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Put a Little Jingle in Your Workout

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Giving Back | tags: cardio, Christmas music, Fitness, food bank, gym, Hanukkah, holiday decorations, jog, running, snow angels, snowman, socks, strength training, the firm, volunteer, walk, workout, Yoga

Woman in Santa hat lifting weightsHoliday fun can wear you down — eating, drinking and festivities can take their toll on you mentally and physically. While a workout may seem like the last thing you have the time or energy for, it can enliven your spirit and alleviate stress. Think you have to choose between fitness and fun? Not so! Incorporate elements of the holiday season into your workout routine and you’ll add variety and interest and increase your motivation and enjoyment. Here are some ideas to help you put the holiday spirit into your workout:

9 Yoga Moves to Blast Holiday Calories

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | December 5th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: abs, arm balance, belly, Boat pose, body, Bound Lunge, burn-calories, Child’s Pose, christmas, core, Core Plank, diet, Dog Splits, downward dog, Easy Pose, eat, exercise, Fitness, flexibility, food cravings, handstand, health, holiday weight, holiday yoga, holidays, inversion, lose-weight, meditate, meditation, release, Revolved Pigeon, Shiva Kicks, Side Angle, side plank, strength, stress, Sukhasana, thanksgiving, thighs, Yoga, yoga for weight loss

GAIAM SIDE ANGLEHolidays are a time for family, friends and — let’s not kid ourselves — food. I love to go away for a few days and eat things I normally don’t in amounts that would shock a Sumo wrestler. Hence, it may be the season to be jolly, but it’s also a time when it’s all too easy to pack on the pounds along with the cheer.

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Body

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Personal Growth | tags: appreciating your body, body-image, exercise, Fitness, grateful, gratitude, positive thinking, self-love, thanksgiving

Gratitude Transform Body

Thinking about Thanksgiving prompted me to write this blog. I saved it to my computer, planning to post it online as soon as I got a chance. Then coincidentally I heard a radio interview with psychologist Robert Emmons, author of a book called Thanks. Emmons has spent years studying positive psychology, and in the interview he pointed out that gratitude is more than a tool for self-improvement. “Gratitude is a way of life,” he said, noting how being grateful can improve your health physically as well as mentally.

Yoga-Inspired Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Guy@Gaiam by Guy@Gaiam | November 4th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: exercise, Fitness, guy, guy@gaiam, health and wellness, how-to video, man, men, men's health, physical therapy, shoulders, strength, strength training, therapy, Yoga

Yoga for guys: Strengthen your shoulders

In my youth, I had terrible experiences with my shoulders separating and dislocating at various times during sports. I had my first reconstructive surgery at 18 years old on my right shoulder. This was the result of a year’s worth of extreme snowboarding accidents. Three years later, I was back on the operating table — this time for my left shoulder. After the second surgery, my upper body was extremely tight. Over the years, I had developed major issues with larger muscle groups in my upper body trying to overcompensate for the smaller, weaker muscles surrounding both of my shoulder joints. Even after months of physical therapy, I was worried I might have complications with my shoulders for the rest of my life.

5 Steps to Push-Ups on Your Toes

Kirsten Palmer by Kirsten Palmer | October 30th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: abs, arm exercises, balance, chest presses, concentric, coordination, eccentric, Elevator Planks, exercise, Fitness, knees, modification, modified push-ups, muscle memory, muscles, plank, push-ups, pushups, reps, strength training, toes, toning

push-ups on your toes

Push-ups are a great all-over upper-body exercise. But they can be intimidating!

Doing push-ups on your knees is a perfectly appropriate modification for anyone who struggles with the move. These modified push-ups target the chest, shoulders, arms and core very well.

Forget Yoga Envy + Remember Who You Are

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | October 29th, 2013 | 17 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abilities, ability, asanas, ashtanga, blessings, body, compare, confidence, crying, disappointment, envious, envy, exercise, Fitness, frustration, gift, handstand, headstand, inversions, invert, jealous, jealously, Joseph Campbell, Kathryn Budig, love, negative thoughts, physical, self-love, self-respect, workout, Yoga, yoga class, yoga competition, yoga poses, yoga studio, yoga-practice

Yoga EnvyThe yoga practice is a glorious dance of the physical possibilities in the human body. An advanced practice can take your breath away as easily as it can expand your ujjayi. It can twist and turn in directions that make an artist quiver with creative jealousy and inspire even the heaviest of sloths to entertain a change of mind.

That being said — it can also be intimidating as hell.

I learned, trained, teach and practice in Santa Monica, California. It is the mecca of yoga these days and the cream of the crop when it comes to beautiful practices. It’s hard to find a level 2-3 class that doesn’t have at least one yogi soaring through the air in-between asanas or adding what appears to be a level-X variation to every pose. It can often be inspiring and mind-blowing but it can also be, in a word, daunting.

Shoulder Supplement: Daily Dose of Movement to Erase Shoulder Pain

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | October 9th, 2013 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: Dr. Dawn McCrory, exercises, Fitness, health, healthy joints, Hitchhiking Pizzas, joint pain, Kinesis Living, motion, movement, physical therapy, Repetitive Stress Injury, rotator cuff, shoulder exercise, shoulder pain, wellness, yoga for shoulder pain

shoulder exerciseMy husband’s shoulder started hurting him a few months ago. At first it would come and go. Then it started aching and burning at night, so much that he couldn’t sleep on his side. I suggested lots of exercises to help strengthen his shoulder (which, to my dismay, he did not practice), and he regularly used his Yoga Tune Up® Balls for self-massage, but he was still in pain.

The 3 Basics of Living a Healthy Life

Brian Penny by Brian Penny | September 23rd, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: depression, diet, exercise, Fitness, food, happiness, healthy life, holistic medicine, nutrition, Yoga

Healthy Life

We live in a world that stresses convenience and instant gratification. The emphasis on protecting our health is declining as our waistbands expand. It can be difficult to lead a truly healthy life in these times of fast food and artificial sweeteners, but there are some ways we can strive to be truly healthy in the 21st century. Taking a big-picture perspective, here are the three basic elements to living a healthy life:

Create Your Own Exercise Routine: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3

Kirsten Palmer by Kirsten Palmer | August 6th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: bicycle crunches, exercise routine, Fitness, gym, high-intensity interval training, home, no excuses, work out, workout

create your own exercise routine

It’s not uncommon to hear people bemoan their inability to get to the gym, or more specifically, to get to their favorite group fitness class. Even worse, not making it to class means they probably won’t work out at all. But missing your regular class doesn’t mean you have to skip exercise altogether. You can get a great workout anytime, anywhere with the right workout plan in place. And it’s much simpler than you think to create one yourself!

8 Safety Tips for the Win-Win Workout: Walking the Dog

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | June 4th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: dog walking safety tips, exercising with your pet, Fitness, how much exercise a dog needs, jogging, running with your dog, walk

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If it weren’t for my dog, there would be many days I wouldn’t get outside. As my kids have grown into busy teenagers, it has gotten harder to convince them to walk with me due to their busy social lives. But my darling dog never denies my invite for exercise!