and they are few...

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Fighting Like a Girl

                           Gina Carano You may have heard of Ronda Rousey or Gina Carano (above) in the news lately. They are part of the new establishment in Women's MMA. Rousey is a former Olympic Judo medal winner-turned MMA fighter and Carano is a Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) champ who has parlayed her talents into a film career (see "Haywire" with Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor, and more recently "Deadpool" with Ryan Reynolds). They are both considered very attractive and are forces to be reckoned with. So what's the deal with women fighting women?Gender boundaries are opening up, and women are starting to empower themselves in different ways. With the rise...

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Upping Your Gas - How to Improve Cardiovascular Endurance

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves performing repeated bouts of high and low intensity exercise. The length and duration of the high intensity work bout will depend on what you are trying to acheive.For instance, a longer interval requires a greater amount of aerobic energy production. This occurs because longer intervals need to be slightly lower in intensity than shorter ones. For example, how long can you sprint for? If you give it your full attention, then probably 30 seconds.  Shorter, more intense intervals, such as sprinting, involve a greater amount of anaerobic energy production. This is the energy system that gives you a lot of ATP (or energy) in a short amount of time but it is also an energy pathway that...

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Movement vs. Esthetics

We are not safely out of the static gym workout era, but we're close. Arnold's "Pumping Iron," Stallone's "Rambo" and the generation of Gold's Gym, muscle cars, sleeveless t-shirts and walking like a monkey is coming to an inflexible close. Fitness has gone through many different transformations, and the more we learn, the easier it becomes to get fit, lean and (one would hope) healthier. Gas-inducing protein shakes, aneurisms caused by ephedra-based "ripping" agents and high carb and fat free are all being systematically replaced by  testosterone boosters, plant protein, NO2 and high fat, low carb diets. One proponent of the functional over the esthetic is Ido Portal. He derives his system of movement from gymnastics, dance, martial arts and yoga. He...

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