5 Yoga Moves to Help Alleviate Stress

Yoga coach Gwen Lawrence, author of Body Sculpting with Yoga and Teaching Power Yoga for Sports, shows us five yoga poses designed to keep sane in the toughest of situations.

To enable you to keep your life, your anxiety, and workouts on track, she focuses on ways to alleviate your stress and stay life ready with yoga. This uncertain time of social distancing and self-isolation can cause loneliness, anxiety and stress levels to skyrocket which can plague you and make it even more challenging. How long will this situation last? Will my loved ones stay healthy? Even stepping up to home-school your children without proper training puts the mind and body at risk. Continue reading

Best Exercises to Do at Home and Outside the Gym

Most people don’t realize that it is very easy to exercise at home or outside the gym with very little equipment. Hollis Lance Liebman, author of Outdoor Physique, uses the planes of motion and bodyweight exercises for a total body workout which you can easily complete nearly anywhere.

Below are 9 exercises which you can easily do outside the gym. All of the movements can be performed either indoors or outdoors, for nearly any age, sex and/or level. While you can do these by themselves, to get a complete body workout, it’s best to do these together in circuits and then combine the circuits. By grouping these exercises together, it will work most of the major muscle groups in the body. Continue reading

Pork Tinga Slow Cooker Tacos Recipe

If you’re looking for something new for dinner or a Cinco de Mayo treat, check out this delicious recipe from Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas. It’s also a great recipe to make ahead of time for a week’s worth of meals.

 

Pork Tinga Slow Cooker Tacos
Servings: 6 to 8 (Makes About 4 Cups Cooked Pork)

Once, I went to a local Mexican restaurant that served a chicken tinga taco, and it made me SO HAPPY. Of course I had to come home and immediately try to recreate it. I came pretty darn close with this one. Instead of chicken, I swapped in pork for a fun twist. And I like to keep the toppings simple because the sauce it cooks in tastes so good! Continue reading

Leap into Power Training

Unlock your body’s potential by leaping into Power Training. But what is it? Simply said, power training is by definition STRENGTH multiplied by SPEED. Power training is not just for the athletes or the younger people at your gym. For the purpose of this article, I will focus on Plyometrics. These are drills that uses quick, powerful movements. More specifically, I’ll highlight the classics: Pushups, Medicine Ball Throws, and Jumps. Continue reading

Possibility Thinking

Until 1954, the world thought that it was virtually impossible for a human being to run a sub 4-minute mile. Impossible. This fact was not disputed. After finishing 4th in a college race, Roger Bannister who had never put on running shoes until the age of 17 resolved to break the impossible 4-minute barrier. He accomplished this feat on May 6,1954 at a track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. The exact time was 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds-something that all the world had declared was humanly impossible. His record lasted just 46 days.

 

The mind is a powerful object. It has been proven repeatedly that what we believe impacts our performance, our creativity, our success and our overall happiness. The few pounds of tissue located between our ears weighs only 2% of our total body weight but can profoundly affect how we perceive the world and how we perform in it. Continue reading

Got Sciatica? Take This Easy Test.

Exercises for Sciatica is the complete program for stronger muscles, relief from pain and renewed energy. As lifestyles become more and more sedentary, cases of sciatica become more common—which is why a complete lifestyle overhaul, one which includes targeted exercise routines aimed at easing sciatica symptoms—is required to help individuals with this condition live their lives pain-free.

Authors William Smith, MS, and Wazim Buksh, MD, wrote Exercises for Sciatica to work as an integrated part of any sciatic or piriformis syndrome treatment plan, optimizing mobility, increasing strength and minimizing pain, while providing lifestyle tips to keep one motivated and moving forward. Continue reading

Mushroom Pot Stickers Recipe

Chef Ed Harris, a past winner of Food Network’s Chopped, has a passion for Asian cuisine as well as vegan-style cooking. Check out his recipe for Mushroom Pot Stickers below.

 

Mushroom Pot Stickers

Cooking Time: 30 mins
Servings: 5
Preparation Time: About 20 mins Continue reading

Hummus Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Hummus is a super food in that it’s so versatile that it can often be used as a healthier alternative to diary like eggs and cheese. The Complete Hummus Cookbook by Catherine Gill features over 200 delicious, vegan-friendly recipes for you to try including the one below which gives an Italian classic a hummus twist!

 

One of the best food discoveries for me was using hummus on pizza. You can spread it on as the sauce, as demonstrated in this recipe, or you can make a traditional pizza using tomato sauce and dollop hummus on top in place of vegan cheese. The possibilities really are endless with hummus. Continue reading

The Importance of Self Love

Since time immemorial, poets, gurus, and philosophers have toiled to define the most potent and indispensable word in the human language—LOVE. Some have heralded it as the force that makes the world go ’round. Others have described it in terms of the pain it can cause when it’s not returned. It’s been used to denote the feeling a parent has for her child; that a lover has for their beloved. In truth, we hear about love all the time but don’t discuss as often as we should how important SELF LOVE is and more importantly how it is the foundation for a healthy life, full of self -compassion. When we can establish habits, practices and routines of self- love, we will find ourselves to be more authentic and honest; we will tend to enforce healthy boundaries in relationships; to be grateful and more compassionate. Continue reading

5 Common Obstacles to Getting Fit

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to fitness. It’s a new year and this is the year for winning. So instead of reading through an overly-optimistic article on how you can seize the day and excel (commonplace this time of year), let’s examine perhaps where you might have gone wrong and some common mistakes that may be halting your progress. And of course, what you can do to once again repave the road once traveled. Continue reading