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Tag - yoga

Ditch the Excuses and Get the Facts About Yoga

Yoga: some hate it, others are obsessed with it. With such polarized opinions about the activity, it can be hard to know the truth and even harder to reap the benefits. You’ve probably heard all the common complaints, but worry not! We’ve separated fact from fiction to respond to some of the most popular excuses. “It Doesn’t Do Anything” Yoga provides substantial benefits: it can improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and much more. The American Osteopathic Association has outlined these…

3 Ways to Prevent Nighttime Back Pain

Not getting enough sleep each night is enough to make you feel irritable the following morning. When your lack of sleep is due to an aching back, it can make the hours you spend out of bed even more painful. If back pain keeps you tossing and turning, you may need to make certain adjustments before heading to bed at night. Here are some ideas for preventing nighttime back pain to help you rest easy: Try Bedtime Yoga Not only…

Relieve Stress and Stay Fit with Yoga

April is National Stress Awareness Month and it’s no real wonder that we need it: According to a survey by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, seven out of ten adults experience stress or anxiety on a daily basis. Regular exercise, communicating with friends and family, and getting more sleep all help manage stress, but if you’re still feeling the heavy weight of anxiety, you may want to pick up a mat and give yoga a try. What Is…

How to Stay Active This Winter

Staying active in the cold weather might sound like an oxymoron to some. Exercising outside is often impractical, and working out inside can be a bore. But don’t stop exercising! Consistent exercise can actually help you clear those wintertime blues and boost your energy levels, so there will be fewer days when all you want to do is snuggle up under a blanket next to a fire. Keep Your Eye on the Prize Just because it’s winter and not marathon…

Work Out Around the World

Do you love to travel but fear losing your workout rhythm when you’re not at home? Not to worry! You can stay in shape as you explore other places or even new countries. You can even plan certain trips around a workout routine. Stay in Shape While You Travel The act of traveling -- be it on planes, trains, or automobiles -- can be exhausting, despite it not being a very physical activity. Long periods of immobility can be just…

How Do I Rest After Working Out?

If you've ever seen a personal trainer or done any rudimentary research on an effective exercise routine, you know that rest and recovery are a crucial part of getting--and staying--in shape. However, this idea of "rest" takes many forms. Shortening workouts, trying different exercises, and even skipping your workout altogether are all options that can provide you with some recovery benefit. And even if you choose to take a full rest day, you can optimize your body's recovery with proper…

Yoga Poses to Relieve Cycling Lower Back Pain

According to a study by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, back pain is the most common overuse injury among cyclist, with 58 percent of cyclists polled experiencing such symptoms in the previous year and 41 percent seeking medical attention for it. Indeed, cycling is one of the best low-impact cardiovascular workouts you can get, but after a few hours riding, even the most experienced athletes can feel discomfort in their upper or lower back. But according to Alyssa Dinowitz,…