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Where's the Beef?

Do an experiment with me. Lift your arm and wave goodbye vigorously. Now tilt your head so you can see the bottom of your arm. What is happening down there? If you are now having an irresistible urge to go have some jello, we might have a problem. Wayne Westcott, PhD, really woke me up this week on the importance of strength training with his article "Strength Training for Seniors." http://www.ssymca.org/pdf/Health_Articles/Str_Tr_for_Seniors.pdf He pointed out that with each passing year, if we don't strength train regularly, we lose a half pound of muscle per year.

Why should you hire a personal trainer!

There are many reasons people need to hire a personal trainer. Sometimes we all need a little help with exercise. Weight training injuries increased as much as 48% between 1990 and 2007 according to a study by the American journal of sports medicine. The take home-home message is good form matters. Along with good form a personal trainer also can help with the following 10 reasons. 1. Motivation One of the main reasons people benefit from a personal trainer is that they loss motivation to stick with a consistent exercise program.

10 Life-Changing Lessons from UNM Dance

www.meganmerchant.com As I work through the last two days of raising funds for UNM Friends of Dance with our Zumba Cardio Party, I’ve been remembering special words from the staff at UNM (University of New Mexico) that contributed deeply to my life from 1998-2002. In paying tribute to some of my many professors, here are a few of my life-changing favorites: Bill Evans, Professor of Movement Analysis: “Teach what you want to learn.” He taught the value of diversity and listening to others, and that every student will give you more than you can share.

"Oriental Escapade"

Its my new YOGA 2 Music vinyasa workout. Combining smooth oriental chill out tunes with breathing and flows that will make you sweat & calm in an unstoppable manner. I am using 3 keys in my workout. 1. Breathing Ujjie pranayama 2. Neutral Spine 3.

Collegiate Athletics...is a "free ride" fair?

I've held a long standing opinion that college athletes are some of the most "used" and "abused" workforce in the world. These athletes give countless hours of each and every day of their life as good will ambassadors for their Colleges. They risk life long injury, sacrifice many experiences and work through painful workouts all in the name of being a good representative for their College.

Exercise Trends: Kettle Bells

Lately exercise has been trending at significant and diverse levels. These trends are followed by marketing of systems involved in the trends. Some exercise systems may be or may not be up what they're promising. However, this does not mean that they're not applicable in specific training solutions. One newer and growing exercise system is kettle bells. I started looking at videos involving this weighted training system. Then trying several exercises, I found some of these exercises involving kettle bells somewhat body abusive.

THE KNEE

ACL is shot and the meniscus is torn. I am looking at surgery at this point to get those things fixed. Thinking about a new business venture of making knee braces to match my running outfits...any takers? Which leads me into what I alway mention in my posts: find alternatives ways to exercise. I can bike (my husband got me a new bike for Christmas) so I can do that. Other than Zumba I can teach the other classes. Swimming I may do more of as well...oh no, triathlons in the future?

The Philosophy of Sex - Great Article

Food For Thought - Great Read Hope you all are having a great week! The Philosophy of Sex By Holistic Health Counselor Chad Hamilton, to read more from Chad go to www.healthybyhamilton.com

Food for Thought - April 5, 2011

Food for Thought on Friday January 8, 2010 Considering Others: Reaffirming Our Integrity Every thought we think and every action we take has an effect on the world around us. To be aware of this is to be conscious of our impact on the people in our lives. Sometimes we just want to do what we want to do, but considering the full ramifications of our actions can be an important part of our spiritual growth and awareness. At first, being more conscious requires effort, but once we have made it a habit, it becomes second nature.

Inside Zumba: How to Join the Party!

www.meganmerchant.com Why should you try Zumba? "It's not like a workout," explained Diane Walterstiel, 55, of Alpharetta. "Before I come, I'm tense, but when I leave, I could kiss the world." The Zumba organization believes you should find joy in your classes as you move freely and confidently in your own body, whatever size, shape or age you might be. There are no comparisons to be made and no class levels to achieve, other than your own personal fitness goals. And that is why we are inspired to share Zumba! So here are some tips and inside knowledge on Zumba