Archive for January, 2014

The Importance Of Yoga

Friday, January 17th, 2014

So P90X, P90X2 and P90X3 all have Yoga in them. I’ll be honest, when I did P90X and P90X2 I skipped Yoga days and did some other workout? That would be why I am probably one of the most non-flexible, tightest hamstrings and hip flexors person you will ever meet. Well in P90X3 I have done the Yoga and I love it. Maybe because it’s only 30 minutes, compared to the hour to hour and a half programs in P90X and P90X2.  The workout flies by and the moves are challenging, but not that challenging and you still get a sweat on while stretching and strengthening muscles.l-Kitty-yoga...-STRREEETTTCCCHHH

Here’s why I think Yoga is important to do and no I have not found nor looked out of my third eye. If you’re not an active person, but still want to maintain flexibility and blood flow in your joints and muscles without working up a huge cardio surge, then Yoga might be for you. Yoga has been proven to help people lose weight, lower their cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduces the onset of diseases related to the heart (coronary atherosclerotic disease and coronary artery disease).  Yoga is low-impact, which is good for those suffering from arthritis, asthma, low back pain and osteoporosis. So as I stated before, strength and stretching (flexibility) are other perks you gain from Yoga, but so are an increase in balance control and a reduction in knee problems (no impact jarring).

yoga-dogLastly, because Yoga is a mind-body exercise, there have been studies showing a decrease in stress hormones, a decrease in anxiety and depression, people sleep better and there are decreases in symptoms relating to pain, asthma, angina and chronic fatigue.

So, clear your mind, roll out the mat and put on some lose fitted clothing because it’s time to center yourself. Peace.

Myth Buster: Children are too young to lift weights

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

So if you’re one of the many, possibly millions of people who think that young children should not be subjected to lifting weights or any form of resistance training, then have I got news for you. When I say “young children”, I mean those of preadolescence (starting at the age of 10 for girls and 11 for boys).IMG_0313

Here I believe is one of the primary MYTHS and that is children are too young to do resistance training because it will damage their bones. As I have read, there are numerous studies showing that just the opposite it true. Resistance training increases their muscular strength, improves the cardiovascular system, gives them better body composition and weight control, produces competency regarding motor-skill ability, reduces risk for injuries, creates a positive self-worth, a higher self-level of esteem and creates stronger bones by building bones density 4 times as much as a child who did not do resistance training.

Within my readings there have been no reports of bone/skeletal damage, growth deceleration or substantial injury taking place, which is in part to having the proper guidance and assistance when doing resistance training.

Is now the time to considering making yourself your childs’ training partner?