Want Your Own Yoga Studio?

Want Your Own Yoga Studio?

  I really want to share with you one of my all-time favourite apps, Yoga Studio, because it quite honestly has changed my life. I use it almost everyday and I love it because: it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete newbie with no yoga experience at all, or a regular yogi looking for some extra inspiration – there are classes for every level of experience all of the classes are guided by a yoga teacher who instructs you on how to do the poses (there is extra information on the poses which is helpful if they’re new to you) you can select which class you’d like to do based on your goals (flexibility, relaxation or strength for example) and you can even opt for the one that best suits your schedule -> there are classes that range from a quick 10-minute stretch all the way up to an hour it is also possible to choose what background music you’d prefer for your session..I love the ambient flute so much I’ve not even tried out the soothing guitar, birdsong or ocean waves yet all of this is completely portable As I travel a lot, and not every place I stay in has a gym (or a climate conducive to exercising outside), this app has been a godsend. If all else fails I can at least do a yoga session in the comfort and privacy of my hotel room! Given a casual yoga class may cost $20 or so, and a monthly pass to a yoga studio might cost as much as $100+ dollars, the Yoga Studio app is worth every single cent...
Travelling Tips; Wellness Away From Home

Travelling Tips; Wellness Away From Home

Travelling Is Fun! Whether you’re going near or far, for work or for pleasure – there’s always a new adventure to be had. But with this break from your routine, and being away from home and all its comforts, you can lose some of the daily healthy habits and rituals that keep you feeling good. I’ve recently wrapped up several months of travel for work and thought I’d share with you some of the things I take with me, and do while I’m away, that keep me feeling my best.   Healthy Food I eat incredibly well, and enjoy the occasional indulgence – and this applies when I’m at home as well as away. But eating well away from home can be a bit tough. Without my fridge and cupboards stocked with fresh, healthy options I’m forced to rely on either what I’ve packed – or what I can get nearby. Plane food is the pits and in-room dining menus can be pricey. I always pack snacks/meals for the plane and I also carry a brekkie kit for healthy mornings that cost a fraction of the buffet. With the right forethought and preparation you can prepare all kinds of elaborate, fresh and nourishing meals and snacks for the plane and for when you reach your destination – but below is my ‘Lazy Girl’s Guide’ to keep it simple and easy: Nuts and Seeds: a ziplock bag with your favourites is a handbag must-have and will keep you going when there is literally no other option. A sprinkling of dried fruit and/or dark chocolate can keep things interesting too. Water bottle: a...
Exercise may Protect against Future Emotional Stress

Exercise may Protect against Future Emotional Stress

Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time post-workout, according to a study by kinesiology researchers in the University of Maryland School of Public Health published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (see also University of Maryland). “While it is well-known that exercise improves mood, among other benefits, not as much is known about the potency of exercise’s impact on emotional state and whether these positive effects endure when we’re faced with everyday stressors once we leave the gym,” explains J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. “We found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of emotional exposure. If you exercise, you’ll not only reduce your anxiety, but you’ll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events.” Smith, whose research explores how exercise and physical activity affect brain function, ageing and mental health, compared how moderate intensity cycling versus a period of quiet rest (both for 30 minutes) affected anxiety levels in a group of healthy college students. He assessed their anxiety state before the period of activity (or rest), shortly afterward (15 minutes after) and finally after exposing them to a variety of highly arousing pleasant and unpleasant photographs, as well as neutral images. At each point, study participants answered 20 questions from the State-Trait Anxiety inventory, which is designed to assess different symptoms of anxiety. All participants were put through both the exercise and the rest states (on different days) and tested for anxiety levels pre-exercise, post-exercise, and post-picture viewing. Smith found that exercise and quiet...
Resistance Training emerging as Particularly Valuable for Older Adults

Resistance Training emerging as Particularly Valuable for Older Adults

Four studies reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference(R) 2012 (AAIC(R) 2012) describe the ability of targeted exercise training to promote improved mental functioning and reduced risk for cognitive impairment and dementia in cognitively healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The reports, from 6- and 12-month randomised controlled clinical trials, depict the beneficial effects of different types of exercise – resistance training, aerobic training, and balance-stretching training – on a variety of cognitive abilities, brain structure, functional neural plasticity, growth factors, and risk factors for cognitive decline such as depression and sleep quality. “Currently, the strongest data for lifestyle-based Alzheimer’s risk reduction is for physical activity, yet this data is generally observational and considered preliminary”, said William Thies, PhD, Alzheimer’s Association(R) Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. “These new intervention studies are taking place over longer periods of time to begin to clarify exactly which types of physical activity are most effective, how much needs to be done, and for how long. In particular, where previously we had seen positive associations between aerobic activity, particularly walking, and cognitive health, these latest studies show that resistance training is emerging as particularly valuable for older adults.” It is generally accepted that regular physical activity is essential to healthy ageing; it also may prove to be a strategy to delay or prevent the onset of cognitive impairment and dementia. “It is very important to learn more about factors that actually raise and lower risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. To do that, we need long-term studies in large, diverse populations, and we need the research funding to conduct...