By now, you know the importance of relaxation in this fast-paced world. The next time you pause to take deep breaths and slowly count to 10, observe whether you can actually feel your heart rate slow down. Functions like heart rate and blood pressure are regulated by the autonomi...
In our last two columns, we discussed
the importance of molding your personal vision and purpose into a mission that
reflects your values. This revamping of who you are and where you want to go in life and business can be reinvigorating. However, one of the most critical elements to leading a successful life lies in having a positive attitude.
Winter swimming improved general well-being among participants in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland and published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health (2004; 63 , 140–4).
My childhood memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas are warm and happy. I loved the special food, the time off from school and just being with my entire family laughing and playing games. My brother and I got the biggest kick out of setting up his race car track and then trying to run each other’s cars off the road. We laughed until we cried!
No, wait, you’re not just relaxed; you’re gloriously, refreshingly relaxed. You feel like you’re floating on a cloud; your muscles are loose as Jell-O; all your tensions, anxiety and fatigue are gone. You feel fresh, vibrant and alive. Where your mind was once frenetically bouncing among appointments, errands and to-do lists, you now feel quiet and clear. You’re ready to face tomorrow with joy, calm and confidence.
People with higher levels of body awareness may experience more feelings of anxiety and other negative emotions. Results of a small study published in Nature Neuroscience (2004; 7 ,102–3) showed that subjects who were more aware of their own heart rate levels also felt more anxiety than subjects who lacked awareness of their own physical states.
When clients are feeling stressed or down, they may want to pet their dogs—or borrow their friends’ canine companions! In an ongoing study, a University of Missouri (MU)-Columbia researcher has found that interacting with animals creates a hormonal response in humans that can help fight depression.
Do you ever find yourself promoting wellness but not feeling all that well yourself? Do you sometimes feel you’re trapped in a concrete jungle? Do you need a change of scenery—and attitude? It’s time to step outside and revel in the wonders of nature.
Fitness professionals have long grappled with why some people are more motivated to exercise than
others. Currently, more than 60% of adults in the United States do not meet the Surgeon General’s recommendations for physical activity. Approximately 25% of adults aren’t active at all. But what can you learn from people who do exercise? Research published in the March–April 2004 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, (2004; 8 , 11–14) shows that long-term exercisers stay active because of the way it makes them feel.