After reading this article, readers should be able to:
Identify the three main elements of mind-body training.
List five specific ideas for integrating mind-body training into program design.
Discuss various approaches for enhancing clients’ exercise experience by helping them become more mindful participants.
Rush, rush, rush. Is your life so busy that sometimes you get lost in all the chaos? Give yourself the gift of still moments so you can better enjoy the rest of your life. Here are 10 simple ways to be still from Richard Mahler’s bookStillness: Daily Gifts of Solitude.
1. Understand How Yoga Benefits Athletes. The postures, breathing and inner focus of yoga can help balance, strengthen and restore overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments. In addition to elongating tight, fatigued and shortened muscles, yoga helps calm and clear the mind.
Almost everyone you talk to these days is concerned with their health and wants to look and feel better, so why are obesity rates skyrocketing among both children and adults? Despite our best efforts, the fitness community has not been able to inspire the sedentary masses to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
It wasn’t that long ago that only the most cutting-edge health clubs offered yoga classes. Now, programming schedules are rife with yoga offerings for people at all fitness levels. Even in the more conservative regions of the United States, yoga has become the number-one fitness trend, according to program directors polled for the 2002 IDEA Group Fitness Trendwatch.