Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Pain

knee-injury-painHave a chronic joint pain preventing you from reaching your health and fitness potential? Current stem-cell research might be in your favour!

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The Basics And Why They Work

Using The Basics of Exercise To Get & Stay Fit

Where to start with fitness

In fitness you will often hear about getting back to the basics. There is a reason for that: it’s because they work.

Some gyms and coaches will give you cutting edge exercises and use technologically advanced equipment. You may be hooked up to monitors, or competing against some imaginary opponent; but all we really need is our own body weight and some simple bars and plates.  Heck, if you don’t have weights, do what the Scots do, lift heavy stones.
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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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Reduce Stress In Minutes

It is believed that the body responds to anxiety by provoking muscle tension, and the tense muscles then increase the feeling of anxiety. Deep muscle relaxation reduces physiological tension, reduces pulse rate and blood pressure, and decreases perspiration and respiration rates.

This technique is effective in the treatment of muscular tension, anxiety, insomnia, depression, OCD, anger, fatigue, irritable bowel, muscle spasms, neck and back pain, high blood pressure, and mild phobias.
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Are You Really Serious About Your Health?

Are you really serious about your health? Have you taken the necessary steps to address your health concerns? Whether it’s an injury, joint pain, headaches, obesity, chronic condition or Fibromyalgia; what are you waiting for? Are you waiting to feel so horrible that you can barely get out of bed? If you don’t think it’s affecting […]

Why Steven Seagal Got Fat: Efficiency

steven_seagal_h0054Why did Steven Seagal get fat? He became too darn efficient. In the eighties and early nineties he was lean, athletic and fast. His Aikido skills (Japanese Martial Art) were among the top Aikidoka in the world. I’d like to re-iterate something that has been gaining speed in the fitness community: The greater efficiency we gain at something, the less effect it has on our physiology. So, when someone gets to the level of mastery of a skill, it no longer has the same training effect it did when they were just learning it.
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Just Go With the Flow: Achieving Flow State Performance

2dc8d9a_largeIn psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task, although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. Read more

Winter Health Starts Now! Build your Immune System

Build your immune system now for optimal winter health! But heck, if you’ve got kids going back to school, it’s almost too late. By the third or fourth week of school absences spike as both students and teachers get hit with bouts of cold and coughs. Everyone’s been outside, enjoying summer, getting sun and exercise and not in cramped, stuffy classrooms – a breeding ground for germs.

Are you the type of person that gets sick every winter, possibly even with recurring infections requiring antibiotics? There a lot of potential immune building supplements and foods that can be of great help. However, building your immune system does not happen over night, or even a few weeks. Depending on your current health it can take months to build a strong immune system, resistant to colds, flu and bacterial infections.
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Consistency: Your Trump Card for Health

Consistency. It is so elusive to many of us. We all have good intentions of eating right, getting plenty of sleep, exercising, reading more, watching less TV etc. But, there is the pull of the sofa, TV, or Facebook that ends up wasting our time, and before we know it, it’s bedtime and we haven’t read, meditated or done the dishes.Being-consistent
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How to Motivate your Training Partner

How do you motivate your training partner? Are you the kind of person that shouts loudly to motivate? Do you cheer like you are the lead of the BC Lions Feline Dance Squad? Do you say nothing?coach-yelling

Motivation is a big part of being a training partner, coach or instructor. Some people cannot train alone. They need that external push. But, how you are motivating them can play a huge role in how they perform, and whether or not you give them that extra push…or just irritate or distract them.

I’ll tell you what I can’t stand. Hooting, hollering, and wahooing. It is a distraction and the high pitch squeal throws me off. Ask any high level athlete, (I’m not saying I am high level) and I am sure they will tell you the same. Meaningless words and shouting do nothing to motivate people. Read more

Supplements: Optimizing Your Health

Conditioning-SupplementsIn a perfect world, supplements would not be necessary. It would be great if we all ate a perfect, whole foods, organic, locally sourced diet. But, we don’t. And, even if you did, there is a chance you would still be deficient in one or more nutrients. Proper, prudent supplementation can have a profound impact on your health.  While it is true there are people that seem to get along fine without ever having taken so much as a multivitamin, I believe that it is worth the time to invest some effort into researching what could optimize your health when it comes to supplementation. There are some supplements which I believe almost every person should take, while some that only people of certain ages, sex and cultures (depending on where you live) take. Read more