What’s one way to lower the number of stressed-out adults who have hypertension? Help teenagers with high blood pressure.
A study of 156 inner-city black adolescents in Augusta, Georgia, with high-normal blood pressure showed that teens who practiced 15 minutes of transcendental meditation (TM) twice daily steadily lowered their daytime blood pressures over 4 months and that their pressures tended to stay lower, said Vernon A. Barnes, PhD, a physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and the principal author of the paper.
In an era in which Americans are primarily concerned with losing weight and gaining muscle mass, it is no wonder that the slow-moving martial art of tai chi has been a bit of a hard sell.
Tai chi won’t fold under your bed for easy storage, nor will it claim to reduce inches off your waistline in “just 3 minutes a day.” The reality is, however, that those who practice tai chi are likely to get stronger, have less anxiety, move more organically and gracefully, improve their balance and enjoy more flexibility.
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With increased workloads and responsibilities, many of today's managers find life has become more demanding. Although the best response to stress may be to juggle fewer balls, you can't always cut down on what you do. You can, however, trick your stress alarm system into thinking you are doing less. In a recent Change Central survey of 128 midlevel ma...
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Tension-reducing strategies to try
when you're craving those high-calorie comfort foods.
Some people handle stress by undertaking great challenges and reaching for the stars. Many of us, however, react to pressure by reaching for a bag of chocolate chip cookies. The relationship between stress and eating behavior is complicated. Does stress simply re...
An Introduction to Medical Qigong
Learn how the ancient art of Qigong can help you and your clients cope with the stresses of today's changing world.
What Is Medical Qigong?
With the fitness industry evolving at a record pace, many clients hungry for wellness programs, and the aging population looking for "kinder, gentler" ways to exercise, it makes a lot of sense to add Qigong to your ...
newsletter_teaser: It doesn’t take long before many fitness professionals realize that teaching and training clients involves much more than simply counting sets and reps. Approaching clients from a more holistic perspective, with an eye toward body, mind and spiritual health, is one solution.
Wall Street professionals are joining the ranks of enthusiasts who claim that meditation is improving their ability to perform better professionally and enhancing their quality of life. Articles in Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s and on CNBC.com cite leading investment bankers, hedge fund managers and other finance professionals who claim that a regular meditation practice is key to their success.
newsletter_teaser: Fitness pros: You know that some clients respond to stress by eating. Now a new study has found that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow women's metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain.
A substantial amount of research demonstrates the negative effects of stress on happiness and health, including weight management. Have you or has the facility where you work offered any mind-body programs that emphasize teaching stress management skills, either through movement or activities like meditation? If so, please tell us about it. Let us know what factors contributed to creating the program.
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