OH CRAP...........................MY BACK!

What To Do When You Strain Your Lower Back? Haven't you always wondered? Watch the video for answers.

Banana Parfait

It was a real scorcher here yesterday in Illinois- 97 degrees! Yikes! So I was in the mood for something light and tasty in the morning. Something that wouldn't be too heavy. I had some bananas on hand and decided to concoct a banana parfait.  It literally took me 2 minutes to prepare. The result was a fantastically sweet, healthy breakfast that tasted like dessert. Give it a try for breakfast or for a snack!Ingredients:1 banana1/2 cup Greek yogurt1/3 cup almondsCoconut shavings and a pinch of brown sugar

Question; John “When should I have my energy drink or coffee?”

Question; John “When should I have my energy drink or coffee?”This is a great question. Energy is based on the consumption of food in the form of calories in macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is the only form of energy there is. When you are tired you should start with a well-balanced meal to provide you the energy you need.

Dealing with Stress in a Healthy Way

Everyone has stress, it's a natural occurrence in nature, it's what makes things change and happen, its what gives us that push to go above and beyond what we would normally do. In certain times of your life you'll find that the amount of stress increases due to outside sources, internal pressure, and various other things that are going on in the semi organized chaos that we call life. How you handle the excess stress can make all the difference when it comes to physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Today's Fitness/Health Tip: SUNGLASSES FOR KIDS

Experts recommend that everyone, including children, protect their eyes from the sun. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection can help filter out damaging rays. Sunglasses that don't block UV rays may actually be more harmful to wear.  Shop for glasses that block 99 percent to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays and that fit children's active lifestyles. Think function instead of fashion when buying sunglasses. Look at the amount of UV protection, lens quality and durability to guarantee that you buy the right sunglasses for your child.

Yoga Mats: Part 2: features

 There are a number of factors involved in selecting a yoga mat. The first is price. You can spend anything from about 20 dollars (actually I have seen economy mats where you can get to under 10 dollars a mat if you are buying a minimum number of mats) to over 100 dollars. How much you decide to spend will depend on how important various of the other factors are for you. 

Yoga Mats: Part 1: History

      A while back I mentioned that I felt it was good, if at all possible, for someone who does yoga to have a mat. Several conversations in class lately have brought to my mind that it might be helpful for me to give a little background, and purchasing and care tips for yoga mats.  

Best Stretch To Do First Thing In The Morning

Have you wondered why you feel so stiff in the morning? I have. This video explains this and a stretch you can do to help ease that stiffness. Do it tomorrow.

20-30’s Fitness

By Marc D Thompson. When one begins to exercise in her or his twenties, what should be the priorities? Here are some of the best ways to stay fit through those early years. 1. Challenge yourself2. Lay groundwork for later in life3. Plyometric training, see Core Plyometric exercises4. Cardiovascular training5. Strength training6. Play sports such as running, golf, biking, or tennis7. Free Weight Training8. Low Reps9. Core training10. Speed-Agility-Quickness training11. Team sports

One day at a time!

Walk out the door this early summer morning and breath in the fresh air.  What a great way to start the day and feel energized.  Remember sometimes it is just walking to the mailbox to get you out to move.  If you are fortunate enough to exercise, be greatful for the option. 
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