Think of a recent time you felt stressed. Maybe it was during an argument with your spouse, or a meltdown with your kids. Maybe you were stuck in traffic and late for an important meeting. Or maybe you were lying in bed, worrying about work. Whatever the cause of your stress, your body and brain were almost certainly experiencing the same thing: boiling blood pressure, a churning stomach, tight muscles and a racing mind.
Pregnant women suffering from depression in their second trimester slept better and experienced less depression and anxiety when they participated in a weekly yoga and tai chi practice, according to researchers from the University of Miami Medical School.
They conducted the study to determine whether a nonpharmaceutical intervention could successfully help pregnant women with a variety of symptoms. The tai chi and yoga participants practiced in a group for 20 minutes per week over a 12-week period. Control group members did not change their routine activities.
The second annual Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference, presented by the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, took place February 1–3 in San Diego, with more than 40
speakers addressing the topic of mindfulness in clinical practice, education and research—specifically in relation to young people.
Evidence is still sparse, but acupuncture may improve both exercise performance and postexercise recovery, according to preliminary evidence published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2013; 19 , 9–16).
Select U.S. Marine Corps members are testing the value of mindfulness training in “Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training,” or “M-Fit,” an 8-week course that includes meditation practices, yoga-type stretching and mindfulness exercises, according to an Associated Press article by Julie Watson.
Burlington, Vermont, like San Francisco and Dallas, has joined the number of cities now offering airport yoga. The Burlington International Airport yoga and meditation practice facility consists of a small, light and airy space with mossy-green walls, bamboo flooring and yoga mats, according to Lisa Rathke of the Associated Press.
Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, in Burlington, Vermont, sponsors the space.
I encourage my clients to breathe when they are working out, as in life. Jokingly, I say, “Breathing is the first thing you learned in life, so please do not forget to do it over the next hour that we are exercising.”
In 2013, more than twice as many midsized corporate employers intend to offer wellness-based incentive
programs to employees as did so in 2010, according to
a survey conducted by Fidelity Investments® and the National Business Group on Health. This represents a
significant growth opportunity for fitness professionals with a wellness background. [Editor’s note: For more on corporate wellness career opportunities, read “Health Is Wealth: The Rise of Workplace Wellness,” by Shirley Archer, JD, MA, in the May 2012 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.]