Medicine Ball Training

Medicine Balls are great tools that are making a comeback. You can use them to diversify your training and are an excellent alternative to working your total body. Medicine Balls can be used by one person or in a group. They allow for improved range of motion and core strength and can be used by the beginner, those in rehab, and sports athletes.

Eggceptional Easter

Easter has been known for its many traditions. The first and most important tradition is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Eggs were the prized gift for servants and children and seen as a symbol of fertility. They are dyed decorated, decorated with designs painted to symbolize new life and celebrate various church traditions. The Easter Bunny also shows fertility and originated in Germany and later the tradition came to Pennsylvania. Easter Cards originated in England the symbol of most of them was a bunny. Today cards are the third most important holiday they are given behind Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day and Christmas. And lastly, parades were given to show the new life of Christ and to celebrate the new clothes that are often given on Easter.

Stability Ball Exercises

Stability balls have been around a long time. They came out over a hundred years ago and were used originally to treat neurological disorders with therapeutic exercises. In the 1990s, the focus shifted and trainers began to use the balls to condition athletes. Their use in fitness quickly spread to the general fitness community. Stability balls are great to use because they encourage proper alignment and balance and engage the core in every exercise. They improve muscle stability and endurance and also encourage safe instability by allowing all the muscles used in the exercise to work together. Stability balls encourage primary and secondary muscles to work together. They are good for stretching before and after the workout because they prevent the user from over stretching their muscles while also providing a light cardiovascular workout during the warm up. Use of a stability ball allows you to move out of various muscle positions quickly and offers benefits alone or in combination with additional equipment such as a medicine ball, free weights or other stability blocks such as a yoga block, foam roller or stepper.

Foam Roller Exercises

The foam roller is a great tool for the elite and recreational athlete to use in their training. Some of the benefits include improved posture and balance, the breaking down of scar tissue, and increased blood flow and improved circulation. It also increases flexibility by stretching and strengthening muscle and tendons. In the following article, the exercises are divided into parts of stretching and then strengthening for that section of the body.

Perimenopause Living Life in Between

Perimenopause is a phase of life that is somewhere in between.  Just when life is starting to be figured out with being secure in one’s career, the kids are either grown or on their way there or stability within one’s marital state this sneaky part of life sneaks up and one may feel as insecure as the neighborhood tween.  Perimenopause is the transition that begins 4 to 10 years before menopause.  It is a time when the ovaries make less estrogen and starts from a women’s late 30s to 50s.  It is the time that many women experience menopause symptoms but may feel confused as they continue to have the effects of being able to bear children, menstrual and hormonal fluxions in the meantime.  But take hope.  Even in this mixed up time in a female’s life, there is much you can do to ease, humor and enjoy this change of life.

What Causes Lower Back Pain

Back pain is a significant problem in our country today.  Over half of all working people and at least 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. Back pain is a common health issue today that affects at least 8 out of 10 people. It is the second most frequent reason for doctor’s visits and up to 80 percent of people will experience some type of back problem in their lifetime. Eighty-six billion dollars  are spent each year treating back pain.

There are many reasons for back pain. Some of these include  overuse of the back muscles, work-related issues, sports injuries, inactivity, poor posture, prolonged sitting, obesity, poor physical conditioning, inactivity, psychological and emotional stress, and silent diseases like osteoporosis.

Running in the Elements

Some runners are dedicated to their sport, no matter the weather. Those who exercise in adverse conditions with common sense are less prone to injury if they run all year long. Plus, they get to enjoy the benefits of cardiovascular conditioning, increased caloric burn, and better appreciate the outdoors. But there are risks in any sport. Runners can minimize those risks with a little bit of advance preparation. These recommendations should help keep you safe when running in the rain or snow.

Training Your Brain: A Guide to the Reasons We Run

More and more people are discovering the joy of running. But how many of us realize that there is more than a surface reason we run? We have been created physically, emotionally, and psychologically to run. In this article, we will explore the physical mind and body elements of running, the benefits of running, how to avoid obstacles, how running will help alleviate your physical pain, the stresses of everyday living, and how to prepare for your running in the future.

Movement Games

In learning, sometimes you just gotta move. These are games I have used in my classroom to teach academics and get my students moving. If you get the students to move, they will not only learn but also develop their visual, verbal, and vocal skills.

Materials: Circles with each letter of the alphabet and numbers 1–10, balls with various letters and numbers on them, and feet with letters and numbers on them.

Hip Hop Housework

After a hard day at the office or school, the last thing on every parent’s mind is housework. However, if done correctly, Hip Hop Housework can be quite a workout. This article provides some activities that both child and parent can do to make exercise fun and get the house clean at the same time.

It is essential that you start with a general warm up. Music can make the workout more fun and useful. A checklist is added to the end of the article and a completed checklist can be given for a parent/child agreed-upon prize.


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